Location: Kings Mountain, NC USA

Role Summary

Do you enjoy leading the development of new resources for a more sustainable future? Do you enjoy working in a global organization, encouraging strategic thinking and innovative approaches to solving problems? If so, Albemarle wants to hear from you!

The Lithium Resources team is responsible for overseeing our existing resources and developing new ones to enable Albemarle’s strategy to be a leader from mine to market and ensure a more sustainable future. Members of this team work across a variety of geology and engineering functions including exploration, grade control, mine planning, metallurgy/process, environmental/permitting, economics, and community engagement.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Lead Ore Control Specialist  to join our Lithium Resources team at the Kings Mountain Mine in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, USA.

This is a permanent position to be based in Kings Mountain or surrounding area.
Ore control is a critical part of any modern mining operation. As a part of the evolution of the Lithium Resources team within Albemarle, expertise in ore control and production data management has been identified as a critical piece of our strategy. The role of Ore Control Specialist will report to the Group Geologist, and work closely other disciplines in the Lithium Resource team understand opportunities and risks specific to ore control and production in our active or developing assets. The role will focus on the Kings Mountain Mine primarily, but will also have responsibilities at other current operating assets globally, developing projects, as well as growth targets. The role will be expected to work closely with other geologists to develop an ore control team as the Kings Mountain Mine develops, in order to support the ongoing geology and production requirements of the active mining operation. Responsibilities in this position will also include:

  • Research, development, and implementation of industry best practice mining ore control systems for open pit spodumene pegmatite mining operation. Work with mining engineers and process engineers to optimize ore control systems to address constraints and controls relevant to those disciplines.
  • Ownership of ore control for active mining operation, supporting long/short term planning, mining, processing, and reconciliation processes.
  • Evaluate ore control processes and procedures of other internal or external assets and comment on opportunities/risks specific to ore control or production.

About You


  • At minimum; Bachelor’s degree in geology;
  • Graduate degree in geology or mining engineering preferred;


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in production geology for metals/non-metals, with at least 5 of this actively supporting ore control in an operational mining environment.

Requisite Skills/Characteristics:

  • Strong commitment to team safety and health in an active mining operation. Ability to guide and refine inputs to HSE guidelines to fit with overall corporate policies.
  • Extensive production experience with focus on ore control implementation and monitoring, continuous improvement, and dynamic integration of ore control systems to enhance other disciplines (mining, metallurgy, rock mechanics, etc.)
  • Understanding of open pit mining methods and infrastructure design.
  • Knowledge of principles of basic rock mechanics, hydrogeology, and civil engineering common to active mining operations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products to include Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.
  • Proficiency with Maptek Vulcan, Datamine, Leapfrog Geo, or other general mining packages.
  • Proficiency with industry standard grade control systems and technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills for professionals involved in mining as well as manufacturing or customer-facing roles.
  • A proven problem solver with leadership, mentoring, team building and motivation skills.


Essential Functions

How you will spend the majority of your time:

  • Limited travel of less than 10%, some internationally.
  • Develop, coordinate, and lead ore control systems to support long and short range mine planning.
  • In collaboration with the Lead Geologist, design and implement mining databases to support near-mine activities.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines on multiple ranges of mine planning efforts for stockpile/feed management.
  • Develop procedures and processes for ore control, and develop or procure training for these processes.
  • Management of field personnel to support ore control and mining as these roles become necessary.
  • Support mine reconciliations to enhance optimization of mining/processing and ensure consistent product specifications.
  • Contribution to the preparation and presentation of quarterly reviews of mine development/production
  • Preparation of material as required for inclusion in company presentations
  • Participate in annual budget reviews
  • Research, test, and provide  recommendations on new products, processes, and technologies to improve production, reduce costs, or enhance safety at the mine.


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