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Senior Manager of Business Engagement Team - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Deadline: 30/09/2021

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 Senior Manager of Business Engagement Team, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with working experience in the sector of oil palm plantations/mills/refineries and knowledge of environmental and social sustainability. The candidate should possess a strong passion for working together with stakeholders in the private sector to drive positive transformation in the palm oil supply chain, excellent communication and writing skills and interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments and civil society organizations.
The selected candidate will lead the Business Engagement Team, which focuses on engagement activities like field/remote assessments, trainings, workshops, client management and building transformative approaches for companies in the palm oil sector. He/she will also lead business development strategy and activities not limited to the palm oil supply chain.

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.

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.


Operational management

  • Be responsible and accountable for the development and execution of EF Malaysia annual engagement work plan, which currently emphasizes social performance of companies;
  • Project Management –including:
    • Progress and financial reporting;
    • Review and analysis of project operational performance.
  • Supervising service development activities:
    • Development of new engagement framework;
    • Innovation programs and carbon strategy;
    • Definition and recording of progress and impact indicators.
  • Writing reports based on field work, data analysis and desk based research.

Business development & account management

  • Coordination of client and member relationships of the Malaysian office;
  • Proposal writing and business development;
  • Leading meetings, making presentations and providing project updates to stakeholders.

Team management & HR support

  • Supporting & coaching team members responsible for:
    • Conducting sustainability related assessments of company sites, including conducting worker and employer interviews;
    • Resource and training module development and deployment;
    • Coaching and support to companies on transformative activities.
  • Proactive participation to recruitment, training and promotion strategy.

Financial management & Admin support

  • Support intra-group financial reporting and oversight of the Malaysian office;
  • Develop and update annual budget and financial dashboard (management accounts);
  • Support intra-group financial reporting.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Postgraduate/ Bachelor degree holder or other equivalent higher-level training in social sciences, business, sustainability, international development or any other related field;
  • Proven at least eight (8) years of work experience in project management, business and/or product development, strategic engagement, sustainability compliance or any other related field;
  • Experience in project management; social/environmental/certification audits, change management and mentoring;
  • Business sense and financial acumen;
  • Knowledge and experience working in the palm oil industry;
  • Good understanding of environmental and social issues related to the palm oil industry;
  • Public speaking, organisational skills, critical thinking, analytical skills, data analysis;
  • Leadership capability;
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office Programme suite etc.

Language skills:

  • Proficiency in English;
  • Proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia;
  • Other languages (Hindi, Tamil, Burmese, Mandarin, Urdu, Nepali) are an advantage.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to 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:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Passion for high quality work;
    • Respect for each other.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • Some trips around Malaysia;
  • Must be able to do remote work/work from home when required.

Other information:

  • 5-year contract (renewable);
  • Full-time position;
  • Malaysian citizenship or valid work authorization required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining interest in the role and how you meet the Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications and CV via email to Please put your last name and BusDeptSnMgr2021 in the subject line of the email. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.