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Product Specialist - Forestry

Location : Johannesburg, South Africa
Job Type : Permanent

Job Type: Permanent/Full Time Employment

Cowan South Africa is recruiting a Product Specialist – Forestry for an Australian certification, testing and certification company. 

Job Code: 6501

Development and growth of the Forestry Business.
Auditing both Forest Management and Chain of Custody audits.
Assist with the budget in alignment with the business plan.
Maintaining of accreditation of ISO 17065 through operational compliance.
Appointed Management Representative for the Forestry Division.
Adhere to all company procedures and policies.
Evaluation of all certification standards’ documentation/files.
Ensure that certification programs are managed in accordance with procedures.
Ensure the training, development and motivation of staff.
Ensure a good level of internal control within the group.
Evaluate and determine improvement criteria.
All complaints and compliments are logged, investigated and feedback given to the client, affiliate and or accreditation body.
React promptly to client inquiries and ensure service excellence.
Monitoring the system to ensure all audit packages are correctly reviewed within the time KPI defined by the personnel assigned.
Management of the internal Quality system management, improvement / harmonisation with internal stakeholders.
Monitoring auditor / sub contract auditor KPI’s.

• A South African citizen (non-negotiable)

• Matric or equivalent qualification
• A recognized Lead Auditor’s qualification advantageous.
• Tertiary qualifications in Forestry and/or Environmental Resource Management.
• 5 – 10 years’ operational experience in business activities.
• Strong service industry background with small team involvement.
• Budget compilation and management.
• Client liaison.
• Management of a procedural, KPI driven operation.
• Certification and auditing background advantageous.
• Background in forestry certification.
• Commercial experience of timber based product processing.
• Preferable, experience and/or qualifications as a lead auditor in FSC/PEFC/ISO auditing.
• At least 5 years’ experience in operational forest management (planning, harvesting, silviculture, environmental management).
• Preferable, experience and/or qualifications as a lead auditor in FSC/PEFC/ISO auditing.
• Analytical, decisive, adaptable, ethical, problem solver, persuasive, commercially-sensitive.
• Customer and commercial focus.
• Verbal & written communication skills – highly developed presentation skills and ability to interact effectively with senior government officials, and senior management of organizations.  Teamwork with ability to operate without close supervision.
• Multiple language proficiency an advantage.
• Candidate will have to pass a psychometric test for forest management auditors.
• High level of leadership skills.
• Auditing understanding.
• Report writing.
• Sound financial acumen.
• Up to date on latest methodology / technology.

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