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Regional Sales Manager (PG Bison)

Location: KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa
Sector: General
Contract Type: Permanent

Regional Sales Manager

We are hiring!

Job title: Regional Sales Manager – KZN
Department: Sales
Reporting to: Executive: Sales
Location: KZN – Region

About PG Bison

We aspire to build on an already sound reputation and become a global leader in the decorative wood panel industry. Our reputation for excellence, together with an innovative and constantly evolving environment has helped PG Bison become one of the largest manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fibreboard and decorative wood-based panel products in the southern hemisphere.

Our vision to inspire and enable beautiful living spaces, where people experience wonderful moments and create lasting memories, drives us to constantly identify global trends and localise them for the markets we serve. These include countertops and cabinets, built-in cupboards, shelving and desking, for your kitchen, living and workspaces.

Our timber is locally, responsibly, and sustainably sourced and our wood-based products are proudly manufactured in South Africa. PG Bison products are sold both locally and internationally.

We put people first, celebrate diversity, drive innovation, and do good in the communities where we live and work. We are committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the markets we serve.

Main functions will include but is not limited to:

  • Manage the KZN region sales team to ensure the building of a strong efficient and professional working environment.
  • Achieve and exceed the regional sales budget.
  • Build key relations with customers to ensure customer’s needs are identified and managing the system to meet those needs.
  • Perform in such a manner to achieve 95% customer satisfaction rating through attitude and proactive service.
  • Conduct independent surveys with customers to determine brand progress and problem areas.
  • Prepare and implement corrective action plans and objectives.
  • Systematically assess sales business practice and procedures against agreed benchmarks for brand maintenance and achievement.
  • Monitor brand implementation programs within sales.
  • Understanding of market segments and customer profiles to conduct regular market share updates.
  • Identification and growth of new customers and markets for PG bison products.
  • Provide leadership to align the customer service centre plans and procedures with the business objectives and goads. Ensure all customers are dealt with in a fast, efficient, and professional manner.
  • Ensure that existing client base is serviced and maintained.
  • Monitor that customers orders are delivered in full, on time and value chain management.
  • Promote sales with correct branding and sampling at all customers
  • Co-ordinate the implementation of market management and growth strategies and programs
  • Prepare plans, organise, lead, and direct sales team to achieve their goals and support the business objectives and plans

Minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Diploma / Degree in Sales/Marketing
  • A valid drivers’ license.
  • 5 years sales/marketing management experience in similar environment.
  • Clear credit rating
  • Be flexible to travel and being on the road for long periods.

Recommended skills, knowledge and qualities:

  • Excellent communicator, with the ability to engage face to face with clients.
  • Computer literacy
  • Self-motivated and highly goal orientated.
  • Ability to grow existing client base and identify potential customers
  • Ability to implement sales strategies and tactics.
  • Ensure orders are processed in timely manner.
  • Motivated by continuous learning and development.
  • Compile required reporting for management on a weekly basis.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong inductive and deductive reasoning, strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to deal with conflict situations.
  • Dynamic to work under pressure and follow through on tasks.
  • Commitment to company vision, values & core philosophies

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2024

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General Manager (PG Bison)

Location: Eastern Cape and South Africa
Sector: General
Contract Type: Permanent

General Manager

We are hiring!

Job title: General Manager:  NECF
Department: Administration
Reporting to: Director: NECF
Location: NECF – UGIE

About PG Bison

We aspire to build on an already sound reputation and become a global leader in the decorative wood panel industry. Our reputation for excellence, together with an innovative and constantly evolving environment has helped PG Bison become one of the largest manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fibreboard and decorative wood-based panel products in the southern hemisphere.

Our vision to inspire and enable beautiful living spaces, where people experience wonderful moments and create lasting memories, drives us to constantly identify global trends and localise them for the markets we serve. These include countertops and cabinets, built-in cupboards, shelving, and desking, for your kitchen, living and workspaces.

Our timber is locally, responsibly, and sustainably sourced and our wood-based products are proudly manufactured in South Africa. PG Bison products are sold both locally and internationally.

We put people first, celebrate diversity, drive innovation, and do good in the communities where we live and work. We are committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the markets we serve.

