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  • Posted: Sep 24, 2020
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    AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited is currently on a journey to redevelop the Obuasi Gold Mine into a modern, efficient and long-term profitable operation. The underground mining operation will be fully mechanized, designed to produce up to an average maximum of 5,000 t/day of ore mined.


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    Senior Drill and Blast Engineer

    To provide direct Mining Technical support services to the AGA operating assets and development projects in order to achieve business objectives/targets and to develop drill and blast guidelines and procedures to optimise ore extraction.

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

    • Establish the necessary Drill & Blast processes and practices for the redevelopment of the Obuasi Mine, including Operational Readiness
    • Provide unequivocal Drill & Blast planning data to enable the quarterly updates of the rolling 18-month plan to be produced on time.
    • Develop the annual Drill & Blast cost centre budget to achieve the required targets for achieving annual, medium term and Life of Mine (LoM) business plans
    • Deliver the work of the Drill & Blast function within approved budget targets and specified timeframes, costs and related KPIs
    • Demonstrate Safety Leadership and improve the culture across the Drill & Blast department regarding Safety, Health, Environmental and Sustainable Development
    • Provide the resources and expertise to develop the team to capably and consistently deliver the annual budget, according to their role and level of authority
    • Recommend and optimise the approach for conducting specialist projects and research in the Drill & Blast process and procedures
    • Establish a network of targeted stakeholder relationships to socialise initiatives and enhancements
    • Report on the development and progress of initiatives and enhancements of the Drill & Blast function, to include outputs and befits obtained.
    • Describe the specific problems and constraints to be managed within the Drill & Blast function
    • Present solutions to specific problems with defined resolution methodologies and resources to deliver improved performance in processes and procedures
    • Pre-empt potential process or procedural problems arising within or from the specialist domain through the implementation of
      • Statistical controls (alert system),
      • Improved work practices, procedures and processes
      • Improved team knowledge and skills Reports on work programmes progression demonstrating appropriate controls to manage identified risks.
    • Monitor and report on the outcomes and standards of work from direct reports or field personnel and contractors
    • Prepare quarterly Reports which identify areas where Drill & Blast may contribute an increase in enhanced methods which will bring improved efficiencies
    • Optimise procedures within existing functional processes through the application of problem identification and resolution methodologies
    • Establish and maintain consistent team performance and relationships within the function and cross-functionally within the department
    • Conduct trend analyses on functional performance to identify and recommend ways of optimising resources for work cycle execution and pre-empting potential process and procedure variance through the establishment of
      • Statistical controls (alert system),
      • Improved work practices, procedures and processes
      • Improved team knowledge and skills
    • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with Internal Stakeholders (Corporate, Group Planning & Technical, sister mines, etc.) and external Stakeholders (Regulatory Agencies and Authorities, Minerals Commission) to establish existing and changing societal and regulatory expectations and requirements

    QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

    Qualification

    • BSc. Mining / Engineering Degree or equivalent

    Experience 

    • Five (5) to eight (8) years’ proven experience in underground mining of which at least two (2) years is within a planning / technical department
    • Experience in DTH rigs and longhole drill design essential
    • Proficient with Mine Planning Software (preferably Datamine and Surpac) and extensive knowledge of MS Office Products
    • Knowledge of drill and blast design software, Ringking and Aegis essential. Advantageous for candidates with Aegis experience
    • Knowledge of a variety of mining methods applicable to the site
    • Excellent Communication Skills.

    Legal Requirement

    • Underground Blasting Certificate

    Technical Competencies

    Safety (Basic Application)

    • Understands key elements constituting site safety system.
    • Can lead team-based risk assessments and conduct behavioural based observations.
    • Active participant in ensuring critical controls are in place and working.
    • Can actively take part in reviewing of safety system elements such as practices / procedures.

    Mining Production Processes & Practices (Advanced Application)

    • Extensive experience and understanding of mining production process/practices.
    • Understanding of good production practices, management, support systems, and how each should interact to deliver targeted performance.
    • Ability to develop innovative technical ideas/practices with regards to different mining methods and their application.
    • Extensive knowledge of Mining Methods and strengths and weaknesses of the methods and the applicable use.

    Planning (Advanced Application)

    • Demonstrate advance level of knowledge of planning systems and practices from long term to short term mine planning.
    • Understands advanced principles of mine design including optimization.
    • Understands advanced principles of mine design and scheduling to achieve Business outcomes.
    • Ability to generate and act as competent person for annual mine reserves statements.

    Contract Management (Basic Application)

    • Understands the contract, the key deliverables, and the processes that are aligned to managing it successfully.
    • Capable of having a direct role in managing an element of the contract management process.
    • Can propose, draft, and analyze potential contract variations and amendments for approval by the contract manager.

    Leadership Competencies

    • Creating a disciplined team to deliver the planned work to the defined standards.
    • Managing oneself – taking ownership of one’s personal development.
    • Building effective working relationships – the ability to build and maintain effective collateral and cross functional working relationship;
    • Building trust & accountability – displaying high levels of integrity and honesty;
    • Maximizing performance & achievement of results – solving problems and analyzing issues, driving for results

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited on career5.successfactors.eu to apply

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