1. Job Description:
The position is focused around frequent international travel to work with producer partners around several nodes of interest to the green coffee team at Equal Exchange; physical acquisition of coffee, improvements in our shared value chains and relationship building. Extensive travel is required. The buyer will work closely with the quality control and purchasing teams.
- Employment Status: Full-time, regular exempt position on worker-owner track
- Hours: 40-45 hrs per week
- Starting Salary: TBD
- Benefits: Health/dental/vision insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, sick days, eligibility for worker ownership
- Department: Purchasing
- Reports to: Director of Purchasing
- Responsible for: Purchasing
- Based in: West Bridgewater, MA
- An interest in the mission of Equal Exchange
- Bi-Lingual Spanish/English. High level of fluency required
- Cupping/sample roasting experience preferred
- Strong communicator; written and oral
- Ability to work in teams and alone
- Understanding of Global Trading Institutions, commodity markets and certifications systems
- International experience required
- Physically able to withstand difficult travel conditions, including high altitudes
- Negotiate and process contracts with coffee suppliers
- Work with marketing teams to develop content about producer partners
- Maintain documentation for supply chain audits (financial, social and organic)
- Perform supply chain audits
- Visit Producer groups, International Travel 50%-75%
- Maintain responsible relationships with suppliers
- Negotiate and process financing agreements
- Process sample approval and shipping logistics
- Ensure and improve contract compliance
- Other tasks associated with Import of green coffee
- Support quality improvement initiatives with partners
- Support development activities of EE and producer partners
- Social media outreach to our producer partners
- Other tasks and projects as needed.
Personnel & Worker Ownership/Fair Trade Development
- Participate in staff, team, department, and educational (Exchange Time) meetings.
- Understand our producer partners, trading policies, and the Fair Trade movement.
- Understand and participate effectively in our worker cooperative model.
- Please send your cover letter, resume and answers to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 29, 2018.
- Describe a trying or difficult situation you experienced while in a foreign country.
- What are the most common challenges in working with small farmer supply chains in a purchasing relationship?
- Imagine that there is a cooperative that Equal Exchange has been buying from for several years, however, we have decided to end the relationship due to poor business performance. What do you do and why?