Superintendent Metallurgy


Location: Queensland

Job Type: Full time


  • Experienced Superintendent Metallurgy
  • 4/3 Mon - Thurs FIFO Roster from Townsville/Cairns/Brisbane
  • Attractive salary with a wide range of benefits


Cannington is one of the world's largest and lowest-cost producers of silver and lead.  Located in northwest Queensland, Cannington boasts an underground mine and processing facility situated approximately 800 kilometers west of Townsville and a concentrate handling facility at the Port of Townsville.

Cannington mine provides on-site accommodation including meal services, as well as sporting and gym facilities.

About the role

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced Superintendent Metallurgy to ensure that the processing plant is operated efficiently, metallurgical accounting is accurate and used to track and report production performance, and to oversee the production forecasting process with respect to ore processing.

Cannington have completed several significant improvement projects in the processing plant in the past two years and continue to have an exciting pipeline of improvement opportunities to be ranked and managed to implementation.

Reporting to the General Manager Operations, the role is being offered on a permanent basis, on an 4/3 Mon to Thurs roster, fly-in fly-out from Brisbane, Townsville, or Cairns.

Some of your main responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure optimal management of the department through the effective and efficient application of policies and procedures, business systems, human and financial resources.
  • Actively coach and provide effective leadership of Metallurgy Teams through best practices, process, and systems adherence
  • Material risk ownership and continuous effective management of critical risk areas including assisting in maintaining compliance of tailings storage facilities
  • Identification of technologies that may generate value for the business
  • Measure, track and accurately report operational and cost performance against budget/forecast
  • Support and advance critical process development and improvement projects
  • Cost performance (shared with Processing Superintendent)
  • Develop tools and processes for maintaining departmental operating system

About you

  • Role model and promote an inclusive and safety-oriented culture
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in Metallurgy role preferably within a polymetallic base metal concentrator with at least 2 years in a major projects or team leadership role.
  • Bachelor of Engineering or Science in Metallurgical, Chemical or Process Engineering or related discipline
  • Proven experience and ability to develop, lead and manage multidisciplinary teams
  • Superior planning skills from task/project inception through to full life cycle
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Geometallurgy experience in base metal mineralogy is highly desirable
  • Proven experience in the application of data analytics and visualisation tools such as Power BI, Tableau or Minitab statistical software will be an added advantage

Our benefits

  • Great team working environment
  • Excellent company culture
  • Competitive Renumeration package
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Incentive bonuses
  • Additional employer superannuation contributions

Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered, and appropriately rewarded.

We aspire to be an inclusive organization, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

South32 embraces diversity and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

If you're good at what you do, you can work anywhere. If you're the best at what you do, come work at South 32.

Please note this job advert will close on 02nd June 2023.

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