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Title:  Chief Metallurgist

Requisition ID:  30046
Location: 

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Scientific Services
Description: 

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. 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.

Description

Under limited supervision, plans, organizes, supervises and evaluates Metallurgical testing and analysis at assigned site. Responsible for establishing Metallurgical performance targets for the site.
 
  • Supervises and develops Metallurgical staff
  • Anticipates threats and opportunities to the production forecast. Reviews, recommends and implements strategies to achieve forecast production levels 
  • Defines Metallurgical reporting targets. Reports Metallurgical or process issues/problems, completes data analysis and makes recommendations to appropriate site management for correction or operational improvement opportunities
  • Supervises or may serve as technical expert on the most complex Metallurgical testing
  • Contributes to site strategic planning and budgeting efforts for Metallurgical testing
  • Provides guidance and counsel to the site management team on applicable programs, practices and existing/proposed local, State and Federal regulations
  • Leads the process of predicting production and making production forecasts for the assigned unit process
  • Contributes to the preparation of technical reports. Provides data analysis, economic evaluations. Supervise or review, investigate and troubleshoot forecasts and other operational data. Determines cause of production shortfalls and recommends solutions
  • Reviews, recommends and implements new or enhanced testing equipment or protocols
  • Evaluates and administers contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
  • May represent the site on company-sponsored steering teams
  • Performs other duties as required

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy, Chemistry or related Engineering discipline and seven (7) years of experience in Metallurgy or closely related Scientific field, including lead or supervisory experience, OR
  • Master's degree in Metallurgy, Chemistry or related Engineering discipline and five (5) years of experience in Metallurgy or closely related Scientific field, including lead or supervisory experience
  • Ability to mentor and lead others in company safety and environmental initiatives, culture and values. Drives action in existing programs and makes process changes with a safety & environmental focus  
  • Understands technical and operational aspects of the unit operations assigned 
  • Demonstrated ability to predict and make production forecasts for the assigned unit process
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical information in a clear and concise form
  • Demonstrated ability to research, recognize and identify the interdependence of complex process variables within the scope to anticipate issues, draw valid conclusions and make recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability to be lead and manage large projects, and provide timely and quality results
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate technical needs, drive and optimize complex metallurgical test work based on complex data analysis and make recommendations for process improvement changes
  • Experience effectively leading or being involved in multi-disciplinary groups and demonstrate accountability of work to self and other team members
  • Skill in supervising, evaluating, training and motivating employees
  • Skill in preparing, defending, and monitoring budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor, engage, lead and empower internal or external resources to solve problems. Adapts management style

 

Preferred

 

  • Experience developing and executing geometallurgy programs
  • Familiarity with JKSimmet or equivalent minerals processing models
  • Experience with metallurgical accounting and mass balancing
  • Process flowsheet development for metallurgical expansion projects
  • Experience with advanced analytics and digital twin modelling

 

Criteria/Conditions

  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Work is in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects up to thirty (30) pounds during the course of the workday
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, or manufacturing plant environment, including hard 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 per applicable State Laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • 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); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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