What better way to get involved than by working for Freeset! We currently have job vacancies and require the services of people who share our vision of freedom for Kolkata’s sex workers. Positions are all based in Kolkata, voluntary for international applicants (paid for Indian nationals already living in India), and generally require a minimum commitment of 12 months.
Freeset is seeking an experienced head of Procurement, familiar with the textile industry, to manage purchasing operations across our multiple businesses and geographies. We have 4 manufacturing units across West Bengal and looking to expand to almost 10 units. We are looking for a resourceful professional who can develop systems to streamline ordering, save costs and improve raw material quality. The person would focus on improving relationships with existing suppliers, recruiting new suppliers, and managing a broad range of spend categories. We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next 5 years, so an ability to grow with the company is critical.
Freeset is seeking an experienced head of Production Operations, familiar with manufacturing companies, to lead our production teams across multiple businesses and geographies. We have 4 manufacturing units across West Bengal and looking to expand to almost 10 units. We are looking for a resourceful professional who can drive continuous improvement across our production lines and effectively develop each of their direct reports. We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next 5 years, so an ability to grow with the company is critical. The individual would manage and oversee a growing team of production and quality control managers.
Freeset is seeking a manager for Quality Control to develop quality control systems and protocols for our manufacturing units. We have 4 manufacturing units across West Bengal and are looking to expand to almost 10 units. We are looking for a resourceful professional who brings a structured and thoughtful leadership approach to developing quality systems and quality culture. We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next 5 years, so an understanding for scalability is critical. The individual would report to our Head of Operations and work alongside our production managers.
Freeset Incubator Pvt. Ltd. exists to help establish, then support, new freedom businesses (mostly in the Murshidabad District of West Bengal). These freedom businesses will provide dignified employment in a caring work community, for women from extremely poor families, where there is judged to be a risk of trafficking of the women into the sex trade, as well as for women wanting to break free from the sex trade.
Freeset recognizes that many women working in the sex trade did not choose such a life but are victims of trafficking or poverty. Hence Freeset begins with the paradigm of ‘choice’ – offering an alternative form of employment where they can experience dignity and begin a journey towards healing and wholeness.
For those that have not had the misfortune to be trafficked, their employment will significantly reduce this risk and will lift the entire family out of dire poverty.
Although each of the Freeset employment units is a business, all profits are retained and used exclusively for the benefit of the women (health care, childcare, debt intervention, vocational training etc.) and to grow the business, so more women in the future will have the opportunity to choose freedom.
Over the past 15 years Freeset has established a model which offers a sustainable and integrated response to the economic and social needs of women seeking to break free from the sex trade. In more recent times it has also established businesses that offer sustainable employment to those at risk of being trafficked.
A central part of Freeset’s strategy is to locate itself within the community in which it seeks to have a transformational impact. Freeset responds to the economic needs of the women by offering long term employment (including vocational training) as well as initial debt intervention, if necessary.
Today in Sherpur, Murshidabad District, where Freeset Fabrics is located, approximately 50 women are in employment or training in handloom weaving and all the related processes. In addition, more than 200 women are employed by Freeset Bags and Apparel in Kolkata, manufacturing quality jute and cotton bags, and organic cotton t-shirts for export.
At Freeset, a woman experiences acceptance as well as respect and participation in a caring community which walks with her in a shared journey of hope. Above all, Freeset’s core business is freedom!
Freeset Fabrics is a registered Indian Private Limited Company located in West Bengal. Freeset Fabrics builds on the successful model of the Freeset Bags and Apparel based in Kolkata, in seeking to provide opportunity and choice for vulnerable/oppressed women.
Reporting directly to the General Manager (GM) of the Company, this role encompasses responsibility for all aspects of managing the Freeset Fabrics Weaving Unit, from day-to-day operations to contribute to long term strategy. The Weaving Unit, which has been in operation for just over 2 years, is based in Sherpur, Murshidabad District.
This post comes with high levels of autonomy and will provide challenges and rewards related with driving forward a relatively new business, seeking rapid growth in production required for global and domestic sales, thereby creating more opportunities for freedom for vulnerable women.
The Business Manager’s primary role is to ensure the smooth, effective and efficient running of the Freeset Fabrics Weaving Unit at Sherpur, Murshidabad District. Specifically: