Strategic Planning Expert For A Salvadoran Chocolate And Pastry Manufacturing Business

Consult remotely for a family business in El Salvador.
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This business had strong growth in 2021 and wants to develop a strategic plan that will guide priorities and shape the design of an operational plan to execute identified growth strategies.

What you will be doing:

Established in 1980, this business produces a variety of pastries and high-quality chocolates including those with innovative flavors, tropical fruits and liquors. The business owns and operates five cafés in San Salvador where they sell chocolate and pastries, cakes, gelato, and their well-known coffee. Their chocolates are also sold through other Salvadoran retailers and supermarkets.

This business had strong growth in 2021 and wants to develop a strategic plan that will guide priorities and shape the design of an operational plan to execute identified growth strategies.

As a Bpeace volunteer Skillanthropist, you will use your strategic planning experience to:

  • Conduct a strategy development exercise with the leadership team to identify and build a strategy around their top priorities for the business’s medium- and long-term growth (in alignment with financial goals).
  • Using the lens of the newly developed strategic priorities, help the leadership team identify what activities align with the strategy and should be started or continued and which do not and should be changed, delegated or removed.
  • Help design an operational plan for executing on the new strategy including determining roles and responsibilities, time-bound milestones, and methods for measuring success.
  • Advise on best practices on how to improve prioritization across the leadership team and how to successfully empower them to lead their divisions without daily CEO intervention.

The impact of your work will help the business operate more effectively so they can continue to grow and 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 three months you will:

  • Validate needs with the business and draft a scope of work. Bpeace staff will facilitate the initial conversations between you and your “client.”
  • Provide approximately 4 days of remote consulting advice delivered via weekly Zoom calls of approximately 2 hours each (preferably the same day/time each week), based on a schedule agreed upon between you and the business.
  • On the final call, develop a Forward Action Plan in collaboration with the business with clear next steps.

More jobs are critical in El Salvador 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 Salvadorans 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 effective management and strategic planning methods. Familiarity with the book Traction by Gino Wickman (which the new CEO has been using) preferred but not required.
  • Can apply your expertise to helping an existing business set a strategic vision, ensure it’s aligned with financial goals, and prioritize efforts to help achieve that vision.
  • Enjoy sharing best practices in creating alignment and a shared vision across leadership teams.
  • Preferably familiar with the language from the book Traction by Gino Wickman.
  • Can volunteer approximately 4 days between December and March to be a remote business advisor.
  • Harbor passion for business and/or creating jobs in economically fragile El Salvador.
When:

Starting December 2021

Commitment:

Discovery: 2-4 hours over the first 1-2 weeks
Project Work: 2-4 hours per week for between 8 and 16 weeks (32 hours total)
Follow-up: 1 hour a month for up to 4 months

Please email us if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity!

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Business Council for Peace Inc.

Bpeace is an award-winning nonprofit that provides impactful business advice to companies in crisis-affected communities, where women are underemployed and where we believe more jobs can cut the oxygen to violence.

The Bpeace model unites high quality business consulting by volunteers (Skillanthropists) with proven and promising local job creators (Fast Runners) to help them break through the barriers to growth and job creation.

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