We are looking for an Office Assistant / (Financial) administrative Assistant

Are you customer oriented? A real role-up -your -sleeves type? The go-to person when we are in need? Do you like taking initiative? Do you have an eye for detail? Do you like tidying the office and taking care of our beloved plants? Do you love numbers, Excel, Exact online and properly filled out documents in organized binders? Do you speak Dutch, English and maybe even other languages? And do you like to work in a very dynamic, committed, ambitious and highly professional environment, where the passion of your colleagues is contagious?

Then you are the person we would love to meet!

Thriving Coalitions –  Office Assistant / (Financial) administrative Assistant (fulltime and combined function)

Thriving Coalitions

Thriving Coalitions is a new shared service company, which is part of a group of dynamic companies specialized in international sustainability. ThrivingCoalitions is an initiative of NewForesight Holding and they work with the global top brands and organizations to help them solve their tough sustainability challenges.  The CEO and Founder of these companies is Lucas Simons, one of the most experienced and innovative thinkers for how to tackle sustainability issues on a global scale.

The support provided by Thriving Coalitions is essential to the success of initiatives as we provide support services specialized in multi stakeholder coalitions and it offers support services like Legal, Financial administration, Marketing and Communication, back office support and project management. Will you be the new hero that joins this team full of flexible, experienced and very committed people that help new coalitions thrive?

The position
Your responsibilities:

Assist and support the Office Manager and the Finance Manager with:

  • Development, implementation and maintenance of administrative procedures
  • Coordinating the upcoming move to a different office (in the next 1,5 months)
  • Assisting clients of Thriving Coalitions in logistical, administrative and support services
  • Procuring equipment; evaluating products, service, troubleshooting failures, calling for repairs
  • Maintaining professional appearance of offices
  • Optimize internal functioning of the office, including catering
  • Performing light HR work
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings
  • Import data for financial administration and process this data
  • Acquire approval on purchases and pre-prepare invoices for payment

We are looking for someone:

  • who enjoys supporting the client
  • who is an accountable professional
  • to organize and host meetings to the smallest details
  • with ability to proactively pick up work
  • who stays calm if the printer is out of paper or the internet connection is lost
  • who of course gets on it right away to fix the problem
  • with the ability to work accurately and independently on tasks
  • who is not afraid to ask for help
  • who is a creative team player and effortlessly makes the team (un)load the dishwasher
  • who likes to suggest new ideas
  • with fluency in Dutch and English, written and spoken (other languages are a plus)
  • with an affinity with (financial) administration

What we offer:

  • A chance to make a difference for sustainable frontrunners whilst gaining experience in working in a team of a small, fast growing organization
  • Lots of (internal and external) clients to make happy
  • Working in international and multi-cultural working environment
  • The satisfaction of making the office run like a well-oiled machine
  • You can start straight away!
  • The option to work with ThrivingCoalitions longer (upon evaluation of your work)

Thriving Coalitions is based in the Netherlands (Utrecht) and offers a dynamic work experience for young professionals who are looking to make an impact through their work. Apply here and let’s have fun and make a difference!

We are hiring a Junior Analyst

Are you looking for an opportunity to gather valuable experiences in sustainability strategy and consultancy?

Then you have found your challenge. NewForesight is a strategic consultancy firm dedicated to turning complex sustainability problems into opportunities. Clients from the public and private sector approach us to address challenges in their sector or supply chain, either individually or with a group of likeminded organizations, because they want to have a structural and positive impact on the way the market operates. We approach these challenges with a holistic view and strategic approach, focused on building a longer-term business case for sustainability. In doing so we shape market dynamics and drive sustainability by addressing market forces.

Because of this, the solutions NewForesight delivers are always creative, tailored, and practical. And because of our unique approach combining sustainability and business strategy, we have built a reputation as a thought leader and change maker in the sectors where we are active. We work with senior decision makers from all over the world, from Industry, Governments, Multilateral Organizations, NGOs, Academic and Research Institutions, Farmer organizations and other key stakeholders. Together we initiate, shape, and drive strategies, partnerships, programs, governance, and business models that bring a positive, transformative impact.

NewForesight is based in the Netherlands (Utrecht). We offer a dynamic freelance option for recent graduates looking for work experience in strategic sustainability consultancy.

JUNIOR ANALYST PROGRAM 6 months

“At NewForesight I was immediately part of a project team and got a lot of responsibilities. I was challenged to perform at a high level and learned more in a few months than I did in a year at university. The passionate work ethic along with the welcoming office environment made my time at NewForesight incredibly valuable and pleasant.” – Sophie Buchel, former intern NewForesight

Your responsibilities:

  • Research and analysis (e.g. industry level analysis of agro-commodity sectors)
  • Project management support
  • Quickly translate theory into practically applicable project content
  • Assist in organizing our projects, with progressive client exposure depending on capabilities
  • Ad-hoc research projects and practical matters such as building PowerPoint presentations etc.

