[South Africa’s] mining sector has reached a crossroads and requires some major decisions, including much needed buy-in from all stakeholders. Without it I’m certain the medium to long-term impacts of bad decisions and messy legislation will leave the industry in shadow.
Participate in the annual site-wide BP process by delivering designs, schedules and all other planning related aspect for the underground mines.
Provide detailed key inputs for the budgeting process and assist production team in achieving annual targets, by providing technical inputs and guidance in accordance to the budget plan.
Produce detailed 3 monthly schedules and update up to end of life on a quarterly basis.
Review and approve the 7/21 schedule prepared by the UG contractors.
Monitor and report deviance from 3 monthly and 7/21 schedules.
Overview month end reporting process for underground production statistics.
Coordinate all relevant production engineering work including stope and ring designs.
Ensure all designs, memo’s and instructions are issues in time and to standard.
Coordinate monthly stope reconciliations.
Establish and maintain a mine planning system, using suitable fit for purpose software, to integrate geological resource models, survey data, optimized designs, productivity trends, process recoveries to accurately and timely plan mining sequences, development phases and required production targets.
Maintain compliance with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001
Ensure all design and planning work complies with environmental policies.
Develop an annual plan for monthly safety inspections and task observations.
Coordinate monthly safety inspections and task observations.
Complete weekly RAR sessions with Manager as well as with direct reports.
Monitor effectiveness of getting the work done within the department with respect to continuous improvement, reduce process variation and in a trust inducing manner.
Manage team of underground planning and production engineers, conducting performance management sessions twice per year
Bachelor Degree in Mine Engineering.
At least seven years’ experience in the planning, design and operation of underground mines of which at least 5 years are in the planning domain
Experience in various underground mechanized mining methods essential.
Advanced (expert) skills in 3D mine design and scheduling software (Datamine, Studio 5D, EP, Vulcan, Mine2-4D)
Solid computer skills Microsoft Office.
Demonstrated leadership ability at a remote site and/or developing country.
Expatriate contract (2 years – renewable)
90 days annual leave
4 -5 return flights home per annum dependant on individual or family status