Career Opportunities


Title: Cup of Excellence Senior Manager

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence has an immediate opening for Cup of Excellence Senior Manager.  This is a key position, responsible for all management, operations and logistics support for the Cup of Excellence competitions. This position requires an international specialty coffee background, professional cupping ability, knowledge and experience with specialty coffee supply chain issues, project management skills.  The COE Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.  Position based in Portland, Oregon.

Salary:  Depending on Experience



Cup of Excellence Competition

  • Overall Program management
  • Assist local country partners to recruit farmer competition entries
  • Primary liaison with COE country coordinators
  • Develop and Manage all members and auction bidding operations
  • Ability to ensure financial sustainability and program growth
  • Responsible for communication with potential buyers of COE and national coffees
  • Analyze historical COE shipping information 
  • Work with local country partner(s), exporters and shippers to ensure timely delivery of coffees and payment from buyers 
  • Investigate buyer satisfaction and report any issues
  • Primary liaison with auction platform partner regarding systems evaluation and implementation
  • Assist, uphold and oversee implementation of all competition standards
  • Maintain competition operations manual and head judge manual (English and Spanish)
  • Create COE training video for producers
  • Assist and help implement training of head judges on upgraded standards and cupping form applications
  • Assist with COE adaption to client/country needs
  • Analyze market for additional COE competitions
  • Reviewing and approving equipment needs
  • Assist in institutional and industry foundation support
  • Manage additional projects as assigned by Executive Director






  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Experience with coffee sensory skills
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office suites, Google Suite
  • Knowledge of website editing preferable
  • Strong Excel skills (including Pivot tables, V-lookups, statistics and basic formula writing)
  • Not afraid to work with data:  collect data, establish facts and forecast tools
  • Familiarity with specialty coffee supply chain from producer through purchasnig fulfillment
  • Project management experience required, projects in developing countries a plus 
  • Specialty coffee production and quality control experience a plus




Adaptive and flexible

Positive and Diplomatic under pressure

Creative problem-solver with entrepreneurial spirit

Critical thinking skills

Collaborative/team player

Excellent interpersonal/relationship building skills

Highly organized, efficient and detail oriented

Strong written skills

Willing to travel internationally (up to 35%)

Spanish fluency required

Other language skills a big plus e.g. Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese


Salary:  Depending on Experience

Contact: Darrin Daniel, Executive Director at



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