Superintendent – Geotechnical

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Position: Superintendent – Geotechnical Lumwana Mine, Kalumbila, Zambia.

Reporting to: Mineral Resource Manager

Lumwana Mining Company Limited (LMC), a copper mining company owned by Barrick Gold Corporation is situated in the North Western region of Zambia, some 300 km west of the Zambian Copperbelt and 95 km south west of the provincial capital of Solwezi. The mine is a multi-pit, multi staged operation mining approximately 100MT of ore and waste per annum and producing copper concentrates containing an average of 120,000 tonnes of copper metal per year over a twenty (20) year mine life, making Lumwana the largest single open cut copper mine in Africa. The Company is now looking for highly committed and qualified individuals to be considered for the position of Superintendent – Geotechnical.

Role Summary

Reporting to the Mineral Resource Manager, you will be responsible for providing technical guidance and instruction relating to all ground control issues in the mining area. This includes the open pits, waste dumps, stockpiles, and haul roads. The Superintendent will also be responsible for the technical aspect of managing surface water and groundwater in and around the mining area. Your duties will include but are not limited to the following:


  • Lead, manage and develop the geotechnical team.
  • Develop and update the geotechnical and hydrogeological models and database.
  • Ensure that the geotechnical and hydrogeological properties and behaviour of the materials comprising the pit slopes and dumps are properly understood and incorporated into design and analysis.
  • Ensure that appropriate ground and slope performance monitoring devices are used and maintained.
  • Develop and maintain the ground control management plan and ground control safe operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Provide appropriate geotechnical advice and design analysis for all ground control issues related to the open pits, dumps, stockpiles, sumps, haul roads and drainage channels.
  • Check that geotechnical parameters used in design are used appropriately and correctly.
  • Consider all credible failure modes in design and analysis.
  • Appropriately inspect, evaluate and report all significant ground related incidents.
  • Provide input relating to ground control management into short, medium and long term planning.
  • Ensure all works carried out comply with safety, quality and design requirements
  • Liaise regularly with mine planning, geology and mine production personnel.
  • Carry out audits, reviews and quality assurance programs.
  • Provide geotechnical input into drill and blast design.
  • Appropriately plan operational and capital budget requirements for works and equipment related to ground control management.
  • Manage contractors and consultants

Experience & Qualifications

  • Full Grade Twelve Certificate.
  • BSc in Geology or Mine Engineering (minimum)
  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering or Rock Engineering (preferred)
  • Significant experience (minimum 10 years with at least 5 years on an open pit mine)
  • Experience in large multi pit operations utilising large scale mining equipment ie drill rigs and blasting experience essential.
  • Experience in managing costs and budgeting.
  • Member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia
  • Competent in incident/accident investigation
  • Zambian Nationals who meet requirements for this position and are resident in Zambia are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants may be subjected to any of the following: a Security and / or Police Clearance Check; a Competence Assessment, Qualifications, Credit and Reference Checks.

Method of Application

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