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 now operates as the produce importing arm of Equal Exchange, importing fresh bananas, avocados, and banana puree from Latin America. We invite you to join our small and dynamic team to grow Oke’s impact and mission.
More Information: http://beyondthepeel.com
Employment Status: Full time regular position
Hours: 40-45 hours/week
Salary: Dependent on experience
Benefits: Health and dental insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, sick days; simple IRA plan with 2% of salary match
Location: Equal Exchange Headquarters, West Bridgewater, MA
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Manage complex weekly international and domestic logistics of one of Oke’s fresh produce categories (avocados / bananas) from Latin America to US ripeners and distributors
-Coordinate orders, ocean/truck transportation, customs, domestic logistics, quality control
-Co-manage projections, procurement, and inventory management
-Co-manage customer relations and distribution
-Perform pricing and financial analysis
Sales and Education (20%):
-Build and maintain relationships with existing customers and 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
-Participate in staff, team and educational meetings and activities. Understand producer partners, trading policies, and the Fair Trade movement. Work with the Oke team to engage in team level sales, supply chain and creative thinking around building alternative fair trade supply chains.
Ability to manage complex logistics
Good communication skills
Ability to work independently
Time management skills
Ability to relocate to Boston / Providence / West Bridgewater area
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 grows and evolves
Spanish language fluency or high proficiency
Experience with perishable produce logistics
Experience with Latin American farmer cooperatives
Experience working in social-justice, food systems and/or other mission based work
1. If you were a small scale banana or avocado 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 45% of the global banana market. Oke USA operates at a minute scale in comparison. What are 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?
Email a cover letter, resume and brief answers to the three application questions below to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oke USA / Equal Exchange supports equal employment opportunity for all classes of individuals, regardless of age, race, color, national origin, citizenship status, disability, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, economic status, veteran status. Additionally, people who are oppressed or are denied power and privilege in society are strongly encouraged to apply.