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Business Engagement Manager - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Deadline: 26/03/2023

Earthworm Foundation is an international fast growing and dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

Earthworm Foundation is seeking a motivated Business Engagement Manager, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with strong knowledge in the oil palm landscape in Malaysia, excellent communication and writing skills, passionate about driving transformation across connected supply chains, and interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market.

The Project Lead/Manager will manage relationship with clients, and support the development and implementation of client work plans. He/she will also maintain consistent communication between Earthworm Foundation Malaysia and clients/members with the objective to adapt work plan proposals and develop the activities/initiatives. He/she will be expected to support business development activities.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in 16 countries including Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 250 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Our profound belief in people, their capacity to change and be a force for good.
  • Our desire to work where the problems are, to innovate and find practical solutions on the ground.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a non-profit impacting nature and communities around the world.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects with direct impact on the growth and well-being of our staff.
  • A caring working culture that the candidate will take part in sustaining and growing.
  • A fast moving, agile working environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.


  • Support the development of client’s work plans and strategies, coordinate the implementation of activities/initiatives based on the agreed work plan, and ensure that they are executed efficiently.
  • To act as a point of contact for relationships between clients, Earthworm Foundation member managers and Earthworm Foundation Malaysia, and maintain regular and consistent communication between them on the development and delivery of the work plan.
  • Participate actively in developing new programmes and strategies.
  • Support the traceability and grievance management project.
  • Support the Programs Implementation Team’s assessment and field activities.
  • Contribute to business development opportunities, where necessary.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s/Bachelor degree or other equivalent higher level training in agricultural, supply chain management, forestry, natural resource management, environmental sciences, or other related field.
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years working experience in fields related to sustainability, environment or palm oil supply chain.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of B2B client management experience
  • Candidates with consultancy background would be an added advantage
  • Proven field based experience resolving issues through understanding conflicting inputs, achieving alignment, and proposing go-forward solutions
  • Programme management experience - Experience in managing multiple projects and coordinating with internal staff and external consultants, vendors and other stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Good understanding and keen interest in environmental and social issues in Malaysia, related to palm oil industry
  • Good understanding of business supply chains and sourcing issues
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Programme suite etc.

Language Skills

  • English and Bahasa Malaysia proficiency

Personal Characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to human rights, sustainability and supply chains.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive, self-motivated and has a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values.

Working conditions / Physical effort

  • Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Some trips around Malaysia.

Other conditions

  • 2-year contract subjected to conversion to permanent role thereafter
  • Immediate start.
  • Malaysian citizenship or valid work authorization required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to Please put your last name and MsiaBusEng2023 in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.