Metallurgist, Production at First Quantum Minerals(FQM)

First Quantum Minerals(FQM)

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:

Overall Job Purpose

To be responsible for the effective and efficient operation of all process areas to maximize production and minimize costs, while ensuring operational sustainability. Direct accountability for performance of the shift operators and assistant operators. The role has a focus on minute-hourly-daily basis.

Specific Job Responsibility

  • The role has field equipment and operations personnel accountability for the crushing, grinding, flotation, thickening, reagents, ancillaries, OSA systems and all associated areas.
  • Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations.
  • Demonstrate high commitment to safety, and ensure strong compliance to Safety and Environmental Management systems by shift teams.
  • Drive the site equipment, people and processes to maximize production.
  • Monitor and control all plant parameters to exceed the main plant KPI’s of throughput, recovery and product quality.
  • Coordinate real-time plant feed rate and ore quality with Mine/Geology teams.
  • Understand and pre-empt ore attribute impacts on plant performance to optimize plant control responses.
  • Ensure equipment is operated within defined operating strategies and procedures.
  • Ensure high utilization of the plant ‘expert’ control system and other critical control loops.

Key Job Attributes

  • Strong commitment to SHEC performance.
  • Very strong drive and personal sense of equipment ownership and accountability.
  • Willingness to learn and progress, open minded to various challenges.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • A positive and mature attitude, sense of initiative.
  • Passionate, enthusiastic and pro-active.
  • Persistent, diligent and thorough approach.

Experience required to perform in this job

  • Minimum 7 years of prior experience in operating a wet processing plant.
  • Minimum 5 years’ previous supervisory experience in a flotation plant.
  • Prior experience in plant commissioning and plant ramp up desirable.
  • Experience in a large, complex base metals processing plant(s) is a plus.


  • Full grade twelve (G12) certificate.
  • A Diploma in Process Engineering, Mineral Processing or related field is highly regarded.
  • EIZ membership eligibility

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