Permanent Global Supply Chain Manager
Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia.
Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education. With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.
Global Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager plays a key role and is an integral member of the Bridge team. Based in our (London, Nairobi, or India) office, you will work closely with a vibrant, passionate group of people dedicated to the same important goal of democratizing education.
To be successful in this position, you should first and foremost connect with Bridge’s mission and vision on a deep level. At the end of the day, everything we (you) do at Bridge should be for the welfare of our children and their families. When Bridge parents buy a uniform for their child, it’s a significant expense—keep in mind, our families live on less than $2 per day, per household member. When they pay their child’s tuition, they expect that child will have a book in her hand on the first day of school.
What You Should Have
- Bachelor’s degree from reputable university—MS or MBA a plus;
- Experience building and managing all parts of a Global Supply Chain across multiple countries;
- Proven-track record of dealing with the area-specific challenges presented by the regions in which we operate – Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya and India;
- Superhuman organizational skills and ability to stay on top of a large, spread out inventory;
- Strong experience in Import / Export procedures is must
What You Will Do
- Work hard to keep costs down for our customers;
- Not be intimidated by a tight budget;
- Follow-through on all the documentations required in Import / export of shipments from country of origin (exporter / vendor country) to destination countries (Bridge Operating Countries or importer countries)
- Work with various internal and external stakeholders to oversee timely and cost-effective delivery of shipments
- Create a detailed Materials Requirement Plan based on demand;
- Accurately and consistently forecast what will be needed, and when, and then own the responsibility of seeing that our parents and their children aren’t kept waiting.
- Work with various departments to identify, evaluate, and build strong relationships with the best, most trustworthy, most cost-effective vendors available.
- Be tough enough to hold vendors to their promises—price, quality, deadlines, etc.
- Arrange/negotiate multi-year contracts with our customers’ financial interests in mind.
- Find creative solutions to reduce delivery times.
- Work with global supply chain staff to implement best-practice and standards to all our countries from warehouse management, to local shipping and inventory management at our academies.
- Become the company expert—know our products backwards and forwards, keeping up with changes and updates, and factoring all this into decision making.
A specific future goal, something our parents have asked for, is to stock our academies with merchandise—so when a parent pays for a uniform, they receive it on site. This will present many messy logistical challenges. The Global Supply Chain Manager will be expected to tackle and conquer this challenge. This will entail:
- Building a global supply chain system that can be tailored for each country;
- Working with Tech to create ways to manage transactions;
As Bridge’s Global Supply Chain Manager, the work you’ll do is demanding, exciting, and critically important. Your skills, expertise, and creativity will help make a real difference in the lives of real children, families, and communities. Very likely, your job will take you to our operating countries from time to time where you’ll meet some of the people you are serving. You’ll walk through the humble villages in which our academies operate, shake the hands of a parent who have entrusted us with their child’s future, and look in the wide eyes of pupils who are counting on us to help them achieve their dreams.
You Are Also:
- Proactive – You don’t always need supervision and you are a self-starter. Your personal drive to succeed and deliver keeps you working when you may not have a supervisor with you.
- A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
- A networking mastermind- You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas.
- A creative problem-solver- Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging around $7 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
- A customer advocate- Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
- A life-long learner -You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
Application closing date: Not Specified