Supervisor, Maintenance

First Quantum Minerals

Job Description

Purpose of the Role:

Reporting to the Superintendent Aggregate crusher, Supervisor Maintenance is accountable for directing and coordinate all equipment activities to provide reliable and capable production equipment to deliver and exceed targets; The ‘equipment owner’. The role covers crushing (primary, secondary, screens, and conveyors). The role is to implement the operating procedures, guidelines, systems and processes for all crushing/conveying equipment to maximise production and minimise costs, while ensuring operational sustainability. The role has a focus on daily, weekly and monthly maintenance schedules. To be responsible for the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of all instrumentation and related equipment. Planned preventative maintenance task schedules on all equipment at the Aggregate crusher.

Specific Job Responsibilities

The specific tasks to be performed by the position holder will include;

  • Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations;
  • The role has direct equipment accountability from the Aggregate crusher plant maintenance.
  • Comply with site HSE standards and procedures.
  • Investigate all appropriate equipment related Safety and Environmental incidents and implement actions.
  • Identify and prioritise plant housekeeping efforts and ensure tasks are actioned.
  • Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI’s of crusher availability.
  • Oversee day-to-day maintenance of the crusher/conveying circuits to ensure optimised plant utilization and compliance to operating procedures, strategies & instructions.
  • Monitor, control and report on plant equipment status, performance indicators, plant activities, operational shortfalls and corrective actions.
  • Issue Daily Mechanical Instructions to shift teams on key equipment and operational parameters, tasks and considerations.
  • Setup, calibrate, certify, maintain and troubleshoot PA (Process Automation) devices and conveyor belt scale systems.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Attend morning shift supervisor handover meetings, clarify plant status, and coordinate with the Shift Supervisor on performance against operating systems compliance and delivery of instructions.
  • Support the teams and Supervisor Maintenance in the immediate performance of the equipment, but maintain focus on the daily to weekly optimisation horizon.
  • Implement operational check- and log-sheets for shift teams to monitor equipment status and take prompt and appropriate corrective action.
  • Maintain high level of field presence.
  • Personally conduct routine daily field checks of equipment.
  • Execute improvement activities.
  • Diagnose plant defects, focusing on identifying root cause, and implement both corrective and preventative measures.
  • Approve work requests and develop weekly maintenance plan in conjunction with maintenance planners and supervisors.
  • Assist in development of short term and long term equipment maintenance plans and schedules to deliver equipment capability.
  • Work closely with the maintenance and engineering teams to implement long term fixes to deliver equipment reliability.
  • Support maintenance in the delivery of their tasks and coordinate access.
  • Manage and define work plans for cleaning contractors and/or mobile equipment (both hired and FQM owned).
  • Identify, prioritise and justify capital improvement projects.
  • Coach, mentor and assist in the training of the Supervisor Maintenance and field personnel to build and maintain high standards of operating.
  • Control and reduce maintenance costs.
  • Exceptional skills in Field instrumentation, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Uphold the FQM Way culture of “Smarter, Bolder, and Driven”.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

Key Job Attributes

  • Commitment to SHEC performance.
  • Very strong drive and personal sense of equipment ownership and accountability.
  • Excellent ability to task assign, build working relations and coordinate different operating disciplines to execute work in efficient manner.
  • Possesses skills for identifying equipment bottlenecks and implementing corrective and preventative actions.
  • Ability to work and manage problems/actions across short + long term timeframes.
  • Possess ability to analyse and understand metallurgical & equipment information.
  • Strong understanding of production and maintenance strategies for large-scale, continuous operating mineral processing plants.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, and able to assemble data and provide clear and accurate performance reports & to issue instructions.
  • Be persistent, diligent and thorough in approach.
  • Be enthusiastic and pro-active in manner.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • A self-starter that requires minimal supervision in areas of responsibility.
  • English language fluency.

Experience & Qualifications

  • A minimum of 7 years of direct experience in operational roles of Crushing Maintenance.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience at a Supervisory level.
  • Significant experience in a large, complex base metals processing plant(s).
  • Preferably experienced in maintenance of Jaw crusher, cone crushers and screens.
  • A Diploma or Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Eligibility for membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ), and to hold legal appointment as defined by the Mining regulations of Zambia.

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