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Title:  Manager Metallurgy

Requisition ID:  127074

New Orleans, LA, US, 70112

Category:  Scientific Services
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Why You Should Apply For This Job: 

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. This position will be based out of our New Orleans, Louisianna office location.We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.


Responsible for management and oversight of strategic metallurgical projects. Identify and implement opportunities for improvement in metallurgical performance of processing plants either through continuous improvement, growth projects, or through deployment of leading-edge technology and innovation and its transfer. Participate in sound technical metallurgical processing due diligence exercises on acquisitions, mergers, and partnerships. Promote Industry Best Practices at operating companies across FCX. Continuous improvement of production planning and forecasting.

  • Supervises and develops metallurgical staff as well as undertaking coaching and mentoring metallurgical staff at operating sites
  • Leads the process of forecasting life-of-mine mill production for the assigned operation
  • Anticipates threats and opportunities to the product forecast over short, medium, and long-term horizons and recommends strategies to mitigate, supported by sound ore characterization as well as modelling and simulation
  • Selects critical mineral processing technology and equipment using sound decision analysis methods that takes into account technical, financial (capital and operating expenditures), operating and maintenance data, whilst agreeing decision methodology and evaluation with key stakeholders
  • As part of the mining company owner’s team on growth projects interact with engineering companies and set the following aspects for these projects: the flowsheet (including mass and energy balance), critical equipment and technology selections, process design criteria, process control and automation strategy, metallurgical sampling and accounting plan
  • Detailed process design for mineral processing oreflow systems, crushing and screening plants, concentrators, dewatering plants and ship loading facilities
  • Contributes to the preparation of technical reports and Approval for Expenditure documents (AFEs) for major projects. Provides data analysis, economic evaluations including review of operational data to determine cause of production shortfalls and recommends solutions
  • Perform other duties as requested


Minimum Requirements:

This position requires international air travel. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees whose job requires international travel, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel by air internationally, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and ten (10) years of experience in mineral processing, including five (5) years of experience in a mineral processing concentrator and three (3) years of experience working on large growth projects involving mining and engineering companies.
  • Proficiency in the use of the following software packages: JKSIMMET, Metso VPS, Aminpro 
  • Recognized amongst peers as a Subject Matter Expert in comminution (including crushing and grinding), flotation, and liquid-solid separation (including thickening and filtration) 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least (2) years of experience with project design and/or project management for large capital projects (>$100M USD)


  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hart hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required.
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as allowed by applicable state laws

At Freeport, we are committed to providing an employment package that recognizes excellence, rewards value and impact, and encourages safe production. Benefits and compensation are foundational elements of this package, along with career development opportunities, job progression and a culture supported by our core values, among others. Learn more at: FCX Jobs - Working Here



We provide an industry-leading benefits package with some of the lowest cost to employees – offering health, wellness, life insurance, paid time off, retirement savings and more. These benefits are available to you and your dependents starting day one. Our comprehensive benefits program is important to how we support the health and wellness of employees and their families. For further benefits information please click here: Benefits Details



The estimated annual pay range for this role is currently $125,000-$175,000. This range reflects base salary only and does not include bonus payments, benefits or retirement contributions. Actual base pay is determined by experience, qualifications, skills and other job-related factors. This role is eligible for additional incentive compensation considerations based on company and individual performance.  Additionally, this position is currently eligible for annual long-term incentive consideration.  Long-term incentives are contingent upon authorized approval under the terms and conditions of the Company's plan and award agreements.  More details will be shared during the hiring process.  To view an example of a Total Rewards Estimate for this role click here:  Total Rewards Estimate


Safety / Work Conditions:

Candidates will be required to participate in a post-offer, pre-employment medical examination for the following positions which may have essential job duties that can impact both their own safety and the safety of others:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel).


Please be advised that Freeport-McMoRan will never request payment for job-related expenses from applicants. If you receive any suspicious emails, please disregard them, and report the incident to


Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: New Orleans

Job Segment: Materials Science, Metallurgy, Testing, Project Manager, Mining, Science, Technology

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