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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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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).

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Fitter (WRSM)

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

Fitter

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

Minimum Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Proven Grade 12 School Qualification or equivalent;
  • Section 13 Trade Certificate (Completion of N3/N4 minimum);
  • At least 5 years’ proven saw-mill experience (with contactable references);
  • Sawmilling Experience (including Wet Mill, Dry Mill, Kilns&Boilers and all sections’ related equipment);
  • Good employment history (Contactable references essential – reference checks will be done).
  • Fluent in English as official business language (read, write, speak) (additional languages advantageous).

Job Description, Duties and Requirements:

  • Knowledge of sawmilling equipment;
  • Strong on preventative maintenance;
  • Experience on identification and sourcing of spares;
  • Welding and machining skills required (including working on lathe and milling machines, as well as pneumatic and hydraulic experience);
  • Taking accurate measurements of metal components, ensuring a proper fit;
  • Lubricating, measuring, tapping, drilling and polishing components to prepare them for assembly;
  • Cutting, bending and affixing equipment such as hydraulic pipelines and welding metal components together as required;
  • Proposing procurement of spares for scheduled and corrective maintenance;
  • Proposing modifications to schedules for more effective care of assets;
  • Attending to breakdowns as requested by relevant staff members as per procedure;
  • Inspecting damaged component parts, identifying the deficient components and reassembling it to good working order where possible;
  • Completing & handing in job cards subsequently to completing tasks & Ensuring Planned Maintenance sheets are completed;
  • Adhering to all safety rules and regulations;
  • Reporting any deviation from standard safety practice immediately;
  • Proposing changes to achieve greater safety and/or productivity of the operation and maintenance functions;
  • Maintaining good housekeeping by keeping work area clean and organised;
  • Self-starter with Good problem-solving skills / Fault finding ability;
  • Ability to function as part of the Team / Team-player and the ability to successfully manage all facets of the team reporting to him/her;
  • Medically fit for the position;
  • Proven experience in high pressure, production environment/s;
  • Required to work shifts and overtime from time to time (including occasional call-outs and regular stand-by duties);
  • Partake in weekly emergency and/or mechanical standby;
  • Required to work in December during Annual Shutdown.

Additional Information:

  • Market-related Salary;
  • Pension and Medical Benefits;
  • Company Accommodation.

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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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.

Request CV

    Ref: 1158935
    Nationality: South African
    Qualifications: B-Tech - Wood Technology
    Annual Package Range: R 251 000 - 350 000, per annum
    Total Years Experience: 6 to 10 years
    Home and other languages: English
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: African / Black

    Lumber Miller

    Online Interview Questions

    Current / most recent job title?
    Lumber miller

    1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
    Skills development; productivity improvement; quality control.

    2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:
    Human resources motivation; financial support; technological support

    3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
    Committed; fast learner; quality conscious and go-getter if well supported.

    4. Ideal business title: 
    Wood technologist/lumber miller

    5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
    Harvesting; Production planning; quality control; timber drying; Facilitator; pole treatment; log procurement; motivation

    6. Skill area of competence:
    Lumber milling

    7. Career summary:
    3 years teaching.4 years lumber milling. 9 years facilitating

    8. Achievements: 
    lecturer achieved 100 percent pass in NCV L4 carpentry & roof work; 99.9 per construction supervision.

    9. What do you absolutely love doing?
    Timber related activities.

    10. Ideal company (culture and values):
    I value human resources; respect; commitment; transparency.

    Request CV

      Ref: 1158938
      Nationality: Zimbabwean
      Qualifications: B-Tech - Wood Technology, Certificate, and N.Dip - Wood Technology
      Annual Package Range: ZMK 0.00 - 150 000, per annum
      Total Years Experience: 6 to 10 years
      Home and other languages:
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: African / Black

      Assistant Operations Manager (Forestry)

      Online Interview Questions

      Current / most recent job title?
      Assistant Operations Manager (Forestry)

      1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
      Operations Management

      2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:
      Log Supply, Kilning, Moulding and Maintenance

      3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
      Critical thinker and team player

      4. Ideal business title: 
      Operations Manager

      5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:
      Cost, Production, Human Resource Utilisation, Production Planning, Quality Assurance, Maintenance Management

