Chief Metallurgist

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Date: Aug 6, 2019

Location: Elko, Nevada, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Bald Mountain is an open-pit mine with a large estimated mineral resource base located in Nevada. It is the newest mine in Kinross’ portfolio and was acquired in January 2016.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Operations Manager, the incumbent undertakes assorted fundamental research and development projects with an end objective of improving crusher, mill, heap-leach and ADR plant operating and maintenance efficiency. The incumbent will introduce sound metallurgical practice to all process changes and recovery improvements. Incumbent will have direct oversight over the Metallurgy services and Analytical Services departments. He/she will conduct all required personnel reviews, safety meetings, safety inspections, and task observations while continuously aligning daily functions to reflect Kinross’ values.

Essential Functions
  • Provide strategic leadership, professional development, performance management and succession planning for the Metallurgical and Analytical Services departments. 
  • Monitor and develop production reports to identify metallurgical deviations. Design and supervise plant sampling surveys to address deviations, including proper sampling as required by the particular attributes of the unit operation being studied. Analyze the data extracted and make recommendations for change based on interpretation of the results using sound engineering principles.
  • Prioritize subjects of research work. Arrange designing and carrying out laboratory process simulation tests using bench-scale grinding, flotation, leaching, and other related processes. Scale-up from bench-scale results. Arrange designing plant tests and organize and run these plant tests. Report on results of all tests.
  • Control of metallurgical accounting and carbon inventories. Organize work for developing methodology of inventory calculation.
  • Arrange and control of work of modelling of pad and heap leaching process performance. Organize utilizing of specific methodologies and software for analyzing and prediction of pad and heap leaching facilities production.
  • Monitors costs related to metallurgy and implements approved recommendations for maximizing operational efficiencies.
  • Keeps on top of trends related to metallurgy and incorporates this information into work assignments.
  • Organize work to create and analyze databases to gather information, improve performance and production, and reduce costs.
  • Provide input into the Processing Departments budget.
  • Evaluate strategic processing needs and develop capital justifications for budgeting purposes.
  • Arrange writing up procedures and SOP’s for routine sampling and testing conducted in the process.
  • Helps develop other department personnel to perform duties listed above. Assigns tasks to less experienced employees and provides mentorship and guidance on complex or escalated issues.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to safety, environmental, confidentiality and code of conduct.
  • Meets or exceeds established performance expectations set by management.
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • Works without risk or harm to self and others.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance required.
  • Perform other related functions as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications and Skill Requirements
  • Accuracy and precise work is required
  • Ensure that sound engineering practice and principles are used
  • Good computer skills are required.
  • Requires an understanding of computer modeling.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in chemical or metallurgical engineering is required.
  • 10 + years’ experience required, including operating plant experience.
  • Possesses good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • General understanding of mining operations, as well as limited understanding of milling and maintenance operations. 
  • Working knowledge and skill with P.C. utilizing work processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a member of the management team.
  • Demonstrates strong administrative, organizational and technical writing skills
  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the attached physical demands sheets.
  • Requires valid driver’s license.
Health, Safety, and Environmental Requirements
  • Adheres to all safety and environmental considerations.
  • Have a strong commitment to safe working practices.
  • Wears Personal Protective Equipment at all times while in the production environment.
  • Is alert and observes, corrects, and reports unsafe conditions.
  • Follows operating procedures and complies with all regulatory requirements.
Kinross Leadership Practices
  • Creates an environment where nothing is more important than every employee returning home safe and healthy every day
  • Creates an environment in which people are unfailingly treated with respect
  • Fosters the talent and potential of all employees by enabling them to grow, develop, and make a difference in the organization
  • Demonstrates that leadership in the areas of environmental performance and community and stakeholder relations is fundamental to the way we plan and manage our business 
  • Holds self and others accountable for the decisions, commitments, and behaviors required to deliver outstanding results
  • Uses judgment to manage business complexities, prioritize and balance conflicting demands to make timely decisions that best advance Kinross strategy
  • Builds and brings teams and people together to achieve organizational goals.  Models humility by going beyond self-interest for the good of the group
  • Understands the economic implications of decisions and consistently uses all resources effectively and efficiently to maximize shareholder value
  • Relentlessly champions, develops and embeds best practices 

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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