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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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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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Supervisor (Dulini Sawmill)

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

Supervisor

Introduction

  • An established and well-known company in the Sawmill Industry has a vacancy for a supervisor.
  • The ideal candidate will have had several years of experience as a supervisor in both the Drymill and Wetmill and that is on the lookout for a long-term employment opportunity.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage and identify opportunities to improve productivity, reduce cost, and maximize the quality, value, and recovery of lumber produced.
  • Planning the cutting schedule in accordance to the customer needs and the size of logs available.
  • Engage production and maintenance workers to achieve targets, meet expectations, address deficiencies in a productive and professional manner. Start up on time.
  • Must work in full compliance with the approved safety regulations.
  • Maintaining good housekeeping standards.
  • Report breakdowns and plan preventative maintenance with maintenance team.
  • Perform HR function of the team together with the Sawmill Manager and manager the overtime and resources.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a supervisor or equivalent experience in the sawmilling industry.
  • Own transport and drivers licence essential.
  • Candidates with Zulu language proficiency will be preferred.

Package and Remuneration

  • Market related, negotiable.

Interested?

  • Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide an application status update to each applicant individually. If you haven’t heard from us in 4 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful, but we encourage you to apply again if you see another relevant opening that you might see yourself a good fit for.

Closing Date for applications: 26 July 2024.