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What better way to get involved than by working for Freeset! We currently have job vacancies and require the services of people who share our vision of freedom for Kolkata’s sex workers. Positions are all based in Kolkata, voluntary for international applicants (paid for Indian nationals already living in India), and generally require a minimum commitment of 12 months.

 

For more information on any of the following positions at Freeset, please mail us at [email protected]

Head of Operations – Job Description

Job Summary:

Freeset is seeking an experienced head of Production Operations, familiar with manufacturing companies, to lead our production teams across multiple businesses and geographies. We have 4 manufacturing units across West Bengal and looking to expand to almost 10 units. We are looking for a resourceful professional who can drive continuous improvement across our production lines and effectively develop each of their direct reports. We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next 5 years, so an ability to grow with the company is critical. The individual would manage and oversee a growing team of production and quality control managers.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Operations Measurement & Improvement
  • Lead production managers in ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products
  • Develop the metrics and dashboards to assess our costs, efficiencies, quality and other key operating metrics in a transparent and consistent way
  • Drive regular operational improvement initiatives to improve productivity (reduce costs), using lean principles and other best-practices (Kanban, Kaizen etc.)
People & Strategy Development
  • Work with the COO on our growth strategy to ensure proper expansion of production
  • Coordinate development of new factories and production units as part of expansion
  • Train current direct reports in operations and leadership to improve overall team performance and drive continuous improvement ethos
  • Ensure the production managers and staff understand, and live by the company’s core values and founding mission
Quality Control & Capability Building
  • Identify training needs to broaden Freeset’s manufacturing capabilities
  • Establish a quality control ethos across the production unit
  • Develop quality control systems to reduce product losses and rejects
Production Planning & Coordination
  • Work with distributors and buyers to establish product demand-supply forecasts and a robust production planning process for Freeset
  • Select and implement appropriate management systems (e.g. ERP or MRP) that allow Freeset to scale its operations sustainably and transparently

Requirements:

  • Proven working experience in operations or manufacturing
  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing principles and operations best practices
  • Experience in lean manufacturing systems is strongly preferred
  • Aptitude in decision-making, people engagement and working with numbers
  • Organized and detail-oriented work ethic
  • BSc degree in engineering, operations, or business administration

Quality Control Manager – Job Description

Job Summary:

Freeset is seeking a manager for Quality Control to develop quality control systems and protocols for our manufacturing units. We have 4 manufacturing units across West Bengal and are looking to expand to almost 10 units. We are looking for a resourceful professional who brings a structured and thoughtful leadership approach to developing quality systems and quality culture. We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next 5 years, so an understanding for scalability is critical. The individual would report to our Head of Operations and work alongside our production managers.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Operations Measurement & Improvement
  • Partner with production managers in ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products
  • Develop the tools, metrics and processes to identify, measure and correct quality control issues and embed quality culture
  • Drive regular operational improvement initiatives to improve quality (e.g. install quality check steps, organize remedial training, etc.)
  • Track and measure losses to our customer and company accruing from quality failures, and assess efficacy of improvement initiatives
People & Strategy Development
  • Work with the Head of Operations to train and equip our production staff and hold the organization accountable to its quality promise
  • Recruit and develop a team to operate the quality control function across all units

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of basic manufacturing principles and operations best practices
  • Aptitude in decision-making, people engagement and working with numbers
  • Organized and detail-oriented work ethic
  • BSc degree in engineering, operations, or business administration

Communication Manager – Job Description

About the Communications Manager’s role:

  • Regular multi-media documentation of all programmes for Social Media, to enhance online presence of Freeset.
  • Write, edit, and research for the daily posts on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram etc.
  • Help run on-line/Social Media campaigns, as and when decided by the Senior Management
  • Manage communications systems within the company, including the company intranet.
  • Oversee the creation of posters, brochures and other publicity material.
  • Co-ordinate campaigns with sales partners and other stakeholders.
  • Manage requests for publicity material such as stories/photos and videos – especially from stake holders such as distributors, ensuring they receive material in a timely manner.
  • Manage the agreed permissions process for women sharing their stories, ensuring the women feel empowered and their stories are not exploited and misused.
  • Develop and implement social media strategies to build awareness of Freeset as a business, as well as highlighting the issues it seeks to address.
  • Manage communications team, including volunteers.
  • Look for ways to develop women on staff with skills that can be used to help tell their story.
  • Work with partners to ensure the Freeset brand is used appropriately.

Educational Qualification:

Masters in Mass Media or, Journalism or, Social Sciences etc./MBA in Communications, Marketing etc. or related fields.

Experience and required skill-sets:

  • Ability to work with a team and lead others
  • Writing / reporting / story-telling experience
  • Ability to tell sensitive stories with compassion and care
  • Need at least some basic Bengali language
  • Comfortable with MS Word & Excel
  • Basic understanding of how website Content Management systems work
  • Some photography skills would be an advantage

How to apply:

Interested candidate(s) are requested to send your CV with a copy of your publication/ write up to [email protected] on or before 28th February 2018. Freeset is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

 Production Manager: Apparel units – Job Description

Job Summary:

Position: Production Manager                             Location: Kolkata

Reports to: Head of Production

 

Freeset is seeking an experienced Production Manager to lead our apparel manufacturing units. We currently run four lean manufacturing lines based in two locations across Kolkata. We are looking to expand in both numbers of lines and type of products. We are looking for a resourceful professional who can drive continuous improvement across our production lines and effectively develop each of their direct reports. Experience and understanding in lean production and  AQL quality assurance is highly desirable, but not mandatory.

