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Principal Geologist


SRK (Kazakhstan) Ltd contributes to projects in a variety of ways which can be long term or short term, based either in the Almaty office or based in client offices, mine sites or field camps. The majority of work involves projects in Kazakhstan and neighbouring territories in the Central Asia region, and a minor amount elsewhere around the world.

Being wholly owned by SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd, there is likely to be significant interaction with the team in this office and other SRK offices worldwide. Our clients include major/mid-tier/junior mining companies, financial organisations and, occasionally, governments.

Our senior professionals are recognised industry experts in their areas of specialisation, and the company encourages individuals to develop their own professional interests, within the supporting framework of the company. This requires a commitment to high technical standards and continuing professional development from each member of the team.

Whilst SRK aims to provide a strongly supportive technical atmosphere with the required level of staff sufficient to meet our work requirements, it is realised the nature of consulting can sometimes require extra effort (out of hours work) from team members to meet deadlines or to accommodate travel requirements.

Post Responsibilities

The primary role is to provide leadership, guidance and quality control including competent consulting geological services to support SRK projects and clients. As a Principal consultant you will be expected to assist SRK in marketing activities, developing your professional network within SRK and with external clients, and managing project budgets and deliverables to ensure a timely and high-quality consulting service. Other responsibilities also include:

  • Working as part of bilingual (Russian and English) multi-disciplinary SRK teams providing geological input on projects as required.
  • Representing SRK professionally, to SRK’s clients and to interface at all levels with the client’s management and operations.

This list is not exhaustive and further reasonable duties may be requested from time to time as may be deemed in keeping with the job designation.

Main Technical Responsibilities:

The work involved in undertaking this role may include the following activities, and other responsibilities as required:

  • Evaluation of exploration properties, exploration status reviews, sampling studies and exploration programme management.
  • Collecting, recording and cataloguing of geological samples; core logging, QA-QC (Quality Assurance-Quality Control) analysis and interpretation of results and compilation of formal technical geological reports.
  • Evaluation of laboratories used for sample analysis and relevant analysis of Quality Assurance-Quality Control (QA-QC) measures.
  • Undertaking Mineral Resource estimates using 3D computer methodologies for projects at various stages of development in accordance with international best practices.
  • Preparing Mineral Resource estimate reports in line with international reporting code guidelines, i.e. JORC (2012), NI 43-101.
  • Conducting Mineral Resource (and possibly Ore Reserve) audits associated with multi-disciplinary studies in Technical Audits or Competent Persons Reports levels,
  • Undertaking metal accounting reconciliations and grade control sampling strategy reviews at mining operations.
  • Assisting with the auditing of and production of technical-economic models for financial evaluations of projects and/or mining operations.
  • Interpreting Client Terms of references and preparation of detailed proposals.
  • General management of projects and associated multi-disciplinary teams in addition to supervision and mentoring of engineer-level consultants within SRK.

Essential Requirements:

  • Degree or equivalent in a Geology related subject with appreciable experience gained in an international environment
  • Professional registration with a recognised international body e.g. AUSIMM, AIG, Geological Society.
  • Detailed knowledge of international Mineral Resource and Reserve Reporting Codes
  • Competence in one or more software packages such as Datamine, Surpac, Gemcom, Micromine, Leapfrog, or Vulcan
  • Significant experience signing off on Mineral Resource Estimates as a Competent / Qualified Person
  • Proven business development and marketing skills
  • Excellent report and proposal writing skills requiring native English language (verbal and written) skills
  • Proven track record of bringing projects in on time, within budget and to the clients satisfaction
  • Awareness of health and safety.
  • Experience of working with a variety of commodities
  • Proven leadership, strong communication and team building skills
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Working Conditions

Primarily office based in Almaty, however it is likely that frequent travel will be necessary, involving working in a variety of climatic and geographic terrains in addition to working in various mining and mineral processing operations. As a rough guide, some 75% of working time will be spent in the Almaty office with the remainder based at various Project locations.

Travel to client sites will frequently involve flying in-country using internal airlines. Extensive road travel to site locations is also usually necessary and road conditions can often be poor, especially outside the major cities.

The visiting of mining operations will be done in accordance with the client’s health and safety policies with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and following the correct risk assessments.

Physical Requirements

Much of the work includes site visits and field programmes, and thus can be quite physical involving long periods of walking and standing, possibly some climbing and carrying of equipment and supplies.

The work involved will not include any form of mining related manual work, with the exception of limited sampling of various rocks and minerals.

Continuing Professional Development

It is the policy of SRK to provide employees with access to training. SRK regards Professional Registration for engineers, geologists and scientists as being fundamental to the advancement of both the company and the individual.  Individuals are encouraged to attend relevant courses and conferences, and coaching and mentorship will be provided as required. This will include ongoing training to improve performance and service to clients and to ensure ongoing development of the individual.  In addition SRK will provide specialist training in First Aid and dealing with situations that may be encountered during travel overseas, especially to remote areas.


Please submit your CV to:

SRK Kazakhstan