Lubambe Copper Mine is located within the Greater Konkola Area of the Zambian Copperbelt and consists of a large-scale mining license covering an area of approximately 240 square kilometres. The mine is a modern, world class facility with fully mechanized underground operations.
Lubambe Copper Mines is owned by EMR Capital of Australia (80%) and ZCCM – Investments Holdings (20%).
The Mine is currently in a ramp up stage and will ultimately produce 45,000 tonnes of contained copper and will employ over 2,000 people including contractors. The plant infrastructure consists of a concentrator plant, a laboratory and underground infrastructure. The concentrator incorporates crushing, milling, flotation and filtration. The design capacity is 2.5 MTPA of ore at an average mill grade of 2.3% copper, yielding 45,000 tonnes of contained copper in concentrate to be sold to smelters in Zambia.
To support this vision, Lubambe Copper Mine seeks to employ an experienced and qualified individual in the following position:
CHIEF SURVEYOR (X1)
This position reports to the Technical Services Manager.
CORE PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Chief Surveyor is legally appointed and responsible for ensuring that the provisions of Part V of the Zambian Mining Regulations (MR501-MR510) are complied with. The Chief Surveyor is responsible for upcoming field tasks, planning, scheduling, calculations, materials, and equipment necessary for surveying, control, and various building and mining system layouts.
Key Performance Areas/Indicators (KPA/Is):
The Chief Surveyor Shall:
- Be responsible for ALL surveying work in underground workings at the Lubambe Mine;
- Be responsible for ALL surveying work on surface areas covered by the mine licence area;
- Adhere to and improve procedures and practices for survey data collection;
- Coordinate mine survey data collection activities;
- Assume accountability of all survey measurements in all departments;
- Ensure survey data is compiled into correct formats and positioning systems to the required accuracy;
- Conduct spot checks and regular audits to ensure data accuracy;
- Ensure data is appropriately and safely stored in data bases and filing systems;
- Conduct monthly reconciliation of all ore, waste and stockpile movements;
- Compile monthly payment certificates for mining contractors;
- Compile and sign off all plans and ore, waste reconciliation reports as required by the Mine Safety Department (MSD);
- Ensure adherence and compliance to SHE practices, policies and procedures including risk assessment;
- Perform engineering and construction surveys and provide direction to Mine Surveyors and ensure understanding and compliance.
- The Chief Surveyor shall ensure that all mining, engineering and project designs requiring survey works are implemented as approved and meet the prescribed standards of accuracy.
- The Chief Surveyor shall work in a manner regulated by survey standards and ensure that the same are adhered to by the Section Surveyors.
- The Chief Surveyor is required to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct. Consistency and veracity are a surveyor’s highest qualification.
- Check all surveys carried out and ensure that they are done with the highest economic accuracies achievable.
- Task Profile: The Chief Surveyor shall have a task profile that ranges across the entire value chain of the Lubambe mining process. More specifically the role is to supervise and check the execution of all surveys carried out by the Senior Sectional and Sectional Surveyors. The Chief Surveyor shall be responsible for developing the tactics necessary to complete organizational objectives in as far as Survey is concerned.
- Liaison: The Chief Surveyor shall serve as the liaison between the survey department and the various operational clients to ensure that the scope, timelines and levels of specification are accurately defined and agreed upon.
- Coordinator: ensure the coordination of events, tasks and activities with the team in order to ensure that work is done effectively.
- Checks and Balance: ensuring the accuracy of works produced by team members. This includes checking surveys produced daily. This also includes the establishment and adjustment of the survey control network on surface. Development, Production and Stockpile measurement reports.
- Accuracy: All surveys shall comply with the specified levels of precision and accuracy in order to meet the various production, development and project targets. The Chief Surveyor shall ensure that all necessary adjustments are carried out by the respective surveyors.
- Monitoring and control: to track, review, and orchestrate the progress and performance of all ongoing survey tasks; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes in order to optimize the teams output.
- Inventory management: supervise inventory and survey consumables and establish systems for tracking and monitoring the same. The role shall be responsible for budgeting for and raising the necessary purchase orders for operating requirements as need arises.
- Service scheduling: The Chief Surveyor shall ensure that all survey instruments are calibrated. The role shall ensure that all equipment meet the respective calibration standards
- Supervision: The Chief Surveyor shall be responsible for the supervision of all tasks executed by the Senior Sectional Surveyors, Sectional Surveyors, Survey Technicians and Draughtsman. This involves enhancing safety, productivity and responsivity of the team members.
- Safety: ensure that the team members are fully compliant to PPE requirements and are conversant with all safety requirements in their area of operation.
- Operations: Required to plan and coordinate the teams shift in such a manner as to facilitate the achievement of the company’s development and copper production targets.
- Costs: Ensure that tasks are planned and executed in a highly proactive manner that results in an efficient outlay of operating expenses in regard to fuel, overtime, equipment purchases and servicing of equipment.
Professional Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics or Diploma in Mine Surveying
- 10 years + work experience in a similar role preferably at Supervisory level
- Member of EIZ plus SIZ a must