Case Study: Community Superintendent

A junior battery metals mining company retained Stratum International to recruit a Community Superintendent in Tanzania. This dynamic, newly established role will foster strong partnerships with community leaders and government officials while facilitating positive relationships within the local community and district. The candidate needed to have a proven track record in leading, designing, and overseeing […]


Case Study: VP Exploration Mexico

A Mid-tier gold producer retained Stratum International to manage a search for a VP of Exploration for their  property in Mexico, aiming to extend LOM through brownfield exploration and increase resources/reserves via greenfield discoveries in the region. The ideal role was a candidate who could make an impact on a growing exploration pipeline with a […]


Case Study: Business Improvement / Technical Services Manager

Stratum was retained to recruit a Business Improvement Manager with a Technical Services emphasis for on-site deployment. A  leading gold producer in West Africa prioritized the enhancement of their flagship large-scale, multi-pit mining operations to boost productivity, decrease manufacturing expenses, and foster a transformative mindset. The Technical Services Manager needed to be able to drive […]


Case Study: Country Head LATAM

Our client, a leading copper/gold explorer/developer company, was at a transformational period in the company’s evolution. Its flagship property in Ecuador advanced towards development with the pre-feasibility study of its tier 1 asset underway. First-class in-country leadership was identified as a crucial component for the company’s success, so Stratum International was retained to hire a […]


Case Study: COO West Africa

A new Australian-based lithium junior retained Stratum International to recruit a COO to work closely with the projects team to ensure smooth commissioning and steady-state production of their West African greenfield, hard rock lithium project. This role would report directly to the MD/CEO. The company is well-positioned to capitalize on the current robust lithium market, […]


Project Director Canada

Stratum was reatined to identify a Project Director to lead a multimillion-dollar gold project with the largest gold deposit in the province and the highest grade undeveloped openpit gold mine in the region. Download the case study to read more .


Case Study: CFO – Junior Miner Africa

A key client (tech metals producer in Africa) required a CFO  based at their HQ in Johannesburg. The mandate was to attract a seasoned professional within the mining sector with a proven track record of growing and establishing a junior company into a successful operating business. Our search covered the Southern African market, targeting individuals […]


Case Study: Corporate Services Director

A key client, (low-cost tin/tungsten/lithium producer) required a Corporate Services Director based at their HQ in Johannesburg. The mandate was to attract a seasoned professional to lead the company’s corporate support function with a proven track record of growing and establishing a junior company into a successful operating business. This person was required to manage […]


Case Study: HoldCo Operations Director

A key client, a leading mining Private Equity fund, required an Operations Director for its HoldCo in London. The mandate was to attract a seasoned mining executive with a track record of successful leadership in the junior/mid-tier space with broad commodity exposure and a particular interest in green technology metals. Serving on the Project Steering […]


Case Study: ESG Manager

A key client, (low-cost tin/tungsten/lithium producer) required an ESG Manager to be based at their HQ in Johannesburg. The mandate was to attract a credible ESG/HSEC professional with a track record of leading, designing, managing, and evaluating sustainable strategies and programs within an African mining context. They would also have a strong knowledge of social […]


Case Study: CEO – East Africa

A key client, a leading mining Private Equity fund, required a CEO for one of its portfolio companies in East Africa to lead the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategy. The near-term strategy included integrating and optimising assets post-M&A. The longer-term strategy is to develop a leading low-cost tin producer in Africa. While […]


Case Study: Head of Projects

A leading client based in South Africa has been partnering with Stratum on multiple mandates over the last year. On this occasion, they needed a top-tier Project Director or Senior Project Manager to lead the organisation’s projects function. While the mandate was in South Africa, our search covered a global market (targeting mainly South African […]



A key client asked us to build a top-tier corporate executive team. Our search covered a global market where we identified 140 suitable profiles for all three roles. In total, 26 candidates were long-listed and 13 shortlisted. Here’s exactly how we found the new Group Head of Internal Audit, Executive Head of Corporate Finance, and […]


Reimaging Mining Economics with Craig Hutton

In the aftermath of the last supercycle (2000 – 2013), disenchanted investors demanded that the industry rethink its business model and prioritise shareholder value. Value over volume found favour with the investment community over the prioritisation of production volume growth, and the regular payment of dividends was regimented. As miners realigned their balance sheets and […]


Case Study: Global Head of Health and Safety

Stratum was retained by one of its key clients, a mid-tier multi-commodity mining company, to assist with finding their new Global Head of Health and Safety. Due to the nature of its operations, many of its people operate in high-risk environments. The mandate was to attract a high-level Health and Safety professional with a track […]


March 2022 B1G1 Giving

Stratum International March 2022 B1G1 giving update: 100 days of food and shelter to people in need in South Africa through Community Chest of the Western Cape, South Africa. The Community Chest provides short-term care and psycho-social support to those who need it: daily, short-term, a home from home, a refuge, a bath, and breakfast. […]


Case Study: Country Director – Suriname

The position of Country Director for a mid-tier gold miner in Suriname became vacant due to retirement. The role reported directly to the Senior Vice President of International Affairs and Sustainability at head office. Their primary responsibility was to mitigate risk for the company’s investments in Suriname. Although the company had identified a suitable candidate, […]


Case Study: VP Executive: – HR

Due to rapid growth within the region, a gold major identified the need to add leadership capacity to their Africa region Human Resources team. After reviewing internal talent, it was determined that the company would need to look externally for the right candidate. And to maintain stability within the existing team, the search needed to […]


Case Study: VP Exploration – Africa

To ensure its optimal position in a rapidly changing market, a gold major retained Stratum to recruit a VP of Exploration for their African assets with the goal of building exploration capacity on the continent. It was an opportunity for the successful candidate to put their mark on a growing exploration pipeline in a company […]


Case Study: New GM Leads Mine Turnaround in Canada

Stratum understands the importance of a mine’s General Manager. The Case Study below details a Mining Recruitment project we managed for a client in Canada – hiring a top-tier General Manager. TRANSFORMATION SUCCESS The incumbent increased production by 60% within six months, achieving the highest quarterly production and EBITDA in 15 years. Spearheaded the stabilisation […]


Case Study: Recruiting General Managers: A Global Challenge

One of the most critical assets in a mining company is its Mine General Manager (GM). Not only do these individuals manage production, but they should lead people, inspire strategic thinking, productivity, and innovation. Their ability to lead directly impacts profitability. And in many cases, the company might only have one or two producing assets. […]


“An Uncertain Certainty” A Night With Chris Slabber

Stratum International is proud to have sponsored and hosted “An Uncertain Certainty”, a portrait series by Chris Slabber, a renowned South African artist. Cape Town came to a standstill – check out Chris’s work at @csartist on Instagram. In addition to Stratum’s charitable contributions to communities across Africa and South Africa, Stratum International has a […]


Case Study: Project Director Nickel

A LSE and TSX-listed nickel development company with assets in Brazil mandated Stratum to identify a Project Director to lead the development of their tier 1 ferronickel project. Download to read more.


Stratum International’s Fantastic New Digital Brochure – Brand New Design

Introducing Stratum International’s fantastic new digital brochure in our new brand design. Be sure to check out the organisational charts of the roles we cover in mining recruitment and executive search globally. We will be launching our new website in mid-October! Exciting times! Download here .