What you will be doing:
This family business is dedicated to the manufacturing of plastic materials and the development of promotional products using various printing techniques. They produce a range of products locally supplemented with imported products from Mexico, the U.S., and China. They pride themselves on the delivery of quality products with quick delivery times which, over time, has built trust with their customers.
Although the company was affected by the decreased demand in promotional materials which came largely from the events industry, there is growth potential in new market segments and services. However, to best capitalize on these opportunities, the business must address its structural and organizational challenges by developing clearly defined roles and responsibilities across business functions, improve the flow of information across levels, and better distinguish between urgent and less important tasks.
The leadership team of three siblings understand how important organizational structure is to their success and they are eager to begin reshaping their business structure for improved efficiency and allow for greater innovation.
As a Bpeace volunteer Skillanthropist, you will use your experience in organizational design to:
- Analyze and provide input on the company’s current organization structure, identifying root causes of performance issues
- Introduce organizational design options that will improve prioritization and workflow, including a new compensation policy and the introduction of a Board of Directors for high level decision-making.
- Help the leadership team develop tools and resource documents including defining staff roles/responsibilities, goals and performance indicators, a guide for day-to-day tasks and how to address common challenges
- Share best practices generally in organization structure for future use
The impact of your work will help the company operate more efficiently so they can continue to create jobs that provide dignity as well as economic stability to their workers and community as a powerful alternative to violence.
Over the course of four to five months you will:
- Provide approximately 5 days of remote consulting advice delivered in time blocks that work with your schedule.
- Validate needs with the company and draft a scope of work. Bpeace staff will facilitate the initial conversations between you and your “client.”
- Advise the company via Zoom video meetings based on a mutually agreed upon schedule.
More jobs are critical in Guatemala right now to help stem the flow of irregular migration. Small and medium businesses account for 60% of the economy. Steady employment provides legitimate alternatives for Guatemalans who would otherwise migrate or pursue illegal activities and gangs. Your advice and expertise will help these businesses create jobs and build a stable future for their workers and communities.
Where you will be doing it:
Remotely with a Bpeace staffer facilitating each consulting session to ensure engagement and continuity.
You are qualified if you:
- Have extensive knowledge of business structure and organizational design.
- Can apply your experience to developing, restructuring, and implementing new organizational structures in small- and medium-sized businesses.
- Enjoy sharing your knowledge with companies in need of tools that will help them implement organization redesign for greater cohesion and efficiency.
- Can volunteer approximately 5 days (40 hours) between March and July to be a remote business advisor.
- Harbor passion for business and/or creating jobs in economically fragile Guatemala.
Starting March 2021.
Discovery: 2-4 hours over the first 1-2 weeks
Project Work: 2-4 hours per week for between 12 and 16 weeks (32 hours total)
Follow-up: 1 hour a month for up to 4 months
Please note that this is a volunteer opportunity.