Pellet Plant Operations SupervisorPellet Plant Operations Supervisor
Location: Forbes, MN
Job Code: 760
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. A member of the S&P 500 Index, the Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high- and low-volatile metallurgical coal. Cliffs’ strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world’s largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency.
The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery of Cliffs products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and two iron ore mining complexes in Western Australia. The Company also has a 45% economic interest in a coking and thermal coal mine in Queensland, Australia. In addition, Cliffs has a major chromite project, in the pre-feasibility stage of development, located in Ontario, Canada.
Purpose of the Role:
Lead operations crew to safely execute Pellet Plant plan on a shift by shift basis.
Typical Tasks Specific to this Role
-Communicate with the Concentrator Operations Supervisor as it relates to the delivery of concentrate to the Pellet Plant to prevent disruptions in either the Concentrator or Pellet Plant. When issues arise and disruption is evident, take the immediate corrective actions required and provide information to the section manager identifying the issue and the corrective action taken. If corrective actions are not able to be immediately addressed, elevate the issue through the action card process whereby it can be reported on in the level two meeting and the section manager can make the task assignment to address the action card.
-Supervise and direct Pellet Plant operating crews and hold them accountable to safely meet performance expectations and standard work. Where there is variation to the standard work being performed between crews or individuals take the necessary action to educate to the standards. In the event the standard needs to be modified through identifying improvements to the standard, document the recommended change to the standard and bring the improvement opportunity to the section manager for review.
-Implement and sustain current best practices related to minimize variation across crews and operate at the lowest sustainable cost while meeting pellet quality specifications. Where variation is present, review the standards with the individuals and provide coaching to ensure that improvements have been made.
-Monitor plant performance during the shift to ensure the process operates within the operating parameters and address variation to minimize process disruptions. In the event the process falls outside of the operating parameters, take corrective actions. If unable to return the process to within the parameters, elevate the issue to the section manager, identify the current issue and what actions where tried (or not) to attempt to bring the process back into the operating parameters.
-When equipment deficiencies create an immediate disruption to the process, take immediate corrective action utilizing the proper crafts available. If the deficiency is not creating an immediate operating disruption, enter quality work orders into the system as defined by the standard. At a minimum the work order identifies the equipment, contains a brief explanation of the issue, the physical location of the deficiency, includes the originators priority and as much additional information that can be attained to assist the maintenance department.
-Monitor and maintain environmental compliance in the Pellet Plant and take the proper actions when required. While on shift, the operations supervisor is the single point of accountability for environmental compliance such as process scrubbers, spill reporting, and dust collectors. Understand the department’s environmental compliance requirements and work directly with the environmental department for direction, responsibilities, and accountabilities that support environment compliance.
Qualifications and Experience:
-A minimum of a two year degree (four year preferred), or equivalent relevant work experience
-1 to 5 years related experience preferred
-Experience/knowledge in raw material processing systems
-Experience/knowledge in maintenance, reliability and process engineering systems
-Demonstrated commitment to the continuous increase of knowledge and the application of such