Scottish Woodlands

Scottish Woodlands Ltd - the United Kingdom's leading Forest Management Company

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Job Vacancy

Posted on: 07/03/2017

Central and South Scotland

Assistant Forest Managers

We require enthusiastic individuals with drive and ambition to join our team in Central and South Scotland. These roles will involve all aspects of woodland management from planning through to harvesting and contracting activities.

We are seeking applications from Graduates and less experienced individuals both with Forestry qualifications and from other disciplines who wish to embark on a career in Forestry within the Scottish Woodlands Group. Applicants must be:

  • professional and commercial in approach
  • self-motivated and capable of working on their own and as part of a team
  • highly organised with excellent communication skills
  • IT literate

Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or progressing towards attaining chartered status would be beneficial. A current driving licence is also essential.

In return, together with personal and career development opportunities, Scottish Woodlands offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. This includes a company car, pension, life assurance, private healthcare and the opportunity for equity participation. The company has a unique structure and is 80% owned by staff.

Applications should be made in writing (stating current salary/salary expectation), along with CV. Please confirm the position you are applying for. Please email: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Friday 31st March 2017

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 27/02/2017

North Scotland Region

Senior Harvesting and Marketing Manager

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with a minimum of 5 years’ timber harvesting and marketing experience to join our team in North Scotland.

The key duties involve working closely with our Timber Marketing Director and Regional Managers, existing clients and markets and the development and promotion of our services throughout the region.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the company’s growing harvesting activity in this area and must be able to demonstrate both operational experience and excellent working knowledge of harvesting processes. Proven experience of site planning, contract supervision and working with contractors is a pre-requisite of this role. Candidates will also be capable of working with Forestry Management colleagues on existing client properties and possess excellent communication skills and organisational ability.

A competitive salary and remuneration package is on offer to the right individual. Scottish Woodlands has a unique employee equity structure and the successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company which offers good job satisfaction and career support.

Applications should be made in writing (stating current salary), along with CV. Please confirm the position you are applying for. Please email: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Friday 31st March 2017

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 27/02/2017

North Scotland Region

Harvesting Manager

We require an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with timber harvesting experience to join our team in North Scotland.

The key duties involve working closely with our existing clients and the development of new business within the area.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the company’s growing harvesting activity in this area and should have both operational experience and a good working knowledge of harvesting processes. Experience of site planning, contract supervision and working with contractors is essential.

The candidates should also be capable of working with Forestry Management colleagues on existing client properties and possess excellent communication skills and organisational ability.

Applicants should have relevant academic qualifications and a current driving licence. A competitive salary and remuneration package is on offer to the right individual. Scottish Woodlands has a unique employee equity structure and the successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company which offers good job satisfaction and career support.

Applications should be made in writing (stating current salary), along with CV. Please confirm the position you are applying for. Please email: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Friday 31st March 2017

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 29/06/2016

Assistant Insurance Co-ordinator (Part-time, 14 hours) - Strathpeffer Office

Temporary Assignment - 6 months initially, may be extended

We are looking to appoint a part-time, flexible assistant, to provide administrative support to the Insurance Co-ordinator based at our Strathpeffer office.

Principal duties will include:

  • Synchronise woodland insurance client details between computer databases.
  • Manual and electronic filing of woodland insurance and contractor vetting paperwork.
  • Printing / posting policy documents at woodland insurance scheme renewal.
  • Review of woodland insurance files to assess the requirement for additional data collection.
  • Administer contractor vetting requests for branch offices.
  • Other adhoc administrative duties.

Candidates must be proficient in MS Word and Excel. The successful applicant will have excellent communication and organisational skills and will be able to manage and prioritise a heavy administrative workload. Experience and knowledge of business management systems/databases and Navision would be desirable but training will be given.

This is a busy and demanding role where applicants must be confident, professional and flexible in their approach. Candidates will also be self-motivated and have excellent attention to detail. Proven experience of working in a similar office environment is also desirable. This part-time role is for 14 hours per week and we are happy to consider tailoring the working pattern to suit the successful candidate.

Scottish Woodlands offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Please send your CV with a covering letter stating salary expectation to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Tuesday 12th July 2016

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 06/06/2016

Office Administrator (Full Time) - Maybole, South Ayrshire

We are looking to appoint an experienced and motivated Office Administrator on a full time basis to provide an efficient and effective secretarial and administrative service to the technical and managerial staff at our Maybole Office.

