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Sourcing Manager

Kampala, Uganda
March 11, 2022

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August **** - Present

Nandusi Abdul Rashid

Kampala, Uganda



Top-performing Professional Coffee Project Manager, Research and Development Coordinator, Coffee Quality Specialist, Global and Local Coffee Procurement and Supply Chain Coordinator . Specialist with ground implementing complex projects and initiatives in support of company goals. 11 years deep experience in developing and implementing program enhancements that generate improved performance and outcomes. Related skills and experience include Operations Management, Team leader, administrator, and organizational change agent. Skills : Comfortable in engaging in multiple projects and meeting deadlines. Presentation and communication skills. Open to new ideas . Active and eager to grow fast. Digitally Fluent. Highly Motivated. Data Driven. Problem solver. Engagement competency. Evident Leadership. Microsoftt Office Suite. Google sheets. Accounting. Marketing. Project Management



Coffee Project Manager

Manage and coordinate UGACOF’s coffee projects across the country Actively build and nurture strong relationships with key stakeholders Generate project proposals, from inception to implementation Ensure timely and accurate reporting for all ongoing sustainability projects Coordinate all certification activities at country level to ensure the team is set to deliver on targets and requirements Participate in development and refinement of the overall sustainability strategy. Directly contributing to position UGACOF as an industry leader in sustainability initiatives. Expanding the project by increasing the farmer base and acreage under organic cultivation in my country of operations and identify areas with great potential for new projects and develop brief proposals for tapping into them. Coordinating all project activities in my Country of Operations designated project area and ensuring that they are running smoothly and accountability is made where required. Ensuring that all necessary licenses are obtained in the areas in which the company operates. Ensuring procurement of commodities is as per the target and quality standards, specification, protocol, and lowest price both from farmers and traders by updating head office on commodity prices and trends, meeting and adding new traders to the vendor’s list.

Managing performance and motivate the field team by setting their targets, doing appraisals, coach, and mentor, identify training needs and give regular feedback to ensure that they are optimally utilized, attain a level of employee satisfaction, and are efficient.

Ensuring that the manpower required to do the work is available by working with HR to identify and recruit suitable field staff to ensure that work goes on smoothly.

Supervising the implementation of the Internal Control System. Ensureing that all office equipment is well maintained in good working order and utilized in a cost-effective manner by controlling the movements, and monitoring field-level equipment. Ensureing CSR projects are done in a well-organized and effective way by coordinating with HO to implement the project in the villages.

Submitting daily, weekly and monthly reports to the Head Agri Extension/ Head Procurement on daily activities of the field officers, inventory stock, project cost ( Actual V/s Budget), Procurement Cost (Actual V/s Budget) and Labor Cost(Actual v/s budget)

World Coffee Research July 2017 - Present

Assistant Director of Research and Development

Accountable for program and budget development, technical and operational execution, and reporting on WCR’s Global Breeding Network

Accountability towards program and budget development, technical implementation, and reporting on WCR trialing program including hybrid trials, international multi-location variety trials, and beverage quality evaluations. Providing technical and scientific guidance in the development and implementation of the WCR nursery program Overseeing and lead technical and operational support in the modernization of the breeding program and capacity building of our national partners

Consulting and advising on the WCR trial program, including on-farm variety trials, core collection trials, MLAT Holding responsibility toward leading the technical and scientific peer review process to assure quality programming is in place for on-going and new projects.

Providing oversight for data management and related duties, as needed. Represent WCR – 10%

Serve as a Brand Ambassador for WCR by leading, developing, and maintaining strong relations with key partners, positioning WCR as a partner or collaborator of choice.

