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Mining Engineer/Planning Engineer

Location: Gauteng Posted Date: January 2, 2013
Employer: Search Intelligence Systems Apply By: March 5, 2013
Employer Job Id: CareerMine Job Id: 885534

Job Specification:

  • The Mining Engineer is responsible for all mine scheduling and production planning and works with the mine management team to ensure that operational targets are achieved.
  • He/she achieves mining objectives by contributing mining information and recommendations to operational plans and reviews.
  • He/she coordinates safe and cost effective mine practices and maintains excellent relationships with the workforce and Government representatives.
  • He/she is responsible to develop and support the implementation of an optimised Life of Mine (LOM) plan.
  • He/she accomplishes LOM planning activities by researching and developing mining best practices and plans, implementing new practices and plans and coordinating with interested and effected parties to execute these successfully.
  • He/she evaluates the need for adjustment in existing mining methodology.
  • Bachelor degree or technikon diploma in mine engineering or mineral resource management from reputable tertiary institution is essential.
  • Alternative: Qualified Surveyor with Planning background.
  • Post graduate qualification advantageous.
  • Mine Manager's Certificate from AMMSA is advantageous.
  • Mine Overseer Certificate of Competency is advantageous.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience (Essential):
  • More than 8 years in mine engineering role, with minimum 2 years managerial experience in similar industry, preferable from coal mining industry.
  • Extensive knowledge of mining industry regulations, in particular labour laws and managing safe working conditions.
  • Demonstrated coal market knowledge.
  • Successful and extensive track record in planning and managing mining operations both open pit and underground. 
  • Excellent technical skills with proven abilities in implementing new and improved mining methodology in underground and thin seam coal mining environment.
  • Proven track record in meeting project deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication / negotiation / presentation skills.
  • Adherence to corporate governance. 
Knowledge, Skills & Experience (Desirable):
  • Good knowledge of managing mine financials.
  • Experience with setup and use of ERP systems.
  • Experience with tools and software applications pertaining to exploration and mine planning.
  • Experience with resource valuation and estimating (i.e. SAMREC / SAMVAL, JORC, NI43-101, etc).
Essential job functions:
  • Achieve operational objectives by contributing mining information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production, productivity, quality, and safety standards; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying trends; determining system improvements; implementing change.
  • Contribute to meeting the mine's financial objectives by forecasting requirements; contributing to the preparation of an annual budget; scheduling authorised expenditures; analysing variances and initiating corrective actions.
  • Ensure that mining targets are aligned with operational strategy.
  • Prepare detailed and optimised LOM plan that includes underground and open pit mining activities and production schedules, which optimise resource usage.
  • Collaborate with mine managers and superintendents to create and effectively communicate a clear vision, goals and performance measures on a yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly basis.
  • Monitor use of company assets deployed in mining operations and plan capital investment schedules commensurate with LOM plan.
  • Under the direction of the Mineral Resource Manager, coordinate with geologists and surveyors to support resource development and mining activities.
  • Develop and coordinate technical studies for mine development opportunities.
  • Assist in implementing systems and procedures to improve mine planning and performance, and benchmark these with industry best practices.
  • Plan, manage and control data preparation processes to monitor mining performance and coordinate with mine manager