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Project Study 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 / Senior Project Manager/ Head of Projects Regional and is responsible for leading the project development team through the PFS stage to ensure that project objectives and value are defined and delivered.
This is a permanent position based on site in Maidenhead, UK and support projects in Africa.


  • The Study Manager is accountable to the Project Director for the delivery of Pre-feasibility Study (PFS) including the study report, project controls, the project valuation, and the management of the study’s workstreams including, but not limited to, water management, waste management, geotechnical work, infrastructure and services, engineering approvals, the feasibility study plan, and the project execution plan. The Study Manager is accountable for the quality of the PFS deliverables and ensuring that all applicable guidelines and standards are met or exceeded.
  • Develop the Project Scope by understanding the Copper Asset business drivers and integrating these into a meaningful plan. 
  • Maintain continuous alignment of project scope with business objectives and making recommendations to modify the project to enhance effectiveness in achieving business results or strategic intent.  
  • Influence decisions based on understanding of the strategy and commercial drivers and contributing to the implementation strategy within the project.
  • Guide the internal approval process through the technical and business evaluation process to achieve the required outcomes.
  • Implement the project in accordance with approved parameters (e.g. HSE, scope, quality, budget, schedule, etc.) to deliver an operating asset.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to continually understand and update business critical project deliverables.
  • Follow a rigorous problem-solving methodology, analyze a broad range of data, and interpret to deliver solutions to business-critical issues.
  • Focus commercially to ensure projects deliver the highest value for the organization.
  • Manage, guide, and influence the study management team (direct reports) and other specialist teams (as necessary) to meet the critical project outcomes. 
  • Resource the project and ensuring the retention of staff for the duration of the project. 
  • Collaborate and effectively manage project interfaces by leading and continuously collaborating with the appropriate stakeholders to align and maximize efforts for project delivery.
  • Proactively resolve performance, scope, cost, and schedule issues with contractors as they arise.
  • Guide and support the team in their management of stakeholder relationships.
  • Ensure the right systems and processes are in place and that these are applied in the Contracts/ Project.
  • Design and implement innovative approaches to problem solving to accelerate delivery time on projects and other step change improvements.
  • Deliver on tight timeframes with clear, measurable results, with effective control of contractor variations.
  • Assign project team leaders to manage cost, schedule, and performance of individual processes, ensuring that the integration of the processes meet the business need and project objectives.
  • Provide specialist project management and engineering support and direction to project stakeholders, building on and sharing the lessons learnt.
  • Manage and monitor project performance on an ongoing basis to identify issues and opportunities for continuous improvement early and take pre-emptive action.
  • Follow rigorous project management methodologies to ensure successful delivery of the project to stakeholders, including the management of global/regional issues and the mitigation of risks.
  • Monitor, report and control all relevant aspects of the project to forecast costs and schedules, identify trends and take action to minimise threats and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Transfer documentation and knowledge at project close-out.
  • Provide leadership in HSEC by anticipating current and future risks and managing these, as well as setting and monitoring objectives to ensure standards are met.
  • Provide compliance and risk management leadership by anticipating current and future risks and managing these, and by setting and monitoring objectives to ensure standards are met.
  • Provide leadership in Data Management by setting the right standards and procedures to preserve and protect information assets, and then monitoring compliance to these standards.

The Requirements

  • Tertiary Qualifications: Relevant Engineering degree or equivalent (essential).
  • Project Management Qualification (essential) e.g. PMI – PMP.
  • Tailings feasilibilty studies are essential 
  • Proven ability in leading multidiscipline projects in an industrial environment.
  • Proven ability to optimize project design in similar industry.
  • Proven ability to deliver the innovative thinking and design stage of project.  
  • Demonstrate commitment to HSE Management in a Project/Service Contract environment.
  • Experience in the mining or other heavy industry in a leadership role with a strategic commercial focus. 
  • Ability to relate to a varied group of people from a range of different cultural and industry backgrounds.
  • Must have highly developed skills in leadership, organisation, communication, problem resolution and negotiation.
  • Ability to manage multiple parties simultaneously.

The Rewards
The position offers a competitive remuneration package. 

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