HARVESTING MANAGER/LOG BUYER, SCOTLAND Edinburgh, Scotland, Wielka Brytania 20 marca 2019

Glennon Brothers are a leading timber processor with sawmill facilities in Scotland and Ireland. The company has expanded significantly over the last 20 years or so and there is a very clear strategic vision for further growth and continued investment. We are a unique, vertically integrated business that touches on all aspects of the timber supply chain. We are forest owners with our own internal forestry team, who specialise in the purchase, harvesting and marketing of timber to supply our mills with circa 1 million tonnes of logs per annum. Our mills process a wide range of primary timber products and we add value by offering drying, grading, machining and preservative treatment on site. We have timber frame manufacturing plants in Scotland and Ireland and now produce our own heat and energy at our Troon site via an integrated Combined Heat and Power Plant. As we continue the development of the business an exciting career opportunity is now available for a high calibre forestry professional to join us on our journey.


The position of Harvesting Manager/Log Buyer is a key appointment within our business as building a sustainable log supply is critical to our plans for growth. Working as part of a small, dedicated forestry team, you will take the lead role in securing the log requirements for our Windymains Sawmill near Edinburgh, although you will also be expected to help with supplies to our other mills as and when required. You will form part of a small, close knit management team within the mill and it is imperative that you work closely with colleagues in sales and production to maximise mill productivity and efficiency. This is a very challenging role that is best suited to someone with the necessary drive, determination, and desire to play a prominent part in Scottish forestry.


Specific Responsibilities  


  • Liaise closely with the Head of Forestry and support the forestry team at all times
  • Produce, agree and manage an annual log supply budget for the Windymains mill
  • Ensure the mill is supplied with the right material at the right time and on budget
  • Negotiate supply agreements with third party log suppliers
  • Monitor these agreements to ensure all commitments are met
  • Travel extensively to look at standing timber and roadside parcels
  • Measure and value standing timber parcels on a routine basis
  • Negotiate with hauliers and harvesting contractors
  • Negotiate with agents and forest owners
  • Build on existing supply arrangements with all parties
  • Actively identify potential new sources of supply, especially within the private sector
  • Develop markets for the sale of small roundwood
  • Manage these supply arrangements robustly
  • Manage harvesting and haulage operations in line with recognised good practice
  • Act as the Forestry Works Manager with regard to Health and Safety/Environmental compliance
  • Supply the Head of Forestry with accurate monthly, quarterly and annual data as required







Skills and Competences


  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative with minimal supervision
  • A solid work ethic with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Well organised with the ability to prioritise a demanding workload
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Displays the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity at all times
  • A clear understanding of health and safety standards for forest operations
  • A general awareness of UK regulations concerning felling licence approval and/or Long Term Forest Plans
  • A broad understanding of the UK Forest Standard and FSC certification
  • Good general IT skills, especially the use of Excel and the construction/interpretation of spreadsheets
  • You must be fluent in English and be eligible to work in the UK


Qualifications and Experience    


  • A Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Forestry, Forest Science, Forest and Woodland Management or very closely related subject is highly desirable, although a diploma level qualification may also be considered
  • Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters would be useful, although not essential. However, you must be willing to seek chartered status in due course
  • A minimum of 3 years operational experience in harvesting and marketing is essential, although 5 or more years would be preferred
  • You must have experience of modern harvesting practice including soft ground and steep ground working
  • You must be fully conversant with forest mensuration techniques and have experience using electronic callipers and a digital clinometer
  • You must be able to critically assess standing timber parcels and have experience of producing accurate standing valuations
  • You should have some experience of basic forest surveys, including the use of portable GPS devices and ideally ArcView GIS applications
  • A basic understanding of forest engineering, especially quarrying and road construction would be useful
  • Some experience of forest management, especially ground preparation and restocking would be helpful


An attractive salary and benefits package awaits the right candidate.


To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to:


All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence


For an informal discussion about any aspect of this post please contact either of the following:


Scotland – Alex Murray on +44 7879 664627

Poland – Bernadeta Gierszewska  on +48 606 333 138