POSITION: Chief Operating Officer

NATURE OF BUSINESS: Listed Mining Services Group

JOB LOCATION:Johannesburg

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors

SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE OPPORTUNITY: Provide high-level technical expertise in support of the Chief Executive Officer with a main focus on projects and initiatives. Drive the improvement of existing processes, monetise assets, and identify and develop new opportunities for the Group’s operating businesses, working closely with the business units heads.

GROUP BACKGROUND: The group is a diversified Mining Services organization involved in opencast mining, exploration drilling and rehabilitation. It is a leading supplier of outsourced mining services in the South African coal mining industry and currently has operations in a further 15 African countries.


  • At least 15 years’ experience of working in the Mining sector in an operational Mining, Mining Services or related Industry environment.
  • Preferable to have a combination of operational Mining and Mining Services experience gained at a senior management or executive level
  • Tertiary qualification in Mining or Mechanical Engineering



  • Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board make a significant Contribution to strategic planning and take responsibility for the implementation
  • Provide technical (mining) expertiseand support at Executive Level
  • Identify new opportunities in new andexisting markets. Develop strategies to penetrate new markets and identify potential revenue streams for the business
  • Ensure optimal utilisation /monetisation of the Group’s asset base
  • Liaise closely with the operatingbusinesses to lead the improvement of processes, systems and structures across the Group
  • Take ownership of productivity improvement programmes, maintenance, Safety Health & Environment (SHE) across the Group
  • Drive technical improvements
  • Drive business improvement through effective operations management
  • Prepare operations and capital expenditure budgets
  • Project conceptualisation and delivery


Note:  Part of the Woodburn Mann processinvolves verification your qualifications. Many clients also request that potential candidates complete criminal and credit checks.

South Africa has an abundance of mineral resources and it's wealth has been built on the country's vast resources.

The country is a leading global producer of gold and platinum, as well as of base metals and coal. It is also a major source of diamonds.


The Mining industry is crucial to South Africa, with precious metals contributing greatly to the country's mineral export earnings.


The mining industry is also South Africa's biggest employer with almost as many people being employed by the mining companies as by the suppliers of goods and services to the industry.

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