PMO Project Engineer

Job location:
Échassières, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Created moment:
August 24, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 07512

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

PMO Project Engineer

Job Summary


Project Background

Imerys has launched a lithium mining project (the EMILI Project) at its Beauvoir site in Echassières (Allier, France). The EMILI Project schedule foresees production starting in 2028, with a production target of 34,000 tonnes of lithium
hydroxide per year for at least 25 years.

The overall schedule states that by 2023 the preliminary mine design will be completed as well as the overall process validated and tested at the lab scale (several pilot plants are scheduled for Q2-Q3 2023). By 2024 the deposit will be
characterized in detail and the construction of the industrial/demo pilot plant will commence. 2025 sees the commissioning of the industrial/demo pilot plant. The opening of the mine and commissioning of the commercial plant
is scheduled by 2028. The projected timetable will be reassessed at each stage of the project, in particular based on the results of the environmental impact assessments and stakeholder consultations.

The run of mine material will be first concentrated to separate the lithium bearing minerals (mica) from other by-products or waste material. The concentrate is transported to the refining site where it will be calcined with a mix of sulphate salts to convert the insoluble lithium species to lithium soluble ones. After calcination the calcined material is leached and the pregnant leach solution purified through several steps in the flowsheet. Lithium carbonate is precipitated using sodium carbonate and later converted to lithium hydroxide using quicklime. The lithium hydroxide is finally crystallized to obtain the final product in powder form. It can then be marketed to companies in the electric vehicle battery industry.

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Job Objective

As part of the Project Management office and reporting to the Project Management Director :

● Contribute to the Project reporting and its continuous improvement
● Lead critical cross-functional Project activities, on an ad-hoc basis,

The job offers a high potential of career evolution within Imerys.

Missions of the Project Management Office:

● Collaborate with other department leaders to define, prioritize, and develop projects.
● Plan project management, including setting deadlines, prioritizing tasks, and assigning team members to
various deliverables.
● Analyze financial data, including project budgets, risks, and resources allocation.
● In collaboration with the Financial Controller, provide financial reports and budget outlines to Executives
● Oversee the development of the Project and ensure that team members are carrying out their tasks efficiently
while upholding the company's standards.
● Draft new and improve existing project management office policies and processes.
● Continuously evaluate projects to ensure they are meeting company standards, adhering to budgets, and
meeting deadlines.
● Accurately document the project's creation, development, and execution as well as document the project's
scope, budget, and justification.
● Endorse the role of cross-functional Project Manager for untapped critical activities to the Project


Key tasks and responsibilities include but not limited to:

● Organize, prepare and animate Project routines including (i) preparation of Project KPIs and OKRs, interpretation and recommendation as part of the weekly and monthly reporting process and (ii) assistance to Project control in reporting progress
● Update progress against Project Gate objectives and consolidate final phase reports
● Design, roll-out, maintain and optimize Project Management IT solutions
● Define Project standards, draft and roll-out procedures
● Formalize content to the attention of Executives, in coordination with Discipline Leaders
● Own and update the Project Risk register
● Lead critical cross-functional Project activities, on an ad-hoc basis,
● Working in a safe manner, complying with and actively contributing to the Health, Safety and Environmental EHS policies, manuals and procedures. At all times considering the health, safety and welfare of fellow workers, visitors, clients, community and the environment.


Education and Experience requirements:
Qualifications: Bs, BEng or B.Tech in Engineering or National Diploma.
Two (2) years minimum of progressive experience in the execution of project management or engineering management for capital projects in an industrial environment. Experience in the chemicals or metals industries is preferred.

Knowledge, skills, Imerys Leadership Behaviors:
● Highly motivated and results focused with the ability to act with a high sense of urgency
● Ability to operate and execute effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and challenging
● Team-oriented, dynamic, proactive and adaptable
● Strong attention to details and technicalities, rigor
● Leadership skills and self-starter
● Used to working in a multinational environment.
● Skilled in communication, excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
● Languages: English (mandatory), French (mandatory).
● Well-developed computer skills and advanced knowledge of MS Office package word, databases,
spreadsheets, scheduling.

Position Type

Full time



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