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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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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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Workshop Manager (Foresta Timber & Board )

Location: Gauteng and South Africa
Sector: General
Contract Type: Permanent

Workshop Manager

A well established timber merchant based in JHB South is looking for a hands – on Workshop Manager 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Routine servicing of Vehicles

  • Trucks and bakkies based on manufacturers recommendations
    • Order service kits/parts/consumables
    • Oil changes
    • Filter changes
    • Brake shoe / pad wear and replace
    • Cooling system flush and top up
    • Brake fluid flush and bleed
  • FLT’s based on hours
    • Order service kits/parts/consumables
    • Oil changes
    • Filter changes
    • Brake shoes / pads
    • Cooling system flush and top up
    • Hydraulic fluid levels
    • Clean and grease slides, masts and chains
    • Check wear of forks
    • Brake fluid flush and bleed

Daily vehicle inspection

  • Carry out vehicle inspections
  • Attend to issues highlighted on Daily Vehicle Inspections, e.g. lights out of order, windscreen wiper replacement, tyre wear, etc.

Fuel Dispensing

  • Dip tank prior to dispensing
  • Assist with dispensing of fuel
    • Record litres dispensed
    • Record kilometres/hours travelled
  • Dip after all vehicles have been fuelled

Fuel receiving

  • Dip prior to dispensing fuel from the delivery truck
  • Check fuel density using hygrometer
  • Check that meters are zeroed
  • Check that correct volume is dispensed
  • Dip after the fuel drop is complete
  • Sign off delivery document

Diesel Generator Checks

  • Ensure fuel levels are maintained after generator has been used
  • Schedule routine servicing and maintenance

Breakdowns

  • Respond to vehicle breakdowns
  • Attend to breakdown repairs where possible
  • Arrange towing where required

Stock Control

  • Ensure adequate stock of “break-fix” parts
    • Fan belts
    • Light Bulbs
    • Fuses
    • Filters
    • Oil/Coolant/Brake Fluid/etc.
    • Vehicle cleaning materials

Safe Disposal of Workshop Waste

  • Used oil, coolant and other fluids
  • Used filters, brake pads, etc.

Vehicle licensing

  • Annual license renewal
  • Annual roadworthy
  • Annual load test

Housekeeping

  • General workshop tidiness
  • Tool care – ensure all tools are accounted for and care is taken of tools

Skills and qualifications:

  • Qualified Mechanic with knowledge on petrol and diesel engines.
  • Hydraulics knowledge and solid administrative experience

Key Attributes

  • Quick thinker and fast learner
  • Tidy
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Willing to work overtime when required to fix breakdowns

Salary: Market Related

Closing Date for applications: 19 July 2024.

Request CV

    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

    Request CV

      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

      Online Interview Questions

      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

      Request CV

        Ref: 1159807
        Nationality: British
        Qualifications: Honours and N.Dip - Forestry
        Annual Package Range: R 751 000 - 850 000, per annum
        Total Years Experience: More than 30 years
        Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu, German
        Gender: Male
        Ethnicity: Caucasian/White

        Snr Specialist: GIS / Remote Sensing

        Online Interview Questions

        Current / most recent job title?
        Snr Specialist: GIS/Remote Sensing

        1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
        Extract relevant management/planning information through the application of spatial technologies to enable sound business decisions to be made.

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

        • Identify, source and quality control appropriate spatial data to meet the project objective.
        • Apply appropriate spatial analysis techniques to develop, verify and produce the required results.
        • Review the results and adapt to different planning/perceived scenarios

        3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
        A discipline specialist who enjoys working within a multi-disciplinary team environment, where I can bring my skills in working with spatial data to allow the bigger picture to be seen, as well as relevant details. This is particularly the case where the context is a forestry/agriculture /natural resource environment.

        4. Ideal business title: 
        GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist

        5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

        • Develop/apply appropriate spatial technologies to meet business objectives
        • Develop staff to manage these technologies effectively

        6. Skill area of competence:

        • GIS Management; Training/Mentoring of GIS staff
        • GIS Database design/implementation
        • GIS systems design/implementation (including enterprise level)
        • GIS data analysis
        • Remote Sensing data processing and analysis (optical; Lidar; Radar system)
        • Forest Planning – Yield Regulation; Site/Species Matching; Inventory

        7. Career summary:

        • Forest Management – 10 years
        • Forest Research – 2 Years
        • Forest Planning – 3 Years
        • GIS/Remote Sensing applications in Forestry: 20 Years
        • GIS/Remote Sensing Consulting – 3 years

        8. Achievements: 
        I introduced Remote Sensing technologies (Optical and Lidar) into the company I worked for, which became part of the operational functions in managing the company, particularly from a monitoring/verification aspect. I also introduced web-based information delivery services using GIS and related non-spatial data to assist foresters in their daily planning and management tasks

        9. What do you absolutely love doing?
        Applying GIS/Remote Sensing technologies within a multi-disciplinary team

        10. Ideal company (culture and values):
        One that is not hierarchical (i.e. flat structure); values the individual contribution and allows that to develop for the benefit of the whole team. Minimal corporate politics!