Principal duties will include:

  • Provision of an efficient reception and secretarial service, answering calls, relaying messages between clients and staff and dealing with incoming and outgoing correspondence.
  • Maintenance of the Company’s ISO system, ensuring it is kept fully up to date including contractor, audit and site inspection records.
  • Processing of contractor and stores payments via the Company’s accounting system.
  • Preparation and dispatch of invoices and allocating costs on the accounting system.
  • Management of incoming invoices including reconciliation of expenditure with budgets.
  • Preparation of reports for managers.
  • Control of documentation generated from various bespoke IT systems.
  • Diary management and travel/accommodation arrangement.
  • Maintaining stationery and equipment supplies.
  • Other adhoc administrative duties including banking and maintaining petty cash system.

Candidates must be proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and must be able to create and manage spreadsheets and use formulas within them. The successful applicant will have excellent communication and organisational skills and will be able to manage and prioritise a heavy administrative workload. Experience of computerised accounting packages and knowledge of business management systems/databases and Navision would also be desirable.

This is a busy and demanding role where applicants must be confident and professional in approach to independently solve problems and make decisions. Candidates must be self-motivated and have excellent attention to detail. Applicants must have proven experience of working in a similar office environment. Please note that this position is currently based near Maybole, the business has plans to relocate the office to the Kilmarnock/Fenwick area in the next 6-12 months. Applicants must therefore be able to drive and have their own transport.

Scottish Woodlands offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package including pension, life assurance, private healthcare and the opportunity for equity participation. The company also has a unique structure and is 80% owned by staff. The successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company which offers good job satisfaction and career support.

Please send your CV with a covering letter stating salary expectation to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Friday 17th June 2016

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 26/03/2016

Trainee Arborists & Experienced Arborists - Perth Utilities Depot

Scottish Woodlands Perth Utilities Division is an established contractor in the industry and our work comprises vegetation and fencing contracts and a wide variety of minor civils works. To expand our current team, we are looking to recruit up to 3 Trainee Arborists and 3 experienced Arborists for our vegetation management team.

Based at our Perth Utilities Depot, the successful applicants will be responsible for utility vegetation management contracts adjacent to powerlines and railway tracks, fencing contracts and a wide variety of minor civils work. Duties will include forestry thinning work, windblow clearance, plantation maintenance and private garden tree surgery.

Candidates will be self-motivated, capable of working on their own and as part of a team. Please note that these positions do require candidates to be flexible as nightshift working is a pre-requisite of the role.

Similar experience is preferred along with candidates having a NPTC Basic Chainsaw qualification, however full training will be provided to the successful candidates. All applicants will be required to undergo an employment medical examination including a drugs and alcohol screening.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidates.

Applications should be made in writing, stating salary expectation, along with a copy of your C.V. to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 01/04/2016

Plant Maintenance Technician/Arborist - Perth Utilities Depot

Scottish Woodlands provides a comprehensive range of both traditional and evolving forest and land related services, underpinned by our unique staff ownership structure, in-depth market experience, knowledge base and commitment to quality. We are currently seeking applicants for the following position: Plant Maintenance Technician/Arborist Perth Utilities Depot.

Scottish Woodlands Perth Utilities Division is an established contractor in the industry and our work comprises vegetation and fencing contracts and a wide variety of minor civils works. To expand our current team, we are looking to recruit a Plant Maintenance Technician/Arborist for our vegetation management team.

Based at our Perth Utilities Depot, the successful applicant will be responsible for repairs and maintenance to all types of plant to include Tractors, RRV, Unimogs, Welfare Units, forwarders and small plant such as generators. Other duties will include utility vegetation management contracts adjacent to powerlines and railway tracks, fencing contracts and a wide variety of minor civils work. Duties will include forestry thinning work, windblow clearance, plantation maintenance and private garden tree surgery.

Candidates will be self-motivated, capable of working on their own and as part of a team. Please note that these positions do require candidates to be flexible as nightshift working is a pre-requisite of the role.

Similar experience along with qualification in the relevant field is essential. Candidates having a NPTC Basic Chainsaw qualification is also preferred however full training will be provided to the successful candidate. Applicants will be required to undergo an employment medical examination including a drugs and alcohol screening.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidates.

Applications should be made in writing, along with a copy of your C.V. to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Friday 15th April 2016

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 05/11/2015

Regional Harvesting & Marketing Manager - South West Scotland

We require an enthusiastic individual with extensive timber harvesting and marketing experience to lead our team in South West of Scotland. As head of the team, the key duties involve working closely with our existing clients and markets and the development of new business.

Based in our Castle Douglas office, the successful applicant, who would be responsible for the company’s growing harvesting activity in this area, should have both operational experience and a good working knowledge of harvesting processes.

An in-depth understanding of timber marketing, site planning, harvesting systems and working with contractors is essential. The candidate should also be capable of working with Forestry Management colleagues on existing client properties and possess excellent communication skills and organisational ability. Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or another relevant professional body is desirable.

A competitive salary and remuneration package is on offer to the right individual. Scottish Woodlands Ltd has a unique employee equity structure and the successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company which offers good job satisfaction and career support.

