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Technical Services Manager (expat / opencast / mine planning / designs)

CA Mining Mining Review AfricaMy client has an operating opencast mine in West Africa. They are currently seeking an experienced expatriate Mine Planner to join their team onsite.


  • Responsible for all technical input  for mine planning, design and scheduling, the geological and geotechnical models, hydrology, grade control, planning, drill and blast design, blending and survey activities for the mine.
  • Develop and implement mine plans and mine schedules in collaboration with the General Manager Mining, Mining Manager and Processing Manager to ensure optimum development and reconciliation of the ore body.
  • Implement reporting functions for cost and commitment forecast for the Life of Mine.
  • Actively guide the Technical Services leadership team to ensure that targets for resources exploitation, capital management, cost control, safety performance, employee development, environmental management and corporate governance are achieved.
  • To provide support for all engineering decision making, develop mining budgets and ensure adherence to these budgets.
  • Manage the resourcing requirements of the Technical Services department to meet the needs of the operation.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Mining Engineering, Geology or a related field.
  • Detailed understanding of mine planning and geological software, its function and use is essential.
  • The ability to manage a team of professionals including mentoring and motivation.
  • Advanced skills using MS Office strong computer skills and experience with the relevant software packages
  • Practical with demonstrable understanding of open cut drill and blast, load and haul operations
  • Exposure to multi-national, ethnic and cultural environments
  • Minimum 15  years’ mining resource industry experience, particularly bulk commodities, large scale open cut operations
  • 5+ years’ experience in a production-based mining operations managerial role
  • Fluent verbal and written English

Contractual information:

  • 2 year Contract
  • Market Related Salary / USD salary
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Fly in fly out roster (6weeks on / 3weeks off)