General Manager – JDT, Botany Bay

July 9, 2024

Join Our Team as a General Manager at our brand new site in Botany Bay!

About Us:

James Donaldson Timber, a division of Donaldson Group, are one of the UK’s largest timber importers and distributors, we handle approximately 200,000m3 of timber per annum and focus primarily on the sawmilling, processing, and distribution of timber. Donaldson Group is a leading, family-owned timber industry company with a rich heritage spanning over 160 years with a range of 17 businesses and brands. We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and environmental responsibility.

Diversity and Inclusion: We’re on a mission to champion diversity and inclusion within our organisation. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to join us in shaping the future of manufacturing and construction. Female candidates and those from underrepresented ethnic groups are particularly encouraged to apply, as we strive for greater inclusivity in our workforce.

Position Overview:

James Donaldson Timber is seeking a dynamic and experienced General Manager with a strong focus on sales and commercial operations to lead our new site at Botany Bay. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving sales growth, developing strategic commercial initiatives, and ensuring the profitability and efficiency of the site. This role requires a proactive leader with excellent business acumen and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

 Sales Leadership:

  • Develop and implement sales strategies to achieve revenue targets.
  • Working in conjunction with the Commercial Director to help lead and motivate the sales team to meet and exceed performance goals.
  • Identify new business opportunities and expand the customer base.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key clients and stakeholders.

Commercial Management:

  • Develop and execute commercial strategies to enhance profitability.
  • Oversee pricing strategies and contract negotiations.
  • Monitor market trends and competitor activities to identify opportunities and threats.
  • Ensure effective cost management and operational efficiency.

 Site Management:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Botany Bay site.
  • Ensure compliance with health, safety, and environmental regulations.
  • Implement and maintain quality control procedures.
  • Manage site budgets and financial performance.

Profit and Loss Accountability:

  • Ensure profit and loss targets are met.
  • Help prepare and manage budgets, forecasts, and financial reports.
  • Analyse financial performance and implement corrective actions when necessary.

 Strategic Planning:

  • Contribute to the development of the company’s overall strategic plan.
  • Implement site-specific strategies aligned with company objectives.
  • Conduct regular performance reviews and provide strategic recommendations to senior management.

Team Development:

  • Recruit, train, and develop a high-performing team.
  • Foster a positive and collaborative working environment.
  • Implement performance management processes to ensure team accountability.

Health & Safety, Quality, and Environmental Standards:

  • Ensure compliance with health & safety regulations and Company policies.
  • Maintain high standards of quality and continuous improvement.
  • Promote environmental sustainability initiatives within the site.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Identify areas for operational improvement and implement best practices.
  • Encourage a culture of continuous improvement among staff.


Skills and experience:

  • Experience: Previous experience in a general manager or commercial management role, preferably within the timber or construction industry.
  • Leadership: Proven track record of leadership and team management.
  • Sales Skills: Strong sales acumen with a history of achieving and exceeding targets.
  • Commercial Awareness: Excellent understanding of commercial operations and financial management.
  • Communication: Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to think strategically and develop long-term plans.
  • Problem-Solving: Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Discretionary bonus scheme.
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment.
  • A catalogue of additional benefits available to purchase such as critical illness cover, cycle to work scheme and additional holidays.