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Assistant Project Manager - Responsible Sourcing

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location England (South East) - UK
Town/City Oxford
Salary Additional Information Depending on experience
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 15/07/2018
Company Name Proforest
Contact Name Henning Thiel
Telephone 01865243439
Email personnel@proforest.net
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Assistant Project Manager – Responsible Sourcing

Proforest is seeking a highly motivated professional with practical experience in the field of responsible sourcing. This is an exciting opportunity to join Proforest’s growing team and contribute to the delivery of projects within Proforest’s consultancy services in responsible sourcing, working with major international brands and consumer goods clients. 

About Proforest

Proforest is a not-for-profit, mission-driven organisation that works with producers and other private sector partners, as well as governments, civil society organisations and NGOs, throughout agricultural and forest product supply chains. Proforest is now an established world leader in the development and implementation of sustainable production and responsible sourcing with a global presence. Our head office is in the UK with regional offices in Malaysia, Ghana, Colombia and Brazil.  We are working across agricultural and forest product supply chains, with particular focus on palm oil, soy, sugar cane, cattle and cocoa, helping companies, governments, non-governmental and civil society organisations to achieve sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.
Proforest provides practical advisory support to producers, processors and purchasers to help them work in environmentally and socially responsible ways. We also implement donor-funded programmes, which aim to create the enabling environment, and build the capacity required, to deliver agriculture and forest commodities sustainably at scale. We work at all levels throughout agricultural commodity supply chains – from international policy and legislation to practical operations on the ground – to support the implementation of responsible sourcing mechanisms and achieve positive sustainability impacts. Sample clients include Nestlé, Unilever, Wilmar, Cargill, PepsiCo, Bunge, AAK, and Mondelez.

Position summary

The position offers an exciting opportunity to join Proforest’s growing consultancy team and take an important role in supporting the delivery of Proforest’s services. The Assistant Project Manager is a learning role which supports other team members on a variety of projects. Training and support will be provided by more senior team members. This is a fixed term position for 12 months after which Proforest may offer a role as Project Manager to individuals who perform well during the fixed term period.


  • Support Proforest team members on a range of tasks related to the management and delivery of responsible sourcing projects. This might include supporting on research, technical work, proposal and report development, budgeting, reporting, etc.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of relevant developments around Proforest's work.
  • Contribute to the broader functioning of the team. 

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Masters (or equivalent) qualification in a relevant discipline 
  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience in a similar role
  • A proven interest in environmental and social sustainability issues affecting forest products and agricultural commodities sectors
  • Awareness of the motivations and drivers relating to responsible sourcing and production in international agricultural and forest product supply chains
  • Highly developed organisational and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills, including presentation skills. 
  • Experience in consultation and working with various stakeholders including large companies, small and medium enterprises, NGOs, financing institutions, government aid agencies, smallholders and local communities;
  • Working knowledge of another language (especially Portuguese, Spanish and French) would be advantageous.


Depending on experience

To apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position and confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK to personnel@proforest.net
Application Deadline: 20 July 2017

Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.

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