Procurement Associate

Dakar, Dakar Region, Senegal | Development | Full-time

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Title: Procurement Associate

Location: Dakar/ Thies

Report to: Procurement Manager

Language Requirement:  English & French  fluency

 

About myAgro

myAgro is an award-winning non-profit social enterprise based in West Africa. We have developed a mobile savings model that allows farmers to invest their own funds in high quality seed, fertilizer, and agricultural training to increase their harvest and income by 50- 100%. Our North Star is to help 1 million farmers by 2026 lift themselves out of poverty. Learn more from myAgro's founder and CEO here. We recently received a prestigious Audacious Prize to accelerate myAgro's reach in the next 5 years. Join a winning team that is changing the lives of hardworking farmers across West Africa.

About the role

Your ability to build relationships with seed suppliers and procure seeds, despite supply chain challenges and at the right price is pivotal to myAgro’s ability to serve its customers - some of the poorest people in the world - at affordable prices. Assuring them of high quality inputs to increase their yields means taking them one step further out of poverty

You have/ will build networks and strong working relationships with key suppliers to the region. Your access to accurate market information ensures myAgro buys the best quality and the right price. You will partner with suppliers so they adhere to myAgro quality processes and they grow along with us as we scale to serve 1M farmers in West Africa.

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic supplier relationships

  • Build strong relationships with international and local suppliers with the aim of understanding their businesses, standards and ability to grow with myAgro as well as the nature of the support they will need to achieve this.
  • Ensure their processes are transparent and 

Plan and procure seeds

  • Keep an update view on market situation and outlook and execute seed and fertilizer procurement (tender, negotiation etc)
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with market players at national and regional level (traders, seed cos, producers, blenders, other important users of fertilizer such as cotton companies, financial institutions involved in the trade) 
  • Execute procurement processes efficiently and quickly to acquire seeds and fertilizers at the best possible price
  • Work with the finance team on working capital management and the logistics team on receipt and storage
  • Keep and updated view on myAgro overall position in terms of prices and volumes (in respect with prices in the market, or volumes to be delivered)
  • Develop long term relationship with international and local seed cos
  • Build detailed insights on potential new seeds supply options (in collaboration with the Agriculture Team)
  • Facilitate Country procurement in developing long term relationship with local providers
  • Execute disposal of surplus of fertilizer stocks

Establish and maintain myAgro quality standards

  • Develop long term relationship with local / regional providers
  • Contribute to the definition of requirements and specs (together with supply chain and logistics)
  • Execute procurement transactions with local providers
  • Execute procurement transaction with regional & national providers

Qualifications, Skills, and Requirements

Must Haves

  • You have 5-8 years experience in in procurement of items >$1M per annum in West Africa
  • You can clearly demonstrable familiarity with processes and legalities around importation, tendering and negotiation in West Africa
  • You have a strong negotiation track record
  • You have robust project and change management experience e.g. in procurement system rollouts
  • You are analytical with strong complex problem solving skills matched by deep people management experience
  • You have strong functional leadership skills, including an ability to build relationships and trust and to obtain commitment from both internal and external stakeholders across functions.
  • You have solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • You are energetic & driven - a self-starter, with a can-do attitude, outcome focussed and charge change with energy and drive that inspires others.
  • You are resilient – tenacious, outcome focused with the ability to operate in a sophisticated environment leading multiple projects and partners.
  • You must be fluent in English; French is a distinct advantage

Our Benefits:

  • Health insurance (including dental, vision and health coverage)
  • Approximately 4 weeks of paid time off each year
  • Retirement plan contributions
  • Professional development and laptop stipends
  • Annual flight benefit
  • The opportunity to make a difference for farmers everyday!

 

myAgro provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, national origin, age, disability, political opinion, social status, veteran status, and genetics. myAgro complies with all applicable federal, provincial and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.