Manager, Supply Chain
Who We Are
Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world. Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.
The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. Our model – which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies – is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.
Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions. We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage.
We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.
Bridge partners with the Liberia Government and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops his/her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. The education crisis is one that requires urgent, collective, and concrete action to surmount. While Liberia has some of the lowest rate of out of school children in the world, the education crisis is not just about out of school children, but also about children who are in school and not learning. In Sub Saharan Africa, statistics say that 88% or almost 9 out of 10 children and adolescents will not be able to read proficiently by the time they are of age to complete primary and lower secondary Education.
Bridge started operations in Liberia in 2016, partnering with the government to launch its first Partnership Schools for nursery and primary schools targeted at providing life changing education for families living in low-income areas in 8 Counties (Bomi, Grand Cap Mount, Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Rivercess, Nimba and Montserrado) under MOE's multi-providers Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program. In 2017, Bridge Liberia further expanded its reach to the other marginalized and vulnerable communities in Grand Kru and Maryland Counties totaling 10 counties of operations in Liberia. The program was later re-branded in 2018 to Liberia Education Advancement Programme (LEAP).
Today, Bridge Liberia works with both communities and governments to ensure thousands of children have access to either a well-run, high achieving affordable public school so that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 of Quality Education becomes a reality for the millions of children in Liberia quickly. You will join a group of young and passionate Liberians taking concrete action to help address the education crisis in Liberia and ensure a better future for the children of Liberia
Operations are central to how everything functions seamlessly at Bridge. The Operations group is responsible for all core operations within the region. This includes a central and distributed headquarters team that supports and monitors the academies’ operations and designs all the processes and systems that are critical to the success of each and every academy. Operations work closely and take responsibility for the critical performance of our entire network of academies, including personnel management, instructional delivery, expenses& payroll, facilities and more. Effective management of academy operations is measured by:
Staff satisfaction and turnover
Cost of headquarters support per pupil
Educational outcomes as measured by academic testing programme
About the Role
Supply Chain is at the forefront of building an incredibly lean organization and seats within the Operations group. The team is responsible for establishing and managing the processes, systems, and tools related to Procurement, Logistics, Warehousing, and Inventory Management of all goods required to service the activities of each school and central office in each of our territories. The Shared Services Supply Chain function also supports the implementation of best-practices and standards across all the territories we operate in and ensures that our supply chain activities are architected for growth, rapid change and on demand/on site order fulfillment.
The ideal candidate comes from a strong commercial background, with exposure to high-growth environment. You have experience in Supply Chain/Procurement management, with a strong track record leading teams to provide high-quality services in very fast-paced environments. You dare energetic, tireless and persistent. You thrive in critical thinking and problem-solving and enjoy engaging and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. You will thrive in coming up with innovative ideas on how to optimize company results by reducing costs of all supply chain/procurement activities in Liberia. This role will report into the Operations Director.
What You Will Do
We are looking for an absolute Rockstar to join our senior leadership team and take our Supply Chain group to the next level. It is an extraordinary, but highly challenging role. Supply Chain is responsible for inventory management, procurement, logistics, and warehousing to service the activities of each academy.
You will be responsible for leading the team that sources and obtains strong pricing across the various areas that we need items for – chiefly our academies, as well as for Support Office functions. Not only this but Supply Chain is instrumental in buying a very large and diverse category of materials, including construction, curriculum, academy, marketing, IT and office materials, along with other bric-a-brac. Quick turnaround times, least cost budgets and one of a kind requirements make this role unlike most others you will encounter. You uphold the highest standard of conduct, and you expect the same from your team.
You will be building a world-class Supply Chain platform – and that requires you to be a hands-on leader who effectively manages a large, multi-functional team and proactively dives into the nitty gritty to improve processes and systems. Building such a platform shall also include setting up logistics function that focuses on timely and safe delivery of all academy related materials to our communities, with high cost optimisation. This would also involve generating creative solutions that work for warehousing in short-term and the longer-term systemic set-up of a local warehouse for the India team.
You will need to be tough but fair to ensure that we build a zero-tolerance environment for any fraud and leakage. You will train, develop, and mentor your team, and provide clear, constructive feedback where necessary.
You must be a team player – Supply Chain is deeply integrated with our Development and Operations groups, and you will interact with other teams frequently. You are singularly focused on building a better Bridge, regardless your title or department designation.
Preferred Experience and Skills:
- Passion for Bridge’s vision of democratizing the right for all children to succeed
- Bachelor’s degree from a top university; MS/MBA a plus, strong background in Supply Chain management; deep knowledge of procurement, warehousing, logistics best practices
- Significant and meaningful leadership experience leading Supply Chain teams in fast-growth multi-unit environments, big plus for experience working with construction/repairs,
- High integrity with zero tolerance for any unethical business practices,
- Strong analytical / critical thinker,
- Self-starter; highly driven individual that will take ownership from the get-go and proactively look for improvement,
- Strong leadership skills and has demonstrated ability to work with a very diverse workforce.
● A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
● A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
● A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
● A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
● A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
● A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.