The Senior Auditor, Forestry performs third-party audits per SGS Certification procedures and the requirements of the applicable standards and ISO17021. They are responsible to make relevant decisions regarding the audit process and informs SGS SSC as required to resolve issues outside the audit process. The Senior Auditor, Forestry collects and analyzes sufficient information to provide a recommendation for certification and has the authority for the control and performance of auditing activities, including planning and control of other members of audit teams.

  • Perform certification audits in any capacity in conformance with the SGS Global/Local procedures, sector specific schemes/standards and ISO17021.
  • Ensures that duties are performed in an efficient and commercially expedient way.
  • Controls, as necessary, teams of auditors during the activities covered.
  • Upon evidence gained during audits, provides with determination whether or not registration should be recommended or allowed to continue.
  • Assimilates, understands and operates the SGS Certification System in all auditing activities. Liaises with the Product Managers, Technical Accreditation CBE and Manager, Technical Accreditation CBE regarding changes to its design and implementation.
  • Collaborates with teams of Auditors during the auditing activities.
  • Strives to provide customers with sufficient audit experience to cover the whole of SGS’s Certification’s accredited activities.
  • Assists in the training of other Auditors and Senior Auditors during planned audits or during other training functions.
  • Actively participates in witness audits by SGS or accreditation bodies.
  • Maintains all audit-related credentials.
  • Undertake any other activities as directed by the Manager, Certification Audit CBE or Manager, Technical Accreditation CBE.
  • Adheres to internal standards, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supervises others: Yes, indirectly only – Leads Auditors at the times of audits.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree AND
  • At least 5 years’ work experience in third party certification as a Lead Auditor
  • Expert knowledge of forest product chain of custody
  • Ability to interpret the standard FSC-STD-40-004
  • Successful completion (certificate) of an IRCA registered “ISO management standard auditor course” or an ISO 19011 course on auditing techniques.
  • Ability to travel, including a valid passport and drivers license.
  • Experience in delivering training is preferable.

Key Performance Objectives

  • Knowledge of forest product chain of custody
  • Bility to interpret the standards from FSC, SFI and PEFC
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to co-ordinate and control the assessment.
  • Ability to communicate with clients, staff and auditors.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Computer literacy

Additional Information

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

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