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Operational Readiness Manager

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The Company
Our client is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of copper, with mining operations and development projects in key mining regions of Africa, Australia and America. They operate on a large-scale copper and cobalt deposits, both open pit and underground, with high-grade mineral reserves.

The Role
This position reports to the Project Director & Project Sponsor and is responsible for providing Operations Readiness leadership for the project team, the owner, and other stakeholders in delivering the business case such that assets, systems, and personnel are in place to realize the full potential business case and plan for and implement best practices in operational readiness for the Project.
This is a permanent role, based in UK, Maidenhead, with regular travel to the DRC.


  • Provide a project focus on the requirements of the owner for the start-up and ongoing operation of the business, including project delivery, asset management, business systems, policies and procedures, organisation, and training in accordance with the approved plan.
  • Manage short to medium term sustainable technical improvements to address a range of business-critical risks.
  • Assist in reviewing changes in scope and engineering design for variance in project value.
  • Monitor the development of the project in terms of compliance with statutory, legal such that all requirements are satisfied.
  • Collaborate with a range of stakeholders:
  • in the operating business to deliver on the project outcomes within the operational readiness guidelines,
  • in Procurement to validate supply chain contracts that deliver to the agreed quality, quantity, and timeline,
  • within the project team to ensure effective handover and start-up activities.
  • Manage an Operations Readiness schedule during each project stage detailing the activities required to achieve the plan.
  • Manage cost estimates for Operations Readiness for inclusion in financial modelling and adequate funding during implementation.
  • Facilitate the effective transition (i.e., data) from commissioning to production to achieve stable and consistent operations.
  • Manage the systems, processes, and people capability to enable the operations team to effectively function.
  • Provide leadership in HSEC and manage all Operations Readiness activities from Prefeasibility to Project Handover and Close-out without injury to people or the environment.
  • Monitor the design, schedule, and change management activities associated with Prefeasibility and Feasibility Studies and Detailed Engineering to provide the inclusion of Operational requirements as appropriate.
  • Manage a documented program of project reviews and audits.
  • Ensure that data and documents are properly managed throughout the project lifecycle and that the most updated and complete version is stored in an accessible and secure infrastructure.

The Requirements

  • Tertiary Qualifications – Recognised/accredited degree in Engineering, Project Management or Business. Specialisation in operational excellence preferred.
  • Licenses / Certifications – PMI PMP preferable.
  • Several years Project Management, Commissioning and Operational Readiness experience in the mining and metals industry.
  • Several years technical operational readiness experience for mining, refining, processing, smelting in extractive industries.
  • Manage and facilitate programs and operational readiness exercises to support stakeholders to prepare to operate and maintain new assets and capabilities being delivered.
  • Broad knowledge of industry/regulatory engineering, HSEC, operational codes and standards.
  • Ability to remain objective and independent in a collaborative manner to solve technical operational problems considering total cost of ownership concepts.
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills across all levels of the organisation.
  • Strong leadership and relationship building skills both including internal and external stakeholders.
  • Semi-autonomous, self-motivated, highly pro-active, and resilient attitude.
  • Technical problem-solving, facilitation, analytical, leadership/ management and negotiation capabilities with contractors/subcontractors.
  • Good understanding of financial concepts and requirements supported by a broad knowledge of commercial and financial principles.
  • Technical writing experience – including reports and presentations.

The Rewards
The position offers a competitive remuneration package.

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