Process Manager

Tasiast, Inchiri Region, Mauritania
Oct 08, 2021
Nov 07, 2021
Full Time
The Tasiast mine is an open-pit operation in northwestern Mauritania located within an extensive gold system that is largely underexplored. The mine is proceeding with an expansion that is expected to increase production and lower operating costs.

Job Description

Lead the execution of strategy for the mill and dump leach operations and ensure alignment with the organizations' overall strategy. Maximize operational efficiency and profitability of the mills and dump leach. Lead the operation in an efficient manner consistent with health, safety, and environmental standards to achieve production and operating cost goals.
It is critical to this role the efficient transfer of knowledge to the local Mauritanian staff ensuring rigorous performance management is implemented as well as succession and development plans are in place with the aim of attaining Kinross Mauritanisation objectives.
This role reports to Tasiast Operations Director and leads a team of expats and national superintendents, supervisors, and other national staff.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the Process Plant activities are executed within all required safety standards and site policies.
  • Participate with the Operations Director and other senior staff to set production goals and policy for the mine and then direct the activities of the Process Plant staff to achieve those production goals. Set performance targets, and measures.
  • Prepare annual operating plans and budgets for the Process Plant as well as monthly forecasts. Maintain costs by controlling labor, power, and supplies while achieving production targets.
  • Develop systems and measures that appropriately assess mill and dump leach operations performance to ensure goal achievement.
  • Produce monthly reports for the Process Plant Department.
  • Direct the metallurgical accounting and testing activities through the Chief Metallurgist to achieve optimum efficiency in the mill.
  • Direct the activities of the assay lab through the Chief Chemist and Chief Metallurgist to accomplish the goal of timely and accurate completion of assays and other required testing within budgeted costs.
  • Perform personnel administration functions including hiring employees, conducting performance reviews, administering disciplinary action, and directing career development of subordinates in conjunction with the Human Resources Department.
  • Compliance with and implementation of all company policies and procedures.
  • Assure compliance with health, safety, and environmental standards pertaining to mill and dump leach operations by conducting frequent inspections of the facility.
  • Direct the Process Superintendent and Process CI Coordinator in coordinating operations and maintenance in the mill, including scheduling shutdowns for major work, establishing priorities, monitoring, preventative maintenance and assuring that areas are ready for production and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Guiding contractors through a transition to become value-adding partners as Business Partners.
  • Act as a change agent and project sponsor to drive key initiatives; models the Kinross values, and prioritizes business goals.
  • Actively supports and encourages an atmosphere of continuous improvement within the organization, and drives operational and efficiency improvements ideas.
  • Actively develops direct reports and helps overcome barriers.
  • Builds the capabilities of the team to enhance the operations' ability to achieve the financial and operating strategy; identifies role succession requirements and develops "high potential" talent. Develop an evergreen succession plan for the organization.
  • Lead and manage a senior team of superintendents, chiefs, and other Process Plant staff.
  • The Process Manager also has the Process Plant and Dump Leach Maintenance responsibility, plus the accountability to ensure Power Generation.
  • Perform other functions as assigned by supervisor.

Education and Experience

  • BS degree in Metallurgical or Chemical engineering, or equivalent work experience.
  • Additional specialized education, including a master's level degree, is preferred.
  • Formal professional designation in the area of expertise is preferred.

  • A minimum of 15 years related work experience, with at least 5 years in precious metals.
  • Previous leadership experience within the mining industry.
  • Experience in Plant Operations with increasing levels of responsibility is preferred.
  • Previous expat experience working in challenging locations is preferred.


  • General knowledge of mining and the integration of the mining, milling, and maintenance functions.
  • Detailed knowledge of all phases of gold processing including grinding and agitated leaching with cyanide, carbon absorption and regeneration, and refining.
  • Knowledge and experience developing policies and procedures for the organization.
  • Good working knowledge and skills with a P.C. utilizing MS Office.
  • Able to work independently, as well as be an effective member of the management team.
  • Must possess strong verbal, written, analytical, and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Ability to speak in English is mandatory.
  • Ability to speak French is an asset

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.