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Chief Metallurgist

Job Description

The Chief Metallurgist reports to the Process Manager and is responsible for process engineering, automation, and the assay lab.  The position is responsible for measuring plant performance, identifying improvement opportunities and providing technical services, working with multi-disciplinary teams, for the successful execution of the site’s efficiency improvement projects.  The role also provides project assurance in the areas of process safety, cost control, schedule control, quality control in engineering design and construction, operability, document control, and end-user training. Some of the day-to-day responsibilities include:


Provide training and documentation of QA/QC compliance for all assay and metallurgical work completed in support of heap leach and plant optimization test planning.
Distribute weekly reporting to senior management team on all metallurgical tests in progress.
Directly responsible for overseeing the process ponds that includes oxidation, barren and pregnant solution ponds.
Indirectly, train and provide technical knowledge to Merrill-Crowe supervisors and operators on the sensitivity of the metal recovery process.
Adapt to novel process situations caused by the implementation of a new technology upstream of areas of responsibility.
Interact with the Process Technical Superintendent and Laboratory Manager on metallurgical samples to ensure proper pH, Alkalinity, Sulfate, Iron, Oxygen, Moisture and metal content are within range in order to produce gold and silver through the Merrill-Crowe system.
Provide expertise with Merrill-Crowe systems in the initial commission phase of the company and beyond.
Provide a unique perspective on problem solving and troubleshooting for the company oxidation process.
Organize and maintain operating data that can be used to predict and avoid future processing problems as the performance of the plant is refined over time.


Take ownership of the plan, prioritize, and forward thinking of opportunities, challenges and risks.
Have an awareness for recognizing and then suggesting continuous improvement initiatives with an outcome of cost saving or generate revenue for the mine site.
Sound methods and approaches to persuade, convince or influence others.
Leadership qualities including: safety, teamwork, communication, influence, execution and business sense.
Take ownership of the plan, prioritize, and forward thinking of opportunities, challenges and risks.


Metallurgical Engineer Degree with a minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years direct metallurgical experience in a production minerals lab.
In-depth experience, knowledge and background in commissioning a Merrill-Crowe processing plant.
Ability to work with a team environment and excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills required.
Ability to assist with budgeting, set priorities, meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy, and to develop, support, and promote safety, environmental awareness and grow the technical talent of direct reports.

To apply for this job email your details to jdeville@minestaffing.com