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Supply Chain Manager -COFFEE

Location: Oakland/SF Bay HQ
Job Term: Regular
Duration: Full-time

Description
As a member of the Coffee Producer Services Supply Chain team at Fair Trade USA, you will have one of the most meaningful, rewarding, and impactful jobs in the world of social enterprise!
We’re looking to expand our team to include someone who:
  • Believes deeply that our current approach to the planet and its people doesn’t work, and wants to make things better
  • Enjoys operating in an innovative, fast-paced and rapidly-changing environment
  • Understands how business works and how business decisions are made, so we can figure out the best way to bring Fair Trade to scale to benefit more farmers and farm workers
  • Is quick-on-their-feet in developing mutually beneficial solutions
  • Communicates as effectively with farm workers as they do with business executives
If that describes you, we’d love to meet!
Overview: 
The Producer Services department for Coffee at Fair Trade USA works to strengthen farmer organizations so they are better positioned to maximize the advantages of Fair Trade Certification.  The Producer Services department manages a portfolio of grant funded projects focused on product quality improvement, business and cooperative management training, price risk management initiatives and market linkage opportunities.  This position will be responsible for overseeing Fair Trade USA’s portfolio of Coffee projects in multiple countries.  This position will also be responsible for collaborating closely with Fair Trade USA’s Resource Development department to create additional proposals and project design for new projects.  Additionally, the Producer Services department provides pertinent market information, support for attending trade shows and other services to all Fair Trade Certified coffee producer organizations.  The Manager will complete much of their work from our main offices in Oakland, California, but significant travel, both domestic and international is required.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
  1. Project Management & Project Design
  • Conduct country/cooperative assessments and other research as necessary;
  • Plan and execute a portfolio of targeted development interventions in line with Fair Trade USA standards, including current projects in Uganda, Indonesia & Guatemala.
  • Work closely with the Resource Development department to ensure consistent communication with donors on grant management, compliance, project implementation and reporting;
  • Develop, maintain and supervise implementing partner relationships to ensure partner performance & contractual compliance
  • Ensure the proper implementation of standardized M&E systems and tools leading to effective data collection and management
  • Complete all project related reporting in line with donor and Fair Trade USA requirements
  • Provide data and content for other reports as necessary
  • Work closely with the Resource Development department, Business Development and Supply Chain departments to develop new projects that address supply chain constraints and increase the flow of Fair Trade coffee sales/purchases

  1. Operations, Administration and Financial Management
  • Utilize standardized project management tools to ensure implementation is in line with grant requirements;
  • Create and maintain project budgets and contribute to departmental budgeting
  • Ensure proper use of project funds and correct implementation of FTUSA finance policies and procedures.
  • Participate in departmental planning and evaluation activities
  • Ensure timely and effective communications among partners on all activities
  • Supervise staff, consultants and interns as needed
  • Participate in interdepartmental teams and coordinating activities

  1. Manage relationships with partners, clients and others
  • Serve as a primary contact for coffee producers – fluency in  languages from countries where coffee is produced is a plus!
  • Ensure effective communication with industry and commodity groups
  • Attend industry, trade, producer and NGO network events
Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in agriculture, business, economics or international development
  • Master's Degree in International Development preferred
  • Previous experience designing, managing and monitoring multiyear grant funded projects focused on Ag Value chains
  • Deep understanding of Coffee Value Chains
  • Clear communication. Must be able to incorporate ideas from Producer Organizations, importers and roasters to develop impactful proposals.
  • Previous experience working in coffee producing countries
  • Significant domestic and international travel (~30-40%) required
To Apply:
Please submit a resume and a cover letter highlighting one or two international development projects you have managed to date to the attention of Ben Corey-Moran. 
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