Senior Plant Metallurgist

Technical Services · Plympton, Devon
Department Technical Services
Employment Type Permanent
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Are you steely in your determination to make a difference? Can you apply your particular brand of metal wizardry to improve our concentrator? If you’ve got the minerals, we’ve got the metals!

 

We are looking for a Senior Plant Metallurgist to join us at the Hemerdon Mine in Devon to help us restart this world-class asset.

 

To be successful, you will need to have a degree in Minerals Processing Engineering, Chemical Engineering or another related degree, with at least 8 years’ experience in a mineral processing facility and at least 3 years at a senior level. You will also need to have experience working in a dynamic processing plant under commissioning pressures where quick thinking and decision-making is required, as well as experience with PDCs, PFDs and PIDs and with SCADA systems.

 

Working at our unique and spectacular site, this fantastic role, reporting to the Metallurgical Superintendent, will be focused on the successful recommissioning of the 12,000tpd concentrator through effective troubleshooting and debottlenecking. The role will encompass providing technical support to the operational team though troubleshooting issues and providing technical training to the shift teams to ensure optimal performance of the concentrator, as well as management of a team of plant metallurgists.

 

We know, just like our minerals, our people are critical. So in return for your hard work, you will become part of the Tungsten West team, where you can expect to receive an excellent salary, live in the amazing South West of England and reap all the usual benefits, such as contributory pension scheme, 25 days paid leave and more.


 Responsibilities:

 

  • Work as a professional, upholding the standards of best practice at all times.

 

Pre-Operational

  • Understand the Mineral Process Facility (MPF) Process Design Criterion (PDC), Process Flow Diagrams (PFD), Piping and Instrument Diagrams (PID) and mass balance.
  • Familiarisation with the MPF layout.
  • Working with the commissioning manager to develop the metallurgical support required for the commissioning process.
  • Building the plant metallurgy team.
  • Setting up departmental reporting requirements and templates.

 

Commissioning and Production

  • Manage all aspects of plant metallurgy.
  • Lead the drive for the successful recommissioning of the Hemerdon concentrator through effective debottlenecking and troubleshooting.
  • Provide continuous metallurgical support for the process plant operations so they run in an efficient, cost effective and safe manner, providing feedback to operations and commissioning teams as required.
  • Provide strong leadership to the metallurgical and operations teams including training.
  • Provide support to the Metallurgical Superintendent and liaise effectively with the Commissioning, Maintenance, Project Metallurgy, Geological and Mine Planning teams as required.
  • Achieve the Company’s process plant production, safety, performance, quality, and cost targets.
  • Manage the plant metallurgical shutdown activities (i.e., mill liner, ball charge and screen panel wear measurements).
  • Identify opportunities and liaise with Senior Project Metallurgist accordingly.
  • Data analysis and reporting.
  • Night and weekend call out on a rota basis.


Skills & Qualifications:


Essentials:

  • A degree in Minerals Processing Engineering, Chemical Engineering or other related degree with at least 8 years’ experience is required within a mineral processing facility, with at least 3 years at a senior level.
  • The role will require the successful candidate to work in a dynamic processing plant under commissioning pressures where quick thinking and decision making is required.
  • Experiences with PDCs, PFDs and PIDs.
  • Experience with SCADA systems.
  • Candidate must have unwaveringly high health and safety standards.
  • The successful candidate will be required to have very good communication skills due to the interaction with multiple departments, a high attention to detail, excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work, possess good problem-solving skills, good data analysis skills and can manage to work to deadlines.
  • Knowledge and experience of metallurgical accounting systems; sample preparation and assay; ore mineralogy; beneficiation test work; process control, instrumentation, online sampling procedures; and process optimisation.
  • Computer literate including MS Office, particularly Excel.

 

Desirable:

  • First-hand experience of ore sorting, dense medium separation (cyclones), magnetic separation, fine gravity separation, comminution, flotation and classification processes would be desirable.
  • Exposure to AutoCAD and mass balancing software would be advantageous.
  • Membership of a professional association

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  • Location
    Plympton, Devon
  • Department
    Technical Services
  • Employment Type
    Permanent
  • Minimum Experience
    Manager/Supervisor