Our client supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty.
Instead of giving handouts, we invest in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We supply a complete service bundle of seeds and fertilizer, financing, training, and market facilitation and we deliver these services within walking distance of the 800 000+ rural farmers we serve globally.
Our client successfully launched a pilot program in January 2018 in and around Minna, Niger state. We’re looking for a Systems Associate to join our small team on the ground to help deliberately scale up the program to serve thousands of farmers in the coming few years, and millions over the next decade.
They currently have an opening for a Operations and Logistics Associate in Minna, Niger State.
The ideal candidate is to to serve in a position that combines innovation and operational analysis, process design and implementation, team management and staff development in rural Nigeria.
The day-to-day responsibilities includes :
Procurement : You would be responsible for all purchases that keep our client's program running for thousands of Nigerian farmers.
You would implement standardized processes, execute sustained quality improvements, build a database of strong long-term suppliers, negotiate fair pricing terms and maintain procurement process transparency.
Logistics : The primary responsibility here is to ensure that we deliver life-changing inputs and materials to farmers on time and at high quality.
You would lead the process of storing, then delivering hundreds of tons of seed and fertilizer to thousands of farmers. This would require planning, troubleshooting, warehouse management, procurement of trucks, route mapping etc.
Business Operations : This encompasses managing mission-critical systems such as client data management, field audits, and investigations.
This would likely include processing payments from thousands of clients, ensuring high client satisfaction and customer service, as well as building systems for scale.
Pilot Finance : This includes keeping track of pilot expenditures, monthly forecasting, fraud control and managing payroll.
The goal here would be to build tools, systems and a team that can manage this with minimal supervision over time.
Team building and management : Hiring staff using our client’s unique experiential hiring system, mentoring key deputies, and steadily handing off responsibilities to your team as you build it.
Communicate and work with global stakeholders : In all the above, there are dedicated global support teams with systems and processes that need to be adhered to.
You will work with them to ensure that the Nigeria pilot is compliant with these and to mobilize their assets as and when required.
Work experience in a demanding professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent cross-department communication was required.
Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a big conference, or starting a business.
At least 2 years of people or project management experience at work or outside of work.
Creativity and strong problem solving skills a must. You don’t take no for an answer and constantly look for alternative solutions to problems.
Able to independently structure analyses related to procurement, logistics and finance.
A passion for world class customer service, strong communication skills with suppliers, reports, peers and management.
Ability to work and make decisions independently, demonstrated experience in managing an execution-focused team is a plus.
Some experience in procurement / supply chains / finance preferred.
Strong computer skills in at least Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, experience using SAP preferred.
We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with patience and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
Willingness to live outside of a capital city, close to our customers for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role.
Language : English is required, proficiency in any additional regional languages from Nigeria a plus.