Operations Manager

Proximity Designs

About us

"Proximity Designs is an award-winning social business in Myanmar. We design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families. Launched in 2004, we’ve created Myanmar’s largest agricultural services platform — farm technology, advising and finance — to help small family farms be profitable. Across our platform, we’re now engaging with over 100,000 new customers a year, on top of the 550,000 we’ve already served. These families see an average of $250 annual income increase as a result — a life-changing amount for those living on less than $3 a day. By using human-entered design, we listen, observe and learn from our customers. From this deep knowledge, we design and bring to market products and services to meet their changing needs. Today the scope of our
network reaches nearly 80 percent of the farming population. We have customers in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Lower Myanmar, the central Dry Zone and the Shan hills."

Workplace and culture

Made up of 800+ staff members nationwide, we are proud to have attracted some of the brightest talents in Myanmar, who share our vision to better the lives of rural farmers and create positive social impact through our work.

Despite our rapid growth, Proximity still operates on a flat structure as we first started. We value transparency and encourage our staff to carry out their ideas and participate in the decision-making process.

Besides competitive salaries, travel opportunities around the country and abroad, as well as a comprehensive healthcare package, we provide a platform where people come here to develop their skills and grow from their work. To achieve this, we created Proximity School. Modeled after leading corporate universities in the world, Proximity School delivers trainings directly to where our staff is. The list of available courses goes beyond just technical skill training but includes soft skill training and English learning.

  Bahan,  Yangon    16 July 2018
Job Reference: MJ1528372484934

Your Mission
For the past eight years, the Farm Advisory Services team has worked closely with rural farmers to increase their incomes with technical trainings, consultations, and on-site pest and disease diagnostics. We are expanding our geographic reach and portfolio of services to include digital platforms, soil testing, and access to farm machinery. As Operations Manager, you will be in charge of developing strategic operations plans for all of our services, managing the branch network, and developing the branch staff’s capacity. If you have outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, strive for operational excellence, and are excited to help thousands of farmers gain access to valuable agricultural services, then this is the opportunity for you.

Meet Your Team
The Farm Advisory Services (FAS) team is at the forefront of agricultural consulting for smallholders in Myanmar. The 180-member team is made up of diverse talents, including advanced agronomists, former farmers. We share the same empathy for our customers and create social impact through technical trainings and innovative digital tools. We provide affordable, sustainable solutions to farmers’ struggles. The strategies we use are easy to apply, environmentally friendly and in turn, help increase farmers’ yield and income.

What You Will Do
• Lead the development and implementation of FAS growth strategies, including expanding into new regions and scaling up new services
• Collaborate with Proximity Labs, our in-house product development team, to design and launch innovative services for farmers
• Coordinate with other departments of Proximity Designs such as People Operations and Proximity School to build our team’s capacity and competencies
• Strengthen, develop, and implement operational procedures to ensure we meet our high international standards
• Assist the FAS General Manager in managing team and business needs

Is this you?

• You hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, economics, or accounting. Applicants with master’s degrees or MBAs are strongly preferred.
• You have minimum five years of work experience leading expansion and scaling projects.
• You have a strong analytical mindset. Evidence-driven operations management is your forte.
• You are an enthusiastic mentor and coach. You care about helping others learn and grow.
• You have outstanding interpersonal skills. You can management.
• You are a results-oriented self-starter with a problem-solving attitude. 

လစာ ႏွင့္ ခံစားခြင့္:
1. Help shape Myanmar’s agricultural landscape 2. An environment that welcomes innovation and encourages new approaches 3. A fast-growing business that invests in its people, offering extensive opportunities for professional growth and career development 4. Talented, forward-thinking colleagues 5. Competitve salary and benefits