Chief Mine Geologist (Underground) – Khoemacau

To establish a systematic and integrated approach to applying modern methods in the management of geological processes on site in support of a productive mechanised mining environment.  The Chief Geologist will establish grade control drilling and modelling processes, operational mine geology procedures, systems and processes and lead the Geology department in a collaborative and efficient manner in support of Mining Operations and Mining Technical teams.

Purpose of the role:

To establish a systematic and integrated approach to applying modern methods in the management of geological processes on site in support of a productive mechanised mining environment.  The Chief Geologist will establish grade control drilling and modelling processes, operational mine geology procedures, systems and processes and lead the Geology department in a collaborative and efficient manner in support of Mining Operations and Mining Technical teams.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Develop an efficient and suitable method for Grade Control drilling and modelling of the orebody to ensure timely delivery of quality information to the Mining teams;
  • Develop and design underground diamond drilling programmes as required for exploration, resource conversion to reserve and grade control drilling. Effective management of diamond drilling processes to ensure safe, efficient and productive work from drilling to core management through to updating of information to the geological database;
  • Establish and implement systems, processes and procedures to ensure quality management;
  • Ensure that the necessary monitoring and controls are in place for effective management of ore and waste streams;
  • Introduce relevant and appropriate systems to ensure efficient mine mapping and capturing of mine data through to geological and mine design software;
  • Management of the day to day function of the Geology department, in a collaborative manner with Mining Operations and Technical teams. Assign tasks, allocate work and develop the team;
  • Develop systems of reporting and reconciliation as needed to effectively manage the performance of the orebody and geological models, in line with site and company requirements;
  • Manage and co-ordinate the Geological department function and any drilling activities to ensure all requirements are met and satisfied as they relate to Health, Safety and Environmental standards. Ensure a proactive safety culture that supports high quality investigations of all incidents to ensure learning and advancement;
  • Ensure all staff are trained, competent and provided with opportunities for continuous growth. Coach, mentor and develop individual and team capability.  Encourage and lead a work culture of continuous improvement;
  • Formulate the annual capital and operating budgets, manage departmental costs in line with approved budgets; and
  • Maintain connections and networks to new technologies and trends related to Geology, constantly seeking opportunities to introduce and improve practices and work effectiveness.

Minimum qualifications, experience and skill requirements:

  • BSc (Hons) Geology degree/ BSc relevant degree, additional specialised training desirable;
  • +10 years post qualification experience, with a minimum of 7 years in an underground hard rock mechanised mining environment (predominantly Base metals, or relevant Gold experience);
  • Competence and qualified for QP Sign Off is essential;
  • Demonstrated strength in structural geology, mine operational geology, geological database and orebody modelling, and geology department management;
  • Formal professional or technical registration with an internationally recognised Geological Body;
  • Experience with a suite of Geological software required for the project and mine;
  • Overseas work experience, preferably in an African mining jurisdiction preferred (not essential);
  • Valid drivers licence;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organisation;
  • A team player and experience in managing a team;
  • Attention to detail with excellent organisational skills; and
  • Ability to work under pressure.

The successful candidate will report to the Section Leader – Technical Services and will be based on site. 

General:

Only candidates who meet the above requirements can apply online through www.jobsbw.com and must attach a CV, academic qualifications and references.

Please note that the company will only enter into correspondence with short listed candidates.