Managing Consultant, Smelter

  • Beijing, China
  • Full-time

Company Description

Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.

Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.

Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.

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Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Smelter Analyst to join Wood Mackenzie’s Metals Team. This role would be based in China working in a global team of experts located across the UK, China and Peru.  As part of the Metals and Mining Research division, our smelter analysts are responsible for delivering industry-leading research coverage of the global smelting industry, including key commercial trends that will shape the sector over the next 30 years. The primary focus of the role will be zinc smelting, in addition to this focus, research and analysis of copper and lead smelting sectors will also be required.

About the role

As part of a world-class team of industry experts, you will quickly become adept at contributing to Wood Mackenzie’s research and market intelligence on smelting.  You will collect and analyse data on base metal smelters and assess key industry developments with a focus on the drivers of operating costs, profit margins, global competitiveness and the impact of de-carbonisation.  You will collaborate across a small team, taking advantage of the collective knowledge to maintain the group’s reputation as the world’s leading authority on the commodity. You will need to be efficient and self-motivated as well as being able to work well within the team and with other commodity groups.  

Your responsibilities will include:  

  • conducting desk-based analysis and site visits to develop asset profiles for individual smelters with a focus on zinc smelters in China
  • potential to contribute to research in lead and copper smelting and emissions/sustainability  
  • contributing towards the enhancement of existing research and the understanding of the drivers impacting operating costs, revenues and profit margins
  • compiling, manipulating and evaluating data 
  • reconciling data on zinc concentrates, operating and capital costs from a variety of sources and incorporating this into Wood Mackenzie’s proprietary systems
  • establishing and maintaining contacts with zinc industry stakeholders to exchange views and to gain insight into the industry
  • explaining and communicating our analysis to clients via written reports and through presentations
  • fielding ad hoc requests from both external clients and our internal consultancy  

You will work effectively with and have the opportunity to learn from senior experts and the wider metals and mining team to deliver content and commercial agendas in line with product strategy.  This will be used to produce high-quality research in the form of industry-defining data, thought-provoking written analysis and presentations.  

Through your research and responding to client queries, you will strengthen your network of contacts at key companies and bodies. Your contribution to our industry-leading written reports, economic models and presentations will be valued. You will get the opportunity to travel.   

You will be expected to work collaboratively across the other Woodmac regions within the metals and mining research team on a regular basis to create a holistic view of the sector.  You will also be expected to support our Consulting team on a variety of projects.  



About you and how you can excel in this role

You are passionate about metals and mining and have demonstrated an ongoing desire to develop an in-depth understanding of the sector. You have an analytical mindset and an eye for detail, which has been proven in your academic and work experience to date. Ideally you will have a degree in chemical engineering/metallurgy or similar and operational experience in a non-ferrous smelter/refinery or a metallurgical/research role.

You are comfortable identifying, collecting and interpreting data on base metal smelters; articulating your findings in a clear and insightful manner. You also have a flair for writing and communication with strong presentation skills.   

You can work both independently and as part of a team, with a work ethic that strives to be best in class. Your long-term aspiration is to be a globally influential subject matter expert, setting the industry agenda.  You are looking for a role where you can build on your existing knowledge and learn from others in a collaborative, commercial and client-centric environment. You also enjoy sharing what you have learnt with others.  If you are looking to further build your network of clients and contacts in the industry, then this role will enable you to use your effective client engagement skills.

If you are looking for a role where you can make a positive impact on business results, your own team and those around you, apply now. 

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