Sample Preparer


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 title: Sample Preparer

Site: Kansanshi

Department: Smelter

Section: Laboratory

Position reports to: Analyst

Grade: G5

Direct reports: Shift Chemist


  • The purpose of this role is to prepare samples from the Smelter and associated plants as per laid down procedures.

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 and any other regulations as required by the company.
  • Ensuring that all Smelter control samples received are logged in the Laboratory information Management system (LIMS) and prepared within agreed turnaround times.
  • Ensuring that sample preparation procedures are followed.
  • Ensuring that sample envelopes are properly labelled and sealed.
  • Ensuring that all defective equipment (Crushers, Grinders, Ovens, Dust Scrubbers, Air compressors, Barcode printer etc.) are reported to the Shift Chemist.
  • Manage the Sample storage facility .
  • Conduct weekly emptying of the Dust Scrubber bin.
  • Carrying out any other task as assigned by the Shift Chemist .
  • Working co-operatively;
  • Being open and honest;
  • Maintaining of Good House Keeping
  • Upholding Safety
  • Encouraging two way communications.
  • Attending daily team toolbox meetings.
  • Act in line with Company goals and values;
  • Be loyal to the Company;
  • Behave with integrity;
  • show respect for others;
  • Feel free to express opinions and ideas.


  • A full Grade 12 Certificate with clear passes in English, Sciences and Mathematics.


  • Relevant experience will be an added advantage and not a requirement.


  • Teamwork
  • Bold Initiative
  • Thinking Safety
  • Upholding Quality
  • Technical Skill
  • Driving Quantity
  • Driving Attendance


  • Training in handling of chemicals
  • Training in basic computers
  • Training in use of sample preparation equipment
  • Training in LIMS
  • Shift work
  • Training in procedure application

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