Applications should be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV and salary expectation, by email to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

Closing date: Monday 23 November 2015.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 15/12/2014

Harvesting Manager - West Scotland

We require an enthusiastic individual with timber harvesting experience to join our management team on the West Coast of Scotland.

Based in our Lochgilphead office, the successful applicant will be responsible for the Company’s growing harvesting activity in this area and will have both operational experience and a good working knowledge of harvesting processes.

Experience of site planning, contract supervision and working with contractors is essential. The candidate will also be capable of working with Forestry Management colleagues on existing client properties and possess excellent communication skills and organisational ability.

A competitive remuneration package including a company car is on offer to the successful candidate. Scottish Woodlands encourages and supports its staff to become share-holders in the Company and the successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company, offering good job satisfaction and career support.

Should you wish to apply for this position, please email current CV and covering letter to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

Closing date: Friday 16 January 2015.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 06/11/2014

Office Administrator (full time) - Perth

We are seeking to recruit an experienced, full time Office Administrator for our Sandpiper House, Perth office, to provide comprehensive administrative support to technical and managerial staff.

Potential candidates must be proficient in MS Word and Excel, with a good working knowledge of computerised accounting packages. Knowledge of business management systems and databases and Navision would be desirable.

Principal activities include providing an efficient reception and secretarial service, processing of incoming and outgoing invoices, contractor payments, maintaining ISO procedures and paperwork, and running of reports.

As this is an autonomous role, applicants should be self-motivated, with the confidence to independently solve problems and make decisions, with a professional approach to all aspects of their work.

We offer an excellent benefits package and competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to: HR@scottishwoodlands.co.uk.

Closing date: Friday 14 November 2014.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 07/01/2014

Branch Manager - Lochgilphead

Due to the continuing expansion of our business, we have available an excellent opportunity for an experienced mid-career professional to head up our management team based at our Lochgilphead Office.

The Branch Manager will lead work programmes in the locality including forest management, SRDP processes and business development in an area of Scotland where we have had consistent success at delivering new planting projects of both commercial and native woodlands. The successful applicant must be capable of achieving financial targets and therefore requires sound commercial focus and good business skills.

This appointment involves a wide range of satisfying and challenging work within a well-established working environment. It will appeal to a high calibre individual with excellent management and communication skills. The candidate should have a proven track record in man-management in either forestry or land management and may be a member of the ICF or RICS.

A negotiable remuneration package is available for the right individual. Scottish Woodlands Ltd has a unique employee equity structure and the successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company which offers good job satisfaction and career support.

Applications should be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR & Payroll Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Obituary: The Hon JME Bruce CBE, 26th August 1927 – 22nd April 2013

Posted on: 16/05/2013

The Hon JME Bruce CBE

Jamie Bruce relaxing on
a boating holiday.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of The Honourable JME Bruce who died on 22nd April. Known more familiarly in the forestry profession as Jamie Bruce, he was instrumental in creating the company we know today as Scottish Woodlands Ltd as well as making a massive contribution across a wider spectrum of interests.

Born in Fife, Jamie was a son of Edward Bruce, Earl of Elgin, and Katherine Bruce. He was educated at Eton before undertaking army training at Sandhurst and he served with the Scots Guards. He also studied at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, all of which gave him a thorough grounding for his future work in the world of farming and forestry, undertaken both at home at Balmanno in Perthshire and in St Lucia.

Throughout his life, Jamie had a passionate interest in forestry and more than 50 years ago he was one of a group of influential landowners who formed the Cooperative Forestry Society which was created to serve the forest management needs of private sector woodland owners. This organisation evolved to become SWOA (Scottish Woodland Owners Association) and was highly successful in lobbying and representing the forest owning fraternity in Scotland. As well as discharging its representational role, SWOA became a successful forest management and timber marketing organisation, albeit constrained commercially due to the financial restrictions governing the management of cooperatives. It was Jamie Bruce who had the forward vision to see the importance of establishing a commercial forest management company and with that objective Jamie was the architect behind the formation of SWOAC Ltd (Scottish Woodland Owners Association Commercial Ltd) which was duly incorporated in 1967. SWOAC Ltd was a wholly owned subsidiary of SWOA and was capitalised with a mere £7 plus a loan from the parent organisation of £12,000. Jamie became the first Chairman of the new Company and, together with Dennis Crawford, executive General Manager, they worked tirelessly from this small beginning to expand the business on a continuously upward track.

In 1986, an exciting opportunity arose for the directors and staff of SWOAC Ltd to purchase the Company from SWOA via a Management Buy-Out, a relatively progressive move for these times. Together with his Board of Directors, and Alan Malcolm of KPMG as advisor, Jamie led the transaction and a price of £1.35 million was paid to form the first employee owned forestry business of this scale in the UK. Following the 1986 MBO the Company became known as Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Aside from the massive satisfaction which Jamie gained from succeeding with the MBO, a further major benefit was achieved because the capital which SWOA raised from the sale led directly to the creation of the Scottish Forestry Trust which continues to this day to promote and fund Education, Training and Research projects in forestry, now with assets exceeding £2.5 million.

