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Employment Opportunity : Forestry Manager Rwanda, East Africa

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 New forests company

 

 

 

New Forests Company is offering an exciting and unique opportunity aimed at attracting a bold and committed forestry professional in Rwanda, East Africa.  The ideal personality traits would be an accountable individual who is an overt results driver in combination with high levels of energy. 

New Forests is rapidly emerging as the premier pan-African vertically integrated, socially responsible, sustainable timber company providing high returns for its shareholders, employees, customers and community.

New Forests is a leader in the fields of forestry, profitability, employment, conservation and community development.  See more at www.newforests.net

Forestry Manager Rwanda, East Africa

Purpose of the position: Leading the subsidiary's forestry operations in a sustainable and responsible manner to create value for all shareholders and stakeholders. The Forestry Manager (FM) is accountable for all strategic and operational management functions of all the Forestry operations and pole sourcing including cost control and systems management for the unit.  The FM will be ultimately responsible for the performance of all plantations in the country through the effective management of plantation managers and staff through strategic direction, guidance, performance management, coaching and development.  The Harvesting Manager/Supervisors would report directly to the FM.  The FM will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the country operation and indirectly / functionally reporting to the Group Head of Forestry.

Skills and competencies required:

  • Sound income statement and balance sheet management capability
  • Excellent knowledge and demonstrated experience with the management of a comprehensive forestry operation
  • Sound knowledge of Forestry Certification (FSC)
  • Ability to manage financial statements
  • Excellent leadership and management ability with a track record of managing direct reports at various levels of seniority
  • A proven track record as a leader or manager of project teams or multi-party stakeholder processes
  • Well developed interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written communications; sound presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurial team player, willing to contribute in multiple ways in a start-up environment that presents challenges
  • Strong quantitative skills, analytical, comfortable leading the organization on financial & Silviculture issues
  • Well-developed project management skills
  • Strong integrity and ethics and firm understanding of corporate responsibility reporting
  • Analytical ability to consider complex information and make an informed recommendation
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Good networker with the ability to develop and create networks amongst the Forestry community
  • Sensitive to cultural differences with the ability to understand and adapt to these
  • Ability to work across functionalities and divisions
  • Interest in working in an African environment and culture
  • Proven ability to lead a diverse team and operationalise business plans through teamwork
  • Proven ability to manage delivery schedules
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in the senior management team
  • Ability to deliver comprehensive performance reports (verbal & written)
  • Experience in creating an environment that fosters learning, feedback, open communication
  • Understanding of the negotiation processes with local communities
  • Basic understanding of the legislative framework of the country of operation
  • Valid drivers' license
  • Available to travel and spend some time out of main location.


Requirements

  • A relevant University / College degree in Forestry will be essential
  • A MBA or further management qualification will be a distinct advantage
  • Any studies in project management; leadership training will be an advantage
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in regional forestry management with full exposure to all facets in the value chain, including nursery management, Silviculture operations, harvesting and logistics.


Note:

This position will be based in the Nyungwe Plantation, and is not conducive for a wife and children to live at the plantation, due to the fact that it is relatively isolated, and there are no schools nearby.

If you are interested in this opportunity, send your CV and covering letter to stella.molenaar@newforests.net

 

 

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