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The New Zealand forest industry includes a wide range of companies, large and small, all of which are led by business owners and managers. Most corporate managers in the forest industry have been in forestry earlier in their career, but this is not an essential pre-requisite. Examples of companies in the forestry sector with corporate management teams include:
- forest owners (New Zealand and overseas)
- forest management and harvesting companies
- import/export specialists
- logistics and transport companies
- engineering, machinery and equipment businesses
- forestry research and development
- large-scale forest service companies – e.g. tree breeding, nurseries, forest inventory, new technology, consulting services
$100,000 – $250,000+
Absence from home
Varies with job
Most corporate managers will have a minimum of a degree; many will have a postgraduate management qualification such as an MBA.
Depending on the type of company involved, a good knowledge of the forest industry and operations will be valuable. More important will be a range of generic management skills including, for example:
- financial management
- staff management
- risk management
- good decision making and judgement.
Managers obviously need to be fully aware of the legislative environment they are operating in. They also need to be excellent communicators, prepared to take responsibility, and confident leaders.
- Senior management roles in other industries
Corporate management is often the next stage after success in forest and harvesting management roles, or in another related discipline.