Drilling Supervisor

Date:  Mar 28, 2024

Akyem, GH

Workplace Type: Onsite 

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.


About This Role:

  • Are you able to coordinate, direct and lead blast hole drilling activities, in a safe manner, and coordinate resource allocations to effectively complete these activities?

In This Role You Will:

Drilling Operations Planning

  • Execute short, medium and long-term mine drilling plans.
  • Implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the area.
  • Oversee and coordinate the weekly plan for the initiating of drilling schedules.
  • Coordinate, prioritize and assign drilling tasks for completion to meet blasting target goals.
  • Prepare drill pattern for blasting and conduct final priority drilling inspection.
  • Conduct pre-drilling risk assessments on drilling areas to provide assurance on the safety of all equipment and staff, and to prevent the possible rock fall and / or collapse.
  • Send all drilling requisition requests to the General Foreman for review and obtain sign-off from both the General Foreman and Mine Manager.

Drill Operations Executive 

  • Receive guidance from the General Foreman – Drill and Blast for optimal drilling locations.
  • Install physical critical controls (i.e. demarcations, flags, cones) and make sure that all are in place, prior to drilling.
  • Obtain survey limits from the relevant stakeholders to determine drill sites.
  • Coordinate and pair the drilling crew with the relevant equipment required to execute tasks.
  • Undertake safety inspections of the drilling work sites, before, during and after drilling activities.
  • Schedule and supervise all drilling activities, by overseeing and evaluating works-in-progress and assure that all activities meet quality control standards, specifications, codes and regulations.
  • Identify opportunities for both short, medium and long-term interval controls, based on the drilling plan, and make any necessary adjustments and changes to the shift, to meet daily target projections.
  • Oversee all drilling activities such as:
    • areas to be drilled.
    • areas to be developed.
    • rate of development required.
    • distribution of labor, supplies and equipment.
  • Oversee all contractors assigned to designated drilling work areas within the department.
  • Provide technical guidance and transfer of knowledge to the drill crew through active coaching and mentoring on drill techniques.
  • Examine the extent to which issued instructions are being followed and escalate any non-adherences to the General Foreman.
  • Hold drilling crew accountable for the work completed by: 
    • Administering discipline and facilitating corrective actions.
    • Monitoring crew KPI’s, specifically QA / QC. 
    • Explaining the drilling plan to the crew and providing clear instructions.
    • Implementing continuous improvement initiatives.
    • Managing shift changeovers between crews.
  • Analyse daily drill production to confirm that the department is operating within overall blasting production.
  • Work to decrease the overall cost of drilling activities by reducing any unnecessary delays and increasing the provision of consumables.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of drill equipment with the Maintenance Department.
  • Provide feedback reports regarding drilling activities to the General Foreman – Drill and Blast for review.
  • Complete drill logs and load sheets, in accordance with Newmont policies.
  • Maintain accurate records and archives of all drilling activities.


Blast Optimization and Continuous Improvement

  • Suggest opportunities for continuous improvement of drilling activities.
  • Report and escalate all accidents and incidents occurring in the shift to the General Foreman – Drill and Blast for immediate review.

Additional Responsibilities:

Stakeholder Management and Engagement

  • Coordinate with Supply Chain to procure and keep raw consumable stock levels up to date.
  • Coordinate with Mine Maintenance to assure that maintenance requirements are reported timeously and to secure maintenance equipment availability.
  • Communicate with Dispatch regarding the capturing of drilling delays in the JIGSAW system for updating real-time consumable information for better future planning and continuous improvement purposes.
  • Coordinate activities with all departments to ensure continuity of the total mine operation.
  • Obtain suggestions from other Newmont departments, in identifying opportunities for improving drilling efficiency and productivity.
  • Liaise with the Training Department to arrange the receipt of training schedules and times for the national workforce.
  • Oversee that drilling shift work meets established statutory standards.

Health and Safety Management

  • Verify that the demarcated drill areas are safe and secure to promote worker health and safety.
  • Adhere strictly to internal Newmont health and safety standards.
  • Comply with safe drilling procedures for both Newmont and contractor staff.
  • Verify that all Newmont health and safety principles are upheld by staff.
  • Accept personal responsibility for the health and safety of every employee under or assigned to his / her supervision.
  • Provide hands-on assistance during operations activities and ensure that safe work practices are followed by the Operators.
  • Coordinate the inspection of drill areas on a consistent basis to detect and resolve immediate safety, personnel and production problems.
  • Revert to the Engineering team to potentially change shift plans for a particular area, arising out of work hazard detection.
  • Conduct periodic safety meetings and safety inspections.
  • Lead daily pre-shift staff debriefings.
  • Attend monthly safety inspection and meetings.

Staff Supervision

  • Create a suitable shift work environment to motivate Operators to achieve optimum effectiveness and productivity.
  • Supervise all direct reports by:
    • participating in the recruitment and selection of staff. 
    • recommending the selection of new staff. 
    • conducting crew assessments.
    • developing the team to perform at their best capabilities.
    • contributing to performance appraisals.
    • participating in team performance management calibrations.
    • recommending further/relevant training courses and development actions in accordance with Newmont’s people development program(s).
    • implementing training schedules for staff.
    • coaching and mentoring staff.
    • disciplining poor performance or actions.
    • enhancing communication with staff through regular feedback, contact, meetings and briefings.

Your Training, Skills & Experience Checklist:

Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations):

  • Requires a bachelors’ degree in Mine/Civil Engineering, Geology or related field.

Additional Knowledge:

  • Mine Foreman Certificate.
  • Detailed knowledge of safety management systems.
  • Detailed knowledge in drilling accessories.
  • General knowledge in heavy equipment operation.



  • Minimum of 4 – 5 years’ drilling and blasting experience in large open pit mining environments, of which at least 2 – 3 years’ experience should be in a shift supervisory capacity. 
  • Experience of delivering grade control and exploratory drilling operations.

Technical Skills:

  • Advance planning, organizing and prioritizing skills.
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Sound technical communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Sound computer literacy skills - MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), MS Project and SAP.
  • Sound information monitoring and management skills.
  • Sound presentation skills.
  • Sound facilitation and consultation skills.
  • Sound negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Sound supervisory skills.
  • Sound coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Ability to adapt to constant shift changes.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Accuracy.
  • Directive.
  • Motivational.
  • Results driven.
  • Persuasion.
  • Decisive. 
  • Safety conscious.
  • Team player.

Working Conditions

  • Position is located at the Akyem mine.

We understand no candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you!

Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute, and grow. We are committed to selecting and developing our employees, and to establishing a work environment where everyone can take an active part in reaching our strategic goals while feeling a sense of pride in working at Newmont.

Newmont seeks to recruit, hire, place and promote qualified applicants, meaning applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnic, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. As part of our diversity efforts. females are encouraged to apply.

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