Wetmill Manager (Forestry)

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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)

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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