What we are looking for:

  • Recent graduates with relevant studies at University level
  • Confident in English, written and spoken (other languages are a plus)
  • Solid analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently on tasks and projects
  • Prioritization and planning skills
  • Good communication skills (including interviewing, presenting, etc.)
  • Hands-on mentality and team player
  • Above average interest in and knowledge of sustainability, development and agriculture

What we offer:

  • A dynamic opportunity to learn and gain experience at a social venture organization in the center of Utrecht
  • Being an integral part of the committed project team in a small, fast growing organization
  • Challenging responsibilities in a broad consultancy context
  • A freelance fee

 If you are interested, please send your CV and application letter (no more than 400 words) to Tessa van der Meiden at tessa.vandermeiden@newforesight.com.

Analyst

Are you up for tackling tough sustainability challenges?

Global Challenge: Despite decades of investment, certification and development aid, cocoa is still called the poor man’s crop—plagued by poverty, child labor and low productivity.
Your assignment: Support the team in convening and facilitating the leading cocoa processors and chocolate manufacturers to agree on a collaborative strategic agenda for structural change.

Global Challenge: It is currently not well understood what type of support actually improves the livelihoods of farmers in developing countries in the long run, nor what the return on investment of this support is.
Your assignment: Develop an analytical model that will help to compare different intervention practices, run multiple user cases and together with our client build a global knowledge platform to make support and capacity building more effective and efficient.

Global Challenge: Public health and the sustainability of our food system both require consumption to shift towards more vegetable protein as an alternative to meat and dairy; a shift that will require a major transition in politics, business and society.
Your assignment: Analyze the required transition, identify barriers and points of leverage, and support the consortium of front-running companies and knowledge partners that are willing to develop a shared strategy to enable a significant boost in demand of vegetable proteins.

Do you have what it takes to tackle these assignments?

 If so, NewForesight is looking to hire you for the position of

Analyst

You are the change agent. Together with our clients and a professional, dedicated, and driven team of colleagues, you will build new, sustainable realities, and have structural and positive impact in sectors and markets all over the world.

NewForesight is a strategic consultancy firm based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We are passionate about sustainability and dedicated to turning complex challenges into shared opportunities. Global clients from the public and private sector approach us to address challenges in their sector or supply chain, either individually or with a group of like-minded organizations.

We are dedicated to deliver, and the solutions we deliver are always high quality, creative, tailored, and practical. And because of our unique and holistic approach combining sustainability and business strategy, we have built a reputation as a thought leader and change maker in the sectors where we are active.  You have the chance to join us.

At NewForesight you will be part of initiating, shaping, and driving strategies, partnerships, programs, governance, and business models designed to deliver structural positive change.

We are looking for someone that recognizes themselves in our requirements:

  • Eager to learn, open minded and creative
  • This position will prepare you to become a consultant so we are looking for candidates who have that ambition and capabilities
  • We are looking for a strong analytical and conceptual thinker with a flexible mind and a keen eye for detail.
  • The Analyst is able to perform qualitative as well as quantitative analyses, with a special talent for the latter.
  • Willing to travel internationally and prepared to work irregular hours
  • Affinity with the types of clients that we work with and the sectors in which we work – notably agricultural commodities
  • Comfortable giving and receiving clear and constructive feedback, investing in the growth of yourself and the people around you
  • Can help us professionalize as a fast growing organization

What type of work can you expect?

  • The Analyst will support consultancy work and have own responsibilities and deliverables
  • Play an integral role in projects with functions ranging from research, development of presentations, data analysis, value chain analysis
  • The Analyst will have a broad spectrum of work streams in a dynamic, high professional environment
  • Deliver high quality outcomes and serve our clients, with a focus on building long-term partnerships
  • Perform sector system analyses and the develop alternatives for any concept or practice
  • Find and analyze data regarding sustainability in the broad sense
  • Take up various consulting support roles

Do you have what it takes?

  • Relevant academic background with University Degree
  • Experience with relevant tasks
  • Solid analytical skills
  • Excellent use of PowerPoint and Excel
  • Critical attitude towards data presented
  • Ability to work independently on tasks and projects
  • Ability to prioritize and planning skills
  • Hands-on mentality and team player
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability, development and agriculture
  • The Analyst is able to perform qualitative as well as quantitative analyses
  • Excellent English language skills. Dutch and other languages are a plus

What is our offer?

  • A 1 Year, full time contract. With possibility to extend.
  • Salary indication of € 2100 – €2600 for a full-time position
  • You will join a committed, passionate team. And they’re pretty fun to hang out with
  • The opportunity to create significant sustainability impact on a global scale
  • Really let that sink in: The opportunity to create significant sustainability impact on a global scale
  • An innovative working environment
  • Great potential to grow and develop.
  • 25 vacation days a year

Applying

Please apply via this link or via e-mail with your cover letter CV by December 31th, 2016. Interviews will take place in January 2017. A case study will be conducted during the interviews, as part of the selection process. For more information about NewForesight and the team, you can check our website.

We look forward to meeting you!