08.11.2022

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 […]

27.10.2022

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 […]

27.10.2022

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 […]

25.10.2022

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 […]

10.10.2022

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 […]

03.10.2022

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 […]

24.08.2022

Case Study: ONE CLIENT – 3 KEY ROLES FILLED

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 […]

08.06.2022

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 […]

01.04.2022

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 […]

31.03.2022

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. […]

10.03.2022

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, […]

25.01.2022

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 […]

25.01.2022

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 […]

25.01.2022

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 […]

24.01.2022

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. […]

18.10.2021

“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 […]

10.10.2021

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.

22.09.2021

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 .

31.08.2021

Knowledge is power – why farming beats fishing every time

“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine”, said Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Research at Gartner, a few years ago. He couldn’t be more right. These days, accessing quality data and analysing it is any company’s most precious resource after its employees. Farming, not […]

13.08.2021

Case Study: Group Contracts Manager Search

The Case Study below details a Stratum lead search for a group-level Contracts Management professional with a track record of successfully representing the commercial and contractual interests of a mid-tier multi-asset international gold mining company at all stages of contract formation, administration, and close-out. Download to read more.

03.08.2021

Stratum/Gen-XX Launch Video

Stratum International is proud to be the first company to back GenXX’s vision of ending period poverty so all women can have a dignified experience. In a world-first, GenXX has designed revolutionary reusable sanitary products. Please take a minute to watch the video of the event launch, below (has sound). We believe this product and initiative […]

22.07.2021

Turning mining recruitment into a truly human endeavour

It was Desmond Tutu who said that we should strive to be the change we would like to see in the world. We couldn’t agree more and believe businesses should be at the forefront of this responsibility. While Stratum has regularly contributed to good causes over the years, we recently decided to formalize a giving […]

24.11.2020

Hiring strategies: Making the best people "stick"

2020 has been the year when the ubiquitous phrase ‘our staff are our greatest resource’ became akin to an awakening. The storm of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to blow a stark reminder to businesses that their people are genuinely indispensable. Adjusted workforce needs, ominous risks, and the call for true leadership have been catapulted centre […]

31.01.2019

150 COO’s, VP’s and GM’s Assessed (Let this data help you achieve unprecedented retention rates)

“Why do organisations still pay to use executive search firms? Surely they can find anyone they want on LinkedIn.” At first, this feels like a reasonable question, and undoubtedly one that anyone working in our sector faces daily. Sure enough, finding people who can perform a role is pretty simple. Search for ‘COO and Mining’ […]