TFT Forests Job Vacancy: Lead Project Manager - Guangzhou or Beijing, China


JOB TITLE: Lead Project Manager
LOCATION: Guangzhou(with possibility also in Beijing)
START DATE: 1st January 2016 (negotiable)
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Proficiency in English is essential (speaking, writing, and reading). Mandarin is highly desirable.  
TERM: One year (renewable) contract with annual review and an initial 2-month probation period.
GROSS SALARY/BENEFITS: Depending on experience and qualifications.

TFT is a global non-profit membership organization that helps companies and communities deliver responsible products. Since 1999, TFTs main focus has been to provide solutions to the issue of deforestation and the empowerment of forest dependent communities. TFT has helped companies transform their supply chains and stop forest destruction. Through the same model, TFT has involved institutional donors and individuals looking to build capacity on the ground thus giving communities and local companies the tools to provide responsible products to world markets. Now with 200+ employees and offices in 15 countries, TFT is working on a broad range of products using its supply chain expertise to identify and address social and environmental issues with a strong focus on natural resource management and traceability.

As Lead Project Manager, the successful candidate will have a dual role. The first involves the leadership and technical support role for project implementation. For this role the candidate should possess strong technical forestry knowledge, good team management experience and client relation skills. The second role is to build the ongoing technical capacity of the project team, providing coaching, training and guidance where required.  Strong communication skills will be vital to fulfilling both aspects to meet project deliverables and support the growth and internal coordination of the team.   
  • To lead a small team and perform a central coordination role with field officers, managers, country head and director/s;
  • Develop short and long term work plans and associated strategy, provide technical guidance and training, oversee the implementation of tasks, provide quality control and ensure delivery deadlines are met;
  • Provide technical support to businesses linked to pulp and paper supply chains via desktop and field assessments to identify non-conformities (GAPs) between company policy and/or third party standards and provide solutions;
  • Through field work in forests and factories, provide quality assurance to the client that pulp and pulpwood traceability systems meet international standards, ensure the verification of legal origin of fibre within supply chains and ensure forest management practices are in accordance with associated sustainability principles;
  • Act as the client’s contact point for the management of the project in China and as required client and company focal points outside of China;
  • Report on project progress, forthcoming activities, highlighting milestones and challenges in advance of critical stages of the plan’s execution;
  • Structured communication with client representatives, TFT team members (both in China and elsewhere) and other stakeholders as needed;
  • Monitor programme budgets and report as necessary to allow proper management of project funds;
  • Draft regular reports and meeting records and maintain communications with TFT China, TFT’s head office abroad, TFT clients and stakeholder as required.
  • Provide a backstop for the project and ensure that deliverables are met in accordance with action plan targets; Develop and implement management and training recommendations for companies working toward responsible forest management, production and product supply chain control;
  • Maintain a practical awareness of the challenges within forest operation and pulp & paper supply chains and be able to adapt the work plan as required to achieve the targets set;
  • Take ownership of all aspects of the project and demonstrate the capacity, competence and willingness to work through all challenges;
  • Liaise with local organizations and consultants as required to achieve project deliverables and represent TFT; 
  • Bachelor degree or higher in forestry/natural resource management/supply chain management or business management or other related filed.
  • Minimum three years professional experience forestry (or other) and ideally experience in project management. Preference will be given to candidates that have proven forestry experience (management and/or certification), chain of custody, complex project management scenarios or supply chain logistics;
  • Working knowledge of sustainable forest management standard principles and criteria, chain of custody for forest products, 
  • Solid understanding of environmental management issues and ability to appreciate specific environmental and social issues that is relevant to client supply chains;
  • Strong project planning, coordination and management skills;
  • Highly effective spoken and written communication skills at both executive and operational levels in English (Mandarin Chinese will be of significant benefit).
  • Ability to internalize and demonstrate organizational values in all aspects of work and communication;
  • Strategically minded with capacity to demonstrate forward thinking and strong analytical skills to foresee and overcome challenges;
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with colleagues and clients;
  • Ability to network and communicate with stakeholders and clients to introduce TFT and our approach;
  • Working knowledge of MS Office to facilitate clear and structured reporting and clear data presentation;
  • Strong ability to work self directed, provide leadership, work independently and in a small team.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize his or her own work schedule.
Other Considerations:
  • Strong analytical, organizational abilities and decision making skills
  • High level of integrity
  • Good communication and presentations skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Prepared to live and travel extensively in China. 
Final salary and benefits to be agreed based on experience.

What we offer:
  • Unique work experience in a fast-growing and dynamic non-profit organization, directly impacting on the conservation of the world’s environment and climate change, through trade.
  • A dynamic international environment with the chance to work in a multi-cultural team.
  • Opportunity to gain advanced project management, client relations and business development skills, with exposure to many diverse tasks, domestically in China and internationally.  
Candidates interested in the position should send a cover letter and their curriculum vitae (including two references and contact details) in English by email to Please indicate the Job Code CHINA PM03in the subject line of your email. The application deadline is 30th Nov 2015.

Candidates meeting all of the above criteria will be contacted for initial screening by telephone or email. Short-listed candidates will undergo an interview process, in Guangzhou or via skype after the application deadline.