Still under Jamie’s Chairmanship, and spurred on by its unique employee ownership status, Scottish Woodlands Ltd thrived and when he retired in 1992, following 25 years as Chairman, the Company had grown to have a turnover of £15.1 million, 77 staff and over 100,000ha of woodland under its management. For this legacy, the clients, customers, staff and directors of Scottish Woodlands Ltd, both past and present, owe Jamie Bruce great gratitude. With Jamie having placed the business in a pre-eminent position, success continued and in 2012 the Company recorded sales of £63.9 million and a staff compliment of 151, many of whom are shareholders. On behalf of our current Chairman, Tom A Bruce Jones CBE, directors and staff, I would like to record our appreciation of what Jamie Bruce did for Scottish Woodlands.

In the course of his work with Scottish Woodlands, Jamie served on many forestry committees. This included Chairman of the Forestry Committee of Great Britain, member of the Governing Council of TGUK, member of the Executive Committee of FICGB and member of the FC Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee, the last for over 30 years. He was awarded the CBE in 1992 for services to the forest industry.

Out-with the forest industry, he continued farming at Balmanno, was member of the Scottish Council Development & Industry Committee, Chairman and Honorary Fellow of The Game Conservancy Scotland, Chairman and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Scotland and Vice President of Scottish Opera. In amongst all of this he had business interests at various stages in the Kirkforthar Brickworks and fishing trawlers.

Jamie is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth and extensive family. The Bruce family tradition in forestry continues at Balmanno in Perthshire, Broomhall in Fife, Glen Tanar in Aberdeenshire, and beyond. The legacy which Jamie has left will long continue to influence the lives and careers of those who he encouraged and supported through such a long and distinguished career.

Colin Mann
Managing Director
Scottish Woodlands Ltd
16th May 2013

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 02/10/2012

Senior Harvesting Manager - South West Scotland

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Harvesting Manager to join our team and lead our Harvesting Operations in South West Scotland. This important position will suit an individual who is highly motivated and able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to work in one of the major commercial timber producing areas in the UK, with many existing, well established timber markets.

The successful applicant should have both operational experience and a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, harvesting systems, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability. This post also demands a very high level of knowledge and awareness in relation to all aspects of Health and Safety management.

Key aspects of this interesting and varied post will include working closely with Forest Management colleagues on existing client properties, undertaking standing sale projects, the development of new business opportunities and co-ordinating marketing activities.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, within a substantially employee-owned company. In addition to a competitive salary, healthcare and pension arrangements, there is an opportunity for equity participation within our business.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Friday 19 October 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 03/08/2012

Web Developer/Data Analyst – KTP Associate

Scottish Woodlands Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University are currently recruiting for an experienced software developer as part of a KTP project.

The work will be contracted for a fixed 2-year period initially, with the possibility of continuing employment thereafter in the company.

Applications should be submitted online by 15 August 2012 using the following link: www.napier.ac.uk/aboutus/vacancies/Pages/default.aspx quoting the reference number, 079/AL. Interviews will take place on 4 September 2012.

For full advert, please click here.

For Role Description, please click here.

For Further Particulars document, please click here.

Forestry is the business…

Posted on: 06/07/2012

IPD launched its 19th annual forestry index in Edinburgh on 3rd July highlighting another year of very strong performance for the forestry sector. The index is calculated from a sample of private sector coniferous plantations and the total return for 2011 was a record breaking 34.8%, up nearly 15% from 2010. The survey principally looks at Sitka Spruce forests over a sample size of 140 properties. In terms of benchmark performance, the survey compared the 2011 forestry data to equities (-3.5%), gilts (15.6%) and commercial property (7.8%) with the short term performance of forestry demonstrating the strongest results.

What information can be drawn from the data; firstly there continues to be strong evidence of the decoupling of timber price from total forestry returns and we consider the spot timber price is increasingly less important to investors who are looking at medium to long term trends. In the market this is manifesting through a hardening of yields for prime Sitka Spruce plantations, justified by a forecast structural shortage of timber as UK and global production output falls below demand.

Secondly, recent years have seen a rebalancing of the traditional forest valuation ‘curve’. Historically freehold value growth was relatively flat for young woodland, starting to rise in mid-rotation with the major value growth in the last decade before harvesting. The IPD graph showing valuation by age band shows broadly similar results in the 11-20 and 21-30 categories reflecting the increasing desire to look at medium or long term performance and also the influence of second rotation, mixed age woodlands that now represent an increasing proportion of the private sector forest estate.

