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Mining management

Mining management

Mining managers are experienced team members who understand all aspects of a mining business. Mining management roles vary from direct line management positions to specialist technical areas.
Key tasks
  • Strategic decision making and business planning
  • Overseeing production and business operations
  • Setting short- and long-term goals, targets and objectives
  • Communicating across technical and non-technical departments
  • Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and stakeholders
  • Representing the organisation in external stakeholder meetings and negotiations
Skills and attributes
  • Prioritising and delegating tasks
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Understanding of business strategy and practice
  • Ability to motivate and lead a team of highly skilled people
A typical day
  • Mining managers undertake various activities including meetings with teams (either on or off-site), building relationships with key stakeholders, presenting at events and defining business plans.
Role types
  • Mine Manager: Responsible for planning, budgeting, staffing and profitability of a mining operation. From a legal and ethical standpoint, the first duty of a mine manager is to provide a safe and healthy work environment.
  • General Manager – Operations: The ultimate responsible person to all stakeholders of the site or facility, the mine manager (outlined above) would be a direct report along with other department managers.
  • Chief Executive Officer: Plan, organise, direct and control through their managers and employees. They formulate policies that establish the company direction either alone or with other members of a board of directors.
  • Technical Specialist: Expert and leader in one field of study, operating individually or in a multi-disciplined team.
  • Study Manager: A technical specialist with significant experience with many roles in industry or post graduate study. Studies range from specific business improvement initiatives to multi-disciplined feasibility studies.
Nature of work
  • Management roles could be located at head office or a regional centre and working Monday-Friday, or it could be fly in, fly out (FIFO) rosters to remote locations
  • A career in management can offer significant opportunities for travel


My advice for those seeking a career in management is to get a good solid grounding and reputation in your area of technical expertise. Build on this experience in various roles, preferably at numerous sites, and also get experience leading teams to achieve business results.

Julie Shuttleworth FAusIMM(CP)

Deputy CEO, Fortescue Metals Group

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