Shift Supervisor


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:

Overall Job Purpose:

To lead a team responsible for pattern drilling, drill support service-, parking, lighting plant bays, demarcation, access, collar keepers, wood sticks, white bags and drill hole numbering.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

Ensure that all operators and personnel entering the work area are adequately inducted on site safety procedures/systems and that these are complied with.
Ensure all employees are trained, assessed and permitted to do the work (driving/operating permits and blasting licenses).
Coach operators in order to teach and /or correct unsafe work habits.
Identify hazard, fix or report them.
Pre – start checklists collected, checked and signed off within 4 hours of the shift.
Ensure fatigue management is complied with.
Ensure that all safety and job-related items are reported to the shift supervisor so that this information can be recorded in the Logbook accordingly.
Proactively confront others about safety and security violations.
Report all accidents, incidents or hazards in your area of responsibility to the shift supervisor and put preventative measures in place.
Participate in safety investigations in conjunction with the safety department and implement corrective and preventative controls.
Ensure drilling procedures are followed.
Ensure Safety berms are built as per required standard.
Ensure ground conditions are to standard (ground water, voids, cavities, joints and underground workings).
Ensure drill pattern demarcation, barricades and signage are placed in designated areas as per standard.
Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Job Specific Competencies:

Machine Operation Monitoring.
Quality Control Analysis.
Working knowledge of drill operations.
Basic knowledge of condition monitoring.
Job specific equipment selection ability.
Excellent knowledge of drilling depth requirements.
Knowledge of drilling related equipment.
Report writing skills.
Knowledge of basic geometry.
Knowledge of drilling sequences and patterns.
Excellent supervisory skills.

Key Job Attributes:

Detail Orientated.
Problem Solving.
Must possess Excellent communication skills.
Problem solving skills.
Must be flexible to work and attend to any shift as assigned.
Ability to multi-task.
Conflict resolution.
Must be an active listener.
Must be a good team player.
Ability to make precise judgment and decisions.
Ability to delegate as and when need arises.
Must be able to effectively manage time.
Must be smart.

Experience required to perform in this job:

At least 3 years’ work experience in a mining environment.
Demonstrate knowledge on various Drilling and blasting operation.
Knowledge of various drill operations.


Full Grade 12 Certificate.
Minimum Diploma in Mining Engineering or relevant field.
Valid Zambian driver’s license.

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