Building trust and generate desire among partners. Of particular importance is fostering relationships with senior scientific leaders of the national coffee institutes / national agriculture research institutes in WCR focus countries and regional institutes

(e.g. CATIE) for implementation of the Global Breeding Network; private and public sector research partners associated with technologies and approaches to support the nursery program; and senior leadership in R&D and green coffee supply teams within WCR member companies and prospective member companies in order to generate awareness and interest in supporting WCR strategy. Other key relationships include scientists in advanced research institutes and universities, and government and private sector research organizations that can collaborate or partner with WCR to advance a shared global coffee research agenda

Supervise staff – 15%

Fostering a team culture among direct reports to deliver organizational results. Guiding and supporting staff in their individual technical duties and responsibilities. Encouraging and cultivate an environment that promotes the professional development of staff. Providing quarterly performance feedback and support to staff. Validating staff compliance with WCR policies and procedures. Neumann Kaffee Gruppe January 2014 - June 2016

Global Coffee Procurement and Supply's Chain Manager Preparing and executing negotiation events - seeking the best TCO contracts and beneficial commercial agreements with suppliers, as approved by the Category Manager.

Negotiating contracts, ensuring the most beneficial commercial agreements with suppliers are in line with the strategy. Ensuring compliance with Neumann Kaffee Gruppe Corporate Business Principles, policies and standards. Managing innovation with suppliers and/or integrating their innovation into our organization. Identifying opportunities and leading regional/global leverage and projects for cost and efficiency optimization. Monitoring work-in-process activities for supply chain batch release to ensure on-time delivery and/or address impact of delays providing direction for prioritization of changes Assessing pre-harvest position through visits and updates with partnes Monitoring work-in-process activities for supply chain batch release to ensure on-time delivery and/or address impact of delays providing direction for prioritization of changes Purchasing and allocating plans for each season based on sales forecast, to ensure being commercially minded when negotiating quality differentials and price in order to obtain the best deal for the organization and farmers/ supplier. Building effective cooperation with internal stakeholder Establishing fruitful cooperation with suppliers, manage supplier relationship Performing market and offers evaluation through tenders and benchmark exercises. Performing cost analysis, create and manage optimization initiatives Leading purchasing part in cross-functional projects, projects coordination ( specification changes, supply chain initiatives support)

Contracts/annexes preparation and signing, considering legislation and tax requirements and aligning within the cross- functional team

Procurement policy compliance, initiation and approval control of proper documents Suppliers validation according to agreed company procedures Serving as the international transportation lead to support coffee globally from origin to global destinations Collaborate with key internal teams to monitor the end to end movement of coffee and identify areas of opportunity Manage the external control towers to monitor coffee shipments and capacity needs to ensure timely shipping of coffee to final destinations

Partner with the reporting and analytics manager to develop KPI and metrics reporting Acting as transportation subject matter expert for the project team to build out solutioning to support continuity and stability of our coffee supply chain

Developing executive summary level reporting and lead meetings with cross-functional partners Coaching and mentoring operations consultation managers on developing and maintaining relevant retail expertise, plans, objectives and schedules that support program objectives. Consults with the sponsoring business unit or units in the development of a clearly articulated vision, mission, business case and resulting programs.

Working cross-functionally with business partners and other teams to ensure successful execution of the program. Ensures projects within the program comply with established company standards. Developing an integrated plan that includes program deliverables, strategic alignment, total revenue. profit opportunity, enterprise-wide impacts, milestones, risks, assumptions, constraints, and overall program investment. Updates program plans, priorities, and project sequencing as needed.

Ensureing all project teams working on the program understand and work toward accomplishing the business vision, goals and objectives of the program.

Analyzeing and evaluating project interdependencies and their impacts to the program. Recommending and implements program improvements to meet changing mission parameters and requirements. Monitoring project execution to ensure that key milestones and financial parameters are met and that projects are delivered effectively to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the program. Communicating program status to participants and stakeholders accurately and on time. Optimizing financial, human and other resource allocations between projects and ensures effective resource utilization across the program.

Overseeys the financial well-being of the program by analyzing cost effectiveness and exercising cost controls. Developing and monitoring the program's budget. Working with the business unit to secure funding for program requirements. Development, implementation & maintenance of optimal sourcing strategies for all key spend areas across the portfolio January 2013 - December

Tender management, negotiation and implementation of supplier agreements Development & implementation of appropriate supplier management activities for all key suppliers across the portfolio Developing strong relationships with key stakeholders and senior Executives as appropriate In charge of the design, implement and manage Coffee procurement strategy. Assessing local market conditions and identify procurement opportunities and develop forecasts, financial objectives and business plans.

