20, Feb 2019 -

Process Specialist Woodyard (Grade7/HRL16/S7)

Process Specialist Woodyard  (Grade7/HRL16/S7)

Sappi Ngodwana Mill seeks to place a suitably qualified Process Specialist to support the Woodyard team utilising experience and knowledge to run the Woodyard processes at optimal levels and to produce good quality chips.

REPORTING TO:  Production Manager


  • Review critical performance parameters on a daily basis, addressing items that are deviating from specifications.
  • Keep a historical account of operating parameters, monitors for longer term potential deviations.
  • Accountable for the identification of capital requirements for longer term production efficiencies
  • Mentors, guides and supports operating personnel in achieving the required operating parameters and ensure effective checks are done in the plant.
  • Develop and update best operating practices and safe work procedures for the section in conjunction with the shift superintendents.
  • Review and inspect the operating units on a daily basis for efficient functionality, addressing any potential risks for uninterrupted runnability and timber supplies
  • Investigate timber efficiencies as part of continuous woodyard optimisation and cost reduction
  • Manage the mill FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) system
  • Ensure stockholding (monthly returns) and consolidate diesel consumption spreadsheet at the end of the month.
  • Keep track of valuable quality and production results and draw graphs (monthly) for presentation purposes.
  • Ensure required administration work for entire woodyard section including purchase requisitions, notifications, service acceptances and SAP time administration
  • Relieve production manager as and when necessary and do standbys for woodyard and fibre line #2.
  • Conduct physical timber stock count every Mondays with Timber handling contractor and forestry representative.
  • Effective management of section costs within the allocated budget.
  • Investigate all unplanned downtime, institute corrective actions and complete RCA timeously.
  • Assist with problem solving and corrective actions by facilitating, initiating and participating in team based problem solving. 
  • Ensure training manual material per position is updated regularly and is applicable to current process capabilities
  • Provide training to operational staff
  • Keep abreast with technical knowledge within the section. 
  • Facilitate and co-ordinate the shut-down process and operational tasks during planned outages from an operational perspective.
  • Assists on shut planning, schedules and administration.
  • Liaison with respective suppliers on all chipper wear parts.
  • Ensure good standards are maintained with regards to safety and housekeeping compliance by adhering to company standards.


  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Resilience
  • Pro-active and taking initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Assertiveness
  • Organisational Awareness


  • BSC Chemical Engineering/BSC Wood Science/BTech Pulp and Paper/BTech Chemical Engineering
  • 8 years' experience within a woodyard/wood handling/ forestry production environment
  • Computer Literate (MS Office Package)
  • SAP knowledge will be advantageous

Closing date for applications: 18 July 2018

HR Contact

Kgwerano Notoane 
011 407 8111

Feel free to visit our website for further information www.sappi.com 

Sappi is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Should you not have been contacted within 14 days of the closing date of this advert, please consider your application unsuccessful


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