Management Forester Bulwer


Sappi Southern Africa

Forestry Bulwer


Management Forester Bulwer  ( HRL 15U  )



Sappi Forests requires a Management Forester to plan, execute & achieve the operational estate management, harvesting objectives & targets for fibre production within resource & SHEQ parameters to ensure a sustainable and low cost fibre supply to Sappi mills and external customers.



This role reports in to the Forestry Manager.



The main responsibilities of this job are:

Build, maintain and reinforce a “predict and prevent” safety culture in all intergrated operations
Ensure integrated risk assessments address safety, health, evniromental, production and social risk in a proactive manner
Inspect operations regularly to identify risks & ensure that timeous action (blanking & pest control, coppice management) is undertaken.
Plan & conduct regular field inspections to ensure that crops, through the timing of operations (weed control, pest & disease management), achieve maximum yields within cost constraints.
Ensure that plantations use the Fire Risk Management System (FRMS) to identify risks. Record & implement fire control procedures in order to ensure the effective protection of people, plantation and other assets from forest fires.
Develop a tactical plan & ensure that the annual plan of operations for both commercial and open areas comply with standards and service level agreements
Ensure daily production targets are managed effectively in order to ensure that the target tons/per day is achieved.
Develop a pre-harvest plan per compartment in collaboration with the Contractor and Silviculture.
Conduct a risk assessment per compartment in order to mitigate potential risks.
Conduct interim inspections to monitor and ensure adherence to safety and mill quality specifications.
Ensure that the Harvesting budget is managed effectively by ensuring sales target tons/per day is achieved.
Identify and ensure road & depot/sidings maintenance plans are communicated and implemented effectively.
Compile in conjunction with Roads Engineer, annual tactical road maintenance plan.
Ensure that road maintenance expenditure remains within budget parameters.
Communicate with Logistics in order to ensure optimum delivery planning is implemented.
Scheduling of short haul and loading operations to ensure rail/road transport is released on time.
Ensure that company assets such as buildings, villages and company houses are maintained and managed effectively according to set standards (hygiene & legal compliance) and within budget constraints.
Ensure that the vehicle fleet is maintained and managed according to the terms of the lease agreement, Sappi guidelines and budget.
Ensure that relations with communities, other internal and external stakeholders are effectively maintained and managed in order to ensure company image is upheld, risks mitigated and relationships enhanced.
Ensure that a professional relationship with contractor is maintained and that quality, delivery and compliance standards as set out in the job instruction system and service level agreement are adhered to.
Ensure that contractor shifts are balanced to match the annual plan of operations, the contract is viable and risks mitigated accordingly.

The ideal candidate should have:

National Diploma in Forestry or Agriculture or Horticulture
Up to five years relevant experience.
Valid driver’s license.





Closing date: 29 January 2021


HR Contact

Malinee Dayanand

033 3476600



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