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Member Manager - Lille, France

Deadline: 14/01/2022

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

EF is seeking a motivated Member Manager, based in Lille, France.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in more than 15 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 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.

About the Living Soils Initiative

Since 2018, Earthworm has been developing the Living Soils Programme in France, the aim of which is to accelerate the transition to an agriculture that allows for the regeneration of soils (regenerative agriculture) in partnership with farmers and the sectors. We believe that it is essential to support farmers and the entire agri-food industry in improving the quality and fertility of soils, as they are linked to 95% of our food. The Programme now brings together several major agri-food companies wishing to bring the transition to regenerative agriculture to the forefront. This transition involves a dialogue with farmers and suppliers of these companies in order to bring farmers to change their practices.

The first project concerned by this position aims to accompany an agri-food company in a transition Programme and change of practices (regenerative agriculture, agroforestry) in the field in 2 different territories in connection with 2 agricultural cooperatives. This project is currently underway. The objective is to structure the actions and to show a clear roadmap aiming at accompanying the increase in competences of the farmers, but also of the technicians of the cooperatives. This project is multi-actor at the level of the sector: agri-food companies, cooperatives, farmers. It is also multi-stakeholder at the level of the project, as several technical partners are involved with Earthworm in areas related to regenerative agriculture and agroforestry.

The second project concerned by this position concerns one of the main companies already involved in the Programme. This company has the ambition to accompany the progressive transition of its French suppliers. This transition is already underway with 4 of them for 2020/2021. Translating this ambition into concrete and interlinked actions requires a sustained coordination effort between this company and Earthworm on the one hand, and between Earthworm, its technical partners in the field, the committed suppliers and the farmers on the other.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects and build client relationships with exposure to different tasks.

Responsibilities

Each of the two projects have two main components:

1. Coordination of the project with the agro-industrial partner:

The Member Manager is in direct contact with the project manager of each of the two companies and with his/her colleagues in the other departments of the company: CSR, supply chain, agronomy and, if necessary, with the interlocutors at the company's headquarters (corporate level).

The Member Manager:

  • Ensures the monitoring of the project, the implementation of activities, the quality of deliverables, the respect of deadlines and budgets;
  • Reports on the project's progress to the company's project manager and to an internal audience within the company;
  • Coordinates external communication activities around the project;
  • Facilitates internal discussions to support the company in its decisions related to its commitment to regenerative agriculture and the measurement and financing of that commitment.

Internally at EF, the Member Manager interacts with other Member Managers working with other companies and brands, sharing experiences and results with them on the project and learning from their feedback for continuous improvement.

2. Project coordination at the supplier level of the agro-industrial partners:

The ambition of the projects with the 2 agro-industrial companies is to create a real commitment of their suppliers in the transition of the farmers who are linked to them; this requires the commitment of these suppliers, the understanding of their internal dynamics and the proposal of specific action plans.

At the supplier level, the Member Manager is responsible for:

  • Leading the supplier engagement process, in coordination with the agribusiness partner;
  • Establishing the planning of activities related to the project with the supplier;
  • Coordinating the interventions of Earthworm's technical partners (specialized in regeneration agriculture and agroforestry) and our field teams with the supplier;
  • Ensuring the implementation of activities, the quality of deliverables and the respect of deadlines;
  • Helping the supplier to unite its teams and member farmers/clients around the project and regenerative agriculture.

At the level of all suppliers, the Member Manager ensures that the implementation of activities with the various suppliers is optimized and establishes feedback on the first suppliers involved in order to improve the interventions with the following suppliers.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Education BAC +5 - master / engineering school in agronomy / business school - subjects: agronomy, management, business, environment;
  • More than 5 years working in the agri-food sector, if possible in or closely related to a cooperative or an agricultural trade. We are looking for a candidate with sufficient seniority to be able to establish and maintain a constructive working relationship with people in managerial positions at the agri-food industrial partner and its suppliers;
  • Experience in project management is essential, especially on complex, multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Very good knowledge of the agricultural sector;
  • Strong interest in agro-ecological transition issues and a good understanding of the challenges linked to regenerative agriculture for the sectors;
  • Organizational and structured mindset: given the multiple activities implemented with numerous suppliers, we are looking for someone with a strong organizational capacity, who structures the project and facilitates its follow-up;
  • Very good interpersonal skills and ability to express him/herself. The project involves organizations with diverse cultures and sometimes conflicting interests, so we are looking for someone who is :
  • Positive and looking for the best compromises,
  • Convincing and passionate,
  • Team player,
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Action oriented;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Collaborative and communicative;
    • Humble;
    • Respects different perspectives.

Language skills

  • Proficiency in French (spoken and written);
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written).

Working conditions / Physical effort

  • Based in the Hauts-de-France region to be close to EF’s French office in Lille;
  • Regular travels, especially in the Hauts-de-France, Paris and Lyon regions;
  • Driving license required.

Other information

  • 1-year contract;
  • Full-time position;
  • Authorization to work in France required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to france.recruitment@earthworm.org by the 14th of January 2022. Please put your last name and SoilMM22 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.