Implementing required infrastructure to drive/deliver volumes and quality Optimizing utilization of processing and quality resources to derive maximum capacity utilization/efficiencies. Building, maintaining and strengthen strategic networks, adhere to high ethical standards, and comply with all regulations/applicable laws.

Credit Risk, stock Management and ensuring strict adherence to all the laid down systems and procedures without exception.

Ensuring that all the direct and indirect costs for the business are within budgets. Managing/eliminating controllable losses and minimize the impact of non-controllable losses. Carrying out market intelligence, confirm currency hedging requirements and stay abreast of competing markets and provide reports on market movement and penetration

Monitoring work-in-process activities for supply chain batch release to ensure on-time delivery and/or address impact of delays providing direction for prioritization of change Performing other duties as assigned to meet the needs of business Royal Coffee

Coffee Buyer Africa

Purchasing of green coffee in line with set budget levels Monitoring coffee futures and currency markets in relation to existing and new contracts Supplier visits and origin travel to develop long-terms relationships ensuring transparency and quality standards are met Reviewing documentation including invoice approval to ensure all correct Roasting and evaluating green coffee samples and provide feedback to suppliers Supporting team to manage coffee stock levels and availability at warehouses Stocking reconciliations to be carried out in line with business requirements Calculating and forecast coffee requirements based on sales Ensuring all trace documentation and certificates relating to coffee purchases are maintained Maintaining documentation relating to green supply on SharePoint To provide support during internal audits through provision of relevant documentation Maintaining visibility of supply chains related to coffee purchases To ensure that blends are created according to specifications and changes managed appropriately February 2011 - November 2012

August 2009 - January 2011

Atlas Coffee Importers

Coffee Sourcing Professional East Africa

Overseeing East Africa sourcing operations

Cupping for procurement.

Consolidating containers.

Track and report on supplier performance.

Seting up Laboratories

Hiring employees.

Researching and identifying growth opportunities.

Generating reports and giving presentations.

Building East Africa– Supplier – Microlot information database. Responsible for the purchase of high quality coffee, contact suppliers, and review offers and qoutations Ensureing fast evacuation of stock from the unit to avoid accumulation of stock during peak season. In charge of planning and accounting for procurement funds to satisfy the requirement to achieve required volume during both peak and off peak periods.

Carrying out market intelligence and report on price and other activities by competitors. Updating and maintain ledgers for fund/stock on a regular basis and ensure no discrepancies. Regularly review and advise on quality of Coffee and negotiate competitive price based on the quality. Mapping/sketching out new supply channels so as to increase volume & quality of coffee. Developing a sourcing strategy to diversify Atlas Coffee bean portfolio to provide global sourcing solutions to customers and maximize their procurement efficiency

Building relationships with local exportersVendors farmers, sorting, cleaning and milling plants by making site visits and participating in seminars.

Gathering origin market intelligence and reporting to Head Office to aid in sourcing strategy development and platform feature development.

Reporting changes in East Africa policies that may affect Atlas coffee exporting business in the short/long run. Olam Speciality Coffee

Coffee Quality Specialist Uganda

Preparing and carrying out raw green coffee testing analysis (physical and sensorial). Preparing and carrying FG coffee testing analysis (physical and sensorial). Liaising with all third parties to ensure a steady flow of samples throughout the week – reducing a build-up of workload. Leading the continuous improvement testing to enable the business to improve cost efficiency & reduce raw material costs. Challenge & question all external laboratory mis-haps to fast track unclear results and optimise laboratory performance. coordinating & cooperate the day-to-day work amongst the laboratory team and manage the third-party laboratory sample requests

Creating reports of results flagging issues & concerns in time for the Laboratory manager. Managing the data capture of all laboratory testing with easy access to the database to extrapolate results and trends. Creating, managing & feedback the day-to-day results of all analysis & KPI’s for laboratory manager & senior management. Responsible for leading and managing the Quality Teams across Uganda. Responsible for ensuring all required quality documentation is completed to a high level of accuracy and in a timely manner.

Liaising closely with the Production teams to ensure that quality inspections are carried out regularly and throughout all stages of the production and storage processes.

