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Commodity Specialist: ESD

Country:  South Africa
Country/Region:  So
City:  Umkomaas
State/Province:  Kwazulu-Natal



Sappi Southern Africa

Saiccor Mill, Umkomaas 


Commodity Specialist: ESD  (HRL 15U)


We are hiring!


At Sappi, we are a leading global provider with a reputation for delivering high-quality sustainable Woodfibre products and solutions for the global markets. We lead through our values centred around safety, integrity, courage, making smart decisions which we execute with speed. We are seeking unique people who believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive and safe environment.


We’re on the lookout for an experienced Commodity Specialist: ESD to create an inclusive environment in the supply market and provide developmental support for a thriving local SME sector.


This role reports into the ESD Manager, Procurement.


As a Commodity Specialist, you will be responsible for:


SME Onboarding:


  • Engage and screen SMEs interested in participating in ESD programs.
  • Process necessary documentation for SME onboarding.
  • Coordinate and evaluate SME assessments, ensuring compliance and eligibility.
  • Verify data accuracy and communicate effectively with stakeholders throughout the onboarding process.


ESD Program Execution Support:


  • Coordinate training interventions for SMEs in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Engage both internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective communication and collaboration.
  • Project manage service delivery involving multiple stakeholders, ensuring timely execution.
  • Track ESD interventions and provide regular progress updates.
  • Facilitate procurement of necessary facilities and resources for ESD initiatives.
  • Maintain an audit trail for B-BBEE verification purposes, including job creation, procurement, and expenditure records.
  • Conduct data analysis and processing to support ESD initiatives.
  • Provide support to the ESD Specialist in the execution of service delivery.
  • Provide support to internal stakeholders on the implementation of certain initiatives that relate to the ESD program and the broader procurement function.


ESD Reporting:

  • Continuously track and record overall ESD activity, including milestones and achievements.
  • Maintain ESD data across multiple sources and systems to ensure accuracy and accessibility.
  • Structure reporting information according to stakeholder requirements, ensuring clarity and relevance.
  • Generate accurate reports on ESD programs for various stakeholders, including management meetings, Compliance Monitoring Committees (CMC), and Investment Committee Forums (ICF).



What are we looking for:


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Supply Chain Management, or a related field.
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in procurement, supplier development, or similar roles within a corporate environment.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders and prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage stakeholders at all levels.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting tools, with a keen attention to detail.
  • Understanding of B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) requirements and verification processes is advantageous.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a proactive and solution-oriented approach.


What’s in it for you?


  • Opportunity to work within a global organisation that continues to thrive in a rapidly changing world even after 80 years of existence
  • learning and development programmes to fast-track your career within Sappi
  • Market-leading leave benefits
  • Employee wellbeing benefits


Closing Date: 26 February 2024


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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 regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. At Sappi, we encourage and support vaccination. 


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