Research Officer
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, ZA
1d ago
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Sappi Southern Africa - Forests requires a Research Officer : Tree Breeding to ensure that all tree breeding projects, research work and tree breeding activities is effectively managed in the Zululand region This role reports in to the Programme Leader.

The main responsibilities of this job are : Prepare experimental plans Determine & design the type of trial or experiment Allocate resources and produce material for experiment Implement experiments File and archive experiment records Input, extract and ensure that databases are updated Extract, analyze & interpret data in order to report on results.

Stay abreast of current Research methodology in order to ensure best practice in specialist fields Prepare and participate in field days, conferences, research reviews & other related forums Make presentations & provide regular feedback to internal and external stakeholders Interact frequently with Nursery staff to transfer research recommendations to operations Plan and implement nursery training in the areas of plant quality, best operating practices and propagation technology changes Manage all field trials and tree breeding activities in the region to a high standard Manage consumables, equipment, infrastructure and facilities to ensure effective operation at all times Liaise with nurseries and other research programmes to ensure successful execution of projects.

Liaise timeously with contractors / foresters / service providers to ensure good trial maintenance Implement, monitor and manage tree breeding trials in the region Lead and performance manage subordinates to attain objectives Manage staff personal development plans and ensure competency gaps are closed Provide coaching support to subordinates in order to facilitate realistic career paths Build effective teams and manage employee relations Effectively managing one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently Ensure staff comply with safety procedures Participate in SHEQ committee Ensure that staff comply with legislative and company policies and procedures Ensure that resources are managed effectively within budget constraints Responsible for safety of staff and other stakeholders The ideal candidate should have : B-Tech in Forestry Bachelors Degree in Breeding or Genetics An Honours Degree will be an advantage UP to 2 years’ experience in nursery plant production / research Driver’s license

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