Senior Drill and Blast Engineer at AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited

AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, Obuasi Gold Mine is currently in a redevelopment phase which will lead to a modern, efficient and long-term profitable operation. The underground mining operation has been fully mechanized and designed to produce up to an average maximum of 5,000 t/day of ore mined.


We are seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to join our dedicated team as  Senior Drill and Blast Engineer.


To provide direct Mining Technical support services to the AGA operating assets and development projects in order to achieve business objectives/targets and to develop drill and blast guidelines and procedures to optimise ore extraction.





  • Establish the necessary Drill & Blast processes and practices for the redevelopment of the Obuasi Mine, including Operational Readiness
  • Provide unequivocal Drill & Blast planning data to enable the quarterly updates of the rolling 18-month plan to be produced on time.
  • Develop the annual Drill & Blast cost centre budget to achieve the required targets for achieving annual, medium term and Life of Mine (LoM) business plans
  • Deliver the work of the Drill & Blast function within approved budget targets and specified timeframes, costs and related KPIs
  • Demonstrate Safety Leadership and improve the culture across the Drill & Blast department regarding Safety, Health, Environmental and Sustainable Development
  • Provide the resources and expertise to develop the team to capably and consistently deliver the annual budget, according to their role and level of authority
  • Recommend and optimise the approach for conducting specialist projects and research in the Drill & Blast process and procedures
  • Establish a network of targeted stakeholder relationships to socialise initiatives and enhancements
  • Report on the development and progress of initiatives and enhancements of the Drill & Blast function, to include outputs and befits obtained.
  • Describe the specific problems and constraints to be managed within the Drill & Blast function
  • Present solutions to specific problems with defined resolution methodologies and resources to deliver improved performance in processes and procedures
  • Pre-empt potential process or procedural problems arising within or from the specialist domain through the implementation of
    • Statistical controls (alert system),
    • Improved work practices, procedures and processes
    • Improved team knowledge and skills Reports on work programmes progression demonstrating appropriate controls to manage identified risks.
  • Monitor and report on the outcomes and standards of work from direct reports or field personnel and contractors
  • Prepare quarterly Reports which identify areas where Drill & Blast may contribute an increase in enhanced methods which will bring improved efficiencies
  • Optimise procedures within existing functional processes through the application of problem identification and resolution methodologies
  • Establish and maintain consistent team performance and relationships within the function and cross-functionally within the department
  • Conduct trend analyses on functional performance to identify and recommend ways of optimising resources for work cycle execution and pre-empting potential process and procedure variance through the establishment of
    • Statistical controls (alert system),
    • Improved work practices, procedures and processes
    • Improved team knowledge and skills
  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with Internal Stakeholders (Corporate, Group Planning & Technical, sister mines, etc.) and external Stakeholders (Regulatory Agencies and Authorities, Minerals Commission) to establish existing and changing societal and regulatory expectations and requirements






  • BSc. Mining / Engineering Degree or equivalent



  • Five (5) to eight (8) years’ proven experience in underground mining of which at least two (2) years is within a planning / technical department
  • Experience in DTH rigs and longhole drill design essential
  • Proficient with Mine Planning Software (preferably Datamine and Surpac) and extensive knowledge of MS Office Products
  • Knowledge of drill and blast design software, Ringking and Aegis essential. Advantageous for candidates with Aegis experience
  • Knowledge of a variety of mining methods applicable to the site
  • Excellent Communication Skills.


Legal Requirement


  • Underground Blasting Certificate


Technical Competencies


Safety (Basic Application)

  • Understands key elements constituting site safety system.
  • Can lead team-based risk assessments and conduct behavioural based observations.
  • Active participant in ensuring critical controls are in place and working.
  • Can actively take part in reviewing of safety system elements such as practices / procedures.

Mining Production Processes & Practices (Advanced Application)

  • Extensive experience and understanding of mining production process/practices.
  • Understanding of good production practices, management, support systems, and how each should interact to deliver targeted performance.
  • Ability to develop innovative technical ideas/practices with regards to different mining methods and their application.
  • Extensive knowledge of Mining Methods and strengths and weaknesses of the methods and the applicable use.

Planning (Advanced Application)

  • Demonstrate advance level of knowledge of planning systems and practices from long term to short term mine planning.
  • Understands advanced principles of mine design including optimization.
  • Understands advanced principles of mine design and scheduling to achieve Business outcomes.
  • Ability to generate and act as competent person for annual mine reserves statements.

Contract Management (Basic Application)

  • Understands the contract, the key deliverables, and the processes that are aligned to managing it successfully.
  • Capable of having a direct role in managing an element of the contract management process.
  • Can propose, draft, and analyze potential contract variations and amendments for approval by the contract manager.


Leadership Competencies


  • Creating a disciplined team to deliver the planned work to the defined standards.
  • Managing oneself – taking ownership of one’s personal development.
  • Building effective working relationships – the ability to build and maintain effective collateral and cross functional working relationship;
  • Building trust & accountability – displaying high levels of integrity and honesty;
  • Maximizing performance & achievement of results – solving problems and analyzing issues, driving for results

Method of Application

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