Area Development Manager - Technical - Sappi S.A. Forests, Pietermaritzburg

  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Salary: R5 517.00 - R13 790.00 Per Month
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Sectors: Agriculture
  • Posted by Sappi S.A. Forests on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Reference: 24977
  • Apply before Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 55 Days left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Sappi S.A. Forests

Sappi Southern Africa requires an Area Development Manager - Technical to deliver accurate testing and data analysis including management of laboratory equipment and quality standards.

This role reports in to the General Manager Forests KZN

The main responsibilities of this job are:
*  Promote, co-ordinate and facilitate the identification and development of technological solutions for Harvesting and Silviculture to best optimise the available resources in the KZN Region.. 
* Manage and guide implementation of ISO9001 (Quality Management System), ISO14001 (Environmental Management Standards), Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and OHSAS18001 (Health and Safety Management System) in Development projects to meet compliance standards.
* Oversee Fire Risk Management and ensure effective protection of people, plantation & other assets from forest fires through fire contract negotiation and stakeholder engagement.
* Drive the integration of Harvesting and Silviculture operations by liaising with external research bodies and suppliers and makes recommendations to Forestry Operational staff at all levels
* Liaise and collaborate with various stakeholders to establish and manage ideas for technical innovation.  Communicate these ideas to management team and Contractor Leadership Forums.  Establish a Technical Review Forum.
* Develop and standardise Silviculture and Harvesting equipment as well as the co—ordination and modernisation thereof by liaising with various stakeholders
* Liaises with the research division for the maintenance of strategic trials and the updating of data by ensuring operational compliance and routine follow-ups.
* Continually review and update Risk Management System procedures and standards and communicate new and revised information to the various stakeholders. 
* Maintain a quality measurement and reporting system and communicate these to the Forestry Area Operational Staff.
* Engage with auditors to moderate and ensure divisional conformity to Technical Standards. Highlights non-conformances identified during field visits to the Business Manager and management team through a systematic communication structure which includes reports, photographs and samples.
* Lead the negotiation of sustainable rates for new contracts and annual rate increases with Contractors and Suppliers.  Inform the Business Manager so that various management systems can be updated with the negotiated rates.
* Participate and give technical input into Three/Five year tenders and assist in the evaluation of tenders and allocation of contracts
* Attends Extension and Research meetings to consult and provide recommendations from a Technical Forestry Operational perspective
* Attend relevant Steering Committee Meetings in a technical capacity and action and report on items raised.
* Manage and oversee the recruitment, recognition, performance management, remuneration, development and discipline of the Development team.
* Liaises with Provincial Roads departments, Sappi Logistics Department and Forestry Department to obtain cross funding and ensure operational alignment



The ideal candidate should have:

* NQF 6 Diploma in Forestry, Agriculture or Horticulture
* NQF 7 Degree in Forestry or related disciplines would be preferred
* At least 7 years relevant experience
* Valid code EB driver’s license

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About Sappi S.A. Forests

Sappi was formed in South Africa in 1936 to serve South African consumers with locally produced paper.

We have a tradition of innovating and developing new products to meet local demand for newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers, packaging and speciality papers used and protect our customers’ products especially in the agricultural sector and speciality papers used in the convenience food, confectionery, cosmetic and luxury markets, and tissue products for household, medical and industrial use in the Southern Africa region.

We are also the world's largest manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), which are used worldwide by converters to create viscose fibre for fashionable clothing and textiles, acetate tow, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of consumer and household products. Almost all of the production of our mills in South Africa is exported.

Our headquarters in Johannesburg (South Africa), manages the sub-divisions of Sappi Forests, Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, and Sappi Specialised Cellulose. A number of regional functions like finance, human resources, sales and marketing, technical and engineering as well as board functions are also based there.

We are looking for people with the right attributes
Whether you’re mild or wild at heart, you could have what it takes to work in forestry.

We’re looking for people who...
Are hardworking, passionate, and professional;
Share our ambitions to be the benchmark in forestry;
Will take well-considered risks to grow the value of our business and returns for our shareholders; and Own their work and have pride in it.

Like a blank sheet of paper, a career at Sappi offers infinite possibilities. There has never been a better time to build a career at Sappi.