One Acre Fund Global Sourcing Deputy Director Jobs in Kenya

One Acre Fund Kenya is our largest and fastest-growing country of operation. Our vision for 2030 is to transform every farming community in Kenya through sustained food security and pathways to prosperity.

Distribution is fundamental to the core model of One Acre Fund and the Logistics team works specifically to enable this cutting edge, cost-efficient, and professional rural delivery system.

Our Deputy Director, Global Sourcing will be the Global Sourcing Director’s key deputy in leading a 50+ person team to deliver high quality, well-priced inputs to our clients while preparing our systems for scale. S/he will play a critical role in developing world class leaders, maintaining execution excellence, and improving purchasing processes to drive increased efficiency and reduced waste across the sourcing team. Success in this role means driving organization-wide sustainability and scalability by ensuring we can effectively deliver the most important part of our program model at scale.

One Acre Fund Global Sourcing Deputy Director Jobs in Kenya


Setting Vision and Strategy:

  • Support the Global Sourcing Director in setting and executing a long-term vision for global sourcing and local procurement teams
    Maintain a high-performing, motivated, and impactful team
  • Build and maintain strong collaborative working relationships across country leadership and global departments
  • Identify and execute on key areas of strategic innovation across the sourcing team
  • Design and implement innovative and impactful sourcing strategies that can scale across several countries in East Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, minimize waste, and maximize deliver accuracy
  • Build Team: Day-to-day management of multiple manager-level staff. You will not manage the full team when you first join One Acre Fund in the deputy Director role but will layer on additional management responsibilities over the course of your first 6-12 months in the role.
  • Responsible for rapidly growing the careers of leaders across the sourcing team through weekly check-ins and workshops, ongoing development feedback, and bi-annual career reviews
  • Responsible for developing the level below through capacity building and developing strong management skills in top level leaders
  • Motivate the full team around 1AF’s mission and ensure staff see the link between their work and the organization’s high level goals – ensure the team is effectively supporting its internal clients
  • Identify strong talent pools for recruiting high quality supply chain staff

    Guiding execution excellence on key organizational initiatives:

  • Drive toward 100% on time in full deliveries and drive down costs to the farmer through smart purchasing and international logistics efficiencies
  • Prevent fraud and input loss by implementing a rock solid controls environment
  • Mitigate risks across the supply chain by adapting sourcing procedures to be able to more nimbly respond to changing regulatory environments and program needs
  • Stop quality issues from reaching farmers with improve quality controls throughout value

    Leading Innovation in Sourcing operations:

  • Drive innovation across the global sourcing and local procurement teams by thinking creatively and outside the box. Example focus areas include:
  • Identify and invest
    in long term, reliable supply partnerships to minimize price volatility and supply risk for high value goods
    Invest in data-driven forecasting and new warehousing and sourcing strategies to minimize excess inventory in regional warehouses without risking stock-outs during key seasonal deliveries
  • Improve financing terms across domestic and international suppliers to minimize costs of trade credit

    Communication: Represent the sourcing team with internal clients:

  • Serve as the global voice for all procurement-related issues to country and organizational leadership
  • Represent 1AF with high level external suppliers and stakeholders – could include speaking at industry conferences and interacting with donors investing in supply chain operations


  • Passion for building scalable and efficient systems and solving problems in a difficult operating environment
  • Strong strategic mindset – you can synthesize requirements from across the organization into a set of clear, prioritized strategic initiatives
  • Strong work ethic, professional maturity, and an ability to handle a demanding, high pressure work environment
  • Ability to work independently and make thoughtful and well-justified decisions
  • Humility and a strong sense of ethics, honesty, and integrity
  • A passion for world class customer service
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural workplace a plus
  • Even if you come from a different industry, you should have familiarity with how supply chains function in our operating environment including common challenges and terminology
    Execution Skills:
  • Strong data and analytical skills – you are extremely comfortable putting together easy to follow tools for project management, turning complex data sets into simple tables for presenting data to leadership as well, and evaluating financial models for accuracy and clarity
  • Strong attention to detail – you can pick out a mistake in a contract from a mile away
  • Strong quantitative reasoning skills – you can QC contracts, POs, and orders effectively without support and can think quickly on your feet during supplier meetings
  • Creativity and strong problem-solving skills – you can quickly map out the full universe of solutions, evaluate them against qualitative and quantitate metrics, and drive to a thoughtful recommendation
  • Orderliness / strong project management skills – you can competently turn large strategic ideas into bite size chunks of work and keep multiple projects on track simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Related Master’s Degree is an asset, but not strictly required

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 31st August, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; One Acre Fund Global Sourcing Deputy Director Jobs in Kenya

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