Main functions will include but is not limited to:

  • Strategic, tactical & operational planning
  • Effective & efficient management of plantation resource, people, service providers, machinery, materials and logistics
  • Production, cost & revenue control
  • Managing landholdings of 76,000ha of which 33,700ha are planted including a large commercial livestock operation.
  • Log supply operations of 500,000m3 annually
  • Forest Management, including forest research, resource planning, technical services, environmental, conservation, community and stakeholder engagement

Minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor`s Degree in Forestry or related disciplines would be preferred

Recommended skills, knowledge, and qualities:

  • At least 15 years` experience in a FSC certified commercial forestry plantation environment with management experience in silviculture, harvesting, site/land preparation, planting, on-site nursery, infrastructure development, planning & maintenance (roads & construction
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid presentation skills and ability to explain complex processed to an audience.
  • Financial Management and persistent business will to succeed
  • Planning and managing the company`s performance
  • Manage operations and processed within budget
  • Ability to enforce and maintain high standards, even under pressure
  • Build and lead successful teams
  • Achieve targets in a dynamic
  • Successfully manage a diverse group of employees
  • Be a strong team leader and tapping into the best your teams have to offer
  • Build a nurture trust with teams, customers and suppliers

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2024

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Projects Manager – Group Scheme (Sappi)

Location: KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa
Sector: Forestry
Contract Type: Permanent

Projects Manager – Group Scheme

Sappi Southern Africa

Country:  South Africa
City:  Pietermaritzburg
Location:  Forestry – Victoria Country Club Estate
Department:  Forestry Management

We are hiring!

We’re on the lookout for a Projects Manager – Group Scheme to manage the Group Scheme and Chain of custody for Sappi Forests in line with the requirements of the relevant certification schemes.

As a Project Manager – Group Scheme you will be responsible for:

  • Oversee the compliance and certification processes within the group scheme
  • Implement an effective monitoring system, appointing auditors and managing non-compliance issues
  • Maintain and update procedures and standards
  • Handle member relations, including their acceptance, termination and encouragement of eligible non-certified member to join
  • Organise annual events and manage incentive payments
  • Compile budget and reports
  • Ensure proper use of trademarks and liaison with certification bodies
  • Maintain the integrity of the chain of custody for products
  • Implement the requirements related to the marketing and sale of products, such as timber legality and the controlled wood due diligence system
  • Provide and effective monitoring system to ensure that Sappi Forests comply with the requirements of the relevant certification system
  • Appoint auditors and follow up on non-compliance and ensure it is corrected
  • Maintain documented procedures related to chain of custody
  • Provide information to the relevant certification body as and when required
  • Distribute any national risk assessments to relevant stakeholders
  • Train staff involved in chain of custody
  • Compile an annual report for chain of custody
  • Ensure that labelling and timber accounting records are accurate and meet chain of custody requirements on Timber Control System (TCS)
  • Handle complaints & appeals from stakeholders or auditors
  • Liaise with relevant certification body
  • Keep abreast of certification requirements
  • Maintain, review and update procedures relevant to certification on Metabuilder
  • Particpate in projects relevant to regional objectives
  • Maintain relationships with specialist organisations to keep abreast with techincal developments
  • Inform Fibre Supply and Resources staff and timber growers of latest available information and technical knowledge to improve cost effective fibre production
  • Ensure technical alerts from Research are distributed to timber growers

What are we looking for?

  • Tertiary qualification in forestry, agriculture or natural science
  • At least 8 years experience in timber procurement and/or forestry management
  • A few years’ experience of attending audits (internal and external) advantageous
  • Training in certification

What’s in it for you?

  • Opportunity to work within a global organisation that continues to thrive in a rapidly changing world even after 80 years of existence.
  • Learning and development programmes to fast-track your career within Sappi.
  • Opportunities to travel (dependent on upon the role).
  • Market leading leave benefits.
  • Employee wellbeing benefits.

Sappi is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. At Sappi, we encourage and support vaccination.

 Closing date for applications: 08 August 2024

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Diesel Mechanic (Yonder Lea Timber)

Location: Eastern Cape and South Africa
Sector: Forestry
Contract Type: Permanent

Diesel Mechanic

Employment offered: Diesel Mechanic
Company: Yonder Lea Timber
Location: Stutterheim, Eastern Cape

Suitable candidates are hereby invited to apply for the position of Diesel Mechanic at Yonder Lea Timber, a forestry and timber manufacturing company.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant qualification or at least 10 years’ experience in a similar industry
  • Extensive knowledge of forestry fleet, yellow plant and transport fleet
  • Works well in a team environment and self-motivated to work independently
  • Valid drivers license

Brief Job Description and duties:

  • Daily breakdown repairs to Bell Loggers and tractors infield
  • Servicing and recording keeping of large fleet of trucks at workshop
  • Workshop management including issuing and recoding of spares
  • Implementation of comprehensive preventative maintenance programme
  • Coordination and management of mechanic assistants

