- Kate Wilson

Mulberry Mongoose job opportunity: workshop & office manager

Do you want a grass roots, down to earth, real business experience?
Does a creative business get you excited?
Are you down to earth and can you learn to manage a culture very different to your own
Does the idea of living in the African bush with lion calling at night and elephant strolling past your door interest you?

If the above makes you tick then you could be the right fit for us.. here is our story.

Who we are…

Mulberry Mongoose is a jewellery company with heart. We are based in the extraordinary South Luangwa, Zambia. Our workshop is located on a well-trodden elephant path. Here our team of courageous local craftswomen make all our jewellery by hand using natural materials from the Zambian bush. We don’t use the word courageous lightly, our team use physical strength to manipulate poachers’ snare wire into jewellery.

In an area where unemployment and poaching are a reality, every piece of our jewellery reinvests proceeds back into conservation and the lives of our team.

We export globally especially to Australia and the US and we sell online. We also run our Shop Less Ordinary where we welcome international tourists and share our story. Celebrities have enjoyed our work including Supermodel Doutzen Kroes, Whoopi Goldberg and the Clintons.

The role:

We are looking for a down to earth, hardworking and organised individual who wants to gain experience with a creative business in a remote environment. You will have the opportunity to learn how a business runs; gaining knowledge in HR, production, procurement, office management, sales, marketing and retail. 

You will help manage and be part of a team of 8 local ladies who are highly trained in jewellery and bead making. You will work closely with the whole team and have regular meetings with the Production Assistant and company Founder.

You will be working independently and remotely. Weekly WhatsApp meetings and communication will happen and you need to be comfortable with taking clear direction.

Your role will include: 

Office administration – working with ExCel to record and analyse company data, handling petty cash and procurement
HR skills & staff training– recording staff attendance and leave and helping to manage adhoc staff issues. Giving staff training and maintaining the positive team dynamic
Shop management – logging sales, stock controls and marketing the shop
Production support – stock control, procurement, tracking team performance and initiating new ideas for production efficiency in consultation with the Founder and Production Assistant.

Key skills:

  • A Down to earth, flexible and unflappable character – you never know what a new day brings in this remote environment, so a cool head is important.
  • Attention to detail
  • People skills – dealing with people from all walks of life, handling cultural differences
  • Patience and good communication skills –you need to be able to calmly convey information and ensure good communication between the team members.

A few more important details

Start Date : Early 2019 – December 2019 with the possibility of extension.
Salary on request : This role is designed for someone interested in gaining excellent experience as a platform to grow in business. It’s also an incredibly fun and exciting place to live and will offer you priceless memories.
Accommodation provided : This is for someone who wants to get out and experience life in the bush. It is an outdoor lifestyle.
There is a lovely community around you and, despite the remoteness, the Luangwa can be a very social place to live.


How to apply:

Please check our website and social media pages. If you are now super excited about what we do, please contact Kate Wilson on info@mulberrymongoose.com with your CV and a letter that shares why you feel this could be the perfect role for you. 



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