SFPA, SEC Seeks European-based Consultant for 3 Markets

International Consultant

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and Softwood Export Council (SEC) are seeking proposals for a European-based independent contractor to provide marketing and promotional services on behalf of SFPA and SEC. The contractor will represent US softwood lumber in throughout the European continent, including Great Britain; the Middle East and Northern African region; and India.

Desired Qualifications

  •  A knowledge of softwood lumber, and/or international trade is preferred.
  • Self-starter, motivated and confident in ability to perform duties with minimal direction using his/her initiative.
  •  Keen observation skills, with an eye for detail in writing and reviewing trade show and vendor contracts.
  •  Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects/event management at the same time.
  •  Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  •  A fact-based mindset to proactively seek, calmly plan, and problem solve ? finding quick and effective solutions to unexpected challenges.
  •  A good command of the English language and grammar.
  •  A lively writing style.
  •  Working knowledge of marketing techniques. Previous experience of managing or working with PR agencies is desired.
  •  Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and similar software.
  •  Knowledge of French/Spanish or other languages is desired, but not essential.


  • Liaison with European importers and potential importers. Networking with a diverse range of members, representatives, U.S. ATO and Embassy officials in each region.
  •  Liaison with the Timber Trade Federation, the Timber Decking and Cladding Association ,and the Forestry Commission.
  •  Reporting market information and intelligence as required.
  •  Develop succinctly written and/or analytical reports.
  •  Provide insight on trade policy/market access issues.
  •  Maintain an updated list of lumber importers for each region.
  •  Develop marketing plans and strategy for new regions/territories.
  •  Undertaking tasks as requested by SFPA/SEC.
  •  International travel, as required, for the performance of the above; often on weekends and/or outside usual business hours.
  •  Trade show activity such as preparation, liaison, set-up and break down.
  •  Develop and lead presentations and seminars.
  •  Manage collateral marketing (publications, websites, etc.).
  •  Attend SFPA/SEC meetings and member events.

Consultancy Retainer

The consultant is retained to provide the retainer services to SFPA/SEC on a non-exclusive basis a minimum of five (5) days per month or forty (40) hours at USD $2,800; and any additional time as SFPA/SEC may determine is reasonably necessary to perform the services to the standards required. All authorized travel expenses shall be reimbursed by SFPA/SEC.

Application Process

Send a cover letter and CV to mail@sfpa.org. Application deadline is May 8, 2023.