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    Ref: 1160377
    Nationality: Zimbabwean
    Qualifications: BSc and EMBA
    Annual Package Range: ZWL 251 000 - 350 000, per annum
    Total Years Experience: 11 to 15 years
    Home and other languages: English
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: African / Black

    General Manager

    Online Interview Questions

    Current / most recent job title
    General Manager

    1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

    • Strategically leading the company to reach its objectives and goals.
    • Give feedback to management on Board resolution and direction.
    • To pursue the company to make profit and dividend to the shareholder.

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

    • Planning for the company to achieve strategic goals.
    • Organisation of company inter-related departments to reach targets.
    • Leading the organisation in difficult times.
    • Controlling the resources to reach organisation goals.

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

    • Goal-oriented person
    • Attention to detail
    • Passionate about work
    • Results oriented person

    4. Ideal business title:
    General Manager

    5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

    • Performance management of key line managers
    • Budget control of the company
    • Implementation of company policies
    • Customer satisfaction
    • Project management

    6. Skill area of competence:

    • Lean manufacturing
    • Production management
    • Project management

    7. Career summary:

    • 10 years forestry
    • 15 years wood preservation

    8. Achievements:

    • Leading the unit to profitability from lose making.
    • Winning quality assurance awards.
    • Implementing lean manufacturing.
    • Reduce customer complaints.

    9. What do you absolutely love doing?

    • Project management
    • Quality training and implementation
    • Lean manufacturing implementation

    10. Ideal company (culture and values):

    • Accredited company with ISO certification
    • MaleLean manufacturing company

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      Ref: 1161264
      Nationality: Ghanaian
      Qualifications: BSc
      Annual Package Range: US dollar - USD 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
      Total Years Experience: 11 to 15 years
      Home and other languages: English
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: African / Black

      Assistant Plantation Manager

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      Current / most recent job title?
      Assistant Plantation Manager

      1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

      • Manage agronomy and production within a total 2300HA of oil palm plantation.
      • Tasked to produce solely 1600 metric tons of FFB and ensure accessibility for full crop recovery. Deliver 0% losses by end 2019.
      • Manage 700 workers effectively including superintendents, supervisors, overseers, headmen/women and labourers.

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

      Key Responsibilities

      • Solely manage 2300 hectares of oil palm Plantation-Nursery, Planting, upkeep and production.
      • Manage 700 workers (+ or – 50) including superintendents, supervisors, overseers, headmen and labourers.
      • Manage all agronomic aspects to create unimpeded access for total crop recovery, better farm sanitation and lower pest and disease incidences.
      • Budget preparation and management (operation and capex) within project scope.

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

      • Goal getter and team player
      • Plantation establishment and management from Greenfield clearing, processing, marketing, sales and quality control (Oil palm, rubber and cereals production)
      • Smallholder management, programme and projects, technology transfers and farmers training and yield improvements.
      • Budget preparation, management and administration within project execution
      • Team and labour management. Good labour interfacing skills and union negotiations
      • Flexibility, top notch listening skills, good communication skills
      • Good Information management, team management and stakeholder management abilities
      • Diverse and competent in speaking seven (7) Ghanaian languages and English
      • RSPO lead auditor with industry certification experience
      • Microsoft Office-Word, Excel, power point and internet

      4. Ideal business title:
      Plantation or Farm Nursery Manager

      5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
      Farm management, budgeting, labour management, reporting to CEO or Board, financial management and departmental supervision.

      6. Skill area of competence:
      Agronomy, labour management, logistics management, budgeting, nursery management, environmental management, sustainability, RSPO

      7. Career summary:

      • Plantation management – 12 YEARS
      • Agronomy – 12 YEARS
      • Agro-processing -5 YEARS

      8. Achievements:

      • Undertook land clearing for new development, roads creation, blocking and plotting, other field infrastructure like drains and bridges.
      • Recruited, trained 180 main harvesters and 60 pruners to open 1850 ha of oil palm for first harvest in September 2017. This represents 80% of available mature area within the division.
      • Solely responsible for all aspects of a 2300ha division and part of extended
      • Plantation team managing 6500 oil palm and 3000 rubber
      • Have collectively achieved a plantation yield of 9.5 tons/ha/yr. in the as at 3rd quarter of 2019. Working towards a projected 11.0t/ha/yr. by end of year 2019.
      • Contributed to FFB sales revenue of $3,500,580 (end 3rd quarter) in 2019 to support financing aspects of our recurrent costs.