Conditions and requirements:

  • Willing to work overtime on occasions and Saturdays for maintenance
  • Capable of working in forestry intense weather conditions
  • Fluency in isiXhosa an added advantage
  • Contactable references with detailed history

 Closing date for applications: 15 July 2024
Should you not receive correspondence by 19 July 2024, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

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Densa Dry Mill Production Manager (WRSM)

Location: Mpumalanga and South Africa
Sector: Sawmilling
Contract Type: Permanent

Densa Dry Mill Production Manager

SUITABLE EXTERNAL CANDIDATES ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION:

DENSA SAW MILLS – PRODUCTION MANAGER (WITH FOCUS ON DRY MILL)

Job Purpose

Liaison between internal and external stakeholders in the Dry Mill process, including production personnel, sales personnel and outbound transport companies;

Manages the Dry Mill production control and logistic activities at the lowest cost with the best service.

Reporting Line

This position has direct reporting to Densa Mill Manager & Indirect reporting to the Group Sales Manager and Operations Director on transport as well as product & business development (*dotted line to Mill HODs);

The Dry Mill Manager, Despatch Foreman & Destacking Foreman positions report to this position.

Requirements

  • Valid grade 12 qualification with proof thereof required;
  • Fluency in English required (Reading, writing & speaking) (Fluency in Afrikaans and additional official language/s advantageous);
  • BTech(Wood Tech)/National Diploma(Wood Technology)/BSc(Wood Technology)/proven equivalent qualification;
  • Good knowledge of quality / SANS Standards / relevant SANS grading specifications;
  • Minimum 5-10 years’ experience in sawmill dry mill production environment with contactable references;
  • Advanced knowledge & Proficiency of Microsoft Office required (Excel, Outlook and Word);
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, Strong mental ability with deep Analytical, Problem-solving, and Decision-making skills, effective Interpersonal & communication skills, self-driven and ready to interact with all levels in the organization.

Responsibilities  (including, but not limited to)

  • Manage the Densa Dry Mill from Destacking Section through to Despatch to ensure production/productivity targets are met (this includes Finger-joint and Planer operations under Dry Mill Manager);
  • Manage the Despatch loading plan to ensure that volumes are on/above plan & loads are scheduled in a cost-effective manner;
  • Interact/advise with Dry Mill Manager (& Wet Mill Manager as needed) on production planning to ensure that loading schedule is successfully implemented (this includes optimising value whereby the ratio of S5 & better is on/above plan);
  • Interact with Sales Office to ensure that customer commitments, preferences, approved credit status, etc are complied with;
  • Interact with all role players (including production HODs) to maximise value and volume recovery throughout the Dry Mill production process (improve productivities at the various machines / processes);
  • Interact with Maintenance Manager & Responsible Dry Mill Fitter to ensure that all PM schedules are applied/up to date;
  • Involved in co-ordinating all other maintenance work both planned & unplanned to ensure that machine uptime is maximised & complying with accepted standards;
  • Ensure effective planning of the Dry Mill in line with production orders to meet monthly targets, company goals & objectives;
  • Manage operating / transport expenditures to be within budget (especially with focus on labour- as well as R&M costs);
  • Be involved in product and business development opportunities as well as capex projects as required to enhance business development, ensure sustainability and customer satisfaction;
  • Encourage & foster a sense of high, positive morale with colleagues & suppliers while carrying out the above functions;
  • Long term planning to supervision of Day-to-day activities and implement necessary improvement actions in coordination with other mill functions – Keep track of a.o. quality, quantity, stock levels, delivery times, transport costs and efficiency;
  • Assist in efficient management of Dry Mill production planning, and logistics to drive production efficiency whilst maintaining delivery performance at optimal stock levels (Advanced Production/Planning/Production processes knowledge);
  • Ensure effective communication of relevant information to all stakeholders to support effective decision making for the business;
  • Package market related and negotiable.

EE/AA Candidates will enjoy preference (African Females and African Males are encouraged to apply), although all applications will be considered.

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2024
(should you not receive any communication within 14 days after closing date, please accept your application as unsuccessful).

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Sales Representative – Lumber & Value-Added Products (Eastern Cape) (MTO)

Location: Eastern Cape and South Africa
Sector: Forestry Products
Contract Type: Permanent

Sales Representative – Lumber & Value-Added Products (Eastern Cape)

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

As part of an extensive growth strategy, an opportunity has arisen for Sales Representatives to join a Company that is a global leader in timber and lumber products, offering a fully integrated one-stop-shop through access to a range of high yielding, certified forest, and forestry products throughout Africa.

