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Plant Metallurgist - Technical Projects

Job Posting Date:  4 Dec 2023
Function:  Technology


Who we are


Nyrstar is a global multi-metals business, with a market leading position in zinc and lead and growing positions in other base and precious metals. Nyrstar has mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, the Americas and Australia and employs over 4,000 people. The company’s global operations are located close to key customers and major transport hubs to facilitate delivery of raw materials and distribution of finished products. In August 2019, Nyrstar’s operating business became majority owned by Trafigura, a market leader in the global commodities industry, providing a stable long term platform for its marketing leading operations worldwide. Visit



Overview of the role


An exciting opportunity is now open for a Metallurgist to join the Technical Projects team.


With your technical knowledge of Nyrstar Port Pirie site processes (or similar) you will be called upon to assist in a variety of situations to manage technical projects, assist with more larger complex projects and work as a consultant to give robust, practical and problem solving advice to the operations when required.


Your experience will enable you to identify areas of technical improvements and provide solutions to processing/metallurgical problems  within the plants and for the portfolio of projects. This is a site wide role that encompasses the entire operations, therefore the successful incumbent must have a knowledge of the entire site operations and interactions between the plants, or the ability to quickly learn and understand.


Reporting to the Principal Metallurgist – Technical Projects, this position operates on a Monday-Friday roster.  Relocation assistance will be provided to the successful candidate, if required.


Key responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:


  • Provide technical advice based on sound literature, data, logic and process knowledge
  • Manage projects through the concept, feasibility and commissioning stages as identified through the Tactical Plan
  • Collaborate with senior personnel in the plant to ensure the projects are completed within agreed timeframes and budgets and to agreed expectations
  • Develop business cases and concepts for future developments to debottleneck the site
  • Pilot/trial commission strategic projects with the operational Principal/Senior Metallurgists


Qualifications/Experience & Abilities:


  • Formal graduate technical qualifications in Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy or similar
  • 2+ years in a plant based Chemical Engineering role or similar is desirable
  • Experience in a similar project role is desirable
  • Experience in the mining / resources industry or acid production facilities is highly regarded
  • Superior skill with Microsoft Excel is essential
  • Experience in SAP is desirable
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with the ability to communicate effective at all levels of the organisation


What does working for Nyrstar mean?


We offer a career of challenge, reward and growth in a company that is focussed on being a leader in our field. Safety, Health, Hygiene & Environment are the foundation of all our values – we live safety by living our values: Respect, Ownership, Excellence, Teamwork and Integrity.


What we offer:


  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Competitive salary
  • Subsidised health membership
  • Private Health benefits option (corporate rates)
  • Subsidised Dental Health Care – for you and your family
  • Novated car leasing option
  • Relocation support
  • Study leave assistance
  • Employee Referral Program




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Please note you must have unrestricted valid rights to work in Australia. Nyrstar is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity within its workforce. Nyrstar Port Pirie’s Safety Policy requires clean shaven employees and is a non-smoking site. Only applicants who progress to the next stage will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in applying for a position at Nyrstar.


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