Operations & Supply Chain Expert for Lean Thinking Project in Colombia
Consultant (Typically 1 - 12 weeks)
You must be able to speak Spanish, English.
When Can You Start?
You can start Aug 1st, 2019
Description and Impact
Our company has been developing and manufacturing plant-based natural medicines for over 30 years. Our products and practices are certified by the Colombian Food and Security Federation. Although we have established a successful company, we feel that we can improve our productivity by designing and updating systems to reduce waste and become much more efficient.
We believe with a more efficient production system not only will our business become more profitable, but also more environmentally sustainable and rewarding for our employees. Our goal is to create a clear, efficient, and healthy company culture where all personnel understand and take pride in the importance of their role and responsibility in the company.
These changes will allow us to maintain our core values: effectiveness, trust, patient support and fair price. With the reduction of costs in the production chain we will guarantee a greater margin of profit with which we can invest in medium and long term plans like automation of production, research, development of marketing strategies, employee well-being programs, and the maintenance of our standardized production processes.
Our company was certified B Corp in 2015 and we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our processes while increasing the positive social impact on our community. This project will guarantee the improvements we are looking for in our manufacturing processes, so that our employees will feel more comfortable in their jobs and have greater well-being. We aim to generate a circular economy within the company with the use of plant-based waste that comes out of our clean production, reducing our carbon footprint and generating awareness regarding the impact of waste.
We would like to have an Experteer to help us:
1.) identify areas of waste and inefficiency in the production chain
2.) design a strategic plan to improve our processes using the Lean Thinking model with a customer-focused approach while prioritizing our core purpose (transforming the quality of life and providing relief for our clients).
Our ideal Experteer is a professional person with experience in Lean Thinking model, with the ability to generate strategies and guide the leadership team in making decisions to reduce waste and inefficiency. We are seeking a professional that has interest in companies that generate social and environmental impact. It is essential that the professional is fluent in Spanish as all our employees are Spanish speakers. Lastly, it would be ideal for the professional to have knowledge and experience in the production of medicines, supplements or food.
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Learning Opportunity
- Meal Stipend
Our Experteer will be housed on the organic farm where we produce vegetable and some of our medicinal plants. Located only 5 minutes away from the workplace with an amazing view of the beautiful Coffee Cultural Landscape, you will have a spacious room with private bathroom and small fridge in shared house with a kitchen in an outdoor common area.
With us you will learn how to integrate the production of natural medicine with the protection of the biodiversity of Quindío, as we have a non-profit dedicated to protecting Quindío’s biodiversity. We have an array of health products that have been proven to be incredible effective for many diseases over the last 30 years. You will have the opportunity to live and learn on a functioning organic farm.
We provide the 3 meals a day prepared with mostly organic and locally produced foods. A breakfast of fresh fruit and eggs from the farm, with lunch and dinners of typical regional dishes such as bean soups, plantains, and mixed rice. Vegetarian options available.
The company is located just outside of Armenia, the Capital of Quindio. Quindio boasts gorgeous scenery and is party of the UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape. Quindio is one of the most popular places to visit in all of Colombia, with its charming mountain towns, lush green mountains, and delicious coffee. We can take our Experteer to visit organic farmers markets, coffee farms, charming mountain towns, among others. We also live in an area that is ideal for those who are passionate about mountain biking, hiking and bird watching.