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Quality Control Manager - Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

By Coal Association of Canada

Dead Line: April 29, 2022

Primary Purpose
The Quality Control Manager will report to the Director, Marketing & Logistics and will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and implementing quality control activities within all operations.
Company Information
Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. Products from our three mine operations in Northeastern BC, Brule, Willow Creek and Wolverine, leave us well-positioned to serve customers in South America, Europe and Asia
Three time winner of the Edward Prior Mine Safety Award for the lowest injury frequency rate in British Columbia, Conuma continues to lead the industry with multi-million-dollar investments in the latest collision avoidance and fatigue monitoring safety technologies for the protection of our employees.
Conuma is much more than metallurgical coal. Conuma and its employees are embedded in our communities. The company’s Pay It Forward program began in 2017 and since then has raised over $425,000 in support of “Our Kids” at a Bolivian Orphanage and the Vancouver Children’s Foundation. Locally, Conuma’s employee winter hockey matches ensure much-needed donations to the Food Bank, while in the summer, our employees get together to assist the local high school teams as they prepare their go-karts for the Conuma Challenge.
Our local communities in Northeastern British Columbia are amongst some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. At the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, employees can enjoy almost limitless hiking amongst some of Canada’s biggest waterfalls, ride through ATV and snowmobile trails, explore 97 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, ski cross-country trails, play ice-hockey, swim indoors and out, cycle, and enjoy the sense of community only a small town provides. An hour and a quarter away, Chetwynd is famous for its chainsaw wood carvings and offers a range of kayaking, snowmobiling and rock-climbing opportunities. Regarded as a wonderful place to raise a family, with affordable costs of living, Northeast British Columbia is the outdoor paradise our employees are proud to call home.
  • Collaborate with Director, Marketing & Logistics, and other departments to ensure optimal, most cost-effective blends from available mines/seams are being utilized while assuring products shipped comply with varying contractual sales requirements.
  • Oversee activities within the mine site labs and provide leadership support to Quality Control Staff.
  • Coordinate with Process, Environmental, Operations, Engineering and Geology departments to ensure Quality Control group provides necessary support by way of sample collection and testing to ensure optimal coal recovery and quality, plant operation and compliance with permitting requirements.
  • Synchronize with Quality Control Supervisors to oversee monitoring, documenting, and reporting of quality parameters of specific coal seams/types and product quality throughout all stages of coal handling; in-pit pre-release, ROM/clean/railed/port inventories, and vessel cargos.
  • Coordinate with Exploration Geology on drilling programs to obtain forward looking coal quality information to best assess future reserve areas, blending strategies, coal products and branding.
  • Provide supporting quality control documentation and information to the Director, Marketing & Logistics to aid in preparation of formal quality related responses to customers when required.
  • Oversee and drive maintenance and revisions of internal Total Quality Management program, associated documentation, and auditing practices.
  • Work with Logistics Coordinator to arrange product sample testing required to meet specific shipping requirements.
  • Liaise with external sampling services and labs to ensure all sample collection and testing requirements are organized and completed including vessel cargos and sample material for marketing purposes.
  • Provide quality leadership and mentorship to Quality Control staff.
Education, Experience, and Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) along with relevant experience in coal quality, quality control or a related field.
  • Experience in Supervision and/or Management.
Technical Competencies and Skills
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Possesses understanding of quality control instruments/equipment operation and safety standards.
  • Understanding of applicable ASTM standards related to coal analysis.
  • Ability to collaborate, form relationships, partner optimally and work in a dynamic, fast-paced, and agile environment.
  • Strong analytical skills to translate data into insights.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in written form.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft software packages.
Leadership and Problem-Solving Capability
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills including ability to effectively communicate and interact with all individuals with integrity, empathy, and sincerity.
  • Dedication to driving positive safety culture while creating accountability in relation to safety standards.
  • Ability to motivate direct reports to optimize performance, personal development and job satisfaction.
  • Ability to be decisive using information available. 
  • Stress and time management skills.
  • Having strong self-motivation.
  • Visible team player at workplace.
  • A positive attitude.
  • Ability to prioritize.
  • Be respectful.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity skills.
  • Demonstrate a dedication to the position and the organization.
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics.
  • Be consistent and fair in decision making process.
  • Conflict management skills.
Work Location / Travel
  • Employee transportation is provided. 
  • Please be aware that no camp facilities are available. Conuma believes in supporting our local communities by promoting them as a place for our employees to call home, not just a workplace.
Wage and Benefits
Conuma provides competitive wages and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation, RRSP matching and extended healthcare.

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