General Manager West Africa (Mining / Geochemical / Project Management / Operations)

April 20, 2022
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Reference Number: 055 1213 (SV)

Job Description:

Our client, a global company providing analytical services to the mining industry, is seeking a General Manager West Africa to join their team. They will be responsible for directing all activities of the company in the respective countries and lead a safety driven culture. They will be reporting directly to the CEO.


Gold mine site in Mali:

Successful transition phase followed by commissioning of Chrysos unit
Introduction of Oil Testing

Increase utilization to 80%
Successful commissioning of Chrysos
Progress to ‘Hub’ status – multi-element capability
ISO17025 Accreditation

Establishment of a commercial laboratory and grow sample volumes
Develop a substantial West African Business: Revenue > by end of 2022
Business Development:

Win additional contracts in West Africa: Guinea; MalI; Ivory Coast
East Africa Hub Lab
Determine best location taking into account local market and logistics from neighboring countries
Capital efficient development
Operational: East Africa Hub lab: including ISO17025 on core methods
Nominal 25k Samples per month capacity in 2022 with basis for expansion to 50k samples per month
Assessment and implementation (if appropriate) of a Regional Logistics hub including bonded warehouse
Introduction of Oil Condition Monitoring offering to the mining market – in conjunction with the GM Projects and Mine Site Maintenance (a Capital entity)
West Africa Strategy: Work with the CEO and ELT on a broader strategy for expansion across the whole region

Manage, lead and co-ordinate to ensure monthly financial and operational targets are achieved
Ensure high laboratory utilisation is maintained through effective planning with clients and carrying out Business Development
Deliver on client contracted metrics such as Turnaround Time and Quality
Develop strong relationships with all mining and exploration companies in the region at a senior level.
Ensure the company creates a well-respected brand for quality, fast TAT and responsive communication
Have strong relationships with all key related Government entities
Provide management, leadership, direction and assistance to ensure that Laboratory Managers have clear direction on operational requirements.
Ensure company systems are utilised in accordance with group policies
Liaise with regional Laboratory Managers and BD personnel to ensure new business opportunities are developed, and existing client plans are clear and communicated monthly at management level.
Ensure Company safety standards, policies and procedures are implemented, communicated and adhered to, to ensure best practice safety is maintained
Ensure regional operations deliver community assistance to enable the company’s name to be recognized as a local participant in the community
Monitor the scheduling and direction of laboratory activities to ensure efficient allocation of resources throughout the region.
Report as required to the CEO
Ensure cost effectiveness through adherence to budgets.
Ensure operations maintenance plans are developed to improve equipment availabilities.
Review all Assay / Service contracts as required
Other duties as directed
Requirements: Qualification and Skill

Candidates must have strong stakeholder engagement skills, project management and operations experience across multiple sites in West Africa (+-8 sites)
Relevant degree
Minimum of 15 years’ experience in a senior management position including P&L responsibility
Strong negotiation skills
Strong understanding of the geochemical testing industry
Geotechnical or geochemical background
Proficiency in French
Reasonable mechanical understanding
Knowledge of laboratory equipment / processes would be valuable
Benefits and Contractual information:

Can be based in home country but will entail travel across the region


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Simone Verdoodt

Recruitment Consultant

CA Mining


CA Mining will respond to short-listed candidates only. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions.





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CA Global Headhunters is an international staffing company with a specific focus on recruitment in Africa. Our extensive, diverse candidate network built up over 10 years comprises the most skilled and experienced candidates. We recruit talent of the highest standards across African sectors, including Mining, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Banking, Finance, Legal, Insurance, Commodities, and Agriculture. As African markets continue to grow and develop, so too does our skill and expertise, ensuring that we deliver the best service to both clients and candidates.

Thanks to our access to global networks and resources, we understand our clients’ cultures, operations, business strategies, and industries. We are always on par with the latest technologies and trends which assist us in sourcing the best talent for clients. Whatever stage of the project lifecycle, we can put forward the right candidates with the right skills.

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