The Forest Trust Vacancy: Project Manager - Guangzhou, China

TFT China

TFT is a global non-profit organization that exists to make business a force for good, for people and nature. We enable companies to source raw materials responsibly by ensuring their values are met not only where they are visible to customers and shareholders, but also in the unseen forests, farms, factories and quarries that supply materials. 

TFT is seeking an experienced and motivated professional, keen to secure a career within a dynamic non-profit that builds partnerships to bring responsible products to market as 

Project Manager

The successful candidate will have professional experience working with businesses on responsible sourcing initiatives, and be passionate about environmental and social issues. The position is based in Guangzhou, China, and requires frequent travel.

Key Role
  • Provide leadership to and collaborate with TFT staff working to implement the sustainability policies of our key pulp and paper client in China;
  • Support the ongoing capacity building and development of the TFT China team;
  • Coordinate with and provide technical support to our client(s);
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of field operations to ensure key deliverables are met;
  • Report writing, meeting documentation and communications and planning
  • Manage relationships with pulp and paper clients, stakeholders and field teams. TFT works with a wide range of Members.
  • Develop and implement strategic work plans for advancing the production and availability of responsibly produced products with emphasis on pulp and paper supply chains.
  • Assess forest management practices and traceability systems for pulp and pulpwood supply chains and identify best practice measures;
  • Manage and oversee delivery of project outcomes, reporting and communication;
  • Be part of a motivated and innovative team applying their passion towards practical solutions that tackle complex challenges at the forefront of sustainable pulp and paper production in China. 
Special Conditions
  • Staffs are often required to work outside office hours to fulfill the duties of employment.
  • This position will require regular meetings with leaders of large, multi-national corporations, as well as travelling extensive domestic travel in China to visit pulpwood plantations and pulp and paper factories, as well as international travel for meetings. For this reason, the candidate should thrive in both corporate and field settings. 
  • Bachelor degree or higher level qualification in forestry, natural resource management, supply chain management or related field.
  • A minimum of three-five years working in or with businesses, ideally in forestry, supply chain management, procurement or timber chain of custody
  • Good understanding and high interest in environmental and social responsibility issues
  • Strong strategic, management and coordination skills
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with fluency in English (Mandarin highly desired)
  • Good understanding and high interest in environmental and social responsibility issues
  • Strong understanding of forest management and chain of custody standards and up-to-date comprehension of corporate sustainability commitments
  • Knowledge of wood products, food products and/or agro commodity supply chains
  • Experience in forestry or business development
What We Offer
  • A unique work experience in a fast-growing and dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through trade
  • A dynamic international environment with the chance to work in a multi-cultural setting
  • Opportunity to work with some of the worlds’ largest companies on the most pressing social and environmental issues that they face
  • Opportunity to gain advanced project management, client relations and business development skills, with exposure to many diverse tasks
  • Opportunity to work with high-level procurement and CSR offices in international corporations.
  • Salary will be commensurate to experience
Applications with cover letter and CV to by 28th February, 2016, and for further information contact Dale Garner at