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Log / Timber Buyer

Manthei Veneer – Petoskey, Michigan
Department Manthei Veneer
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

The Opportunity

Are you looking to make a difference in a small-to-medium sized family-owned company? Do you have a love for the outdoors and a background in forestry? If you enjoy working in the field and putting together deals, we want to hear from you.

Welcome to Manthei Veneer. We are an energetic, results-oriented, fun-loving, collaborative, humble, and passionate group of people that enjoy making a difference within the hardwood veneer and plywood industries. We have been responsibly and sustainably manufacturing hardwood face veneers for over 75 years, and recently we have expanded into specialty plywood at our Petoskey, MI and Oconto Falls, WI facilities.

We are currently searching for a Log / Timber Buyer that can fulfill the duties listed below. While we will review all applications that come in, this position requires an extensive knowledge of the forestry industry, including a detailed understanding of the characteristics of multiple log species, markets for different grades and types of logs, and a strong ability to communicate and negotiate. A well-established network within the industry is also preferred.

Our benefits package includes excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan with employer match, paid time off, paid holidays, and much more.


  • Traverse wooded areas or log yards on foot to inspect standing timber and/or cut logs
  • Measure, scale, and price logs based upon company's needs and ability to profitably utilize what is being purchased
  • Hold log sales for any logs that company cannot use internally
  • Negotiate pricing and terms on all purchased material and sales to other vendors/customers
  • Ensure maximum return on raw materials, including, when applicable, waste products such as chips, bark, cutoffs, cores, etc.
  • Verify log quality and value is in-line with company objectives
  • Work with Procurement Director to manage objectives and day to day activities


  • 3-5+ years experience within the logging industry
  • A basic understanding of computer skills
  • Exceptional negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills
  • Exceptional documentation and logistical skills
  • Unrivaled attention to detail

To learn more about the company and the products we make, please visit

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to talking with you!

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