Sappi Vacancies Present 8 Manufacturing Career Paths

Looking for a job at Sappi? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

The following list of Sappi vacancies includes a wide range of career options from one of South Africa’s largest pulp and paper firms.

The list shows many career opportunities, including more than five examples.

Also, later on, you can read the information on each of the manufacturing careers and the steps you should take to explore those opportunities.

Let’s get down to it now.

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About Sappi

Sappi Limited, or simply Sappi, is a multinational pulp and paper firm based in South Africa.

It was founded in 1936 as the South African Pulp and Paper Industries Limited.

The company is headquartered in Johannesburg.

Sappi has manufacturing operations in nine countries across four continents, with clients in more than a hundred nations.

For Southern Africa and foreign markets, it produces and sells commodity paper goods, pulp, dissolving pulp, and forest and forestry products.

Sappi Southern Africa has five mills that produce 102,000 m3 of structural timber, 690,000 tons of paper, 633,000 tons of paper pulp, and over a million tons of dissolving pulp every year.

Sappi is a renowned manufacturer of coated fine paper, which is used in a variety of print applications such as books, brochures, magazines, catalogues, and more.

In addition, Sappi manufactures newsprint, uncoated graphic and commercial papers, premium packaging papers, coated speciality papers, and a variety of paper grade pulp.

It is also the world’s largest producer of chemical cellulose, which is used to make viscose fibre, acetate tow, as well as consumer and pharmaceutical items.

Sappi was the largest producer of dissolving pulp in the world in 2013.

Reasons to Work for Sappi

Sappi offers its employees a variety of benefits, on top of the knowledge that they are valued members of its dynamic and forward-thinking team.

Here are the top nine reasons why you should work for Sappi Limited:

  • Competitive base pay
  • Performance-based incentive scheme
  • Employee share scheme
  • A medical aid subsidy
  • Leave benefits
  • Employee well-being benefits
  • Sappy Provident Fund
  • Learning and development programmes
  • Opportunities to travel

Job Opportunities Available on Sappi Vacancies

As a company, Sappi is a progressive, ambitious, and ever-changing organisation.

Hence, it makes sense that it wants dynamic people who are excited by the opportunities the company presents to join the team.

If you’ve got the drive, then you shouldn’t think twice to check out the following Sappi vacancies and apply for the available career options:

1. Commodity Specialist

To source goods and services for capital projects in the most cost-effective manner and meet the needs of the organisation, Sappy is always on the lookout for the best commodity specialist.

As a commodity specialist, you’ll be tasked with drafting and expediting contracts and resolving problems arising from the purchase of services, supplies and equipment.

It’s also the commodity specialist’s core duty to promote and help achieve Sappi’s BBBEE preferential procurement and enterprise development objectives and targets.


  • A bachelor’s degree or National Diploma in the Commercial or Legal field
  • Five years of procurement or related experience in a manufacturing or heavy industrial environment
  • Leadership experience
  • SAP MM experience
  • Computer literacy

2. Technical Buyer

Sappi regularly employs qualified technical buyers to provide sourcing expertise essential to its engineering department.

This job requires the candidates to ensure that quality control procedures are implemented and adhered to by the suppliers.

Also, it’s required that technical buyers are able to monitor deliveries against orders or plans.


  • A bachelor’s degree or diploma in Supply Chain Management or NQF Level 5
  • Three to five years of procurement experience in a manufacturing plant
  • SAP MM experience
  • Two to three years of experience as an artisan

3.  Payroll Administrator

For its Global Business Services department, Sappi requires multiple seasoned payroll administrators to support the existing payroll consultants in executing payroll processes.

Applying for these Sappi vacancies means that you’re prepared to support the running of payroll and subsequent processing activities for Sappi Limited and its subsidiaries that are aimed at achieving the organisational strategic objectives.


  • Grade 12 with a Payroll or Finance Degree or Diploma that is either completed or in progress
  • At least a year of experience in an administrative role with knowledge of Payroll
  • Computer literacy

4. Electrician

As an electrician, your daily tasks usually include providing electrical services with specific responsibility for identifying repair and/or replacement needs, installing, repairing, maintaining and upgrading electrical systems and equipment.

Also, you’ll be required to ensure that tools and materials are available at the job site.

Maintaining a high level of good housekeeping in the workplace at all times will also be part of your key duties.


  • Matric and/or N2 (4 subjects)
  • Electrical Trade Test Certificate
  • Two years of post-apprentice experience
  • Electrical fault-finding experience in an industrial environment

5. Management Forester

There aren’t many South African companies around who hire management foresters on a frequent basis.

However, if you’ve been working as one and you’re looking for the opportunity to work for a bigger company, then you should look forward to Sappi vacancies.

In fact, Sappi is always on the lookout for talented management foresters to plan, execute and achieve operational estate management.


  • National Diploma in Forestry or related qualification
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience
  • A valid driver’s licence

6. Fitter

Sappi needs an experienced mechanical fitter to safely perform maintenance tasks to ensure long-term plant reliability.

Successful candidates will get the chance to contribute to the overall equipment effectiveness.

The main responsibilities of this job include scheduling maintenance for the plant or area of responsibility, performing fault finding on systems during breakdowns, and repairing or correcting equipment to keep downtime to a minimum.


  • Recognised Trade Test Certificate as a mechanical fitter
  • Grade 12 and N2 Engineering
  • Two years of post-apprenticeship experience in a heavy engineering environment
  • A valid driver’s licence

7. Assistant Accountant

Working as Sappi’s assistant accountant means you’ll maintain accurate and timeous recording of mill reporting related to fibre, chemicals, utilities, and packaging materials.

Besides, you’ll also be responsible for providing in-depth reporting on variances.

Another core task of the role will include performing general ledger reconciliations and preparing specific schedules included in various reporting packs.


  • A bachelor’s degree or National Diploma in Accounting or relevant field
  • At least two years of costing or accounting or related experience in a manufacturing or heavy industrial environment
  • Computer literacy

8. Millwright

Through Sappi vacancies, the company announces its mission to employ and retain the best millwrights to provide first-line breakdown maintenance on its facilities.

Aside from maintaining all equipment and tools, millwrights also diagnose and repair all mechanical and electrical breakdowns.

They may have to assist with commissioning mechanical and electrical equipment after shutdowns, breakdowns and new installations.


  • NQF Level 4 Qualification or Grade 12 or N3 Engineering coupled with a Millwright Trade Test
  • 2 years of post-trade test experience as a millwright in a heavy industry environment

How to Apply for Sappi Vacancies

To apply for any of the jobs listed on the above Sappi vacancies, all you have to do is to visit Sappi’s official website at and submit your application online.

Head over to its Careers webpage and click on the ‘Browse our job vacancies’ button.

Sort the available Sappi vacancies by your desired categories, e.g. by the department, business unit, or location where your desired career is offered.

Next, choose a position and click the ‘Apply’ button at the end of the page.

Follow through the given prompt and submit your application.

Final Note

Now, moving on to you.

Which of the Sappi vacancies above attracted you?

Is that a position as a millwright? Or, do you have what it takes to become an assistant accountant?

Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

Either way, if you’re looking for other exciting careers in the manufacturing field beside the Sappi vacancies above, then you probably should check out these high-demand jobs in South Africa.

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