Another observation is the width of the valuation bandings for similar aged forestry, reflecting the regional variations in both timber price and consequently capital value. IPD have also reflected this in the three year annualised total return by region, which shows south Scotland and northern England as the top performing areas, with south Scotland also the best performing region over time, with an annualised average return of 10% measured over a 19 year period. This is not surprising given the correlation between value and the strong wood processing sector in these regions, but it does demonstrate the perception amongst the index sponsors that there is a two tier market developing, with prime Sitka Spruce performing well ahead of mixed conifer or remoter locations.

Finally, we should go back to one of the fundamental principles of forestry investing – extended timeframes. Forestry is considered a safe investment and the long term (19 year) annualised average total return is shown at 7.7%. That compares favourably with equities (7.5%) but slightly below gilts (8.1%) and commercial property (9.2%) and demonstrates that forestry definitely holds a place in any well balanced investment portfolio.

Scottish Woodlands is one of the sponsor firms of the IPD Index. A full copy of the 2011 report is available to download here (411kb). To discuss any parts of the index or other investment related matters please contact a member of the Investment team by following this link.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 01/05/2012

Branch Manager - Fort William

As a result of internal promotion, we have available a rare opportunity for an experienced mid-career professional to head up our management team based at our Fort William Office.

The Branch Manager will lead work programmes in the locality including forest management, SRDP processes and business development. In addition to these functions, the appointment will also include assuming, over a planned period of time, responsibility as estate / forestry manager on Fassfern Estate where our Fort William office is based. Fassfern Estate extends to some 8500 hectares with 3300 hectares of forest. The post will include all aspects of forest management on the Estate and implementation of the overall Estate Management Plan.

This appointment involves a wide range of satisfying and challenging work within a well-established working environment. It will appeal to a high calibre individual with excellent management and communication skills. The candidate should have a proven track record in either forestry or land management and may be a member of the ICF or RICS.

A negotiable remuneration package is available for the right individual. Scottish Woodlands Ltd has a unique employee equity structure and the successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working for a leading forest management company which offers strong job satisfaction and career support.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Monday 21 May 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 01/05/2012

Forest Manager - North East Scotland

As part of our development plan in the North-East of Scotland, a vacancy has arisen for a suitably experienced forest manager to join our progressive team to service both our existing client base and expanding business.

Applicants must be self-motivated and be capable of working on their own initiative and as part of our expanding professional team. The successful applicant should ideally have a minimum of 2-3 years’ operational experience and have a good understanding of SRDP. In addition, the applicant should have a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, working with contractors and site safety management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, within a substantially employee-owned company.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Monday 21 May 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 27/03/2012

Senior Forest Manager - Alnwick

Following a period of significant business growth, a vacancy has arisen in our Alnwick office.

We are seeking a forest manager to join our progressive team in our South East Region to service both our existing client base and expanding business.

Applicants must be self motivated and be capable of working on their own and as part of a team. The successful applicant should ideally have a minimum of 5 years operational experience and have a good understanding of EWGS. In addition, the applicant should have a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, within a substantially employee-owned company.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Friday 27 April 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 27/03/2012

Regional Harvesting Manager - South West Scotland

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Harvesting Manager to join our team and lead our Harvesting Operations in South West Scotland. This important position will suit an individual who is highly motivated and able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities.

The post, based in Castle Douglas, offers an exciting opportunity to work in one of the major commercial timber producing areas in the UK.

The successful applicant should have both operational experience and a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, harvesting systems, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability. This post also demands a very high level of knowledge and awareness in relation to all aspects of Health and Safety management.

Key aspects of this interesting and varied post will include working closely with Forest Management colleagues on existing client properties, undertaking standing sale projects and the development of new business opportunities.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, within a substantially employee-owned company.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Friday 27 April 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 28/02/2012

Certification & Environment Manager - Flexible Location, UK coverage

In 1999 our Group and Resource Manager Certification scheme was the first to offer services for all UK forests and woodlands, and has now grown and developed to cover 100,000 hectares. We are seeking an experienced Certification & Environment Manager who can successfully maintain this growth, manage the scheme and oversee our team of auditors in all aspects of compliance for our forestry business. Responsibilities will include day-to-day management of our FSC and PEFC Certification, providing training and advice to staff, and delivery of internal and external auditing.

Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of professional integrity, be self motivated and be capable of working on their own and as part of a team. The successful applicant should ideally have a minimum of 5 years operational experience and have a good understanding of all aspects of UKWAS and Forestry Certification. A formal auditing competency and an environmental qualification will be required. Professional membership of a relevant organisation will be preferred. This post entails frequent travel to all parts of the UK, and a driving licence is essential.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, within a substantially employee-owned company. There is scope within this role to develop other career opportunities for further compliance and assurance activities within the Company. For an informal conversation in confidence about this exciting opportunity please contact Rob Shaw, SEQ & Contracts Director (by email or 07778 772353).

