Senior Specialist, Metallurgy

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:


Job title:                                             …           Metallurgy Specialist – Primary Smelting                       

Site:                                                    …           Kansanshi       

Department:                                        …           Smelter

Section:                                              …          Primary Smelting

Position reports to:                            …           Technical Superintendent– Primary Smelting

Grade:                                                 …           17

Direct reports:                                    …           None full time



Assist the Technical Superintendent – Primary Smelting in:

Developing and carrying out process and operating improvement projects.
Monitoring, reviewing, analysing and drawing conclusions from operations data, test work results and effect of improvement projects
(The Primary Smelting section consists of Materials Handling section, Isasmelt Furnace, Matte Settling Electric Furnace and Isaconvert).

Key Responsibilities

This position will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.
Monitor, analyse and report on the operation of plant equipment items and processes in the Primary Smelting Section using a range of tools and systems
Carry out data analysis and process calculations using computer-based systems
Write technical reports and give technical presentations to internal and external audiences
Assist in the maintenance and further development of the PI system
Identify process and equipment problems; develop strategies, changes and modifications to solve these problems
Identify opportunities for equipment and process improvements
Develop and manage site-based sampling and test-work to define and implement process improvement opportunities
Assist with (and manage) projects to improve plant operations and safety 
Assist operators and maintenance workers with fault-finding and problem solving
Offer technical advice and process information to operators and maintenance workers to assist in achieving plant safety and production targets
Assist in keeping the plant Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) up-to-date
Develop operating procedures, risk assessments, safe work instructions and other similar documents as required
Provide technical supervision and assistance during plant shutdowns
Other duties as directed by the Superintendent – Technical Primary Smelting


Minimum requirements:

University Degree in Process Engineering, Mineral Processing, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy or equivalent



At least 5 years’ experience in a process plant. Experience in a hot metal plant, hydro met plant or mineral dressing plant would be an advantage.
Skilled user of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, mass and energy balance programs
Familiarity with engineering drawings
Advanced level of literacy and numeracy

Experience in AVEVA PI System is considered an advantage.


High level of analytical and communication skills and the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely
Critical thinking and data analysis
Good at implementing changes in operating practice
Systematic monitoring and assessment skills


Develop a high level of knowledge of equipment, process flow sheet and process control used on the plant
Analyse and solve problems
Report on plant and process data

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