• Alexander Proudfoot Alexander Proudfoot

    Mining and Metals Practice

    Proudfoot designs, implements and accelerates operational transformation - realizing tomorrow's results today.
  • Metal - Iron Ore

    Delivering accelerated improvements

    Mining executives walk the tightrope; they contend continually with a considerable degree of uncertainty and risk and yet need to remain forward-looking to secure future operational and financial success.

    Our team of mining experts understands the complex challenges that executives face daily. With our team's support and expertise, our clients are not only able to operate and compete more effectively in the present, but more importantly, we ensure firm foundations are established for the future. We help our clients operate faster and smarter while cementing an operational culture that embodies continuous improvement and evolution.


    Typical Results

    Results you can count on
    Typical results achieved during a Proudfoot project


    • Improvement in throughput 23%
    • Increase in equipment availability 13%
    • 35% reduction in procurement lead time
    • 13% reduction in mine-to-port transport cycle time
    • 6% reduction in operating costs
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    What We Do

    Your partner for rapid sustainable change
    Helping companies elevate their operational and financial performance

    We help our clients by developing and implementing customized change programs that transform operational performance in the core business areas and embed continuous improvement into the culture of the mining organization-and with a sense of urgency that guarantees results within weeks.

    • Significant results
    Iron ore clients have achieved significant improvements in their operations by managing the total process from the customer receipt back through all the stages of logistics and production.

    Client Results

    What our clients say
    Proudfoot was retained to assist with our cost reduction program. The Proudfoot team was very professional and integrated well with the local management team. Their rigorous approach was effective in developing a more cost-conscious culture at IOCC (part of Rio Tinto).
    General Manager, Organizational Change, Rio Tinto
    Proudfoot has transferred and assisted in the integration of effective analytical, measurement and reporting systems that are the basis of sustainable continuous improvement. These systems have had immediate impact and the Rössing leadership team is committed to seeing that they have a lasting effect in adding value to the business.
    Managing Director, Rossing Uranium
    Project Results - Successful Past Projects
    • Project start up
    • Accelerating internal initiatives
    Objectives: As with any start up, the challenges for an iron-ore site were daunting. Ore supplies needed to be predictable, stable and profitable. Equally, the infrastructure needed to be established to ramp up production in line with demand. Being publicly listed, production targets and first shipment dates had been announced, including the intention of doubling output within 12 months. A combination of unpredicted events, slow progress and issues with the local community left the Chief Executive with a problem.

    Approach: The focus was firmly on outcomes but equally on scalability, and initiatives were rolled out concurrently. A comprehensive project plan was developed, incorporating the development and installation of the necessary management tools and systems to drive mine performance, supported by the training and coaching required to embed the right behaviors across management and the workforce. Leadership team roles and responsibilities were outlined and alignment sessions conducted. A key focus was the local community and key government stakeholders to address levels of mistrust and foster acceptance of the mining project.

    Results: Operational readiness was delivered in less than five months and key realistic start up milestones established and achieved. World class mining standards were established and production predictability secured and ready for ramp up. Additionally, relations with the local community were cemented, leading to further profitable interactions.

    Objective: Facing a five-year decline in long-term value of iron ore, a leading producer of high-grade iron ore products cut its budget by 6% to maintain cost effectiveness. However, only a few months later, the cost reduction project was at risk. Planning and measurement problems only compounded the issue by projecting a production shortfall of more than 5%.

    Approach: Alexander Proudfoot and the client began by setting up a standardized format for identifying projected savings and then helped establish a centralized project management office to provide coordination and accountability for achieving desired outcomes. The team also re-trained client staff to ensure consistency in measuring and reporting results.  

    Results: Alexander Proudfoot not only restored the company's initial-year cost reduction program, but also laid the foundation for a second and third year ongoing effort to address worldwide pricing and cost containment issues. The client achieved a reliable and highly effective process for identifying potential cost savings. The system provided clarity, responsibility and accountability for the cost reduction project.


    Areas of Impact

    Proudfoot can help across all operations
    Alexander Proudfoot has 70 years of experience across many industries focusing on a multitude of themes. Let us use our knowledge to help you maximize your operations.
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Throughput
    At Proudfoot, we believe that each supply chain is unique and deserves a unique solution. It is what keeps you competitive, and managing it properly can make the difference between a happy customer and an unhappy one. As such, it is the lifeblood of your business. And it is our job to see that it works as well as it can.
    Known for its competitiveness, the mining sector is no stranger to rapid change. Thus, the key to success is for companies to change, and quickly, in line with the market. Our expertise in driving the rapid and effective execution of corporate strategy allows our clients to readily exploit every opportunity for growth.
    Other Areas
    • Cost reduction
    • Operational excellence
    • Productivity
    • Throughput
    • Supply chain
    • Safety
    • SG&A
    • Maintenance
    • Logistics and transportation
    • Employee engagement
    • Contractor management
    • Community engagement
    • Energy
    • Project ramp-up