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Senior Metallurgist(specialized in extractive metallurgy of Gold)

Testing & Laboratory
048518 Requisition #
Senior Metallurgist

(specialized in extractive metallurgy of Gold)

Division of Minerals
Lakefield, ON
Type of employment: Permanent
Business Line: SGS Minerals
Reporting to: Group Manager-Metallurgy
About SGS:

Make an impact with SGS! With more than 97,000 employees and 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world, SGS is a silent force working hard behind the scenes to deliver quality and integrity to businesses across nine industries. As the world’s leader in providing inspection, verification, testing and certification services, Forbes ranked the SGS Group as one of the world’s top multinationals and one of the world’s most innovative companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices has also recognized the SGS Group for its sustainability processes. In Canada, SGS employs over 2,000 team members across 70 locations.


A day in the life of an SGS Senior Metallurgist:

This position is responsible for the technical competence, work coordination, and scheduling for completion of laboratory and pilot plant research programs.  The incumbent is responsible for client relationships/communications and meeting client requirements for successful project completion. 


He/she ensures that work meets established quality standards and Company procedures.  The incumbent is accountable for setting and controlling project budgets and issuing project billing invoices.  The incumbent has responsibility for health & safety, environment, productivity, and quality priorities, ensuring that all of these issues are addressed and optimized.


This job description applies to Senior Metallurgists/Project Managers in the technical groups of Mineral Processing (Grinding & Flotation), Gold Processing and Hydrometallurgy.

  • Establishes methods and procedures to complete assigned work schedules and coordinates work activities with other Project Managers, Metallurgists/ Engineers and Technical Staff.
  • Establishes and understands client’s needs and objectives for a successful project or campaign.
  • Prepares projects technical and financial proposals.
  • Carries out all the planning, scheduling and coordination required to execute a project or campaign.
  • Implements project management methodologies for the planning and control of a project or pilot plant campaigns.
  • Communicates routinely with clients, peers and sub-ordinates involved in each program.
  • Prepares interim and final technical, reports, as required.
  • Controlling project budgets and prepares project billing information for invoicing (when required).
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the set-up of machinery, equipment for laboratory and pilot plant circuits,
  • Carries out pilot plant project planning and co-ordination including risk assessments, technical protocols, sample planning and technical training of technicians.
  • Reviews all equipment for Health and Safety standards
  • Trains staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Promotes a team environment among staff. 
  • Ensures the training needs of staff are met and maintains a motivated workforce. 
  • Sets goals and reviews employee job performance and training needs.
  • Constructively resolves work issues where they arise and recommends work measures to improve productivity and the quality of results.
  • Follows all Health, Safety and Environment policies and regulations at all times.
  • Some off-site travel for projects and extended hours on/off-site will be required from time-to-time.
  • Possible travel to other SGS metallurgical laboratory locations in Canada or overseas on either short term assignments or longer-term assignments as part of a strategic initiative.
  • May be assigned and coordinate special or ad hoc projects as needed.

The Ideal candidate:
  • Degree: Bachelor University degree in Chemical Engineering, Mineral Processing, Hydrometallurgy, Mining Engineering or in a related science discipline.
  • Experience:
    • 8 to 10 years of previous working experience in a mineral related field or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
    • Previous experience in mineral processing, hydrometallurgy or gold metallurgy, including flowsheet development, bench scale test work and pilot plant programs
    • Strong project management skills
    • Strong leadership skills and experience in the supervising of small technical teams, ideally including the supervising of people in a mineral related laboratory.
    • Experience with financial/budget responsibilities
Additional Information:

SGS Canada is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to achieving greater accessibility by providing accommodation for people with disabilities during our hiring process.  Accommodations are available on request for qualified candidates during each stage of the recruitment process.


Please note that candidates applying for Canadian job openings should be authorized to work in Canada.

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