      6. Skill area of competence:
      Sawmilling, Management Systems Auditing, Quality Controlling

      7. Achievements: 
      Finger Jointing and Moulding. Reduced cycle time and defects

      8. What do you absolutely love doing?
      Sawmilling and Quality Assurance

      9. Ideal company (culture and values):
      Working culture, learning environment

      Request CV

        Ref: 1158495
        Nationality: Zimbabwean
        Qualifications: N.Dip - Forestry
        Annual Package Range: R 351 000 - 450 000, per annum
        Total Years Experience: 11 to 15 years
        Home and other languages: Other, English, IsiZulu
        Gender: Male
        Ethnicity: African / Black

        Wetmill Manager (Forestry)

        Online Interview Questions

        Current / most recent job title?
        Wetmill Manager

        1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
        To manage the human resources and machines to produce and dry rough sawn timber of the right quality and quantity in a safe environment at the lowest possible cost.

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

        • Planning the cutting schedule in accordance to the customer needs and the size of logs available.
        • Coordinating and controlling all the resources in order to produce rough sawn timber at a good recovery.
        • Training employees to meet production and quality standards.
        • Analysing daily downtime, identifying improvements and liaising with the maintenance team to facilitate preventive maintenance thereby reducing the down time.

        3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
        A timber professional with a National Diploma in Forestry and eleven years of work experience in sawmilling and timber harvesting. Excellent with general management, works well under pressure and fits well in team set-ups. Currently looking for a wetmill managerial opportunity to fully utilize my training and skills, while making a significant contribution to the success of the company.

        4. Ideal business title:

        • Wetmill Manager
        • Wetmill Superintendent
        • Wetmill Foreman
        • Wetmill Supervisor

        5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

        • Log intake planning and coordination with harvesting management.
        • Sorting planning and designing of cutting patterns.
        • Raw lumber processing and achieving a good recovery.
        • Managing the green chain, boilers and kilns to get the best quality of dried timber.
        • Coach employees to meet safety, quality and production standard requirements.
        • Analyse daily downtime & identify improvements and liaising with the maintenance team to facilitate preventive maintenance.

        6. Skill area of competence:

        • Forward planning and strategic thinking
        • Interpersonal skills
        • Leadership
        • Well developed communication and motivational skills
        • Problems solving and decision making
        • Commercial awareness
        • Organisation and delegation.

        7. Career summary:

        • 5 years forestry: harvesting – 5 years
        • 6 years sawmilling: wetmill & kilns – 6 years

        8. Achievements:

        • Surpassed production targets at Patula Sawmills in 2015 thereby reducing variable costs by 45% as a result of eliminating another shift and focusing on cutting with a single shift.
        • Successfully used three wheeled bell loggers to sort log thereby saving Patula Sawmills R500,000 to buy a lot sorting chain.
        • Implemented a fuel monitering system at Faranani Harvesting Contractors in 2009 and saved R2500 from fuel theft.

        9. What do you absolutely love doing?

        • Solving complex problem
        • Creative development
        • Team-building

        10. Ideal company (culture and values):

        • Integrity
        • Boldness
        • Honesty
        • Trust
        • Accountability
        • Passion
        • Fun
        • Humility
        • Continuous Learning
        • Constant Improvement
        • Leadership
        • Innovation
        • Quality
        • Teamwork
        • Simplicity

        Request CV

          Ref: 1158235
          Nationality: South African
          Qualifications: Diploma
          Annual Package Range: R 651 000 - 750 000, per annum
          Total Years Experience: 20 to 30 years
          Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans
          Gender: Male
          Ethnicity: Indian

          Sawmill Manager

          Online Interview Questions

          Current / most recent job title?
          Sawmill Manager

          1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:
          Production management

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

          • Safety
          • Cost efficiency
          • Quality standards
          • Budgeted volumes

          3. Ideal business title: 
          Sawmill Manager

          4. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

          • Accountability
          • Attention to detail
          • Proactive management

          5. Skill area of competence:
          Production management

          6. What do you absolutely love doing?
          Being successful

          7. Ideal company (culture and values):

          • Transparent
          • All inclusive
          • Forward driven