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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.

 

For more information on any of the following positions at Freeset, please [email protected] (for foreign applicants) or [email protected] (for Indian nationals residing in India).

Chief Procurement Officer – Job Description

Job Summary:

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.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing robust record-keeping or all procurement spend, including directory of suppliers, contract terms, their key personnel, our historical and forecasted spend
  • Establish strong relationships with existing suppliers and negotiate improving contract terms
  • Identify, qualify and recruit new suppliers to diversify supply chain
  • Define raw material forecasting, ordering and approval process and implement cost controls
  • Track and report key procurement metrics and hit targets in improving quality / reducing costs
  • Codify better contracts with suppliers, including strong definitions of all raw material and finished goods specs
  • Oversee development of 3rd party outsourcing options for all manufacturing-related services ranging (dyeing, washing, cutting, printing, sewing etc.)
  • Develop spend approval process in partnership with Finance team
  • Benchmark our raw material and service costs to competitors to understand our relative cost position and improve ability to negotiate terms
  • Forecast changes in raw material costs for key raw materials to help us anticipate changes in our cost structure and required price adjustments
  • Audit existing suppliers to ensure compliance with all Freeset certifications (organic, fair trade, GOTS, etc.)
  • Identify and instill supplier management tools and software to help track spend (e.g. procurement spend cube / database).

 

Requirements:

  • Proven working experience as a procurement manager or procurement officer
  • Knowledge of sourcing and procurement techniques as well as a dexterity in “reading” the market (basic ability to understand market forces and supply chain risk)
  • Talent in negotiations and networking
  • Good knowledge of supplier or third party management software
  • Aptitude in decision-making and working with numbers
  • Experience in collecting and analyzing data
  • BSc degree in supply chain management, logistics, operations, engineering or business administration

Head of Operations – Job Description

Job Summary:

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.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Operations Measurement & Improvement
  • Lead production managers in ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products
  • Develop the metrics and dashboards to assess our costs, efficiencies, quality and other key operating metrics in a transparent and consistent way
  • Drive regular operational improvement initiatives to improve productivity (reduce costs), using lean principles and other best-practices (Kanban, Kaizen etc.)
People & Strategy Development
  • Work with the COO on our growth strategy to ensure proper expansion of production
  • Coordinate development of new factories and production units as part of expansion
  • Train current direct reports in operations and leadership to improve overall team performance and drive continuous improvement ethos
  • Ensure the production managers and staff understand, and live by the company’s core values and founding mission
Quality Control & Capability Building
  • Identify training needs to broaden Freeset’s manufacturing capabilities
  • Establish a quality control ethos across the production unit
  • Develop quality control systems to reduce product losses and rejects
Production Planning & Coordination
  • Work with distributors and buyers to establish product demand-supply forecasts and a robust production planning process for Freeset
  • Select and implement appropriate management systems (e.g. ERP or MRP) that allow Freeset to scale its operations sustainably and transparently

Requirements:

  • Proven working experience in operations or manufacturing
  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing principles and operations best practices
  • Experience in lean manufacturing systems is strongly preferred
  • Aptitude in decision-making, people engagement and working with numbers
  • Organized and detail-oriented work ethic
  • BSc degree in engineering, operations, or business administration

Quality Control Manager – Job Description

Job Summary:

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.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Operations Measurement & Improvement
  • Partner with production managers in ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products
  • Develop the tools, metrics and processes to identify, measure and correct quality control issues and embed quality culture
  • Drive regular operational improvement initiatives to improve quality (e.g. install quality check steps, organize remedial training, etc.)
  • Track and measure losses to our customer and company accruing from quality failures, and assess efficacy of improvement initiatives
People & Strategy Development
  • Work with the Head of Operations to train and equip our production staff and hold the organization accountable to its quality promise
  • Recruit and develop a team to operate the quality control function across all units

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing principles and operations best practices
  • Aptitude in decision-making, people engagement and working with numbers
  • Organized and detail-oriented work ethic
  • BSc degree in engineering, operations, or business administration

Freeset Fabrics Business Manager (Deputy GM) – Job Description

About Freeset:

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!

Visit: www.freesetglobal.com and www.freesetincubator.com for more info.

Freeset Fabrics Pvt. Ltd.

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.

About the Role:

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.

Specific Areas of Responsibility:

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:

  • Leading the business unit, on a day-to-day basis, in line with Freedom Business Principles, and promoting a positive, well-motivated workforce.
  • Maintaining discipline, good order and high standards in the factory.
  • Direction and supervision of the Freeset Fabrics Sherpur management team.
  • Working with the Production Manager and Customer Relationship Manager, ensuring that the right products are produced (taking direction from the Sales & Marketing, and Product Development departments), to the required standard, to meet customer expectations and demands.
  • Ensuring all stock is controlled and properly accounted for, and that shipment of finished products is completed on time and in a cost-effective manner.
  • Taking decisions on purchasing (within defined limits) and managing the cash accounts.
  • Dealing with human resource issues (including: recruitment and onboarding, performance appraisals, and payroll, with associated ESI & EPF administration).
  • Working with the Production Manager, ensuring productivity is optimized.
  • Assisting with Company strategic planning and implementation.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of employees and visitors, through the management of risks and hazards.
  • Deputizing for the General Manager, in his absence.

Skills and Attitude Required:

  • A heartfelt desire to ensure justice for the poor and oppressed, through business.
  • An attitude of innovation, including flexibility, adaptability and transparency.
  • Unquestionable honesty and integrity.
  • Broad experience in management, including exposure to: general administration, accounts, human resources (including payroll), and (ideally) manufacturing.
  • Recent experience of people management and team leadership.
  • Fluency in Bangla and English (written and spoken); spoken Hindi an advantage.