Specialist: Wood/Lumber, Ref: 1160125 – Online Interview Questions

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Ref: 1160125

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: MSc & BSc Forestry: Wood Product Science
Other Formal Qualification: BSc (Hons) Environmental Management
Annual Package Range: South African Rand - ZAR 651 000 - 750 000, per annum
Total years experience: 6-10 Years

Mechanical Engineer

Current / most recent job title?

Specialist: Wood/Lumber

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Research and development with a focus on wood.
Wood quality in tree breeding.
Downstream wood product development.
Consult internally on all aspects relating to wood (saw milling, biomass, wood markets, competition, value addition, etc.)

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

Conduct research.
Write reports.
Provide technical advice.
Provide market intelligence.
Oversee research projects at universities.
Engage with government departments on policy and funding models.

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

I would like to work in a business development role where I could use the extensive and holistic picture I have for the forestry/wood/lumber industry and create diverse and robust businesses that effectively compete for market share in Southern Africa as well as trade globally. I have the qualifications, people skills and knowledge of products and markets to make this happen.

4. Ideal business title: 

New Business Development Manager

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Innovation
Market intelligence
New business ventures
Business expansion

6. Skill area of competence:

Market research
Logistics
Supply chain management

7. Career summary:

2.5 Years agricultural commodity trading, logistics, supply chains and marketing
6 Years research and development in wood quality and tree breeding, wood product development, market research, carbon accounting, wood biomass.

8. Achievements: 

Part of the small team that hosted the Forestry Industrialisation Conference, including, hosting a breakaway session on wood products and presenting the discussions at the conference.
Added new research equipment to the R&D department which dramatically reduced cost and time in sampling
While still at my previous employer I managed the logistics and supply chain for the delivery of over 100000T of grains to mills in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Strategising
Learning about new information.
Working on a high level with decision makers.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

Any company with a highly qualified and experienced executive management group.
Emphasis on innovation and smart business expansion.

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