Chief, Metallurgist

Full Time

As a key member of the Process Plant team and reporting into the Manager Process Plant, the Chief Metallurgist is accountable for the effective and efficient operation of the Metallurgy function (strategy and execution) to deliver to maximised production and minimised costs while ensuring operational sustainability. The role has a focus on daily-monthly optimisation.

Key Accountabilities and Challenges

Operate within and observe all relevant and applicable laws of Panama.
The role has accountability for the definition, implementation, monitoring and optimisation of the process plant metallurgical processes and performance.
The role spans comminution and flotation metallurgical control, plant Met-Accounting (Copper, Molybdenum, Gold & Silver), Process Plant reporting, metallurgical process control (including advanced & expert) and the Geo-Metallurgy program.
Maintain HSE standards and ensure strict compliance within Metallurgical team and support broader plant performance.
Define, implement and continuously improve the Process Plant metallurgical strategy.
Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI of timely & accurate provision of detailed metallurgical information and direction for optimised plant performance.
Maintain very high standards of metallurgical analysis.
Monitor, control and report on metallurgy and met-accounting performance.
Routinely monitor, analyse and report production loss, identifying key areas for plant improvement.
Define and implement process control philosophies deliver the metallurgical strategy.
Maintain plant operational and metallurgical historical performance information (eg PI Osisoft system).
Maintain oversight of the geo-metallurgical program with respect to ore quality, plant behaviour, blending plans and performance.
Directly participate in the daily to monthly work activities of the processing plant, serving as technical support to operations personnel to enhance performance.
Constantly seek out and implement innovative solutions.
Review plant design, scope and develop justification for capital upgrades.
From a Metallurgical perspective, own, drive and support the commissioning, start-up and ramp-up efforts.
Implement the Metallurgy Section structure, manning levels and resources to deliver optimised metallurgical performance.
Maintain staff development plans, succession plans and training programs, particularly skills transfer and coaching to the national staff.
Prepare the Annual Process Plant Production Budgets and Re-Forecasts.


A Tertiary Qualification in Chemical Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy or Mineral Processing or related field.
Post-graduate study in a related technical field highly regarded.
Strong experience in metallurgical and operational roles with specific experience in copper/molybdenum crushing/milling & flotation circuits.
Broad experience in complex multi-product differential flotation operations is highly regarded.

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