Procurement Forester - Florence, SC

Florence / South Carolina / United States

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Procurement Forester - Florence, SC


2202 Paper Mill Rd
Florence, South Carolina, 29502
United States

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a Procurement Forester to join our Florence Mill Forest Resources team to assist in aggressively managing fiber purchase requirements, supporting the overall region objectives to maintain the lowest cost, highest quality fiber sourcing in support of mill’s forecasted needs while maintaining the highest compliance with safety and environmental requirements.  This Procurement Forester role will work with private land owners and external fiber suppliers to secure delivered volumes of pulpwood, chips, and fuel to the mill system to defined annual targets. The position will be relied on principally to identify and develop fiber supply but will also be expected to mentor and develop associates, lead, and develop support team initiatives, and provide strong customer service to our mill customer.

1.  Lead, promote, enhance, and model WestRock’s safety and environmentally-conscious culture.

2.  Assist the Fiber Supply Manager in executing the annual strategic purchase plan to provide the highest value fiber to the digester across the annual cycle by identify and developing fiber sources and ensuring a consistent supply of targeted levels of delivered fiber through external purchases. 

3.  Assist in the development of the tactical plans supporting the annual strategy to deliver on mill requirements.  Lead the ground level execution of the tactical plans.  Preferred candidates will be able to demonstrate robust understanding of market data including the preparation of business strategy recommendations by proactively capturing pertinent market data, evaluating relevance to region strategy, identifying cost savings opportunities, and providing feedback and options to the Area Manager for decision making.

4.  Work with other members of the regional team in the execution of the fiber supply plan with precision and a high sense of urgency, remaining flexible to adjust strategy and tactics given changes in market conditions and/or mill operations to sustain the highest value fiber to the digester across the annual cycle.

5.  Effectively evaluate delivered fiber opportunities and successfully negotiate pricing based on true market demands that provide high quality fiber to the digester at lowest possible costs with both open market sources and private landowners.

6.  Effectively evaluate stumpage purchase opportunities and successfully negotiate pricing based on true market demands that provide high quality fiber to the digester at lowest possible costs.

7.  Effectively recruit and maintain quality harvest contractors to ensure harvest of stumpage purchases are within desired timeframes, adhere to all external Best Management Practices (BMPs) standards and meet the landowner objectives all while maintaining the lowest sustained harvest cost.

8.  Communicate effectively with all stakeholders including peers, the fiber procurement team, management, landowners, and suppliers in verbal and written form related to relevant operations, strategies, and status of execution. 

9.  Assist the Fiber Supply Manager in the development and reporting of timely and accurate financial information including budgets, forecasts, and projected spending.

10.  Mentor Associate Forester level staff in regional and procurement operations.

11.  Represent WestRock in the community by participation in Associations, workshops, and civic and government affairs.

What You Need to Succeed:

Must have 3+ years of Forestry experience specifically related to working with external logging / fiber supply operations, purchasing timber from open market sources, and managing relationships with multiple external logging / fiber supply operations / and preferably private landowners to maintain targeted and consistent delivered fiber.

Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or related field (or 5 years of equivalent Forestry experience in the defined fields above).

What we offer:

Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability, and excellence

Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities

An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies, and potential

A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety, and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.

 

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WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.

 

 

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