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Product Development Coordinator Kampala

Posted by Akola Project Private Central
  • Company: Akola Project
  • Experience: 6 months - 2 years
  • Studies: Bachelor
  • Category: Public Sector - Administration
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary: Over 100.000 / month (USh)
Product Development CoordinatorJob DescriptionOrganisation:   Akola ProjectDuty Station:   Kampala, UgandaAbout Akola Project: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. Akola Project Mission is to empower marginalized women to transform the physical and spiritual livelihoods of their families and communities.Job Summary:The Product Development Coordinator will be responsible for sourcing all design materials, assisting designers with creating trending, cost-effective and feasible prodcuts, and for transitioning approved designs into production. They will also manage material libraries, cost of goods, product line sheets, bills of materials and quality control specifications. The Product Development Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining and improving profit margins and troubleshooting material quality or costing issues. They will also manage any procurement staff or contractors. 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 production, sales and developmental goals. Key Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Relationships:Build and grow relationships with local suppliers of craft materialsServe as an advocate for Akola Project, promoting the vision, mission, and goals of the organization amongst the community at all times to ensure Akola Project maintains a positive public standingSeek understanding with and unified leadership alongside the Akola Project leadership team in the spiritual development, social development and economic development of Akola women2. Product Development:Receive new designs from US-based designers and ensure that they are able to be produced by Akola Project facilities and womenPhotograph all new designs and prepare online surveys for voting and feedback from the design committeeServe as the middle man between US-based designers and the Uganda-based production team to ensure that new designs can be made in Uganda at the quality expectations of the designer and Akola ProjectWork closely with Uganda-based production team to produce functional samples of new products, per the designs givenSend design samples to Akola Project’s US office for review and approvalProvide the Supply Chain Manager with all required material information, product specifications and quality control information to assist designs to transition into productionCreate detailed costing information for all products and maintain up-to-date costing worksheets for all product linesParticipate in brainstorming for new product linesAssist with writing and maintaining technical specifications, marketing product descriptions and care instructions for all productsDevelop new designs and samples per designers’ requests3. Material Sourcing:Research and source East African materials to be used in Akola Project jewelry, handbag and home good linesResearch and source internationally when quality and/or cost effective-materials are not available in East AfricaOversee all raw material-related processes and programs, including material technical specifications, and contracted procurement staffIndependently explore local suppliers and resources that can be used in design and productionManage sourcing, purchasing, inventory planning and delivery logistics to achieve low cost of goods, minimize stock outs and maximize inventory turnsUse material sourcing to establish ways to differentiate Akola Project products from competitorsWork with US-based designers to forecast new trending colors, functions, textures and designs and incorporate this into material sourcingCreate design kits with newly sourced materials to be sent to US-based designers4. Material Management:Create and maintain material libraries for the Uganda and US officesCreate and maintain a cost of goods tracking system for all incoming materialsTroubleshoot any material costing issues to maintain and improve profit marginsTroubleshoot any material sourcing or material quality issuesWork with production/sales to repurpose old materials and productsFulfill design projects as determined by Country Director and Design Committee5. Administration:Keep records of all contacts, designs, documents, agreements, and any other necessary records pertaining to Akola ProjectTrack all expenses with appropriate supporting documentation including contracts, receipts and invoicesProvide written activity reports to the Country Director upon requestAssist other Akola Project staff as neededPerform any other duties as assigned Qualifications, Skills and Experience: The applicant should hold a Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in business management, marketing or related fieldProfessional experience in product development, supply chain management or related fieldExceptionally organized and high attention to detailProven ability to think analytically and plan strategicallyCreative and resourceful; able to ‘think outside of the box’Advanced proficiency in MS excel essential.Past exposure and experience working in a cross cultural context preferred (ideally within an African nation)Non-profit/small business experience preferred
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