      9. What do you absolutely love doing?
      Managing resources and achieving critical results

      10. Ideal company (culture and values):
      Agricultural or agribusiness company

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        Ref: 1158815
        Nationality: South African
        Qualifications: Bcom and BSc
        Annual Package Range: R 151 000 - 250 000, per annum
        Total Years Experience: 1 to 2 years
        Home and other languages: IsiZulu, English, Zulu
        Gender: Female
        Ethnicity: African / Black

        Agricultural Coordinator

        Online Interview Questions

        Current / most recent job title?
        Agricultural Coordinator

        1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

        • Improvement of agricultural practice
        • Research ways to improve production or yield

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

        • Proper planning of day to day activities
        • Team work and engaging with colleagues

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

        • Strong prioritisation and time management skills with particular focus on meeting deadlines.
        • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a team environment.
        • Able to evaluate complex problems, develop alternatives and consider their impact on the organisation.
        • Attention to detail, planning, organisation and daily delivery requirements.
        • Able to communicate orally, in writing, or via electronic means, in a manner appropriate to the audience.
        • Focused, self-motivated and target driven; determined to succeed.
        • An inspiring leader with the ability to think laterally, provide solutions and exercise independent judgment in the resolution of problems.
        • Team player, good motivation and collaboration skills.
        • Dependable and reliable in supporting and enabling team effort to produce genuine long-term sustainable development.

        4. Ideal business title: 
        Programme Manager / Coordinator

        5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

        • Budgeting
        • Costing
        • Planning
        • Implementation
        • Production
        • Drafting policies

        6. Achievements: 
        I was an intern at some point at the municipality and we put in place a strategy that improved debt collection and ways to manage the budget in order not to over budget.

        7. What do you absolutely love doing?

        • Discovering new things
        • Doing field trials
        • Drafting action plan
        • Doing lab tests

        8. Ideal company (culture and values):

        • Passionate people that are goal driven
        • Willing to go an extra mile for better results

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          Ref: 1157695
          Nationality: South African
          Qualifications: Bcom and BSc
          Annual Package Range: R 1.35 mil - 1.5 mil, per annum
          Total Years Experience: 20 to 30 years
          Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans
          Gender: Male
          Ethnicity: Caucasian / White

          Chief Operating Officer (B.Sc Hons Woodscience / B.Comm Accounting & Economics)

          Online Interview Questions

          Current / most recent job title?
          Chief Operating Officer

          1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
          Maximise the sustainable profitability of the available agricultural and forest land by taking into account all known risks, costs, expenses and markets and ensure that the optimal crop is planted, maintained, harvested and processed at the optimal time and cost to meet the short, medium and long term financial requirements of the company.

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

          1. Taking into account all known risks, optimise the site specie matching and long term planning of the available land.
          2. Drawing up, implementing and controlling the annual budgets within the required financial reporting requirements.
          3. Negotiating and managing service provider contracts and costs including establishment, maintenance, harvesting and transport.
          4. Ensure safe work environment and compliance with all relevant legislation and voluntary certification schemes.
          5. Ensure coordination of the management team and participate in the executive management of the company

          3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
          Adaptable and experienced Executive with proven track record of optimising a vertically integrated Forestry/Agricultural value chain. I view myself to have a high level of integrity and strive to be part of and to manage diverse management teams that are aligned to a clear purpose. I am currently seeking a new opportunity where I can bring a significant and sustainable benefit to all stakeholders in the Agricultural/Forestry/Timber processing or primary manufacturing sectors

          4. Ideal business title: 
          General Manager/Chief Operating Officer/Business Unit Manager/Chief Executive Officer depending on the company size and structure

          5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
          Overall accountability for a Business Unit including all business disciplines and functions.

          6. Skill area of competence:

          • Executive experience and competencies:
            Over twelve years as an executive in various companies I have gained knowledge and experience in the following aspects of executive management:

            • The overall management of various vertically integrated agri processing value chains from the initial establishment of the crop through all aspects of production into various finished timber products
            • I have worked in companies that had gone through a management buyout, that were a privatized state owned enterprise as well as a JSE listed company.
            • These companies had various shareholding structures including BEE partnerships, off shore shareholding, management shareholding as well as JSE listed shareholding.
            • I have gained operational experience in company restructuring, business rescue, the company in which I was employed being sold as well as being part of a company acquiring additional companies.
            • I have dealt with Government departments, in particular DAFF, DPW, DWS and various Municipalities
            • I have gained experience in various types of commercial agreements including State lease’s, Service level agreements, Supply agreements, Insurance claims and disputes, Company acquisitions and sales, State/Municipal tenders.
            • I have gained experience in litigation around Competition Law as well as around disputes over the spread of fire
            • I have served in various capacities in several industry organizations including as a non-executive Director of Sawmilling South Africa, on the Institute of Commercial Forestry Board of Control, on the General committee of Forestry South Africa (as well as an alternate on the Executive) as well as on the Executive and as Chairman of the Umbrella KZN Fire Protection Association.
            • I have worked with a Unionized and non-Unionized workforce in both an urban and rural environment and experienced both centralized and localized bargaining. I have also had the experience of an extended strike that was centered on the non-payment of a discretionary bonus.
            • I have a good working knowledge of current HR/IR related legislation.
            • I have worked in companies that have been SOX compliant, Forestry Stewardship Council certified and NOSA certified
            • I have extensive Health and Safety compliance knowledge, managing this function at an Executive level on two separate occasions. I have been involved in a formal inspection around a fatality in the workplace, Air Emission license applications, Noise compliance/complaints and dust emission complaints.
            • I have worked with the Lean/six sigma tools and theory of constraints.
            • I have experience with community relations in both the urban and rural settings and gained experience around land claims.
            • I have experience in the motivation, specifying, acquisition and installation of capital equipment.

