Fair Trade Produce Buyer, OKE USA Fruit Company

Job Description:

Job Status: Full time regular position (~45 hours/week)
Salary: Dependent on experience 
Benefits: 100% individual health insurance premium coverage, vacation, holidays and sick days, simple IRA plan with 2% of salary matched by Oke 
Location: Equal Exchange Headquarters, West Bridgewater, MA

In 2006, three entrepreneurial organizations came together to create Oke USA. Their goal was to introduce small farmer, Fair Trade bananas to the U.S. market. Today, Oke USA operates as the produce importing arm of Equal Exchange, importing fresh bananas, banana puree, and avocados. We invite you to join us. Together we can create a more just food system and a healthier planet. More Information: http://beyondthepeel.com/  &  http://equalexchange.coop/products/bananas 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Produce Buying and Logistics (70%):
    • Place weekly orders, send payments, manage ocean transport, and customs
    • Co-manage projections, procurement, and inventory management
    • Oversee contract negotiations; ensure and improve contract compliance; maintain organic and Fairtrade documentation for supply chain audits; report sales and purchases to Fairtrade standards body
    • Manage quality control and claim process
    • Co-facilitate effective and fair business relationships with farmer coops through 1-2 annual visits and regular skype, phone and email communication
    • Engage with global Fairtrade and banana organizations
    • Support other tasks associated with import of banana, banana puree and avocados
  • Marketing and Education (20%): Develop content about producer partners for sales and marketing; implement grassroots marketing efforts to build store and consumer awareness of brand mission through demos, social media, print, store staff trainings, educational lectures
  • Team (10%): Work with the Oke team to manage new sales, supply chain development and creative thinking around building alternative fair trade supply chains 

Qualifications:

Required: 

  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English. High level or fluency required
  • Strong communicator; written and oral
  • International experience
  • Ability to manage complex logistics
  • Resiliency
  • Problem solver
  • Team player & able to work independently
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to relocate to Boston area
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally
  • Ability to work under high stress in a fast paced environment
  • Attention to detail alongside the ability to think big picture
  • Commitment to making a difference and passion for issues related to sustainable agriculture and alternative food systems!

Preferred: 

  • 2 or more years in produce
  • Experience with Latin American producer groups 
  • Experience with perishable commodity logistics

Email a cover letter, resume and brief answers to the three application questions below to: info@okeusa.com  

Questions:

  • If you were a small-scale banana farmer, what would you want out of a relationship with Oke USA?
  • The top five banana companies (Dole, Chiquita, Noboa, Fyffes, Fresh Del Monte) account for more than 80% of world banana market.  Oke USA operates at a minute scale in comparison.  What are the some of the challenges associated with this difference in scale and how would you approach those challenges?
  • Oke USA must compete with other produce companies on the most conventional terms while also carrying out our Fair Trade mission. What do you bring to a company with this challenge?