Head of Natural Resources
Cripps Sears & Partners’ Mining practice has established an excellent track record in the mining and metals sectors. Our proven ability to identify high quality candidates for a variety of positions in challenging locations or emerging markets has led to a very high proportion of repeat business with some of the world’s most prestigious international mining houses.
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Our consultants work across the mining sector value chain so have an awareness of both macro-economic trends and commodity specific differences. We work hard to understand each client and its culture as well as its candidate requirements and the practice has established a reputation for delivering solutions in very challenging geographical locations, such as Mexico, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Cripps Sears has a wealth of experience in the recruitment of executive and senior management in the natural resources sector. This includes main board and executive committee appointments; as well as other integral roles such as region, in-country, asset and technical management teams.
Precious metals, base metals, coal, iron ore
The mining industry is a truly global one due to the scattered distribution of the deposits of minerals or other valuable substances that are to be extracted. Cripps Sears’ mining practice concentrates on the precious metals, base metals, coal and iron ore sectors, all over the world.
The industry has as large a range of extraction processes and techniques as it has raw products. We have in-depth experience of underground and open-pit mining and have succeeded at senior level in Africa, Australasia, the Americas, the CIS, Europe and the Middle East.
Base metals, precious metals, steel
Milling, refining and smelting complete the processing of the raw product. Every mine’s production has specific mineral composition and ore mineralogy and consequently smelting facilities are often engineered to process an associated mine’s output. The range and variety of technology involved is considerable and the sector is global. This is where the deep industry knowledge and international contact network of Cripps Sears’ mining practice really come into their own.
Marketing, storage and distribution
Marketing, warehousing, logistics and freight forwarding
Marketing of metals and refined concentrates is a relationship-led sector. Given the importance of this dynamic in accessing suppliers and buyers, it is imperative to hire the right person with these relationships in addition to being able to open doors. We have long-term and trusted relationships with producers, smelters and consumers enabling us to reference the market from every stakeholder perspective.
The storage and distribution functions of the mining and metals industries must cope with some very difficult logistical problems. When world demand for products is high, the pressure to transport them to the consumers increases. Yet when demand flags, the pressure moves to finding product storage facilities. Reconciling these two conflicting requirements represents a tremendous challenge, which must be met alongside all the everyday operating concerns of the sector.
Our global reach, which is achieved without regional conflict, allows us to access the local, regional and international talent marketplace. We screen candidates for the relevant experience and competence to understand the challenges of this complex supply chain.
Dry bulk shipping
The dry bulk shipping market is dominated by the major bulk and container trades, a large proportion of which relates to the transportation by sea of metals-related products and ores. The shipping market generally is a cyclical one and the dry bulk sector can be volatile, adding another operational challenge for the companies active in this sector. Cripps Sears have a strong network within the forwarding, chartering and shipping communities critical to global trade
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