Shift Boss, Production – Blasting

Solwezi, Zambia, Full Time -

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.
Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.
Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.
Job description:
The Shift Boss is responsible for the safe, efficient and productive supervising of blast holes within the surface mining operation. The incumbent will also be responsible for assisting the Mine Captain in providing Technical Support to the Drilling Operations Team(s) and oversight to all blasting activities in line with the Mining Explosives Act and MR 213.
Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of blast workers including requisition materials, supplies, equipment parts, or repair services
Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
Establish methods to meet work schedules and confer with managerial and technical personnel, other departments and contractors to resolve problems and co-ordinate activities
Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity
Support and promotes a culture of “Safety & Health above all else” and environmental responsibility, a positive safety culture with a target for zero incidents and accidents
Ensuring blasting clearance activities are in accordance with written procedures.
Ensuring good mobile plant operating practices are adhered to, damage minimised, and loader operations are to procedures.
Hand over to oncoming shift supervisor by updating status board, changeover book and marking off cuts on level plans so oncoming Shift Supervisor has all information necessary to continue the smooth running of the work areas.
Ensure employees’ behaviour in the workplace is to company standards
Participating and contributing to an effective and productive team
Ensure relevant stakeholders’ requirement are met by building and maintaining productive internal and external relationships
Understands specifications, drawings, and survey staking and is able to translate and communicate this information into the field
Plans for team and individual results and delegates accordingly
Provides effective leadership to build a strong employee culture
Responds to particular situations and people to ensure best practices are being employed
Contributes to the continuous improvement initiatives of the department
Ensures a high level of quality and production standards
Establishes the most efficient use of resources in order to reach target / goals
Reports any problems or unforeseen issues that could affect the plan to the Mine Captain
Ensures the crews and lead hands have correct information tools and equipment to perform their duties
Participate in recommending or executing personnel actions, such as hiring (interviewing), evaluations, promotions and discipline
Grade Twelve (12) Certificate
Diploma or Degree in Mining Engineering or Equivalent
Valid Driver’s License
Blasting License holder
First Aid certificate holder
Minimum 6 years’ experience in an open pit mining environment.
Familiarity with the use of tools, fixtures and equipment for blasting aids