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Katherine Murray

Introduction

Katherine joined Partners in Performance in 2016 after completing her BSc in Chemical Engineering and Accounting Conversion Course. She has three years’ experience in the mining industry where she has been involved in the operational improvement and wiring of processing, mining and mobile maintenance departments.

Outside of the office, she turns her hand at a diverse variety of activities. Ceramics painting, photography, scuba diving, trail running, sewing, baking and, her favourite, brewing beer, all keep her busy. In between that, she’s also found time to attain her Skipper’s license, and run two half marathons. Her role at aligns perfectly with her love of travel. Already she’s ticked Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Ghana and Las Palmas off the list. She admits that list is long, so loves the idea that at Partners in Performance, plenty more adventure awaits.

Career snapshot

  • Open pit gold mine, CI: Helped implement mining productivity improvement ideas to the value of $3m and deliver $1m in cash benefits over 20 weeks
  • Steel manufacturer, organisational re-design: Part of the team that facilitated a clean sheet organisational redesign of the Sales, General and Admin departments of a large steel manufacturer. Identified more than R65m annual savings through headcount reduction, contractor reduction and other improvement opportunities
  • Underground manganese mine, capital project: Identified opportunities to increase project NPV by ZAR 350 million within the given boundary conditions, and an additional ZAR 1.2 billion if the boundary conditions were in scope
  • Underground platinum mine, insourcing: Assisted with an insourcing programme for a large underground platinum producer, transitioning all contracted mining and support functions, including a 1,500 strong workforce, with projected annual benefit of ~$30 million
  • Gold mine head office, wiring: Identified opportunity to reduce All In Sustaining Cost per Ounce budget by $115/oz (12%) across four mines in Central Africa. Set up procedure to review and hold sites to account on their monthly targets
  • Open pit copper mine, wiring: Part of a 12-week, five-person engagement to help stabilise mining production by hard wiring good management practices in the load and haul, drill and blast and mobile maintenance departments that resulted in a 28% improvement in tonnes mined
  • Open pit gold mine, 10K Check-up: Part of a two-person team who spent a week on site assessing the sustainability and performance three months after the end of an engagement. Katherine was responsible for all analysis, assisted in creating presentations as well as providing insights.
  • Open pit gold mine, procure to pay diagnostic:Identified US$3m benefit in downtime reduction due to “waiting for parts” and numerous wiring benefits.
  • Open pit gold mine, CI: assisted the client in developing a $1.7 million excavator availability idea from the analysis phase to implementing.
  • Open pit gold mine, CI: Part of a team that implemented improvement ideas of $53.1m -$60m of value to deliver $98/oz (13%) reduction from the current budget

Education

First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering and an Advanced Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town.