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Global Seed Sourcing Manager

Seeking an outstanding supply chain & people manager with 5+ years of experience to accelerate a more responsive, agile and cost efficient seed supply chain across 7 countries of operations through supplier relationship and proactive risk management.

Job overview

Location
Global Remote
Career Level
Professionals
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Global Remote

Our remote roles typically require a great deal of travel and are best-suited to those with successful entrepreneurial experience.

About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies 1 million smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. Our 8,000+ team is drawn from diverse backgrounds and professions. With operations across six core countries in Africa, we make farmers more prosperous by providing quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. On average, our farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund. 

To learn more about our work, take a look at our Why Work Here blog for more information.

About the Role

The Global Sourcing team brings high-quality, life-changing inputs to our clients as cost efficiently as possible. We source over $70M worth of inputs to One Acre Fund's regional warehouses across 7 countries. As a team, we develop a flexible sourcing strategy, navigate within a complex and evolving regulatory environment and develop tight quality controls to guarantee inputs make it from supplier to OAF warehouse at the best possible price and quality. It is our job to represent the voices of our smallholder farmers at the top of the value chain, bringing them the same purchasing power, state of art quality control mechanisms, and in time deliveries as any large-scale agribusiness.

Responsibilities

As Global Seed Supply Chai Manager you report to the Global Sourcing Director. You'll manage a team of 6 people responsible for purchasing all seed for all of our program countries. You'll achieve this by coaching, empowering, and supporting your team to:

  • Work with country teams to set a high level purchasing strategy including market scanning, supplier selection process, negotiations and contracting.
  • Bring high-quality seed on time and in full to all country clients as efficiently as possible.
  • Mitigate seed supply chain disruptions and fuel year-over-year cost savings through supplier relationship management and seed industry connects.
  • Lead seed partnerships with suppliers ensuring supply chain reliability.
  • Support and integrate input procurement and partnerships for crop commercialization.
  • Oversee our in-house seed lab in Kenya.
  • Guarantee standard controls and SOPs are followed, data are accurate and updated real-time.
  • Set the seed team vision. Drive continuous improvement becoming the most efficient team. Fuel personal growth through tailored coaching unleashing the full potential of your team members.

Career Growth and Development

We have a strong 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 have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.

Qualifications

Across all roles, these are the general qualifications we look for. For this role specifically, you will have:

  • At least 5 years of experience in procurement or supply chain management.
  • Experience developing direct reports
  • Experience in agriculture or the East African seed sector preferred but not strictly required
  • Enjoy collaborating, strong in negotiation and an organized approach to work
  • Fluent English is required
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Start Date

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, start dates can vary significantly by role. We are adapting rapidly to Covid-19 and most of our team is now working remotely. Given the changing environment, we will appreciate your flexibility in confirming a start date.

Job Location

Kigali, Rwanda with up to 25% travel in East Africa

Benefits

Health insurance, housing, and comprehensive benefits

Eligibility

One Acre Fund can support a work permit for this role. However, nationals of (or those with an extensive professional background and work history in) our countries of operation are preferred.

Application Deadline

21 July 2021

One Acre Fund never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. Official One Acre Fund emails will always arrive from an @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here (globalhotline@oneacrefund.org), but do not send applications or application materials to this email address.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism are deeply connected to our organization’s mission and purpose. One Acre Fund aspires to build a culture where all staff feel consistently valued, represented, and connected – so that our team can thrive as professionals, and achieve exceptional impact for the farmers we serve.

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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