General Manager (PGM’s / Smelter / Furnaces / Metallurgy) – Northwest, South Africa

Southern Africa
Posted 6 days ago

Reference No. 362 09 RR


Job Description:

Our client, a prominent South African mining company, is in search of a dynamic General Manager. In this pivotal role, you will lead and oversee the Smelter Business Unit, shaping and executing both short- and long-term strategies to facilitate the production of top-tier ferrochrome. Your primary responsibility will be to ensure the furnaces, pelletiser, and chrome recovery plant operate efficiently and consistently, aligning their performance with the company's overarching goals concerning production volume, product quality, and cost efficiency.



  • Develop comprehensive short- and long-term production and maintenance strategies aimed at fostering process enhancements and sustaining ferrochrome production in alignment with the company's corporate goals.
  • Optimize the allocation of maintenance resources, while implementing equipment upgrades, rehabilitation, and replacement plans to ensure maximum uptime of production facilities, meeting production targets while adhering to budgetary constraints.
  • Establish robust cost control systems, covering both operating and capital expenditures, along with efficient resource utilization practices to maintain expenditures within approved budget limits.
  •  Spearhead Continuous Improvement initiatives through a commitment to Operational Excellence, driving ongoing enhancements in operational processes.
  • Prioritize Customer Satisfaction by maintaining the highest international quality standards for ferrochrome production, aligning closely with market and customer demands.
  • Cultivate a conducive and collaborative work environment, fostering a culture that empowers employees and facilitates their engagement.
  • Effectively lead and manage the workforce and material resources to achieve production objectives within the confines of approved budgets.
  • Leverage the Integrated Management System (IMS) to initiate, investigate, and report on SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality) status, ensuring compliance with regulatory and company standards.


Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • 10 years of pertinent experience, ideally encompassing 5 years of managerial roles in overseeing Metallurgical plant operations, with a particular emphasis on managing Smelter operations comprehensively.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Metallurgical, Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or a related technical field.
  • Master's degree in a technical discipline, Business Administration, or commercial studies would confer a distinct advantage.
  • Extensive background in production, maintenance, and engineering.
  • A significant level of exposure to, and familiarity with, chrome production equipment, processes, and customer relations.


Benefits and Contractual information:

  • Permanent Employment Opportunity
  • Competitive Senior Management Remuneration Package
  • Annual performance incentives (STI & LTI’s)


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Ruan Roodt

Managing Lead: Market Intelligence

CA Mining


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