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Title:  Manager Metallurgy

Requisition ID:  81643

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Scientific Services

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.

Please note: This position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time. The position will require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations . This position may be performed anywhere in the U.S. except California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and New York.  Additional states may be excluded from remote work based on business factors.  Should the positions shift to in-office work in the future, the company will offer relocation benefits at that time should the position meet the established eligibility for these benefits.


This in-person position is performed onsite at Freeport-McMoRan’s corporate office in Phoenix, Arizona. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees who are working or attending a meeting onsite at the corporate office, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.


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 air travel. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees whose job requires travel by air, 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, 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 gold leaching in mineral processing facilities

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 safey-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 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

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