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Standing Timber Log Buyer in Nanaimo at Western Forest Products Employee Network

Date Posted: 9/13/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Western Forest Products is looking for a Standing Timber Log Buyer to join our team at our Nanaimo, B.C. Office Location.


The Standing Timber Log Buyer is responsible for procuring logs on the domestic market to meet internal consumption demands. Reporting to the Supervisor, Timber Procurement, the Log Buyer helps develop and implement the annual standing timber log procurement and delivery plan, ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements and working closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a balance of supply and demand.


Safety & Environmental Performance

  • Demonstrate safety performance by ensuring adherence to company safety processes and procedures.

Financial Performance

  • Recommend effective and innovative strategies to drive cost efficiencies within the Fibre Supply team.
  • Work with Logistics to utilize appropriate delivery methods that meet customer requirements at the lowest possible cost;


  • Provide leadership by promoting the principles of LEAN in all tasks and assignments;
  • Protect Western’s reputation by managing issues, engaging support from senior leadership as required;

Core Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the procurement of standing timber through the following sources:
  • Direct standing timber purchases (i.e BCTS)
  • Acquiring logs from others who have won standing timber purchases
  • Assessing and valuating Standing Timber offered by First Nations, and developing Standing Timber Purchasing Agreements
    • Responsible for achieving volume, cost, inventory and financial targets, as per the annual plan; as well as monthly delivery forecasts;
  • Determine the log requirements to be purchased for the upcoming fiscal year, detailing the species, diameter class, and corresponding volumes;
  • Build positive working relationships with all 3rd Party Landowners, Log Buyers, Timber Operators and Company Managers to promote Western as the customer of choice
  • Monitor local and regional log markets to assess delivered log values and delivery costs
  • Complete formal bids for log purchases, consistent with the Annual Log Purchase Plan
    • Working closely with Finance, responsible for the evaluation of Standing Timber Purchases using a disciplined financial evaluation process;
    • Cruise, inspect, and value logs for upcoming standing timber sales,
    • Determine detailed harvesting costs associates with the upcoming bids,
    • Prepare and present Bid package proposal to senior leadership for approval,
  • Negotiate favorable terms with sellers of 3rd Party logs
  • Cruise, inspect, and value logs from specific sellers;
  • Monitor actual log flows (shipments) from purchase suppliers to ensure compliance with quality requirements and agreed shipping schedules
  • Develop new log sources and consumers to ensure a balance of supply and demand
  • Assist with establishment and maintenance a log quality program with all 3rd party log suppliers that will maximize sawmill throughput, overrun, and grade yield
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • Post-secondary degree in business, forestry or related subject
  • Scaling Ticket an asset
  • 4+ years log purchasing experience

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • An understanding of coastal harvesting practices
  • Knowledge of all of the applications and grade requirements for lumber
  • Proven track record of delivering against stretch sales goals
  • Extensive knowledge of Western Red Cedar, Whitewood and Yellow Cedar market segments, sales channels and customers.
  • Log grading and scaling experience an asset
  • Quality Control experience an asset

This position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early for consideration.
Internal candidates please apply to this posting and notify recruitment of your interest.