Now Hiring: Operations & Finance, Associate or Manager

NOW HIRING: Operations & Finance, Associate or Manager

Kopali, a social enterprise and positive-impact chocolate brand, is seeking a key team member to manage both strategy and execution, for all supply chain, finance and operations.  Seeking immediate start for training which may take place partially in Miami. Exciting opportunity for growth and high-level responsibilities – for the right candidate who is prepared to dive into this intense role.

Responsibilities include: sourcing and purchasing ingredients and materials; planning and managing outsourced production, and demand and inventory; coordinating import/export and logistics; analyzing and tracking sales, tradespends, and customer and product profitability; business-wide budgeting, financial modeling and accounting; and organizational management.

Requires: exceptional strategic and systems thinking, as well as detail orientation; exceptional work ethic and energy; interest in committing to a highly entrepreneurial young and growing business; bilingual English/Spanish with strong verbal and written communication skills in both languages; strong quantitative, Excel and accounting skills (currently using Quickbooks); minimum of two years competitive work experience required, and MBA strongly preferred.  Must be prepared to enjoy the challenge of operating with lean overhead, and be prepared to “get the job done” with a positive view of direct hands-on execution of a wide variety of tasks, with expectation of a 60-hour workweek alongside company leadership.  Opportunity to play an instrumental role during this key phase of Kopali’s growth, including responsibilities which at a larger company might be reserved for a COO/CFO.

Strongly prefer a candidate either based in NYC and able to train in Miami, or based in Miami with willingness to ultimately relocate to NYC; will also consider LA and perhaps other locations.  Envisioning a firm mutual commitment to a 20 week training period, with ongoing commitment mutually confirmed at week 10; will also consider hiring an interim team member with a 6 month commitment.

Position reports to Kopali President Jacqueline Holmes: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquelineholmes; who runs Kopali in partnership with Kopali Cofounder/CEO Zak Zaidman: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/zak-zaidman/3/78/ab2

Please contact executivehires@kopali.com with a resume and detailed cover letter.  Please confirm availability to start immediately, including training in Miami for up to several weeks if required.  Please share every timeslot available to meet in person in NYC or speak via phone, for each of the next 10 days, including all 7 days of the week and the hours of 8am-8pm.

Kopali Chocolates – perfectly pure, irresistibly rich and luscious, crafted entirely at the point-of-origin. Certified organic and fair trade, Kopali’s chocolates are every bit as important as they are delicious. Motivated by a deep purpose and guided by a clear strategy, Kopali’s chocolate sweetness has already managed to reach, delight and inspire millions of fans while helping to support thousands of farmers who in turn care for ecosystems that support all life.

We are a small entrepreneurial team at an exciting moment of growth, preparing to scale in 2013 with new products, and wider distribution than our current focus on premium grocery and lifestyle chains and independent outlets throughout the US.  Our focus is on expansion/sales, capacity/systems building, and maximizing impact: how many retailers and shoppers and influencers and outlets can we reach, with your help?

Kopali Chocolates offer pure delight, with no refined sugars, oils, dairy, or anything artificial – and they are vegan and gluten‐free, as well as certified organic and fair trade. Presented in eye-catching, appealing, impulse-buy candy packaging, the Kopali look and feel combines an upscale, contemporary, sophisticated brand, with authentic commitment and connection to pure food, farmers and land, artisan production, and indigenous cultures.

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