Job vacancy Regional Commercial Manager

59 Okodan St, Blue Gate district, Osu, Accra near Papaye, Accra
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23 January, 2021
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Regional Commercial Manager

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Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella network organization representing Fairtrade-certified producers and workers in Africa and the Middle East. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern & Central Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa; and the Middle East & North Africa.  Established in 2005, FTA is a member of Fairtrade International and currently represents over one million farmers and workers in over 500 producer organizations spread across 33 countries in Africa by providing services to them that contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods.  Fairtrade Africa’s interventions are guided by the Fairtrade Theory of Change which visually expresses how these ultimately lead to global Fairtrade Goals 


To improve the socio-economic conditions of African producers through increased access to better trading conditions.
To plan, coordinate and implement market access and penetration strategies, offer advocacy and resource mobilization support, implement awareness campaigning and interface with various governmental and global stakeholders for all Fairtrade products.  
To optimize sales channels for producer commodities under Fairtrade terms whilst increasing volume and producer impact in the medium and long term.

West Africa Region, the position will be based in Ghana or Cote d'ivoire


  • Post holder reports to Commercial Director
  • Staff reporting to this post: Commercial Officers


    Market Access Management

  • Develop the route to market strategy aligned to the commercial strategy to optimise market forces. This includes the north and south markets 
  • Continuously explore opportunities for expanding coverage into new geographical areas and sales channels of all Fairtrade products 
  • Map out on a continues basis all produce market opportunities for Fairtrade products and actively match the markets to the products for onward communication with the producer networks
  • Track sales using provided platforms 
  • Promote Fairtrade products to the target audience through strong linkages 
  • Ensure effective communication with relevant stakeholders in a structured manner.  
  • Provide support during resource mobilization project proposal writing opportunities.
  • Develop weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual business reports / plans, in conjunction with the Commercial Director. 
  • Budget Management. Optimize the budget with smart spending. Track, control, evaluates all spending.
  • Key Account & Stakeholder Management 

  • Develop a key account management strategy with up-to-date joint business plans for each account
  • Develop and execute customer retention strategies  
  • Strategic management of key stakeholders’ relationships like Product Managers, National Fairtrade Organizations, buyers, government agencies and donors across the globe. 
  • Collaborate with programme teams to understand and offer business capacity support.
  • Engage with buyers, providing product specific data to shape the implementation of the market access strategy
  • Through the programme teams, ensure producer participation in market access and strategy forums, product trade fairs and exhibitions.
  • Represent Fairtrade Africa at buyer meetings within the Fairtrade network, attending relevant conferences as required.
  • Product quality profiling for different market segments
  • Customer / Trade Marketing 

  • Develop customer marketing plans aligned to the commercial stratgey  
  • Ensure retail in-store branding is executed as documented in the customer marketing plans 
  • Collaborate with the Marketing Manager to execute consumer communication. 
  • Facilitate and coordinate trade fairs and buyers’ field visits.
  • Supply Chain Management 

  • Understanding Fairtrade standards and enforce adherence in the supply value chain  
  • In collaboration with the program team, determine market demand of Fairtrade’s product from Africa for input in product availability and supply strategies.
  • Forecast the products demand against planned supply in conjunction with programs team
  • Maintain a rolling forecast dashboard with relevant updates, variations and re-forecasting notes 
  • Requirements
    • QualificationsA Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or a related field.
    • Professional Qualifications Project management will be an added advantage 
    • Experience and Knowledge
    • At least 5 years’ experience of sale portfolio management with atleast 2 years in senior management experience 
    • Experience of route to market strategy development and execution.
    • Key account and stakeholders’ relationship management experience   
    • Understanding of market research methods and analysis
    • Experience in working in a matrix organization 
    • Skills and competencies
    • Demonstrated financial and project management skills
    • Strong conceptual and negotiation skills
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills 
    • Strategic thinker in developing account plans  
    • Strong customer service skills
    • Strong bias to action 
    • Ability to build and maintain strong business relationships 
    • Report writing skills
    • Planning and organization skills
    • Strategic and analytical skills;
    • Team player
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree
    Valid Till
    26 Jan, 2021

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