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    Ref: 1160863
    Nationality: South African
    Qualifications: B-Tech - Forestry
    Annual Package Range: ZAR 451 000 - 550 000, per annum
    Total Years Experience: 16 to 20 years
    Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Coloured

    Plantation Manager

    Online Interview Questions

    Current / most recent job title?
    Plantation Manager

    1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
    Overall Management of Estate, Own and Contractor Management

    2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:
    Management of Monthly and total Budget cost, as well as Safety of own and Contractor operations

    3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
    Committed and purpose driven

    4. Ideal business title: 
    Area Manager: Forestry

    5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
    Strategies, more effective management of time and breaking down silos

    6. Skill area of competence:
    20 years: Forestry

    7. Achievements: 
    By effectively networking with other Stakeholders to reach common goals and objectives

    8. What do you absolutely love doing?
    Plan and execute

    9. Ideal company (culture and values):
    Forestry company, good work ethics, ability to adapt, be flexible and appreciate the human component

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      Ref: 1158865
      Nationality: Zimbabwean
      Qualifications: B-Tech - Forestry
      Annual Package Range: USD 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
      Total Years Experience: 16 to 20 years
      Home and other languages: Other, English
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: African / Black

      Forestry Manager

      Online Interview Questions

      Current / most recent job title?
      Forestry Manager

      1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

      Development of plantations for sustainable supply of fuel wood material for tobacco production. Driven by the tobacco grower base and million kilograms of tobacco target, Annual plan of operation is set for the development of woodlot across the agronomy areas. Market driven with requirements to show case on sustainable production of tobacco.

      2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

      • Designing program framework as key to achieving main goal.
      • Training of growers assisting them in setting up nurseries, land preparation and planting of individual woodlots.
      • Contracting out business on nurseries, land preparation, planting and tending activities for commercial and block forest establishments.
      • Coordination of (STP) Sustainable Tobacco Programs enhancing sustainable production process.

      3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

      • Experienced forester with extensive expertise in commercial timber plantations management. Have been attached to forestry planning, Silviculture and Timber harvesting operations.
      • Strengths & Specialties: Forestry strategic, tactical & annual business planning; Labor, contractor & concession management; Fire protection and Environmental management for FSC certified forests.

      16 to 20 years4. Ideal business title:

      • Head of Sustainability Projects
      • Forestry Manager
      • General Manager forestry

      5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

      • Forestry business planning for strategic, medium and annual operations.
      • Stakeholder consultation for sustainable development.
      • Team building and coaching for efficiency purposes.
      • Coordination, Monitoring and Control of plans and budgets.

      6. Skill area of competence:

      • Decision making
      • Planning, coordination & Organizing Skills
      • Leadership, Mentoring, Coaching Skills
      • Forest Management
      • Nursery Management
      • Silviculture Management
      • Timber Harvesting
      • Transportation
      • Sawmilling
      • Charcoal Production
      • Budgeting and Control
      • Human Resource Management
      • Stakeholder & Community Management
      • Forest Certification

      7. Career summary:

      15 years plus on forestry management/ projects.

      8. Achievements:

      • Developed models with communities/institutes that sustain fuel wood supply for tobacco production. Schools, communities and Block forest projects are yielding results on woodlot development.
      • Successfully established woodlots with Farmer Development Trust, Peterhouse and other institutes as partners for woodlot establishments across the country.
      • Pioneered outsourcing of harvesting operations that reduced production cost from $16 to $12 per m3.
      • Reduced cost of seedling production by 60% from USD$ 0.11 to USD $0.04 per seedling at estate Nurseries.
      • Reduced forest damage per single fire from 5ha to 1 ha on average at Charter Estates from 2011 to 2013.
      • Improved stakeholder & community relationships for sustainable plantation development at Charter Estate.
      • Participated on formulation of SAZ -National standards on Sustainable Forestry Management.
      • Produced SOPs/ manuals of forestry operations at both Border Timbers & The Wattle Co.
      • Maintained accurate forestry database in Micro-forest program for planning & decision-making

      9. What do you absolutely love doing?

      • Development of SOPs that will help teams to achieve set objectives.
      • Team building and coaching that will assist to work smart.
      • Meeting set targets and recognition a asset within organisational structures.

      10. Ideal company (culture and values):

      • Profit making organisation with business ethics policies.
      • Company with respect to customers, stakeholders and its employee.
      • Environmentally sensitive and certified management systems.

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        Ref: 11590
        Nationality: Zimbabwean
        Qualifications: B-Tech - Forestry, Certificate, and Diploma
        Annual Package Range: USD 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
        Total Years Experience: 20 to 30 years
        Home and other languages: English, Other, IsiZulu
        Gender: Male
        Ethnicity: African / Black

        Forestry Manager

        Online Interview Questions

        Current / most recent job title?
        Forestry Manager

        1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

        • Management of Safety, Health and Environment to achieve company objectives
        • Budgeting and managing costs in accordance with the approved budgets
        • Management of production to achieve 100% output against targets
        • Managing company assets, movable and non movable.