To receive a copy of the full job description formal applications should be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Friday 23 March 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 3/02/2012

Forest Manager - Newtown St Boswells, Scottish Borders

Following a period of significant business development, a vacancy has arisen in our Newtown St Boswells office. We are seeking a forest manager to join our progressive team in our South-East Region to service both our existing client base and expanding business.

Applicants must be self motivated and be capable of working on their own and as part of a team. The successful applicant should ideally have a minimum of 2-3 years’ operational experience and have a good understanding of SRDP. In addition, the applicant should have a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, within a substantially employee-owned company.

Applications should be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Wednesday 29 February 2012.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 1/11/2011

Forest Manager - Perth

Following an internal promotion, a vacancy has arisen in our Perth office.

We are seeking a forest manager to join our progressive team in our Central Region to service both our existing client base and expanding business.

Applicants must be self motivated and be capable of working on their own and as part of a team. The successful applicant should ideally have a minimum of 3 - 5 years’ operational experience and have a good understanding of SRDP. In addition, the applicant should have a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Friday 25 November 2011.

CSGN Grant Package Summary

Posted on: 16/11/2011

We have prepared a brief summary of the CSGN (Central Scotland Green Network) grant package which was announced last month within SRDP – please download the flyer here (477kb), and contact us if you have further queries.

Client Newsletter Autumn 2011

Posted on: 15/11/2011

Scottish Woodlands Autumn 2011 Newsletter

The Autumn edition of “Woodlands’ View” has recently been published. In this latest issue, as well as regular items on the timber market, investment and other news, there is brief information about a new grant package available for Central Scotland (stop press), as well as guest articles, one by Fenning Welstead on resourcing the future timber supply and one by Michael Bruce to highlight the issues surrounding rural wildfire groups.

The newsletter also available to download here. (1.6MB)

 

 

First Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award Announced

Posted on: 06/10/2011

The Scottish Forestry Trust is delighted to announce that the winner of the first Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award is Dave Auty, a post graduate student then based at the University of Aberdeen, who carried out research into “Modelling the effects of forest management on the wood properties and branch characteristics of UK-grown Scots Pine”. The thesis has helped to clearly identify the effects of different types of silviculture on the wood quality properties of Scots Pine and has identified clear areas for further research in the future.

Speaking from Laval University in Quebec City where he is now based, Dave Auty said, “I am thrilled to receive this award from The Scottish Forestry Trust and Scottish Woodlands in recognition of my PhD thesis, and I am extremely grateful to the SFT, Forest Research and the University of Aberdeen for the opportunity to undertake the work and to make a positive contribution to wood quality research in the UK”.

Guy Watt, the Chairman of The Scottish Forestry Trust's Projects and Research Committee said “The thesis produced by Dave Auty was an extremely impressive piece of work highlighting some key lessons for silvicultural management of an important tree species in UK forestry. Committee members were impressed by the quality of the final thesis and by the practical relevance of the findings”.

Presenting the award to Dave Auty, Colin Mann, Managing Director of Scottish Woodlands Ltd and a Trustee of The Scottish Forestry Trust, said “I am delighted to present Dave with this inaugural award and wish him every success with his future work here at Laval. Not only is it important to recognise achievement through excellence but it is as important to support graduates as they start off on their career path in the forestry sector. I wish Dave every success in the future”

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 16/08/2011

Branch Manager - North East Scotland

An exciting vacancy has arisen in our company for an experienced multi-disciplinary Manager based in North East Scotland.

Based in the stunning countryside of the Speyside/Deeside catchment, this post would appeal to an enthusiastic professional who is capable of maintaining excellent working relationships with our established client base and is able to progress existing work programmes and develop new opportunities. The post will also provide the challenge of the day-to-day management of a buoyant branch office.

The candidate should have a proven track record in either forestry or land management. In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience within a substantially employee-owned company.

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact David Robertson, T: 01997 420040 or by email.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Wednesday 21 September 2011.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 16/08/2011

Harvesting Manager - North East Scotland

We require an enthusiastic individual with timber harvesting experience to join our expanding team in North East Scotland.

Based in the Speyside/Deeside catchment the successful applicant, who would be responsible for the company’s growing harvesting activity in this area, should have both operational experience and a good working knowledge of harvesting processes. An in-depth understanding of timber marketing, site planning, harvesting systems and working with contractors is essential. The candidate should also be capable of working along with Forestry Management colleagues on existing client properties and possess good communication skills and organisational ability.

In return, we offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience within a substantially employee-owned company.

