Supply Chain Data and Operations Associate

Enhance systems & implement data-integration tools that will drive efficient scale-up of the supply chain. Deliver results on high impact projects designed to drive performance, eliminate waste & achieve cost-effectiveness.

Job overview

Career Level


Kenya was our founding country of operation, and it remains our largest in terms of both numbers of clients and staff.

About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.

We are growing quickly. We serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.

Job Description

One Acre Fund is growing quickly - we plan to more than triple our purchasing portfolio in the next 5 years and are spending over $70M on agricultural inputs and life improving goods in 2019 alone. To support this growth, we need to develop a flexible sourcing strategy, set clear and measurable targets, hold the full supply chain team accountable to these bold targets using data, and implement tight controls to guarantee inputs make it to our clients on time and at the best possible price.

We are looking for a Data and Operations Associate to improve our team's data quality, build more efficient and transparent processes, and lead major cost-saving projects. In this role, you will implement major cost-saving and efficiency improving projects with a heavy focus on process automation, reducing redundancies, and better use of data. You will refine and simplify processes, use data to align our systems across the supply chain team, improve our controls environment to prevent over-spend, improve order accuracy to dramatically reduce excess inventory, and justify investments in supply chain operations with visible performance goals. Specific responsibilities include:

Manage Sourcing Data: Work with the sourcing data team to automate data processes and reports for better visibility into supply chain data across the organization. More specifically: 

  • Guide the data entry team to enter 100% of data on time - this will require holding the team accountable to ambitious expectations while simplifying and automating data entry processes to reduce the risk of errors;
  • Manage day-to-day issue resolution and ticket generation for SAP request portal;
  • Align with cross-department team members to alleviate friction caused by messy data, solve problems and resolve conflict quickly.

Inspire creativity in sourcing operations to eliminate waste: Work with Supply Chain Operations Manager to move creative, data-focused initiatives forward that improve efficiency. Example projects include:

  • Automate processes to reduce procurement lead times and improve process visibility;
  • Reduce approval touch points in SAP and the portal;
  • Build bridges with the payments / finance team to ensure payments go out consistently on time;
  • Work with the purchasing teams to ensure they share documentation with enough time to guarantee on time payments;
  • Own controls oversight through data sampling and reporting;
  • Collaborate with internal partners to reduce repetition from sourcing processes.

Supplier relationship management: 

  • Manage new vendor onboarding process; 
  • Oversee supplier relationship management toolkit to make sure vendor profiles are up to date, vendors are being scored after every order, and low performing vendors are being phased out;
  • Develop and execute supplier scorecard system.

Capacity building / Build Team Culture: 

  • Create an empowering environment for staff reporting to you to learn under your leadership and support with recruitment at all job grades;
  • Create an enabling environment for purchasers to improve their sourcing skills by developing trainings and being a mentor to others;
  • Support heavily on recruitment by tapping into talent pools to hire top talent for open roles on the team.

Career growth

We have a culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.


You have 4+ years or work experience in an operations or strategic problem-solving role, with exposure to complex project management, process automation, and forecasting. You have an excellent academic background, love data, and are passionate about reducing waste across supply chain operations. Having prior operations or consulting experience is preferred but we're most interested in whether you have experience solving complex operational problems in a fast-growing organization. You have the following experience:

  • You have experience in a demanding, multicultural professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent cross-department collaboration was required.
  • You have experience in operations, consulting, manufacturing, or supply chain.
  • You have leadership experience at work or outside of work.
  • You love working with data and have data analytics and quantitative reasoning skills; Advanced Excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets) required and experience working in SAP is preferred.
  • When confronted with challenges, you think creatively and always look for win-win solutions.
  • You enjoy coordinating with diverse teams - you advocate for your ideas while also being humble and open to other perspectives.
  • You're comfortable quality checking documentation without support.
  • You are passionate about delivering outstanding customer service – you put customers first in all that you do and understand the importance of building agile processes that will best serve your clients.
  • You are fluent in English (French and Swahili a plus).

Preferred Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Location

Nairobi, Kenya 


In line with experience


Full-time job


Health insurance, paid time off

Sponsor International Candidates

No; Must have existing rights to work in Kenya.

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We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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