Senior Metallurgist - Acid Plant (2022-73)

Location: Port Pirie

Overview of the role

An exciting opportunity is now open for a Senior Metallurgist to join the Sulphuric Acid Plant team at our Port Pirie Smelter in Australia.

The Senior Metallurgist – Acid Plant provides technical advice and consultative services to the Manager and Superintendents for the operation of the Acid Plant.

The Senior Metallurgist also identifies areas of technical improvements and provides solutions to processing/metallurgical problems within the primary smelter department. This also includes providing leadership and technical expertise to the technical and operational teams, focusing on executing identified projects to meet both short and long-term goals.

The Senior Metallurgist is responsible for ensuring the process is stable and continually optimised or improved to extract the highest sustainable financial return from the process in the safest, most environmentally responsible way. The Senior Metallurgist must have an overall business view that gives the best financial result for the business and is aware of the impacts, both up and down stream of their process.

Reporting to the Principal Metallurgist – Operations, this is a residentially based role, only a short 2.5-hour drive from Adelaide, operating on a Monday-Friday roster. Relocation assistance will be provided to the successful candidate, if required.

If you’re ready to take on a challenging role and make significant impact to production in 2022 and beyond, you may be the person we are looking for!

Key responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership and technical expertise to ensure continued ramp up and stable operation of the Acid Plant
  • Early identification of process issues and finding and implementing suitable solutions
  • Mentor metallurgists (including one direct report) and assist in the gaining of process knowledge within the technical team, plant and broader site
  • Use data to promote value-add decision making
  • Drive plant improvements to increase performance and influence/impact change in other functions
  • Support the operation by being on the on-call roster (paid accordingly)


  • Formal graduate technical qualifications in Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy or similar is essential
  • 5+ years’ experience in a plant based Chemical Engineering / Metallurgy role or similar
  • Experience in the mining / resources industry or acid production facilities is highly regarded
  • Superior skill with Microsoft Excel is essential
  • Experience in SAP is desirable

What does working for Nyrstar mean?

We offer a career of challenge, reward and growth in a company that is focussed on being a leader in our field. Safety, Health, Hygiene & Environment are the foundation of all our values: Respect, Ownership, Excellence, Teamwork and Integrity.

Other benefits of working at Nyrstar Port Pirie:

  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Competitive salary
  • Subsidised health membership
  • Private Health benefits option (corporate rates)
  • Subsidised Dental Health Care – for you and your family
  • Novated car leasing option
  • Relocation support
  • Study leave assistance
  • Employee Referral Program


Submit your cover letter, resume and a copy of relevant qualifications, quoting job title Senior Metallurgist - Acid Plant and reference number 2022-73 by emailing by 12pm Friday 27th May 2022.

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Nyrstar is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity within its workforce. Nyrstar Port Pirie’s Safety Policy requires clean shaven employees and is a non-smoking site. Only applicants who progress to the next stage will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in applying for a position at Nyrstar.