        2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

        • Budget effectively
        • Manage, Monitor and Control Costs
        • Motivate the team to Achieve results
        • Lead, teach and manage safety

        3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

        • Able to motivate the workforce to achieve the set goals
        • Ability to manage the budgets to the required levels and to manage and control costs to achieve the set targets
        • Instilling discipline on the team to achieve high level of professionalism in all levels.

        4. Ideal business title:

        • General Manager
        • Forestry Manager

        5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

        • Strong Leadership and Analytical Skills
        • Operational and Profit loss
        • Maximising the value of the Forestry

        6. Skill area of competence:

        • Financial – Budgeting
        • Marketing – Negociating Skills
        • Planning – Strategical and Tactical
        • Health, safety and Quality Management

        7. Career summary:

        • Forestry 29 years
          • Planning
          • Silviculture
          • Harvesting
          • Health and Safety

        8. Achievements:

        • Reduction of forest fires by 50%, when I was in Sappi, by suggesting a reward to anyone who effectively catch the culprits of burning the plantations.
        • Production shoot up positively to more than budgets in Tanzania immediately when I joined after so many years of recording negative figures.
        • The forestry division recorded positive variance for the first time the year I joined in Uganda

        9. What do you absolutely love doing?
        I love to be successful in my execution of duties therefore I create development and solve problems.

        10. Ideal company (culture and values):
        The company that has values and ethics. The company that has clear long term strategic plans and that respect the worker’s rights and endeavour to lift up the workers as well as respect its stakeholders.

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          Ref: 1158713
          Nationality: South African
          Qualifications: B-Tech - Forestry and N.Dip - Forestry
          Annual Package Range: R 151 000 - 250 000, per annum
          Total Years Experience: 1 to 2 years
          Home and other languages: IsiZulu, English
          Gender: Male
          Ethnicity: African / Black

          Forestry Facilitator

          Online Interview Questions

          Current / most recent job title?
          Facilitator: Forestry

          1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

          • Administration, Production and Safety planning and Control, Management of forest operations overseeing and ensuring that operations are done according to best operating practices taking into account local circumstances.
          • Stakeholder management, grower and farmer training and development in forestry and agricultural principles; farm, farmer and grower assessment; Timber and agriculture produce marketing, sales and management including procurement, Database creation, maintenance and management including mapping with Google earth and ArcGIS to include grower information and site information to facilitate optimized production.Working Group Member on Rural community development in relation to forest certification on the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) endorsed by the PEFC.
          • Mentoring and training interns.


          2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

          Planning and a functional team.

          3. Ideal business title: 
          Planning Forester / Technical Forester / Management Forester (All of these are the same thing)

          4. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

          • Mapping
          • Database Management
          • Stock Enumerations
          • Data Collection
          • Valuation

          5. Skill area of competence:

          • Forest Management – 2 Years
          • Silviculture – 2 Years
          • Harvesting – 2 Years
          • Mapping – 2 Years
          • C# Programming – 4 years

          6. Career summary:

          • Forestry = 2 years
          • Agriculture (Crop production) = 2 years
          • Agriculture (R&D) = 16 months

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            Ref: 1158973
            Nationality: Zimbabwean
            Qualifications: B-Tech - Forestry and N.Dip - Forestry
            Annual Package Range: SZL 151 000 - 250 000, per annum
            Total Years Experience: 6 to 10 years
            Home and other languages: IsiNdebele, English, Other
            Gender: Male
            Ethnicity: African / Black

            Forester

            Online Interview Questions

            Current / most recent job title?
            Forester

            1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
            Felling of trees, extraction, processing, loading and transportation of timber to different specified markets

            2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

            • Harvesting operational planning
            • Recruitment and training of employees
            • Matching equipment to site
            • Safety aspects

            3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
            I am a hard worker who is flexible to work under diverse environments. I am keen to see things working out up to the end. I am self driven and motivated by achieving results.

            4. Ideal business title:

            • Harvesting Forester
            • Silviculture Forester

            5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

            • Managing contractors
            • Ensuring timber is supplied as per customer requirements both in quality and quantity
            • Ensure planting out is carried out on time
            • Fire prevention and suppression activities to be maintained
            • Ensuring the operations adhere to safe working standards and meet FSC standards.
            • To carry out APOs on time
            • To carry out work and time studies

            6. Skill area of competence:

            • Transport and logistics – 3 years
            • Timber harvesting – 5 years
            • Silviculture – 1 year

            7. Achievements: 
            In 2016, the company was struggling to meet its volume obligations. I then carried out time studies to come up with realistic targets, changing working methods so as to reduce on downtime, employment of many people and improve the safety aspects of the whole operation.

            8. What do you absolutely love doing?
            Timber harvesting

            9. Ideal company (culture and values):

            • A dynamic company that welcomes individual ideas and opinions
            • A company thrives to grow internally and externally
            • A company that upholds the norms and ethics of professional business