General Manager, Forestry – KwaZulu-Natal – Ref: 1050765-2


Ref: 1050765-2

Job Description:

The successful incumbent will be responsible for operational profit and loss, integrating operating plans, structures and culture of the company with the group objectives, values, policies and ethical codes. Providing site-based leadership in best practice management of the (market-led) production activities on-site to maximise value creation for stakeholders by considering sustainability from a triple bottom line perspective. Maximising the forestry stumpage value amongst a basket of local and export log products considering relevant market needs, production costs and risks, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization through appropriate planning and research initiatives. Processing functions to produce to local and export market demand at minimum sustainable cost, supported by engineering services that aim to achieve maximum availability of equipment and support optimal process flow of systems. Lumber marketing to maximise SKU price of market orientated production mix whilst minimizing sales costs within the constraints of the triple bottom line and the need to ultimately maximise stumpage. Top talent, safe workplace and engaged human resources at site level with close community involvement and social capital value add.

Job Qualification & Experience:

Position Specifications:

Qualifications and Expertise:

  • A minimum of a BSc or equivalent Degree in a relevant discipline, preferably forestry or Wood Science / Engineering
  • At least 7 – 10 years’ experience at a senior forest and sawmilling management level
  • An MBA or equivalent qualification is preferred


  • Plantation forestry management
  • Production processes
  • Engineering
  • Sawmilling
  • Finances
  • Human resources
  • Rural community dynamics
  • Industrial relations
  • Health and safety
  • Marketing
  • Sustainability


  • Strong leadership and analytical skills
  • Strong business acumen
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to apply background in a workplace setting towards achieving set strategic and financial objectives


  • Comfortable with change team player
  • Task driven but people orientated
  • Motivating and positive attitude, with well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ability to work with complexity
  • Values and ethical code in line with that of the group
  • Service mentality and respecting authority

Closing Date: 25 August 2019

Company Description:



This advert is being advertised in collaboration with our recruitment partner MCHIR

General Manager Forestry – KwaZulu-Natal – Ref: 1050765-2


General Manager Forestry

General Manager Forestry


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