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1 Jul 2022

Permanent Job Vacancy for Forest Certification Manager Needed

SAPPI – Posted by Jobland24 Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Job Description

Job Vacancy for Forest Certification Manager Needed

Location: Pietermaritzburg
Job Type: Permanent
Company/Employer: SAPPI
Job Title: Job Vacancy for Forest Certification Manager Needed

Vacancy Details

  • Sappi Southern Africa – Forests requires a Forest Certification Manager to secure and maintain 3rd party forest certifications for Sappi Forests and Growers consistent with identified market and business needs, to oversee and co-ordinate the implementation of the certification programme as approved by Sappi Forests and to engage with relevant stakeholders (including Growers) to monitor trends and advocate positions consistent with Sappi interests. This role reports to the Divisional Environmental Manager. The main responsibilities of this job are: Working with business unit leaders, define certification requirements to meet customer expectation and other business needs. Manage Sappi Forests’ sustainable forest management and chain of custody certification requirements Manage all Sappi Group Schemes’ sustainable forest management certification requirements Establish and maintain a strong control environment across all operations for the tracking of inputs and consumption of forest certification credits Maintain monthly and annual summaries on timber sales as required for the business and certification bodies Develop and implement a training programs across Sappi Forests business units and Growers to instil understanding of 3rd party certification programs Facilitate continuous improvement by identifying efficiency improvement opportunities in forest certification and other forest risk management activities Facilitate the development, review and implementation of audit checklists and provide advice and support to users to ensure certification requirements are met Develop and implement a monitoring timeframe and strategy for Growers and carry out regular internal audits of their forest management activities. Facilitate external audits by engaging with the stakeholders and supporting the audit process to ensure certification is achieved Communicate performance by reporting across the organisation to promote understanding of certification standards Engage with Sappi business units and Growers,  to ensure good understanding of all the elements of the certification programme and compliance therewith Build excellent relationships with certification bodies and other internal and external stakeholders. Serve as an internal consultant for business regarding certification standards. Respond to inquiries from internal and external stakeholders. Ensure that the Sappi corporate image is upheld, risks are mitigated and that relationships continuously improve. The ideal candidate should have:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or Environmental Science related
    • A MSc degree in the relevant field will be advantageous
    • At least 5 years relevant experience in forest management
    • Knowledge of Sappi operations preferred
    • Knowledge of certification processes.
    • Proficiency in isiZulu will be advantageous

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