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact David Robertson, T: 01997 420040 or by email.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date: Wednesday 21 September 2011.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 18/08/2011

Flintshire Woodlands is the trading division of Scottish Woodlands which operates in Wales and the Border Counties. We provide a comprehensive range of both traditional and evolving forest and land related services, underpinned by our unique staff ownership structure, in-depth market experience, knowledge base and commitment to quality.

We are currently seeking candidates for the following position:

Assistant Forest Manager - Mid-Wales and The Marches

We are looking for an Assistant Manager to join our team at our Ludlow office. Applicants must be self motivated with good communication skills to work effectively within the current management team and with our clients and contractors. The post offers the opportunity to develop your forest management skills, working with a variety of woodlands types and ownerships. You will undertake a mixed role of timber harvesting, woodland management and woodland creation. The successful applicant is likely to have some operational experience but applications from recently qualified candidates will also be considered.

We offer a competitive salary, health care and pension arrangements appropriate to experience.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date for submission of written applications is Wednesday 31 August 2011.

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2011 - Glenferness Estate wins Hunter Blair Trophy

Posted on: 01/07/2011

Glenferness Estate wins Hunter Blair Trophy

A highland estate has been recognised for the quality of its woodland management at the prize giving for a national competition at this year’s Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

Glenferness Estate in Nairnshire, owned by Lady Balgonie and family, was awarded the Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence at the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards on Friday. This award was made in connection with the management of a single stand of timber at Dalnahaiglish which had demonstrated the production of high quality commercial timber.

Present at Ingliston to collect the prize David Robertson, Regional Manager with Scottish Woodlands Ltd, and forestry manager at Glenferness commented, "it is excellent for Glenferness to have received this prize as it is deserved recognition for the family’s long-term dedication to the management of woodlands and pursuit of excellence on the estate."

The Scotland’s Finest Woodlands Awards are run annually and seek to highlight the variety and quality of forestry management throughout Scotland. This year’s prizes, as part of Scotland’s programme under the UN International Year of Forests 2011, recognised work in aspects of Schools, Commercial, Native and Community Woodlands and prizes were presented by Stewart Stevenson MSP, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Client Newsletter Spring 2011

Posted on: 17/03/2011

Scottish Woodlands Spring 2011 Newsletter

Our newsletter has undergone a slight transformation and is now entitled, “Woodlands’ View”.

In this issue we have business updates on investment and timber, legislation relating to property letting, update on plant health, UN Year of Forests 2011 as well as news from our offices in Strathpeffer and Flintshire Woodlands (Chester and Ludlow). 

The newsletter is also available for download from here (824kb) and we hope clients and customers find the new look pleasing.

Job Vacancies

Posted on: 20/01/2011

We are currently seeking to recruit candidates for the following positions:

 

Harvesting Manager, West Scotland (Cowal, Kintyre and Argyll)

We require a manager with timber harvesting experience to join our team and lead our Harvesting Operations in West Scotland. Applicants must be self motivated and be capable of working on their own and as part of a team.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to work in one of the major commercial timber producing areas in the UK.

The successful applicant should have both operational experience, and a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, harvesting systems, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability.

Key aspects of this interesting and varied post will include working closely with Forest Management colleagues on existing client properties, undertaking standing sale projects and a focus on the development of new business opportunities.

 

Forest Operations Supervisors, Scottish Borders/Northumberland

To service our expanding business, we are looking for a manager to join our progressive team based in our South East Region. Applicants must be self motivated and be capable of working on their own and as part of a team.

This post offers an opportunity to work in a region of the UK where both commercial forest and native woodland expansion is taking place, as well as a variety of woodland management responsibilities on mixed estates and larger forest properties.

The successful applicant should have both operational experience, and a good working knowledge and understanding of site planning, working with contractors and site management, along with good communication skills and organisational ability.

In addition to working on existing client estates, the successful candidate will work as part of a team planning and implementing several woodland creation projects in the Scottish Borders.

 

In addition to competitive salary, health care and pension arrangements, our remuneration package includes the opportunity for equity participation. The company has a unique structure and is 90% owned by staff.

Applications to be made in writing, along with a copy of current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Closing date for submission of written applications is Friday 25 February 2011.

Job Vacancy

Posted on: 01/10/2010

Are you an ambitious harvesting professional?

A career development opportunity has arisen in the north of Scotland. If you have the drive and ambition as well as the relevant skills to be Regional Harvesting and Marketing Manager, please click here for further details.

Closing date for submission of written applications is Friday 29 October 2010.

Our Dingwall office has moved

Posted on: 28/09/2010

Our office in Dingwall has recently moved to new premises in Strathpeffer.

The new contact details are:

Peffery House, Strathpeffer IV14 9HA

Tel: 01997 420040 / Fax: 01997 420060

If you are trying to contact the office by phone, we apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused - a divert from the previous Dingwall number is not working. Please call 01997 420040 and we will be happy to deal with your enquiry.

