Quarry Manager

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    Quarry managers are responsible for ensuring that quarries, pits and opencast sites operate successfully. They oversee all operations, both on site and in the office, manage staff, coordinate production and monitor all site systems.

    Quarries produce a range of materials for use in industry and construction. These include:

    • brick and ball clay
    • china clay
    • coal
    • other minerals and materials
    • rocks and stone of all types
    • sand and gravel
    • slate.

     

    Duties

    • combine your knowledge of extraction and processing systems with excellent interpersonal and management skills to ensure the profitability of quarry sites
    • check that the quarry’s production levels are maintained safely to schedule
    • balance sales and output
    • alter the quarry’s production system in accordance with the materials required
    • liaise with sales and commercial teams
    • performance manage the production process and set and monitor targets
    • provide the owner company with information and statistics on the quarry’s performance
    • develop links with local groups and organizations
    • manage and regulate the quarry’s budget
    • maintain up-to-date records and deal with paperwork
    • ensure that key government health and safety legislation are implemented throughout the site
    • keep up to date with relevant government legislation and industry developments
    • develop inspection systems and checklists
    • write development proposals and reports
    • manage and recruit staff.

     

    Qualifications

    Entry into quarry management is usually via a degree, or a diploma in a relevant subject such as:

    • chemistry/industrial chemistry
    • earth sciences
    • environmental sciences/engineering
    • geology/mining geology
    • geophysics
    • materials science
    • minerals engineering/surveying
    • mining engineering/technology
    • physics.

     

    Skills

    • a strong level of technical understanding of quarrying environments and extraction systems
    • excellent communication and influencing skills
    • strong customer service skills
    • good business and management skills
    • project management skills
    • leadership qualities and team-building skills
    • the ability to think strategically and to problem solve
    • the capacity to make quick decisions and to think on your feet
    • commercial awareness
    • good IT skills
    • knowledge of health and safety issues and how they relate to practical working environments
    • a flexible approach to work
    • an ability to tolerate (some of the time) noisy, dirty and uncomfortable working environments.

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