        Request CV

          Ref: 1159367
          Nationality: South African
          Qualifications:
          Annual Package Range: ZAR 451 000 - 550 000, per annum
          Total Years Experience: More than 30 years
          Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans
          Gender: Male
          Ethnicity: Caucasian / White

          Senior Account Manager

          Online Interview Questions

          Current / most recent job title?
          Senior Account Manager

          1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

          Set up a new product division within the business. Started customer base from zero and have grown it in a very difficult market.

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

          Sourcing stock at pricing levels which enable the company to be able to resell at a profit.

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

          Positive person, with lots of tenacity, perseverance and the willingness to achieve company and personal goals.

          4. Ideal business title: 

          Sales Manager / Area Sales Manager / Product Manager / Regional Sales Manager

          5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

          • Sales
          • Staff motivation
          • Sales Growth
          • Staff development and mentoring

          6. Skill area of competence:

          Extensive knowledge of the South African Timber markets.

          7. Career summary:

          • 5 years banking
          • 30 years timber industry

          8. Achievements: 

          In a number of companies I have worked for, I have always been instrumental in either setting up a product group / and or new customer base

          9. What do you absolutely love doing?

          Interacting with people

          10. Ideal company (culture and values):

          Empowered employees, open door policy, supportive and team orientated.

          Request CV

            Ref: 1158987
            Nationality: South African
            Qualifications: B-Tech
            Annual Package Range: R 151 000 - 250 000, per annum
            Total Years Experience:
            Home and other languages: IsiXhosa, English, IsiZulu
            Gender: Male
            Ethnicity: African / Black

            Financial Advisor (seeks a position in Agriculture)

            Online Interview Questions

            Current / most recent job title?
            Financial Adviser

            1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
            I do financial need analysis and advise clients on how to save and which insurance products will suit thier life style and advise them on financial literacy.

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

            • Financial need analysis
            • Make sure that the client is finance savvy after each and every appointment
            • Achieve target sales for the day.

            3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
            I adapt to change. I have a background in the agricultural field but I have managed to fit in the sales environment.

            4. Ideal business title:

            • Agricultural Adviser/Technical Adviser
            • Agricultural Sales Representative

            5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

            • Teaching emerging farmers and advising them
            • Selling agricultural products, e.g chemical

            6. Skill area of competence:

            • 3 years sugarcane production
            • 2 years vegetable and maize production
            • 6 months sales

            7. Career summary:

            • 3 and half years in crop production and 2 and half in vegetable and maize production.
            • 6 months in sales insurance

            8. Achievements: 
            I was awarded scholar achiever award in 2009 and 2012 at varsity. I don’t have any cancellation ever since I started 6 months ago as a Financial adviser which means that my client value the advise I give them.

            9. What do you absolutely love doing?
            I love coming up with creative ideas, working with a team, however I am capable of working on my own. I enjoy helping others at work, however I look forward to achieving my goals each and everyday.

            10. Ideal company (culture and values):
            One that values diversity and hold ethics and integrity as one of its core values.

            Request CV

              Ref: 1158923
              Nationality: South African
              Qualifications: Diploma
              Annual Package Range: R 251 000 - 350 000, per annum
              Total Years Experience: 11 to 15 years
              Home and other languages: IsiZulu, SiSwati, Sesotho, IsiXhosa, IsiNdebele
              Gender: Male
              Ethnicity: African / Black

              CEO (Road Transportation & Forestry)

              Online Interview Questions

              Current / most recent job title?
              CEO

              1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
              I had taken my company from 0 monthly revenue generation to R 300 000.00 monthly revenue in four years. I wanted to be dominant in rural logistics. Our country’s economy did not do us any favour as it forces every organisation to re look their strategies. But I’m great full for the experience.

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

              • To be myself is the most important part of my carrier never chase the money but what makes me as a person
              • Passion
              • Always evolve

              3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
              It is interesting to always talk about your past experiences because they already form part of you. But to engage about what you can do in the future is very exciting because it talks about your untapped potential that one is confident about.
              I like the environment that pushes me to the unknown territory, the environment that unpack the future me, where I will look back every day and say it was tough but I made it. I thing Sales and Marketing could fit the profile.

              4. Ideal business title:

              • Marketing and sales
              • Forestry
              • Depot Manager

              5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

              • Managing Logistics Operations
              • Managing Forestry Harvesting Operation
              • Running Sales and Marketing

              6. Skill area of competence:

              • Sales
              • Leadership
              • Motivating
              • Self starter
              • Competent
              • Self driven
              • CEO (Road Transportation & Forestry) implementer
              • Manage project

              7. Career summary:

              • Transport – 10 years
              • Forestry – 5 years
              • Courier – 5 years

              8. Achievements: 
              I never thought I was good at sales, but I manage to get two contract from Big Logistics companies. RTT and VALUE Logistics. My clear focus when doing a project is top class, I do my best to get positive results.

              9. What do you absolutely love doing?
              I love starting a project from scratch with all the support required, and get it to be a successful project.

              10. Ideal company (culture and values):
              It does not matter that much to me as long as I’m given the mandate and be able to express myself in the line of duty.