          • Key Technical competencies:

            • I have an extensive knowledge of operational, forestry and sugar cane management in the South African context.
            • I have a good understanding of long haul logistics and have at participated at a company level in the Road Transport Management System (RTMS) for timber in KZN.
            • I have a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of the sawing, peeling, drying, gluing and treating of timber
            • I have a good understanding of modern saw milling and manufacturing machinery that utilizes PLC’s and servo positioning systems.
            • I have a good understanding of timber merchandising.
            • I have a good understanding of timber pulping and pressing.
            • I have a good understanding of all aspects required for manufacturing various types of doors.
            • I have a good understanding of key aspects of sugar cane growing.
            • I am able to effectively utilize spreadsheets, word processors and internet software.

          • Key Management competencies

            • I am able to work and communicate well under pressure.
            • I am a team player, versatile and adaptable.
            • I am able to think laterally and strategically.
            • I can effectively manage and develop subordinates to achieve optimum work performance.
            • I conduct myself with integrity and expect the same from my colleagues and subordinates.
            • I am fully conversant with the current legislative requirements for the safe and correct management of people in a work environment.
            • I have a very good understanding of the financial controls and measures used in a manufacturing environment.

          7. Career summary:

          • Forestry FSC certified – softwoods 6 years – Hardwoods 6
          • Sawmilling 6 years
          • Pole production 3 years
          • Door manufacturing 1 year
          • Quality management 4 years
          • Plywood manufacturing – 6 years
          • Sugar cane supply 6 years

          8. Achievements: 
          Effectively motivated, got board approval and implemented a change in the vertical integration strategy of Masonite between the raw material supply and the factory. This strategy effectively lead to the doubling of the value of the biological assets of the company within five years.

          Managed the Stellenbosch sawmill to ensure that it had industry leading recovery, average selling price and gross margin as reported through national inter mill comparisons.

          9. What do you absolutely love doing?
          Being part of a successful business tforestream

          10. Ideal company (culture and values):
          Financially successful with aligned and transparent objectives. The company should demonstrate through its actions respect for all of its stakeholders and achieve success by operating through current best business practices. Should value integrity, respect and trust.

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            Ref: 1158455
            Nationality: Indian
            Qualifications: BSc and MScFor - Forestry and Natural Resources Sciences
            Annual Package Range: USD 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
            Total Years Experience: 11 to 15 years
            Home and other languages: Hindi, English, Other
            Gender: Male
            Ethnicity: Indian

            Clonal Production Center and District Plantation Manager

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            Current / most recent job title?
            Manager

            1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
            In charge of Clonal Production Center, and District Plantation Manager. Manpower deployment, budget preparation, all financial transactions related to clonal production, monthly and daily reports, fertilization and nutrition management, all data updating in SAP module. Preparation of farmer motivation pamphlets and plantation POPs, overall in charge of clonal production, field verification, soil testing, recommending site specific plant materials, planting guidance, overall pre- and post planting technical support until harvesting.

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

            • Forestry plantation
            • Plant production
            • Plant breeding
            • HR activities
            • Day to day work management
            • Budget preparation and management
            • Cost benefit management

            3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
            Multi-level expert in plant production and forestry plantations, research development, highly motivated, great leadership quality skills. 5S implementation expert and reduce the cost and increase the quality. Currently looking for international experience.

            4. Ideal business title:
            Manager or General Manager

            5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
            I have 7 years ‘management experience, as a HOD or In charge of Department, great management skills. I am eligible for ideal position.

            6. Skill area of competence:

            • Planning
            • Decision quality
            • Presentation
            • Implementation
            • Organizing
            • Problem solving

            7. Career summary:

            • 1 Year with Social Impact Organization / Working Agriculture and Forestry Group
            • 2.5 Years With Indian Forest Department as Research and Development
            • 4 Years Forestry and Biodiversity Research and Development
            • 6.9 years with Pulp and Paper Industry, Farm Forestry Activity (IP and ITC)

            8. Achievements:

            • Received best employee award continues three years with IP
            • Reduce the plant production cost from Rs. 1.30 to 1.08 during, which effects Rs. 10 million Indian currency with in short period I completed renovation of clonal production centers from HUD HUD cyclone.

            9. What do you absolutely love doing?
            Work and family balance.

            10. Ideal company (culture and values):
            Excellent work culture, team work and work and family balance. Company will looking for more on safety and health.