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