Senior Manager, Coffee

Fairtrade International (FLO) Bonn, Germany

About the Fairtrade International

Fairtrade is the world’s leading ethical label that exists to empower farmers and workers around the globe via some 1,700 producer organisations representing over 1.7 million farmers and workers.  The Fairtrade system encompasses more than 2,000 partnering companies while increasing social and environmental value for more than 35,000 products.   
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows producers the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Furthermore, Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.
Fairtrade International is the international non-profit, multi stakeholder body that is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, sets Fairtrade standards, and supports producers. Fairtrade International incorporates 3 type of members: National Fairtrade Organisations (developing sales and consumption markets), Producers Network (developing sourcing) and FLOCERT (independent assurance and audits).
You can find further details on their website https://www.fairtrade.net/.
SRI Executive has been entrusted by our client, Fairtrade International, to support the executive search of an exceptional leader for the position of Senior Manager Coffee.

Senior Manager Coffee Role Profile

The key objective is to effectively work in partnership with stakeholders within Fairtrade and with external partners to deliver key components of a successful coffee strategy and plan, and to lead, grow and manage the Global Coffee team.
In particular, the role is to give shape and manage a diverse range of projects and work streams, and related plans, in the scope of the Fairtrade coffee strategy and global operations to ensure growth of markets and to maximize the impact of Fairtrade on coffee producers worldwide. The post holder will liaise with Fairtrade market-facing and producer-facing organizations, Fairtrade International and FLOCERT staff, and in general with Fairtrade stakeholders and the coffee sector at large.
Finally, the role is to act as a global resource for information on Fairtrade coffee.

Duties and Responsibilities

Development and implementation of a global coffee strategy
  • Provide strategic guidance and technical expertise to the development and implementation of the global coffee strategy based on evidence and analysis of producer and production reality, pricing mechanisms, social and environmental trends, and understanding of wider competitive landscape and conventional trading practices amongst others.
  • Cultivate and disseminate in-depth understanding of the current, future and historical context of conventional coffee operations and the Fairtrade market. Provide product specific guidance and update information on short term supply and demand, and long-term projections.
  • Integrate thematic programs and polices into the strategic plan for coffee and co-lead on the implementation of these.
  • Develop projects together with the Producer Network teams with global/national scope that benefit coffee producers in their ability to run their business (e.g. price-risk management, farm improvement, climate change adaptation, income resilience, elimination of child labour, gender equity).
  • Lead and coordinate across the system the development of the annual global work plan and budget including managing the Global Coffee team with dotted line reporting.
  • Work collaboratively with Fairtrade senior stakeholders and all colleagues from the system as part of a virtual team.
  • Working closely with coffee producers and networks to optimize operations at all times.
Coordinate the commercial strategy and provide commercial expertise
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of sourcing strategies for key product chains. 
  • Contribute to a targeted strategy for global accounts.
  • On request from members provide services to selected coffee accounts including contributing to a targeted strategy for global accounts.
Provide Supply Chain Expertise
  • Support the identification and management of opportunities/ threats for supply (related to surplus, shortages or quality issues) and demand (new business opportunities in markets or certain segments).
  • Act as point of first reference for all product related enquiries.
  • Review of sector trends and information and disseminate relevant information to Fairtrade markets and Producers Networks.
  • Contribute to thematic working groups across the Fairtrade system and support implementation by the Producer Networks.
  • Manage the representation of Fairtrade system at relevant conferences, fairs, working groups and industry events.
  • Ensure appropriate communication to Fairtrade market-facing and producer facing-organizations and Fairtrade International and FLOCERT staff.

Required Competencies

Knowledge / Job Specific Competencies:
  • In depth product knowledge and experienced in coffee production and trade
  • Experience working in or with Fairtrade coffee supply chains or with related standards, certification or development programs
  • Experience in managing cross-functional teams and groups
  • Proven budget management skills
Professional Skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Fluent English is essential, Spanish is desirable
  • Project management experience gained in a complex, matrix organisational structure – both as a project lead and project member
  • Proven track record of accountability, and result and solution orientation
  • Proven work experience in a multicultural environment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including conflict and facilitating resolution skills
Personal Qualities
  • Ability to work both as part of teams and independently
  • Demonstrated ability to drive forward work on own initiative and lead
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and enthuse others
  • Clear and demonstrated desire to improve the lives of coffee farmers
  • Passion for the job and the desire to go the extra mile
  • Motivation for Fairtrade

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position within Fairtrade International.
  • The office language is English.
  • Salary as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Wholesale and Foreign Trade Industries for North Rhine Westphalia and Fairtrade International Company Agreement on wages and salaries Group VIb.
  • Starting date as soon as possible
  • 30 days of holidays per year

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.
If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Fairtrade International to undertake this assignment.

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