My name is Val and I am the founder of Kumiko Matcha. I created Kumiko Matcha 10 years ago to introduce authentic premium organic matcha from Japan to France and Europe.
I travel to Japan each year to meet with our farmer-partners and seek new organic farmers (they are rare!) to tell their stories to our community: people who love drinking good teas and super-premium organic matcha, for its delicious taste and great health benefits.
With Kumiko Matcha we only offer organic and natural products for 3 reasons: protect the environment, protect the health of all the Kumiko community - meaning from the tea farmer in his tea garden to our customer who is drinking the tea; and to make Kumiko a force for the good in the world and be the change we want to see in the world.
Our community loves our products. Not only because we offer the best standards of quality: what separates us from other brands is our authenticity. Through many videos of myself (Val, founder) actually in Japan with the tea farmers in their tea gardens, we seek to link the tea that you are drinking right now, the tea bowl that you are holding, to the whole chain of events that hide behind this single experience: who made this tea bowl, who produced this organic tea, why? what is their life like? etc. It's not just a "thing" it's a whole authentic story behind every product we sell. We tell that story. And you can be part of it.
We are a small business and a small, young, driven team (27-32 years old) that consists of:
⇢ Val as CEO, I am based mostly in France or Poland or Japan
⇢ Jovana is our current Sourcing Manager, based in Serbia, and she will help to train and guide you
⇢ Alexiane is our Community and Customer Support Director, she is based in France.
⇢ Branka is our designer in Serbia,
⇢ Laura and Sabine are creating unique matcha recipes for us in France,
⇢ Jimmy is our favorite scientific blog posts researcher in Japan.
We are looking for a full-time Operations Manager to join the team. As we are a small team, the role has a few components and that makes it stimulating: Sourcing, Operations, Sustainability.
This role is very important for us and you will be interacting directly with the founder, Val. During the first few weeks, you’ll have training and guidance that will be tailored to your skillset. You’ll mostly learn through SOPs, video calls and training videos, and gradually understand more about the products and suppliers.
Your main responsibilities as a Sourcing and Operations Manager will include:
When that is learned and running well we will introduce a Sustainability focus in this role which will include:
There will be another exciting development which will be the launch of our European website and you will have responsibilities such as helping to set up operations, systems and content.
This is a full-time position with some flexibility when it comes to working hours. You will be expected to work 40 hours a week and at least 5 days a week, but there is no need to work specific hours as long as you are available to participate in scheduled meetings.
To excel in this role, you need to have:
Bonus points for:
Our perfect colleague also has:
Joining a small team comes with a huge scope for future growth, so if you’re looking for stable long-term work where you can learn & grow, this may be the perfect place for you.
Whats in it for you?
*Please note that this is a gross salary and that you are responsible for any tax-related procedures in your country of residence. We kindly ask you to apply only if you are happy to work remotely as an independent contractor.
This position will be closed as soon as we find the perfect match. So make sure to read the description carefully and take your time to submit a high-quality application that stands out.
If you apply we’ll respond promptly and keep you updated throughout the process.
Please expect the hiring process to include:
1 - Filling in the application form once you click “Apply”
2 - Completing test tasks, if short-listed
3 - Attending video interviews where you will have the opportunity to talk more about your previous experience and the new role
We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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