As a Sales Representative within MTO Group, you will play an instrumental part in selling value added products within niche market segments in order to continue achieving the Company’s growth objectives including market share, revenue, profit and value extraction for all the market routes and channels within the designated product suites.

KEY ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:

  • Grade 12 with 3-5 years industry related experience advantageous
  • Proven work experience in a selling role
  • Computer literate (MSOffice, ERP) essential
  • Highly motivated and target driven.
  • Team player
  • Excellent selling, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Understand the customer.
  • Resilient and passionate

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Selling value added products into multiple market segments.
  • Identify new potential customers and markets.
  • Understand applications of products and needs of target markets.
  • Liaising, quoting, and concluding pricing determinations.
  • Growing channels to market and market share

Closing date for applications: 12 July 2024
If you do not receive a response from us within 21 working days of the closing date, please be advised that your application was unsuccessful.

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Sales Representative – Lumber & Value-Added Products (Western Cape) (MTO)

Location: South Africa and Western Cape
Sector: Forestry Products
Contract Type: Permanent

Sales Representative – Lumber & Value-Added Products (Western Cape)

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

As part of an extensive growth strategy, an opportunity has arisen for Sales Representatives to join a Company that is a global leader in timber and lumber products, offering a fully integrated one-stop-shop through access to a range of high yielding, certified forest, and forestry products throughout Africa.

As a Sales Representative within MTO Group, you will play an instrumental part in selling value added products within niche market segments in order to continue achieving the Company’s growth objectives including market share, revenue, profit and value extraction for all the market routes and channels within the designated product suites.

KEY ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:

  • Grade 12 with 3-5 years industry related experience advantageous
  • Proven work experience in a selling role
  • Computer literate (MSOffice, ERP) essential
  • Highly motivated and target driven.
  • Team player
  • Excellent selling, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Understand the customer.
  • Resilient and passionate

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Selling value added products into multiple market segments.
  • Identify new potential customers and markets.
  • Understand applications of products and needs of target markets.
  • Liaising, quoting, and concluding pricing determinations.
  • Growing channels to market and market share

Closing date for applications: 12 July 2024
If you do not receive a response from us within 21 working days of the closing date, please be advised that your application was unsuccessful.

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Diesel Mechanic (A.C. Whitcher)

Location: Eastern Cape and South Africa
Sector: General and Sawmilling
Contract Type: Permanent

Diesel Mechanic

An exciting opportunity has arisen at A.C. Whitcher, a sawmill situated in Tsitsikamma, for a recently qualified Diesel Mechanic to join our workshop team.  We are looking for an energetic and skilled individual who is willing to work flexible hours, on weekends and during December shutdown.

Experience in maintenance and repairs of Forklifts, Bell equipment, tractors, fire equipment, trucks and light duty vehicles will be advantageous.

Remuneration will be based on skills and experience and will include membership to a retirement fund as well as company housing.

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2024

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Dry Mill Manager

Location: Mpumalanga and South Africa
Sector: Sawmilling
Contract Type: Permanent

Dry Mill Manager

THE FOLLOWING EX VACANCY EXISTS IN THE SAWMILLING INDUSTRY IN MPUMALANGA:

Minimum Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Proven Grade 12 school qualification or equivalent advantageous;
  • BTech (Wood Tech) / National Diploma (Wood Technology) qualification / BSc (Wood Technology) / proven equivalent qualification (similar qualification e.g. Supervisor’s Certificate and Relevant “on-the-job” training/experience beneficial);
  • At least ±2-5 years’ proven experience in Sawmill production environment in a management position with contactable references (dry mill experience/knowledge required) (reference checks will be done);
  • Fluency in English as official business language (reading / writing / speaking) (additional language/s advantageous);
  • Advanced knowledge and proficiency of Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook and Word);
  • Must be prepared to work shifts and/or overtime;
  • Strong Managerial skills are essential – strong people management skills as well as good personal relations – ability to not only interact well with Heads of Departments,  but also with subordinates reporting directly or indirectly to the Dry Mill Manager;
  • Good communication and interpretative skills;
  • Good knowledge of wood drying practices and controls;
  • Knowledge of SANS Standards Advantageous (Structural Board Grading);
  • Knowledge of OHS Act;
  • Good Knowledge and experience of saw milling equipment;
  • Ability to work overtime   Experience working in high pressure and the production environment.

