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Moving to the Mining Industry as a Manager

Moving to the Mining Industry as a Manager

You have years of experience as a manager. That’s your speciality – managing teams and getting the best out of your employers. And that’s why you were hired for your new position. The thing is, your new position is at a mining company and it’s unlike any of the previous industries you’ve worked in. Which means you’re in for a change.

Are you nervous about the new job? Worried you may not fit into the mining industry as easily as you adapted to your previous managerial position at a finance company? Well, don’t be. The mining industry is like many other industries out there when it comes to management. However, there are a few things you may want to think about as you make the switch. Here they are.


There are many layers and positions in the mining industry

Whereas a finance company may be purely focussed on money in one form or another. In the mining industry, you’ll find that there many layers and positions. From the people who work on the ground floor and go into the mines to the CEO who runs the company from their corner office with a view. As a manager, you need to familiarise yourself with all these different areas of the business, whether it’s how the mines function or obtaining mining equipment finance.

You can’t only focus on the team of middle-managers that you’re, well, managing. You need to know how each team works, what their functions are and what the main requirements of their jobs are. Otherwise, you’re not going to be able to help solve any issues that your employees may bring to you because these issues will vary from department to department.


Learn the main concerns in the industry

While you may be used to the only concerns being related to HR and completing projects on time, the mining industry comes with a whole lot of its own unique concerns. First of all, safety is a big thing. The mines need to be safe for the workers. This means that everything needs to be evaluated and assessed by safety experts before any work can be done, especially when it comes to opening a new mine.

Another concern is the value of what you’re mining. Are you working for a gold mine or a coal mine? You’ll want to keep an eye on the worth of what is being mined so you’re aware of the profitability of the business.

And, yes, HR is still a concern of yours. You need to make sure that everyone on your team is happy with the way things are being run and listen to any issues they may bring to you with an open mind. As a manager, you will need to find solutions to a variety of problems.


It’s important to get to know people in all areas of the business

From day one, start learning names and forming relationships. Since you’re new to the industry, you’ll want to know as many people as possible from as many departments as possible. Because the more you know, the better you’ll be at your job. And if you have any questions, the people you’ve bonded with will have no problem giving you answers.

You can’t simply sit in your office if you want your transition to the mining industry to go smoothly. Networking within the company itself is really important. It’s about more than simply making friends, it’s about creating relationships within the workplace so that you always know what’s going on. As a manager, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of the business so that you’re the first to know should anything go wrong. That way you can deal with anything before it becomes a serious issue.


At the end of the day, a management position is still a management position

Yes, it’s a new industry and you’re going to need to find your feet as quickly as possible. But, at the same time, you know how to manage and do it well. All those years of experience will help you tremendously. Nothing you’ve learned about management in the past is going to go to waste in the mining industry. While you’re surrounded by experts in mining, you’re the expert on management. They can help you and you can help them. In this new environment, don’t forget that you still have the skills to do the best job possible. That’s why they hired you.

The mining industry is an exciting one and you’re about to make a name for yourself there. That’s definitely something to celebrate. So, do your research, form relationships and keep your finger on the pulse of the business. You’ll be great.

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