We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next five years, so an ability to grow with the company is critical. The individual would manage and oversee a growing team of sewing and quality control supervisors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operations Measurement & Improvement
    • Lead team of supervisors in ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products
    • Implement and assist in developing the metrics and dashboards to assess our costs, efficiency, quality and other key operating metrics in a transparent and consistent way
    • Suggest and implement regular operational improvement initiatives to improve productivity (reduce costs), using lean principles and other best-practices (Kanban, Kaizen etc.)

     

    • People & Strategy Development
    • Work with the Head of Production and wider production team on ensuring proper production practices, standards and measurements are implemented.

     

    • Work with Production team on assisting growth of new units and products.
    • Train current direct reports in operations and leadership to improve overall team performance and drive continuous improvement ethos.
    • Ensure supervisors and staff understand, and live by the company’s core values and founding mission
    • Quality Control & Capability Building
    • Identify an assist in implementing training needs to broaden Freeset’s manufacturing capabilities
    • Establish a quality control ethos across the production unit
    • Implement and assist in developing quality control systems to reduce product losses and rejects
    • Production Planning & Coordination
    • Work with customer care department and Head of Production to establish robust production planning processes for Freeset
    • Work with appropriate management systems (e.g. ERP or MRP) that allows for on-time delivery and smooth integration with other departments, (especially procurement and logistics).

Requirements:

  • Knowledge Required:
    • Knowledge of basic manufacturing principles and operational best practices
    • Knowledge Lean production, AQL quality assurance, six sigma would be an added advantage

    Skills Required:

    • Aptitude in decision-making, people engagement and working with numbers
    • Organized and detail-oriented work ethic and disciplined with priorities
    • Strong leadership capabilities
    • Self-motivated, strategic thinking and able to come up with creative solutions

    to difficult problems

    • Professional in demeanour, written and oral communication
    • Works well under stress and sustained positive attitude
    • Strong ethic of service and a passion for Freeset’s mission and values.

    Fluent in written and spoken Bangla and English.

Education:

  • Bachelors Degree and/or relevant certifications in Production management, six sigma, lean production and AQL quality assurance standards.

Experience:

  • Proven working experience in operations or manufacturing
  • Experience in lean manufacturing systems is strongly preferred.

How to apply:

Interested candidate(s) are requested to send your CV [email protected] on or before 30th August 2018.  Freeset is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply

Freeset Bags & Apparel Pvt. Ltd., Graphics Designer – Job Description

Job Summary:

Freeset is seeking a Graphics Designer, familiar with the textile industry, to design new styles of Freeset products in Kolkata.  We have two manufacturing units in Kolkata.  We are looking forward to a fresher for an entry level position or a candidate with minimal experience who is open to learning new concepts and design style.  We are focused on quadrupling our organization size in the next five years, so an ability to grow with the company is critical.

The Graphics Designer will be based in Kolkata.  The Graphics Designer will report to Production Manager – Printing based out of Kolkata.  If you are interested, send in your resumes to recru[email protected]

Key Responsibilities:

  • Candidate must be open to learning new concepts, ideas, design style, etc.
  • The candidate should work in coordination with the Production Manager
  • The candidate should embrace the values and mission of Freeset.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge Required:
    • The candidate should have working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CS3+, Adobe Illustrator CS3+, and Design CS3+
    • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is a must.
    • Additional design skills preferred.
    • Knowledge of Hindi in addition to Bengali and English preferred.

     

    Skill Required:

    • Organized and detailed oriented work ethic and disciplined with priorities.
    • Professional in demeanor, written and verbal communication.
    • Self motivated, strategic thinking and able to come up with creative solutions to difficult problems.
    • Works well under stress and sustained positive attitude.
    • Strong ethic of service and a passion for Freeset’s mission.
    • Should have good time management skills and should be able to meet deadlines.
    • Should be punctual

Education:

Either relevant Diploma in Graphic Design or a Degree in Graphic Design

Experience:

  • In case of Diploma holders considerable relevant experience required.
  • In case degree holders, Fresher or one year of relevant experience required

How to apply:

Interested candidate(s) are requested to send your CV with a copy of your publication/ write up to [email protected] on or before 28th February 2018. Freeset is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Nurse – Job Description

Job Summary:

The primary role of the registered nurse is to come alongside the women who work at Freeset and give them the tools to improve and be responsible for their own health needs, as well as the health needs of their family. This will include advocacy, training, and basic health assessments. This role  will also  include advocacy and health training in the red light district itself.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Establish and build trusted relationships with women at Freeset
  • Provide advocacy on hospital visits when necessary
  • Refer women to additional sources of support, as appropriate
  • Complete health questionnaires for new staff members
  • Conduct home visits when required
  • Follow up on women with chronic health conditions eg Blood Pressure monitoring for those with hypertension
  • Support administrative and operational processes
  • Write and provide basic health training as required
  • Facilitate and collate health testing for new and current staff
  • Carry out additional assignments at the line managers request

 

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant Work Experience
  • Registered Nurse and relevant qualifications
  • Self-motivated, articulate and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Ability to speak Bengali and/or Hindi

 

Critical Qualities

  • Female
  • Approachable
  • Strong ethic of service and a passion for the vision of Freeset
  • Patient
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments
  • Reliable
  • Strong situational awareness
  • Able to thrive while working with high risk clients
  • Ability to achieve goals in a cross-cultural setting
  • Effective as a team player and leader

How to apply:

Interested candidate(s) are requested to send CV to [email protected] on or before 28th February 2018 .  Freeset is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.