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Living Goods

Living Goods

Living Goods

Living Goods is a social enterprise tackling poverty in East Africa and beyond. We empower "Avon-like" micro-entrepreneurs to deliver life-saving and life-changing products to the doorsteps of the...

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Location:
Kampala, Uganda

Posted:
25 Oct 2013

Deadline:
Opportunity has expired

Compensation details:
A highly competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Employer tags:
Industry:
Consumer Products
Development
Health
Social Enterprise
Esc Factor:
Entrepreneurial
Exotic
Social Impact
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Country Director, Uganda

Exciting country management position at award-winning social enterprise in East Africa

Kampala, Uganda

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
A highly competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Job Type:
Full-time
Level:
Senior Level
Escape Factors:
Entrepreneurial
Exciting Brand
Exotic
Social Impact
Function:
Management
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We believe that the poor are not helpless victims; they are resilient entrepreneurs and value conscious consumers.  We equip networks of ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who sell affordable high-impact products door-to-door.  These micro-franchisees leverage Living Goods’ brand, buying power and mobile marketing tools to deliver vital products such as solar lights, fortified foods, and simple treatments, to the people who need them most.  

By combining the best practices from the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, Living Goods is creating a fully sustainable system to improve the health, wealth, and productivity of the world’s poor.  We seek nothing less than a disruptive reinvention of distribution in the developing world.

Living Goods has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Forbes and The Huffington Post. Check out these articles and more on our press page.


Our Culture

At Living Goods we think big but we operate small and nimble. At Living Goods you will have the chance to work with a team of changemakers to conceive and test innovative ideas every day. If you work well in a dynamic, highly collaborative culture, if you set high standards for yourself and your colleagues, if you know how to fail fast and learn fast, and if you meet challenges with calm determination and a sense of humor, you will fit right in. 



About the role

Living Goods seeks an energetic and resourceful Country Director to lead our established and successful operations in Uganda. There is enormous potential for innovation and growth for Living Goods in Uganda, and as Country Director,  you will contribute to our global organizational strategy. This position is based in Kampala, Uganda, and will require travel within Uganda, Kenya and the USA.  

Living Goods is a fast-paced, mission driven organization with a results-oriented, dynamic work environment. We are currently building a world-class team committed to achieving a sustainable reinvention of distribution in the developing world.



Responsibilities

  • Manage a quickly evolving team that oversees a large franchised sales force, a nationwide inventory and complex logistical system. Develop a strategic work plan to foster high-paced sales growth in Uganda.
  • Build and lead a growing management and operations team, with line management supervision of all management, branch and support staff.
  • Oversee of the entire supply chain and distribution system. Must have the ability to significantly expand the network of franchised entrepreneurs, drive marketing and sales efforts, maximize health impacts, oversee merchandising, inventory and procurement, and build viable management systems in order to deliver insightful analyses and reporting.
  • Drive Living Goods towards financial sustainability, including management and oversight of a multi-million dollar budget.
  • Ensure rigorous financial management, regulatory compliance, accurate and timely reporting.
  • Successfully manage relationships with Ministry of Health and other regulatory authorities, and liaise with funders, partners and other key stakeholders
  • Enhance Living Goods’ dynamic, results-oriented organizational culture through inspirational leadership and shining as a positive role model.
  • As a key member of the management team, contribute to organization-wide strategy.
  • Innovate, initiate, and instigate big, positive change.



Qualifications

  • Ideal candidates must have a minimum of 8 to 10 years of private sector experience in business or social enterprise, and/or senior sales management experience overseeing large teams. Significant senior leadership experience in developing countries, especially within East Africa, is preferred.
  • Preference to managers with experience at nationally-recognized consumer brand, direct selling or multi-level marketing companies.
  • Proven track record of exceptional success, exceeding targets strategic breakthroughs and transformative innovation.
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives within a dynamic environment, prioritizing both the urgent and important, without compromising productivity. Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships with local and international teams, facilitate feedback and optimize implementation. Practical experience managing and optimizing performance of front line sales staff.
  • Strong analytical, inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in a high-paced, dynamic, start-up environment.
  • University degree required. Preference for MBA or Masters. 
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