Client Newsletter Summer 2010

Posted on: 06/09/2010

Our latest client newsletter has just been published, and is now also available for download from here (1.68MB).

Become Part of Our Team

Closing Date: 30/06/2010

To service our expanding rural business and the renewable energy sector, we are looking for like-minded individuals to join our progressive business management team. We currently seek candidates for the following positions:

Experienced Forest/Rural Resource Managers

Forest Operations Supervisors

Experienced Harvesting Managers

Trainee Harvesting Managers/Supervisors

Working to our ISO 9000 and 14000 accreditation standards, with good communication skills, the ideal candidates should be results focused, innovative and commercially aware.

Our remuneration package includes the opportunity for equity participation in addition to a competitive salary, healthcare and pension arrangements.

The posts are located throughout Scotland and North England.

Applications in writing along with a copy of your current CV to:

Mhairi Calder, HR Co-ordinator, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP

or by email.

Client Newsletter Autumn 2009

Posted on: 25/11/2009

Our latest client newsletter has just been published, and is now also available for download from here (1.4MB).

The Wildlife & Natural Environment Bill

Posted on: 25/11/2009

Wild Deer Management in Scotland

The way wild deer are managed in Scotland has come under the Holyrood spotlight as part of a wider review of wildlife legislation. Current deer legislation in Scotland is effectively derived from two Acts, the Deer (Scotland) Act 1959 and the more recent Deer (Scotland) Act 1996, with the latter essentially only updating legislation, making the legal framework 50 years old. After an initial consultation during 2008, Deer Commission for Scotland (DCS) submitted advice to Ministers that current legislation was not 'fit for purpose' and the result is that deer law has been included in the wider review of wildlife law under the current draft Wildlife & Natural Environment Bill.

(Excerpt from an article by Jamie Adamson - Investment & Business Development Manager, Scottish Woodlands)

Complete version available here (PDF download - 50kb).

Floating Pier dramatically reduces highland logging truck journeys

Posted on: 28/08/2009

A new floating pier being used in the North West Highlands will help divert the hauling of around 60,000 tonnes of timber off the Ratagan Pass, a single track road, and away from the small west highland village of Glenelg.

Last week saw the culmination of 4 years development work by Scottish Woodlands Ltd, JST Services and the timber industry in the North West Highlands, when an initial 56 truck loads of round timber were diverted off a single track road and onto the sea in a single working shift. In the first of many shipments from the area, the 1400t ship 'MV Red Duchess' was loaded with logs from the edge of the forest over an integrated floating pier system.

To read more of this news item download the Floating Pier August 2009 Press Release (104KB).

Scottish Woodlands Celebrates 10 years of FSC Certification

Posted on: 22/07/2009

Scottish Woodlands Ltd, the country's leading forest management and contracting business, is celebrating a decade of offering FSC certification through its Resource Manager and Group Scheme arrangements.

Scottish Woodlands Ltd was the first major national player to achieve FSC status in 1999, and helped Grange Fencing to deliver the first UK-sourced FSC certified fencing panel to the launch of United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) which took place in Central London in May of that year.

To read more of this news item download the FSC July 2009 Press Release (220KB).

Investment Returns from Forestry

Posted on: 23/06/2009

Launched today, the IPD UK Forestry Index shows a return from UK forestry for the year to 31st December 2008 of 7.0%. The index samples returns from commercial forestry subjects in the main timber producing regions of the UK and is contributed to and supported by the majority of the major forest management companies as well as the Forestry Commission. It has been running since 1992 and the index shows the longer term returns of 5.2% from forestry over that 17 year period.

The index presents independent like for like analysis to compare forestry to other asset classes such as commercial property and equities and the 2008 figures shows forestry out-performing both of these sectors.

Forestry continues to find favour with investors seeking to avoid the volatility of other markets and who appreciate the tangible nature of such a land based which should act as a hedge against the possibility of rising inflation in coming years.

Anyone seeking advice on acquiring forestry subjects should speak to any member of the Investment Department. Contact details are listed on the Investment pages.

New Website Launched

Posted on: 09/10/2008

The new company website has been launched following a redesign and redevelopment by Stirling based design agency Baseline. Baseline had been engaged earlier in the year to create a new corporate profile for the Company and the new website borrows from the profile to continue a uniform brand.

The new website uses a clean, crisp background and pastel and natural colours to reflect the Company's connection with things natural and outdoors. The navigation is much improved and there is an interactive section for the Investment department, where potential investors can download brochures of properties for sale. On the landscape maintenance front there is a contact page so customers can send messages and requests and arrange a return call or visit relevant to them.

Baseline can be contacted on +44 (0)1786 430378 or visit the Baseline website.

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