Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bridge International Academies Supply Chain Manager job

Position Title: Supply Chain Manager

Location: Nairobi

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies was conceived in 2007 out of the belief that giving every child access to a high quality education would have the greatest impact on reducing poverty worldwide.

With that guiding insight, Bridge International developed a strategy that would enable it to launch a large-scale network of high-quality, ultra low-cost, for-profit primary schools.

Operating a network of schools supported by a strong central headquarters gives Bridge International the scale, experience, and capacity to invest in systems of management, support, training, and innovation that allows individual schools to dramatically increase their effectiveness.

Using this model, Bridge International is able to profitably deliver high-quality education for $4 per child per month. This ensures that its academies will continue to successfully serve its communities as long as parents value the educational service provided.

The first Bridge International Academy launched successfully in Kenya in 2009 and 60 academies will be operating in Kenya in January 2012. Through rapid and strategic expansion, Bridge International will provide a quality education to over a million students in the coming years.

About this position:

Responsibilities (Functions and duties)
  • To direct and manage the process which includes the planning of procurement, production, warehouse management, inventory control, logistics and distribution to ensure accurate and appropriate inventories, timely delivery and cost effectiveness across diverse regions.
  • To strategically communicate the needs and objectives to line managers and key personnel in operations, procurement, warehouse, manufacturing, logistics and distribution ensuring the entire team understand the timing required and individual input necessary to make the process run smoothly. Ownership of the work flow process to ensure timelines of all inputs.
  • Assess the current supply chain processes and present proposals to implement world class practices
  • Implement approved changes from proposal which result in and efficient and effective procurement, warehouse and distribution program companywide on a consistent basis.
  • To formulate and implement procurement procedures, develop and manage strategies as needed across all regions and for all departments.
  • Introduce a companywide system to manage the local suppliers and reduce local inventory turnaround time, evaluate the needs and effectiveness of all procurement, warehouse and logistics.
  • Source for vendors and will play a key role in the negotiation process.
  • Spearheading the entire procurement, warehousing and logistics process, setting both the strategies and tactics in cooperation with the Bridge International management leadership.
  • Oversees the management of inventory and stock management, storage, health and safety of hazardous materials
  • Excise duty management and other aspects such as insurance, shipping etc.
  • To ensure cost reduction and process improvement in the procurement of services and materials
  • To manage the relationships between many different vendors and information technology systems to ensure the smooth flow of goods and services.
  • To train, develop, mentor and assist subordinates in all of the departments that fall within the supply chain process to ensure effective function of all the component, including the continuous monitoring and evaluation of the chain process.
Role Reports: As requested by the Chief Operating Officer

  • Must have minimum of 8 years of experience in supply chain in the FMCG, manufacturing or construction industry.
  • Experienced in managing the flow of information through the use of technology and management information systems.
  • Hands-on experience in procurement and logistics in diverse regions and locally.
  • Must have held a managerial position and is able to develop and lead a team through a proactive leadership style

  • A Bachelors Degree in a business, economics or other relevant discipline.
  • A Masters Degree will be an added advantage
  • A Post graduate  course in Procurement/Supplies and Logistics is essential
  • Professional qualifications in purchasing and supplies management
  • Diploma in Project Management will be an added advantage
  • Must be registered with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, or a similar body
Specialist knowledge required:
  • Knowledge and experience with procurement management of publishing, educational services firms in a large scale environment where both formal and informal vendors operate will be a definite advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize large volumes of procurement and delivery requirements for a broad range of office, schools, and operational needs.
  • Expert level of knowledge in procurement including, but not limited to sourcing, pricing, contracts, relationship management and due diligence on suppliers and contractors
  • Must be able to demonstrate experience in managing and developing key supplier relationships, be able and have strong team leadership capabilities.
  • Preferably have worked in a supply chain management role for a company with 3+ business units having a group shared services model
  • Experience of managing suppliers and service providers in different fields
  • Must have experience in setting up and implementing policies and procedures
  • Ability to present procurement feedback, policies and procedures to  senior managers
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite applications
Behavioral competencies
  • Ability to inspire and motivate the team
  • Well developed commercial acumen
  • Approachable personality/interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational & analytical skills
  • Good negotiation, communication and planning skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to make decisions independently
  • Ability to deliver under pressure and under minimum supervision
  • High integrity and strong ethical values
  • Problem solving/decision making and judgment skills
  • Planning and organizing skills
  • Analytical and interpretation skills
  • People management skills
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible
  • Ability to manage competing demands, accept criticism and constructive feedback, while being extremely efficient, adaptable and flexible
In order to be considered for this position all candidates must register and upload their CV’s on our website at www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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