Ore Control Geologist


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Job description:

Purpose of the role:

To continuously liaise with key stakeholders to ensure ore loss, ore dilution, and misclassification is minimized within the pit.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct daily field ore delineation and control
Champion efforts to minimize unplanned dilution, ore loss, and misclassification
Assist the mine planning engineering team, via set escalation processes, in identifying and highlighting non-compliance to mine plans and/or planned feed grade deviations where feasible.
Communicate implications of major daily ore feed plan changes to key stakeholders i.e. process team
Assist the mining operations team with any clarification or information required to better understand the daily ore feed implications.
Undertake field assessments and ‘ground-truthing’ checks of key material characteristics at active mining faces to ensure model data is aligned.
On-shift leadership and supervision of the ore control support teams
Provide valuable and continuous feedback to the geology team highlighting opportunities, challenges, or risks that could impact ore control
Provide daily operational reports and other official communications where necessary and attend all shift handovers (start/finish).
Continuously develop in complimentary technical mine geology areas (production, ore control drilling etc.) where opportunity allows.
Any other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications & Experience

Familiarity with Central African Copperbelt Geology and metallogeny
Operational experience in open pit deposits advantageous
Strong general IT skills
Full Grade Twelve certificate (12)
Tertiary Qualification in Geoscience from a recognized Zambian University
Full manual driving licence and driving experience considered highly advantageous

Job Specific Competencies

Solid understanding of general safety and quality principles.
Excellent team ethic and practical leadership potential
Excellent scientific and analytical potential
Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, including report writing

Key Job Attributes

Shows potential for leading and coaching a small support team towards technical excellence
Ability to readily develop rapport and trust with key stakeholders
Attention to detail and thorough methodical approach is essential
Ability to prioritize based on understanding of business and team requirements
Ability to take responsibility and manage tasks through to completion
Proactive, honest, reliable, and passionate about driving continuous improvements and excellent standards
Skilled at working under strict time constraints and under pressure
Must be willing to work with and assimilate experience from colleagues from a variety of skills and national backgrounds
Must be willing to do shift work as routine

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