Better Buying is Hiring: Regional Ambassador

March 17, 2021

Opportunity for: South and Southeast Asia OR East and Southeast Asia

Better Buying Institute (BBI) was launched in 2019 to promote the improvement of buyer purchasing practices, supply chain management, worker conditions, and the natural environment.  A young organization working to transform the way global supply chains work, BBI’s primary activities include: (i) independent research, (ii) the operation and management of a ratings and evaluation platform on which suppliers provide information about their buyer customers relating to various aspects of purchasing practices and (iii) projects and training on supply chain industry practices to support innovation and promote change. Our work started with the apparel, footwear, and household textiles industries where we are already beginning to see positive changes. We have been organically expanding into the broader consumer goods sector and plan to make more intentional progress with new industries in that sector soon.

Better Buying Institute reimagines supply chain sustainability, leveraging data to strengthen supplier-buyer relationships and improve purchasing practices that drive profitability while protecting workers and the environment.  We focus on the day-to-day business activities (purchasing practices) used by retailers and brands to bring products to market. While these purchasing practices have been known to put pressure on supply chains, their negative impacts on suppliers, workplace conditions, worker wages, and environmental performance have increased and become highly visible during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis with brand and retailer purchasing practices often determining the viability of supplier businesses and whether or not workers in their factories go hungry. 

Better Buying Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Delaware in the United States and is the outgrowth of a research project started in 2015 and headed by Dr. Marsha Dickson, a distinguished academic scholar.

About the Opportunity

Better Buying Institute is seeking a Regional Ambassador who will lead Better Buying’s supplier engagement efforts in the consumer goods industry in the specified market and in additional locations as needed. The Regional Ambassador will be the key link between the Better BuyingTM team and suppliers in the region, with responsibility for strengthening Better Buying’s reputation as a trusted supplier advocate, culminating in increased supplier awareness of Better BuyingTM and an expansion of proactive supplier participation in Better Buying’s surveys. This new role will seek out opportunities to represent Better BuyingTM at industry events, promote Better Buying’s work through relevant media outlets, and build relationships with key stakeholders in the region. The Regional Ambassador will collaborate with the Better BuyingTM team to develop supplier-focused communications materials and agree on the best strategy to achieve the organization’s goals. Over time and as budget allows, the Regional Ambassador will recruit and hire a team of local ambassadors.

Major Roles & Responsibilities

The Regional Ambassador is responsible for meeting and exceeding agreed upon performance standards and deadlines. Progress updates will be provided to the President on a weekly or as needed basis. The three main objectives are Stakeholder Engagement, Supplier Participation, and Supporting Better Buying Strategic Goals. An overview of the responsibilities and expectations of each objective is listed below:

Stakeholder Engagement. Build Better Buying’s global reputation by leveraging existing networks and by forming new relationships with key stakeholders throughout the region, including suppliers, buyer country-level representatives, industry associations, nongovernmental organizations, government officials/agencies, and others. Proactively seek out relevant events, meetings, and other venues to present about Better Buying’s work; regularly update the Better BuyingTM team about such opportunities and follow-up with new contacts. Organize and deliver educational sessions to convey targeted content to various stakeholder groups. Responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to increase Better Buying’s name recognition throughout the region, traveling as necessary with approval from the President.

Supplier Participation. Collaborate with the Senior Manager of Communications to develop supplier-focused materials and tools for appropriate media with the goal of increasing supplier participation in annual ratings cycles and other supplier surveys throughout the year. Call suppliers when surveys are active; collaborate with the Better BuyingTM team to determine most effective means for continued supplier engagement throughout the year. Coordinate with the Research Associate to identify countries or regions with low response rates and determine the best approach for ambassadors to provide additional support.

Support Better BuyingTM Strategic Goals. Contribute ideas and support for achieving the organization’s strategic goals. Collaborate with the Vice President of Business Development to increase brand/retailer subscriptions, including by traveling to buyer offices within the region.

Qualifications should include:

The ideal candidate for the Regional Ambassador is passionate about Better Buying’s mission. In addition:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, or related field of study.
  • At least 5 years of management experience within global supply chains or sustainability.
  • Existing network of connections to suppliers, factory owners, industry associations, or other relevant stakeholders in the region.
  • Reliable and responsive; proactive communicator.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to a rapidly changing, lean start-up environment.
  • Self-motivated, goal-driven professional with ability to work remotely with minimal supervision.
  • High ethical standards and personal integrity.
  • Based in South, East, or Southeast Asia
  • Language requirements: English and one or more languages of the South, East, and Southeast Asia regions. Mandarin preferred for an ambassador serving East and Southeast Asia.

In addition, the following skills and experiences are preferred:

  • Direct experience with factories in consumer goods supply chains, including but not limited to apparel, footwear, and household textiles.
  • An extensive network of buyers and suppliers across multiple consumer goods industries.

Details

This is a 6-month contract position. You will work remotely from your home and provide your own computer. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Applicants should send to apply@betterbuying.org:

  • A cover letter and CV

You must include “Regional Ambassador” as the subject line of the email. Questions concerning this position should be sent to the email address above. No phone calls or faxes, please.

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