Senior process engineer – Concentrator / Mineral processing
Lethabong, Gauteng, South Africa
1d ago

Job Description

SGS Bateman seeks the services of a Process Engineer specializing in Concentrator / Mineral processing. The main function within this role is to provide technically acceptable process engineering deliverables within time and cost constraints.


Business Development / Marketing

Provide process engineering input to marketing and proposals by providing technical assistance to support Business Development and Marketing strategies

Produce cost effective, conceptual & timeous proposals

Determine customer’s requirements

Communicate with customer and review customer’s enquiry documents and evaluate requirements and constraints

Define the process / plant scope of work

Produce the conceptual design and generate alternatives

Produce and agree mass and energy balances and conceptual PFD’s

Contribute to basic design criteria document through preliminary equipment & motor list, preliminary control criteria and major equipment & material specification

Project Life Cycle

Provide Process engineering input to project implementation and Project set up

Provide input to generate scope of work, schedules and budgets

Refine scope of work, review contract and design discipline design criteria and engineering deliverables

Define Battery limits and control and report scope variances

Generate detail discipline schedules and review overall discipline requirements

Contribute to procurement and identify long lead items

Determine / prioritize work breakdown structure

Issue data to planner

Review / co-ordinate & adhere to schedule of implementation

Control and report variances

Generate and develop detail discipline budgets and identify indirect / resource costs

Adhere to budget implementation and control and report budget variances

Consolidate documentation for monthly project progress report

Provide input to monthly discipline reports

Provide feedback to functional manager


Generate the following engineering deliverables :

Detailed mass & energy balance

Detailed PFD’s

Detailed equipment / motor list

Equipment specifications

Data Sheets (Develop & Approval)

Operation & Control Philosophy

Detailed functional specifications

Write operating manual

Generate detailed plant process guarantees

Check and review design layouts, including vendor packages

Adhere to schedules and budgets

Issue, review and control final process design documentation

Check and obtain approval of calculations and specifications

Consult with specialists for novel or unusual designs

Client Relations (Internal & External)

Prepare approved vendor list and issue enquiry documents

Perform technical and commercial adjudication

Obtain client approval

Participate in pre-award meetings, review quality plan and contract

Review quality / expediting reports and witness key manufacturing hold points

Provide technical backup for expediting team

Proactively maintain information flow

Attend co-ordination meetings

Advise changes early

Co-ordinate deliveries

Adopt flexible approach

Respond to needs of other disciplines

Ensure awareness of Company vision and departmental goals / objectives

Plant commissioning

Produce and submit commissioning plan / manual

Determine critical path and establish commissioning sequence / schedule

Define and secure resources

Define battery limits of commissioning

Define commissioning systems / procedure

Produce commissioning files, including commissioning documentation

Ensure commissioning meets project requirements

Issue remedial inspection reports during construction

Monitor installation and commissioning checklists

Arrange and co-ordinate commissioning meetings

Conduct on-site commissioning

Provide technical back-up for site QA team

Assist in performance testing in terms of design base

Supervise and train operating personnel

Contribute to close-out report and adhere to close out procedures

Provide post-commissioning process support

Ensure plant optimization and plant operating analysis

Ensure regular visits / communications with client

Legislation, Policies & Procedures

Lead design reviews and Hazops

Ensure legal compliance with design codes and authorities

Contribute to public participation process as per National Environmental Management Act (NEMA)

Enforce process veto rights

Maintain standards

Adhere to and update Company standards

Utilize engineering tools / systems

Continuous Improvement

Consult with specialists for novel or unusual designs

Review industry standards making use of network periodicals, attending shows and conferences

Identify areas of improvement

Review all previous close-out report

Review systems and procedures

Recommend best practices

Continuous professional development

Identify and address training needs


A good Chemical Engineering or Extractive Metallurgy or Minerals Processing Degree from a recognized tertiary institution


At least 6 years’ experience in industrial operations and successful technical designs in Concentrator / Mineral processing.

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