Global Procurement Associate
About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006 , One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive . We provide quality farm supplies on credit , delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes , and agricultural training 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 currently 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

The Global Procurement teams manage over $8M in spending each year across over 12,000 transactions and handle all operational goods and service purchasing on behalf of over 800,000 smallholder farmers .

We are looking for someone to help improve process efficiency , drive 5% of purchasing cost out of the system , implement process/systems improvement projects , and help build team capacity across multiple countries of operation .

You will report to the Global Procurement Manager , directly oversee procurement operations in at least 2 countries of operation and help deliver a world-class purchasing department at the feet of our 800,000+ farmers across East and Southern Africa .

You Will

Manage Tanzania and Zambia Procurement teams. Promote execution excellence through outstanding processes and capacity building .

  • Deliver goods on time , at the right specifications and at prices below market rates
  • Set clear expectations for all staff and hold them accountable
  • Tap into local talent pools to hire top performers with strong potential for growth

Save costs . Your goal is to save over $500K every year across the value chain .

  • Create a culture of cost-saving across the Procurement team and its important partners .
  • Use forecasting to increase timeliness and efficiency , reduce procurement cycle times , and reduce unit costs through better economies of scale .
  • Innovate cost-saving initiatives .

Tighten controls the environment . Improve efficiency by implementing loss prevention tactics and smooth processes .

  • Oversee controls and fraud prevention activities .
  • Strengthen quality assurance and inventory management processes .
  • Maintain accurate data to inform business decisions .

Also Read :

Manage Performance

  • Develop teams of procurement professionals who feel supported .
  • Identify operational challenges and define strategies to reach performance targets .
  • Maintain performance tracking tools
  • Manage key stakeholders across countries and share procurement performance data candidly .

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 .

We are looking for professionals with 5+ years of experience in a demanding professional environment , preferably in positions where frequent cross-department communication was required . Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply :

  • 5+ years’ experience including 2 years of people or project management experience (experience managing remote teams is a plus)
  • At a minimum , a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position
  • Humility . We are looking for passionate professionals who combine leadership with good humor , patience and a humble approach to service .
  • Passion for capacity building and investing in others
  • Experience in procurement , supply chain , engineering , or consulting preferred , but not required

Language : English required