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Process Maintenance Superintendent

Published on 30.04.2021


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Position : Process Maintenance Superintendent

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

About This Role:

  • To provide leadership, management and supervision for the maintenance activities of the process plant and associated infrastructure. 
  • To assist in the development and implementation of training programs for the workforce using Newmont’s safety, environmental and maintenance practices as an integral component of the job role.

In This Role You Will:

Health, Safety and Environment

  • Become familiar and strictly adhere to Newmont’s Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental standards. Act as a role model in complying with and supporting these standards and practices.
  • Accept personal accountability for the health and safety of every employee under or assigned to his/her supervision.
  • Comply with all Health, Safety and Loss Prevention (HSLP), Environment and Social Responsibility requirements under Newmont’s Integrated Management System, Newmont's vision and values.
  • Ensure implementation of job and safety training programs.
  • Ensure that applicable environmental regulations and compliance programs are implemented.

People Management

  • Manage and supervise the process maintenance section to achieve safe, cost-effective preventative maintenance of all infrastructures, fixed and mobile plant, through the development and implementation of short/long term strategies.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of training programmes for the workforce in performing the maintenance tasks for the Ahafo North process plant.
  • Deputize for the Process Manager role during periods of leave.
  • Ensure that staff training and development programs are conducted in accordance with Newmont’s people development programs.
  • Ensure the transfer of technology from expatriate to national employees and the promotion and support of national employees’ training and skill development.

Planning, Scheduling and Continuous Improvement

  • Develop and implement maintenance strategies that utilize Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) techniques and budget control that will deliver the optimum process plant availability and operating costs.
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement programs which will assist in enhancing the performance of the Ahafo North process plant operation.
  • Initiate projects and direct activities leading to continuous improvement of safety and production.
  • Ensure all equipment are properly serviced and maintained.
  • Be responsible for managing owner and contract maintenance personnel supporting the processing plant.
  • Oversee design, planning, and coordination of shut-downs.
  • Ensure that job procedures, work flows and special work needs are available and implemented.
  • Forecast long-term (Life of Mine) maintenance / material requirements for the process plant in conjunction with Supply Chain Management (SCM) and prepare and issue long-range schedules, budgets and forecasts.

Additional Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Prepare budgets, recommend purchase of capital equipment and selection of vendors, prepare Authorization for Expenditure (AFE’s) for capital projects.
  • Coordinate with the stores/procurement section to ensure that all the necessary maintenance parts and supplies are available to maintain the process plant and associated facilities.
  • Prepare maintenance operating cost forecasts, budgets and monthly maintenance reports.
  • Appropriately manage the capital program for the process maintenance section:
    • As an AFE Manager for sustaining capital, ensure - timeliness in submission of AFEs, quality of submitted AFEs and timeliness of capital spend.
    • As a Cost Center Manager with sustaining capital, ensure that expenditure will be within set target ranges, adjusted for changes in planning assumptions and decisions.
    • As an AFE Manager with a closed project, ensure - prompt closing out of projects, project deliverables have been met.
  • Be responsible for input to the business planning process.
  • Be responsible for budgeting and cost control for a number of cost centers.
  • Be accountable for approval of purchases and expenditure within the delegated limits of authority.

Project Management

  • Oversee process maintenance projects. Control and direct project status in maintenance section.
  • Initiate corrective action to deliver projects on time and within cost by ensuring project compliance and quality are achieved while identifying improvement opportunities.
  • Lead the Ahafo North Process Maintenance function from project stage to production, key responsibilities include;
    • Review of plant engineering and recommend changes to improve maintainability in the design.
    • Complete all stage gate deliverable and documentation for process maintenance function (Business Recovery Plan (BRP), Project Execution Plan (PEP) and cost estimation).
    • Review and manage initial spares and warehouse inventory levels.
    • Recruit and train personnel as per the staffing and training plan.
    • Set up maintenance service agreements with various contractors.
    • Set up tools, materials, and consumables for startup.
    • Set up the maintenance workshop with tools, equipment and consumables.
    • Actively participate in Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) pre-commissioning and wet commissioning activities.
    • Assist the Site Services department with the maintenance of the potable water plant and sewage treatment plant.
    • Maintain the infrastructure electrical system.
Required profile for job ad : Process Maintenance Superintendent
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.

Additional Knowledge:

  • Equivalent combination of training and experience in leading a large multi-national processing plant.


  • Minimum of 12 years’ experience as a Maintenance Superintendent in a large process plant environment. Note: Extensive maintenance supervisory experience is a prerequisite for the job.
  • Process plant commissioning and start-up experience would be a plus.
  • Work experience in an overseas environment and training a national workforce is desirable.
  • Work experience on a large Greenfield construction projects is desirable.
  • Management and supervisory experience in a developing country with a large group of employees, both staff and hourly.

Technical Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge in the maintenance of crushers and grinding mill equipment.
  • Strong working knowledge in the maintenance of large slurry pumps and reducers.
  • Strong working knowledge in maintenance planning systems – SAP/MIMS.
  • Strong working knowledge of budget and cost control in a process maintenance environment.
  • High-level communication skills – verbal and written.
  • Advance computer literacy skills - MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and MS Project. 
  • Strong presentation, facilitation and consultation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to identify and analyze organizational needs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the statutory regulations relevant to safety and the environment for the mining industry.

Behavioural Attributes:

  • Accuracy.
  • Analytical.
  • Decisive.
  • Directive.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Goal oriented.
  • Influential.
  • Proactive.
  • Reliable.
  • Risk taking.
  • Safety conscious.
Job criteria for job ad : Process Maintenance Superintendent
Job category :
Production, maintenance, quality
Industries :
Industry, production, manufacturing and other
Employment type :
Permanent contract
Region :
Ashanti - Brong Ahafo - Central - Eastern - Greater Accra - Northern - Upper East - Upper West - Volta - Western
Experience level :
More than 10 years
Educational level :
Spoken language :
Number of Position(s) : 1

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