Oke USA Fruit Company

Fair Trade Supply Chain Coordinator

Job Description 
  • Type: 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 USA
  • 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 US 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 our small and dynamic team to grow Oke’s impact and mission. Together we can create a more just food system and a healthier planet. More Information: http://beyondthepeel.com/  &  http://equalexchange.coop/ 

Responsibilities

Logistics (70%): 

  • Manage complex weekly international and domestic logistics of fresh produce from Latin America to US ripeners and distributors
  • Coordinate fruit procurement, sourcing, ocean transportation, quality control, customs, U.S. transport, and domestic logistics 
  • Co-manage projections, procurement, and inventory management
  • Co-manage customer relations and distribution
  • Perform pricing and financial analysis

Sales, Marketing and Education (20%):

  • Build and maintain relationships with existing accounts; implement grassroots marketing efforts to build store and consumer awareness of brand mission through demos, store visits, social media, print, store staff trainings, educational lectures

Team (10%):

  • Work with the Oke USA team to manage new sales, supply chain development and creative thinking around building alternative Fair Trade supply chains 
Qualifications

Required:     

  • Ability to manage complex logistics
  • Resiliency
  • Problem solver
  • Good communication skills
  • Team player 
  • Ability to work independently
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to relocate to Boston / Providence area
  • Willingness to travel 
  • 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!
  • Flexibility and willingness to continuously learn by experience. This job may evolve as Oke USA grows and evolves

Preferred:  

  • Spanish language skills 
  • 2 or more years in produce
  • Experience with perishable produce logistics
  • Experience with Latin American farmer cooperatives
  • Experience working in social-justice, food systems and/or other mission based work
To Apply

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

Questions:
1. If you were a small scale banana farmer, what would you want out of a relationship with Oke USA?

2. 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?

3. 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?