Metallurgist Production Analysis & Improvement

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Location:Bell Bay

About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals.

Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come.

We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.

TEMCO is in Bell Bay Tasmania and is Australia's only ferro-alloy producer, operating four arc furnaces and a Sinter Plant to produce high-carbon ferromanganese, silicomanganese and sinter.

The opportunity

The Metallurgist Production A&I role is responsible for optimising metallurgical operation of Furnaces and Sinter Plant units for production of ferro alloys and sinter with the aim of maximising productivity and efficiency, reducing costs and ensuring that product quality conforms with customer requirements.

  • Ensures process safety is achieved through compliance with all safety related procedures
  • Ensure continuous effective management of critical controls are in place for identified material risks under Analysis & Improvement responsibility.
  • Report against the Production plan and elevate non-compliance to the Production Superintendent and Production Manager.
  • Monitor production units while in operation, working collaboratively with Production Execution teams to identify production issues and fault find.
  • Actively contribute to the daily and weekly production planning cycles, communicating and reporting on past 24-hour production activities and recipe changes.
  • Investigate reported events and deviations from target to identify root causes.
  • Provide input into business plans, budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Control raw material type, quality and quantity as sinter plant / furnace feed and ensure changes are made based on value in use.
  • Control sintering / smelting process by setting metallurgical parameters and giving directives to the plant operators.
  • Determines appropriate course of action for correcting adverse process trends and preventing non-conforming product.
  • Provides technical input to other areas of the plant such as raw material handling, furnace operation, sinter plant operation, maintenance, casting machines, baghouse and scrubber operations and product crushing screening and handling.
  • Liaise with Production Shift Supervisors regarding unit performance of tapping, casting and crushing requirements.
  • Provide input for engineering modifications needed for plant and equipment operated by the Production function.
  • Liaise with the Maintenance, and Production Material Movements functions to enable cross-functional alignment and support the delivery of Production improvements.
  • Undertake QA activities in the relevant production area.
  • Training and coaching for production operators.
  • Technical report writing

About you


  • 5-7 years post graduate Metallurgist experience in a smelting operation
  • Ferro Alloy smelting experience in Operational pyrometallurgy / submerged arc furnace is preferable
  • Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering or Science in relevant related discipline (mandatory)
  • Extensive understanding in extractive metallurgy with a focus on smelting operations
  • Strong investigative and analytical skills
  • Experience with raw materials and equipment budgeting, forecasting and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and communicate change with relevant stakeholders.
  • Superior planning skills from task/project inception through to full life cycle
  • Understanding of process control systems
  • Strong organisation skills with an eye for detail and analysis
  • Highly capable computer skills, and the ability to troubleshoot and solve complex problems.

Leadership and Business Acumen

  • Proven ability of working in a large team of technical professionals.
  • Relating technical solutions to financial decisions.
  • Ability to relate with technical and operational people.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, able to relate, influence and persuade at all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to develop common systems and standards working with employees not under direct authority lines.
  • Facilitation and influencing / negotiation skills.
  • Realistic and practical development of solution sets at the Business Unit level.
  • Improvement focus - identifying best practice and transferring knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to select, develop, coach and mentor employees resulting in improved engagement, diversity and organisational capability.
  • Resilience.

What we offer you

  • Opportunity to work a 9-day fortnight
  • Superannuation
  • Education and career development
  • Competitive salaries


TEMCO is located at Bell Bay, 50km north of Launceston and 4km from George Town, on the beautiful Tamar River in Tasmania. Tasmania offers a unique lifestyle choice with short commute times, easy access to a wide range of leisure activities, affordable housing, well-regarded schools, a vibrant cultural and sporting scene and welcoming communities.

Applications close:4 Weeks from publication