Entry Level Jobs – Business Operations Manager at Akola Project US

Organization: Akola Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Akola Project is a non-profit, social business that empowers women by
facilitating vocational training, employment opportunities, savings and loans
associations, education programs, support groups and leadership development.
Job Summary: The Business Operations Manager will work directly with the COOs and
CFO to develop and implement strategies to ensure efficient and effective
business operations within the supply chain in Uganda. They will plan, direct,
implement, organize and manage the processes and functions of the Social
Business Team. They will also work independently to perform analyses and to aid
in the financial control of the Uganda business team. The Business Operations
Manager will provide active leadership to develop new and existing business
strategies to support the fast-paced growth of Akola Project’s social business
in alignment with Akola Project’s mission. This is a leadership position that
oversees all Social Business Team staff in Uganda. This position will require a
strong connection with the mission of Akola Project and a willingness to give a
complete effort for the organization to meet its development goals.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Business Operations Management:
  • Oversee all activities of the Social
    Business Team; direct the development of and ensure alignment with overall
    business strategy
  • Identify opportunities for process
    improvement, develop recommendations, and convert recommendations into
    compelling new plans
  • Actively coordinate and manage the Social
    Business Team’s financial projections and budgeting processes and take
    ownership and responsibility for overall profit and loss management
  • Work in liaison with the Finance Manager
    to implement manufacturing accounting
  • Oversee all supply chain processes
    including material and product tracking/reporting systems
  • Serve as the senior contact for all
    business operations matters for the Akola Project Uganda office
  • Establish and continually enhance metrics
    used to measure performance; set strategies to address performance gaps
  • Work with COOs and CFO to ensure efficient
    and effective business operations
2. Growth Strategy Development:
  • Develop strategies to meet rapidly
    increasing production demands while prioritizing women’s empowerment and
    the mission of Akola Project
  • Think strategically about and plan for
    Akola Project’s future development, growth, and expansion
  • Work with management to develop
    donor/investment proposals for growth and assist with donor reporting
  • Maintain constant communication with Akola
    Project’s US to stay informed of upcoming growth opportunities, ensuring
    that business strategies and contingencies are able to absorb projected
    production output needs
3. Leadership:
  • Manage Akola Project staff and
    beneficiaries in a way that facilitates a high performance egalitarian
    culture of learning and development, trust and integrity
  • Seek understanding with and unified
    leadership alongside the leadership team in the spiritual development,
    social development and economic development of Akola Project women and
    involvement in Uganda
  • Serve as an active advocate for Akola
    Project, promoting the vision, mission, and goals of the organization
    amongst the community at all times to ensure the organization maintains a
    positive public standing
4. Administration:
  • Produce a manual upon the expiration of
    your contract that includes contact information, logistics descriptions,
    research findings, exercise reports, and any other data and notes
    necessary for future staff to succeed in this role
  • Assist with other Akola Project programs
    as needed
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in a relevant field; MBA or equivalent preferred
  • At least two years of progressively
    responsible experience in business operations
  • This position requires an experienced,
    entrepreneurial individual with the proven ability to build executive
    business strategies, including growth and expansion plans.
  • Supply Chain Management experience highly
    desirable
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
    skills
  • Passion for holistic development in East
    Africa.
How to Apply:
All qualified candidates should send the following by email with
subject line ” Application: Business Operations Manager” to
recruitment@akolaproject.org. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Please send updated Resume/CV highlighting your education and work
experience with a
1-2 page cover letter that outlines (1) Why you are interested in the
position, Akola Project, the mission/vision and Uganda specifically; (2)
Relevant work experience for the position and why you believe you are the best
candidate for the job. Be sure to cite specific personal characteristics and
specific work experiences that you feel make you qualified to fulfill the
required responsibilities; (3) The role your faith plays in your work.
Names and contact information for at least one personal and one
professional reference
Deadline: 31st July, 2015
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