Job Description/Purpose, Responsibilities and Requirements:

  • Overall management of the functions of the Dry Mill (Establishing and monitoring overall performance for production and quality standards in the Dry Mill and ensuring monthly targets are met) (i.e. including, but not limited to, production activities, staff requirements and cost control of a.o. Destacking, Recovery, Dry Mill, Finger-Joint and Despatch sections);
  • Planning, coordination and control of production processes in the Dry Mill Sections – Ensuring the products are produced efficiently at the right costs and level of quality;
  • Controlling and minimizing of overall operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries of all workers in the Dry Mill;
  • Market mix management;
  • Deciding on how best to use mill’s workforce and equipment to meet production goals;
  • Providing continuous improvement activities to maximize productivity and manufacturing efficiency by actively searching for improvements in the manufacturing process to improve cycle time;
  • Exposure to Planned Maintenance Systems beneficial;
  • Ensuring that plant, equipment, yard and buildings are managed / maintained in a planned and cost-effective way;
  • Maintaining and improving of existing dry mill facilities and equipment;  replacing, or making adjustments to plant facilities and equipment when and where necessary;
  • Ensuring proper storage, handling, and processing of material to reduce defects and increase yield;
  • Ensure quality control measures are met, e.g. graders are grading accurately and sampling is done on the structural dimensions of the lumber processed;
  • Identifying and resolving issues and notifying management of issues and causes when identified;
  • Ensures that daily production figures/downtimes etcetera are captured/submitted to the relative administration staff;
  • Do stock takes when required;
  • Assist in maintaining sound industrial relations with subordinates, peers and superiors;
  • Providing direction, development and leadership to relevant Assistant Managers and/or Foremen to accomplish the company goals and objectives;
  • Encouraging and fostering a sense of high, positive morale among the workforce;
  • Ensuring a good IR climate in section by ensuring feedback on HR issues and submitting completed documentation to the HR department as required;
  • Performing all administrative duties pertaining to the position (including, but not limited to, reports on maintenance, costs, accidents, accident investigations, performance, training, environment, etcetera);
  • Assist in adhering and enforcing all safety rules and regulations as stipulated by company procedures and relevant legislation;
  • Assist in maintaining good housekeeping;
  • Working closely with the Wet Mill Manager and Technical Manager.

Reporting Line:

  • The production manager reports to the Mill Manager.

EE/AA Candidates will enjoy preference (African Females and African Males are encouraged to apply), although all applications will be considered.

Closing Date for applications: 31 July 2024.
(should you not receive any communication within 14 days after closing date, please accept your application as unsuccessful).

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FJ Foreman (WRSM)

Location: Mpumalanga and South Africa
Sector: Sawmilling
Contract Type: Permanent

FJ Foreman

SUITABLE EXTERNAL CANDIDATES ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION OF FJ FOREMAN AT WHITE RIVER:

(Please note this foreman position is a SAWMILLING SPECIFIC junior position at supervisory level, and is NOT aimed at candidates who are artisans / engineering foremen / mining foremen)

Minimum Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Proof of grade 12 school- and other qualification/s required;
  • Supervisor’s certificate/Saw milling certificate/similar qualification/s e.g. Diploma in Wood Technology and/or relevant “on-the-job” training beneficial (NQF Level 3 and above);
  • Proven saw milling experience in the Dry Mill (especially at Finger-Joint) with references essential (minimum 3 years’ experience and 2 years’ supervisory experience);
  • Fluent in English as official business language (additional languages advantageous);
  • Knowledge of OHS Act.

Job Description, Duties. and Requirements:

  • Good knowledge of SANS Standards (10096  and Structural Board Grading (Finger-Joint Grading)) advantageous (proven training beneficial);
  • Experience in ensuring quality control measures are met and managed, preparation and passing of external quality control audits;
  • Control quality and productivity throughout inspection process;
  • Good knowledge of sample taking principles;
  • Grading as well as planer and finger-jointing exposure advantageous;
  • Good knowledge of finger-joint production processes advantageous;
  • Understanding and knowledge of machine set-up and principles of operating automatic machines;
  • Good communication and interpretative skills;
  • Self-motivated, hardworking individual that can work in a team;
  • Ability to analyze, plan, schedule and troubleshoot;
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude;
  • Must be prepared to work shifts and/or overtime;
  • Responsible to manage the team’s activities and staff requirements;
  • Monitoring status of equipment and consumables in the section;
  • Upholding safety standards and good housekeeping practices;
  • Junior management of the team, including planning and allocating duties to different employees as well as discipline and development of employees.

EE/AA Candidates will enjoy preference (African Females and African Males are encouraged to apply), although all applications will be considered.

Closing Date for applications: 31 July 2024.
(should you not receive any communication within 14 days after closing date, please accept your application as unsuccessful).