Responsible for making recommendations on process improvements that will ensure the highest level of quality is maintained for all coffee that passes through our operation Responsible for ensuring all export ready coffee is fully compliant with company and regulatory requirements. May 2008 - June 2009






National Union of coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises Program Coordinator Intern

Supporting the design and planning of the subsector strengthening components of the project. Managing the implementation of the agricultural/aquaculture subsector strengthening components of the project Drafting reports on completion of project activities and inputs into narrative project reports Drafting, monitoring and managing activity budgets for agricultural/aquaculture components of the project with support/oversight from Programme Director

Supporting the design and implementation of the monitoring framework and plan as it relates to agricultural/aquaculture components of the project

Developing and maintain positive relationships with relevant local stakeholders related to agricultural/aquaculture components of the project

Working closely with, mentor and develop the capacity of national counterparts on the project team Providing support, guidance and advice to national counterpart in the development and implementation of activities Supporting the Programme Director in the programme management and administration of the project as needed Liaising closely with the Programme Director, keeping him up to date on progress and problems as they arise Representing the project and company in the absence of the Programme Director as required Any other duties that arise as appropriate


Makerere University

Diploma in Food Science and Technology


Kampala International University

Bachelor Degree in Procurement and Logistics Management 4.41

Africa Coffee Academy

Coffee Sensory and Cupping Course / Sensory SCA


Roast Coffee Academy

Coffee Roasting and Blending Course / SCA


Coffee Quality Institute

Coffee Quantity Evaluation



Coaching and mentoring operations consultation managers on developing and maintaining relevant retail expertise, plans, objectives and schedules that support program objectives. Program deliverables, strategic alignment, total revenue. profit opportunity, enterprise-wide impacts, milestones, risks, assumptions, constraints, and overall program investment. Updates program plans, priorities, and project sequencing as needed. Ability to work independently both using own initiative and as part of a team. Ability to be flexible to meet the needs of the Business. Ability to work with confidential. Confident user of Microsoft Excel and other MS Office products Excellent organisation skills Confident communicator and negotiator. Basic sensory skills (tasting Passion for communicating, negotiating, and developing close relationships with people Outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Spoken and written English skill of business level or higher. Ability to adapt quickly to the fast-paced working environment. Strong self-motivation and willingness to learn and deal with new industries Capability to handle multiple works with great time-management skills and responsibility.

Achievements & Awards

Reduced project costs in SUCAFINA by $50000 by implementing cost-effective strategies. Resolved 12 internal conflicts in SUCAFINA, by mediating teams, and making important decisions properly. Successfully met all project deadlines in SUCAFINA for 4 years in a row. Redesigned and implemented a progress tracking system, as a result, decreased tracking time by 50% while working with SUCAFINA. Built 2 new project teams by successfully completing all human resource and support functions while working with SUCAFINA. Reined in a rollercoaster ride involving 3 simultaneous projects, and came out shining while working with SUCAFINA. Devised a resource management system, thereby, decreased allocation time by 75% Streamlined project cycles, by the implementation of core instructions and protocols. Received accolades for efficiently and effectively managing 5 projects simultaneously. Met an almost impossible deadline, by working through weekends. consequently, decreased communication gaps. Trained 32 newly hired project personnel, as part of their induction program. Introduced a project performance management system, considered 75% more efficient than the one already being followed. Achieved- supplier on time delivery improvement in 95% of business deal and by reducing purchase cost, have gain 3% to 8% profit margin. Negotiated with vendors to maximize cost savings (achieved $1.7 million savings in 2011). Implemented purchasing procedures that reduced wait time to two days to ensure timely delivery. Successfully maintained a 99.5% or better in on-time delivery and order accuracy. Interests






English. Kiswahili. Arabic. Spanish. Luganda. Lusoga. Luteso. Luyakole. Luyolo Lugisu Reference

Iwiire Nasser Rashid - "SUCAFINA"

Sales Representative


Wanyela Rooney - "Olam Coffee Specialist"

Quality Manager


Zanire Rashid - "Neumann Kaffee Gruppe"

Sales and Marketing Coordinator


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