Superintendent, Production

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.


Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.


Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.


Job description:


Responsible for leading, planning, coordinating all operations of the mining and ensure maximum productivity and extraction rates by optimizing mining methods, procedures & equipment. Responsible for the execution of mining operations to meet safety, quality, volume and cost targets. In addition the Production Superintendent must assist the Production Manager in the enforcement of mine regulation (MR 207) in his area of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities

The incumbent will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.


  • Planning and Programming  
  • Client Relations and Scope Change Management  
  • Managing Risks
  • Meet production targets in accordance with the key performance indicators
  • People Management and Leadership  
  • Relationships


  • Plans production to meet monthly plan and goals and targets that are given
  • Schedules that there will be sufficient manpower and machines available to meet the plan
  • Liaises with plant department to set up a service schedule for all plant units on a weekly basis
  • Liaises with the Drill and Blast Superintendent the program for the month to ensure sufficient sites and loadable material is available so as not to cause bottlenecks and delays
  • Plans the optimum haulage parameters and ensures new haul roads are developed on time
  • Places excavators and haul teams for optimal efficiency and project executions  
  • Works variation orders, scope changes and day works from the client into the weekly program so as to cause minimum disruption to efficient operations
  • Dynamically re-plan to minimize the effect of breakdowns  
  • Hold daily meetings with Plant Manager, SHEQ Manager, and Senior Supervisory staff to ensure optimal co-ordination and clear communication

Client Relations and Scope Change Management:

  • Forms strong relationships with client management and representatives with whom there is daily / frequent interface  
  • Perform and behaves in such a way that the image of FQMO is built and upheld at all times
  • Is flexible and dynamic enough to take advantage of the variation orders, scope changes and “day works” that came about
  • Managing Risks
  • Carefully monitors efficiency and productivity ratios and takes decisive corrective action to eliminate the risk of under performance  
  • Directly manages the implementation and operationalization of all Unit and Client required SHEQ systems and practices  
  • Demands that these are maintained to a high standard by all and constantly audits the practices  
  • Conducts Risk assessments on all new processes and procedures including maintenance and production  
  • Ensures that the working environment is as safe, clean and environmentally friendly as it can be and sets and demands high standards in this regard
  • Conducts daily SHEQ reviews and audits and gets others to do the same
  • Ensures that all operators are competent and have been certified as such on their respective machines
  • Ensures that safety equipment and apparel is available and worn at all times

People Management and Leadership:

  • Provides clear direction to the production staff and clarifies their roles and goals of direct reports
  • Ensures that direct reports have the necessary skills, knowledge and competency to fulfil their roles and meet the goals
  • Personally uses and ensures that the Performance Management System is fully utilized by all leaders on the project
  • Individual performance review leads to corrective, enabling action and also to development of competency  
  • Provides coaching for direct reports to enable them to improve performance  
  • Maintains a high degree of discipline on the project and limits unresolved issues and grievances to a minimum
  • Production Teams function effectively as teams
  • There is a shared value system in production that leads to high levels of commitment to the goals of the project and morale is high
  • Employee relations are good and there are no unavoidable stoppages

Meet production targets in accordance with the key performance indicators:

  • Clearly understands the contract parameters and how they affect production  
  • Clearly understands the methods and practices to be used on this operation  
  • Sets weekly and daily goals and targets to ensure that each phase of production meets its targets
  • Programs the production sequence to ensure enough material is blasted to meet the loading and hauling targets
  • Anticipates what may happen and what needs to happen to ensure that production is not affected by delays, bottlenecks, hurdles, etc.
  • Co-ordinates daily with client and project services staff to ensure everyone is aware of what must happen
  • Co-ordinates daily with plant management to ensure that unplanned down time is minimized and that plant can yet be properly serviced
  • Problem solves with team to eliminate production problems
  • Ensures production quantity and quality to meet client’s satisfaction  


  • Has constructive relationships with all stakeholders to the project
  • Manages the image of FQMO and ensures it is enhanced in the mind of the stakeholder  
  • Relationships with the client and professional team lead to “on work”, referrals and invitations to tender or negotiate  
  • There are no unresolved issues
  • Cooperative transactions experienced with sub-contractors, suppliers, public and community  
  • Cooperative relationships with internal service and control functions  


  • Full Grade 12 Certificate
  • Degree in Mining Engineering/Mineral Science or its equivalent from a recognized institution. A Master’s Degree in a similar field would be an added advantage
  • Blasting License
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License


  • 10 years working Experience in a similar role in an Open pit Mine of which five years’ should be in the area of Mine Planning.
  • Technical knowledge in mineral reserve estimation and reconciliation methodologies and excellent knowledge in geotechnical principles.
  • Proficiency in Technical Services and cost management and productivity enhancement
  • Should be conversant with heavy equipment earth moving applications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A team Player and have the ability to work under intense pressure
  • Proficiency in the preparation of operating and capital budgets
  • Excellent skill in job analysis and report writing
  • Strong desire to be a part of a start-up/high growth company with an entrepreneurial spirit and a fast-paced, results-oriented culture

?Behavioural Traits

  • Bold initiative
  • Thinking safely
  • Upholding quality
  • Technical Skill
  • Driving quantity
  • Driving attendance

Operational Requirements

  • Standby work required
  • Overtime when necessary
  • Exposure to dust, heat and noise
  • PC Literacy
  • An understanding of the cultural and political environment
  • An understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures

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