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TWIN and TWIN Trading Appointment of Managing Director 2012 “Twin is the unsung hero of the fair trade movement – for without the progress made on the ground by Twin, and the achievements of the companies they helped create in convincing supermarkets to stock their products, and proving consumers would go out of their way to buy them, the Fairtrade market would not be the size it is today.” Third Sector magazine, October 2010. Introduction TWIN is a Fair Trade, membership-based organization, working to build better lives for the poorest and most marginalised women and men in the trading chain. TWIN does this through its Producer Partnership Programme, and through the creation of market access for smallholder farmers organized in cooperatives in the global south, through its wholly owned subsidiary company TWIN TRADING. The role of Managing Director TWIN is now looking for an exceptional person to lead the next phase of the organisation’s development as Managing Director. Our new Managing Director will be a leader and influencer, able to inspire a staff team, influence policy debates, and manage programmes. The successful candidate will: o Be committed to the values of Fair Trade; o Have significant commercial and international development experience, and experience of the not-for-profit sector; o Understand the potential of smallholder farmers and of cooperatives in development. TWIN and TWIN Trading Founded in 1985 with support from the Greater London Council, TWIN works with more than 50 democratic farmer organizations in 18 countries, representing some 400,000 smallholder farmers of coffee, cocoa, sugar and nuts. TWIN assists farmers to build capacity, develop infrastructure, overcome market barriers, adapt to climate change and improve product quality. In 1991, with Oxfam, Traidcraft and Equal Exchange, TWIN founded Cafedirect. In 1993 with TWIN’s help, farmers in Ghana established the Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Cooperative. Kuapa Kokoo and TWIN are leading shareholders in the Divine Chocolate Co (launched as the Day Chocolate Company in 1998). In 2001, TWIN launched Agrofair UK to bring Fair Trade fruit to consumers in the UK. In 2007, with producer partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, TWIN established Liberation Foods CIC a dedicated Fair Trade nuts business. Then in 2011, TWIN supported the development of Afri Nut Ltd in Malawi. In recent years, TWIN has sold its stake in Cafedirect, but remains active in the coffee market through its in- house Fair Trade coffee trading operation. TWIN continues to hold Board positions in the companies in which it is a shareholder. Since its creation in 1985, Twin has helped hundreds of thousands of small-scale producer partners access the international market in a fair and just way: o Twin’s capacity development work has contributed to improved democratic governance and more efficient business management in many smallholder producer organisations; o Twin has worked to raise the profile of smallholders in agricultural supply chains, thus increasing their influence and power in these supply chains; o Twin has pioneered alternative models of trade that empower smallholder producers, such as enabling primary producers to secure a stake in market- facing brands. Twin and Twin Trading have a staff team of 18 based in London. A number of consultants support our work around the world. Twin currently works with more than 50 democratic farmer organizations in 18 countries, representing some 400,000 smallholder farmers. Job Description for Managing Director Base: 3rd Floor, 1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3LT (with frequent overseas travel sometimes at short notice) Reports to: Chair of TWIN Council and TWIN TRADING Board Job purpose: The Managing Director plays a central, strategic role in Twin’s future. S/he provides internal and external leadership, supervising all operations, advising the Board, motivating staff, communicating with members, stakeholders and the wider Fair Trade movement, and driving change. Key responsibilities: The Managing Director Works under the leadership of the TWIN Board in developing the strategic and business plan; Directs the implementation of the strategic and business plan; Reports to, and serves as the lead adviser to, the Boards of TWIN and TWIN Trading Ltd; Provides leadership and management of the Senior Management Team; Plans and directs TWIN and TWIN TRADING’s activities to achieve agreed targets for producer support, trading and financial performance; Recruits, selects and develops executive team members (and other senior staff); Coordinates on strategic and governance issues with the companies in which Twin is a shareholder; Serves as a director on the Boards of associated companies, as requested by the TWIN Board; Maintains and develops TWIN and TWIN TRADING’s culture, values and reputation with staff, members, other partners and suppliers, customers, lenders, donors and regulatory bodies; Works with the Senior Management Team and staff to raise funds to deliver producer support programmes; Renews, maintains and develops TWIN and TWIN TRADING’s relationship with the Fair Trade Movement; Reports to the Council, Board and members on TWIN and TWIN TRADING’s plans and performance; Ensures the active participation of and engagement with Twin’s producer members in the global South and individual members in the global North; Carries out the responsibilities of a company director according to the law and Fair Trade values and principles; Ensures that TWIN is in compliance with the requirements of the Charity Commission and other regulatory agencies. PERSON SPECIFICATION: TWIN’s new Managing Director will have a commitment to the principles of Fair Trade, and experience of: international development; the management of not-for-profit organisations commercial activity. We are looking for a senior executive with significant management experience in the social business and not-for-profit sectors, with particular expertise in project planning and evaluation, quality management and management of diverse teams, able to demonstrate an ability to adapt easily to new environments, build effective cross-cultural partnerships and deliver to plan. TWIN and TWIN TRADING’s new Managing Director will be a team player, with strong social and relationship skills, able to delegate responsibility effectively. An affinity with the mission of TWIN is essential. EXPERIENCE At least five years’ experience in a senior management role; Experience of working in the not for profit sector International development experience, preferably including work in a developing country and with agricultural value chains Experience of working directly to a Board; Substantial experience of managing staff. Senior commercial experience SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent leadership skills Ability to motivate staff Effective communicator Strong business development skills Ability to supervise and build teams, delegate responsibility and develop staff talents Must be a competent writer of proposals and reports Must be numerate and understand business finance (profit and loss, gross margin, capital, income, expenditure, cash-flow, overheads etc) Must be computer literate, and adept in use of MS Office, internet and e-mail Fluent English Fluent Spanish and/or French highly desirable Education to degree standard or equivalent Must already have all necessary legal clearance to work on a full time basis in the UK. Terms and Conditions of Employment The position of Managing Director is offered with a permanent contract of employment. The appointment will be subject to a 6 month probationary period. An attractive salary will be available for the successful candidate. The Managing Director will be expected to work full time; and may not take up any other appointment without the consent of the TWIN Board Benefits include 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays); a defined contribution pension scheme (which staff members become eligible to join after 6 months); sickness leave and pay; maternity and paternity pay and leave; a range of learning opportunities; flexible working, dependency leave and compassionate leave. To apply Applications should be by CV and covering letter, including salary details, outlining how your background and experience lends itself to the requirements of the job description and person specification. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed for the attention of Kathryn Flanagan. The closing date for applications is Friday 9th November 2012. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on the 29th and 30th November in London.
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