Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Job: Oke fair trade banana company--logistics and sales

Here is a link to the posting on the Equal Exchange website: 

Banana Logistics and Sales - Oke USA

Oke USA is a Fair Trade fruit company importing bananas to the North American market under the Equal Exchange brand. We invite you to join us. Together we can create a more just food system and a healthier planet.

To Apply:
E-mail (preferred) or mail a cover letter, resume and brief answers to the application questions below to:

Job Description:
Employment Status: Full time regular position (~45-50 hours / week)
Salary: Dependent on experience
Benefits: 100% individual health insurance premium coverage and significant portion of dependent coverage, vacation, holidays and sick days
Reports to: Oke USA Vice President
Location: Equal Exchange Office, West Bridgewater, MA
Ability to manage complex logistics
Problem solver
Team player
Ability to work independently
Time management skills
Ability to relocate to Boston area
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally
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 food systems!
2 or more years in produce
Experience with perishable commodity logistics
Experience with Latin American producer groups
Spanish fluency / proficiency highly preferred

Logistics: producer relations support, fruit procurement, ocean transportation, quality control, customs, U.S. transport.
Sales: Weekly servicing and replenishment to ripeners and distributors, account management, pricing and financial analysis, retail promotions, store visits and outreach nationally, in concert with and in support of Equal Exchange brand, new sales to ripeners and distributors
Marketing and education: Grassroots Marketing to build store and consumer awareness of brand through demos, social media, print, store staff trainings, educational lectures and consumer campaigns
Team: Work with the Oke team to manage new sales, supply chain development and critical thinking around building alternative fair trade supply chains

To Apply:
E-mail (preferred) or mail a cover letter, resume and brief answers to the application questions below to:
50 United Drive
West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Please speak to the unique importance of importing fair trade bananas.

The top five banana companies (Dole, Chiquita, Noboa, Fyffes, Fresh Del Monte) account for more than 80% of world banana market. Oke USA operates at a minute scale in comparison. What are the some of the challenges associated with this difference in scale and how would you approach those challenges?

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?

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