EarthEnable Material Science Project Manager Jobs in Uganda
EarthEnable Material Science Project Manager Jobs in Uganda
At EarthEnable, we believe that our clients deserve our very best, that morning high-fives are the best way to start the day, and that the best ideas could come from any part of the company. We celebrate each other’s wins, learn from our setbacks, and are deeply proud of the impact we make every day. We believe that a clean, dust-free floor means more than living in a healthy home.
It means pride and dignity in the place our customers most treasure: their homes. Being a part of our team means more than building floors: it means building an organization and building a better future for rural families
EarthEnable is transforming the way people live, by making homes healthier for families across rural Rwanda and Uganda. 80% of Rwandans and Ugandans live in homes with dirt floors which are dusty, unsanitary, and fertile breeding grounds for parasites and germs.
While replacing a dirt floor with concrete has significant health benefits (e.g. reducing diarrhea by 50% and parasitic infections by 80%), concrete is unaffordable for many who need it.
EarthEnable addresses this pressing and ubiquitous problem by selling high-quality, earthen floors that are 80% cheaper than concrete with 90% less embedded energy.
Earthen floors are prevalent in modern homes in the United States and are composed of natural materials (gravel, clay, sand, and laterite). EarthEnable trains and hires local masons to install the floors which are sealed using a proprietary drying oil that makes them waterproof, strong, and polished.
The Material Science Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing research efforts to improve our existing flooring product as well as innovate and develop new healthy housing products that continue to improve the health and livelihoods of rural communities. He or she will work closely with the Global Director of Sales & Marketing to identify key customer pain points and develop and drive a clear research agenda to maintain EarthEnable’s leading edge in the rural flooring industry.
The Project Manager will then integrate key learnings and product innovations into the company’s operating model to drive continuedMeet with clients and analyze other sources of feedback and data to identify product failures and product components or attributes that need improvement
growth and success in the long-term.
Identify Key R&D Needs
Work with the Global Director of Sales & Marketing to understand what drives perceived value in clients, in order to prioritize various initiatives in the R&D pipeline
Work with country Managing Directors to ensure synergy between business and client needs
Develop Research Agenda
Recruit a scientific advisory board to advise and support research agenda
Develop research agenda by weighing priorities and considering criteria
such as: potential for impact, cost-benefit, and likelihood of success
Allocate resources from the R&D budget towards this pipeline of research projects
Create a decision trees to present to management that indicate next steps
based on broad research outcomes of every project
Execution Against R&D Agenda and partnership management
Hire team of engineers and/or scientists necessary to execute on the research agenda, many primarily volunteering 3-6 months
Lead and oversee team to ensure quality research methods and outputs
Ensure team creates comprehensive research protocols, and ensure rigorous execution and analysis on parts of agenda
Self-execute components of the larger product improvement in line with personal area of specialty
Track and push forward multiple research projects simultaneously
Develop partnerships with external stakeholders (e.g., partnerships with
universities and corporate bio-resin and flooring labs for research we cannot do-in-house) to outsource aspects of our R&D
Closely manage external partnerships to ensure steady progress, lead innovations to get field tested, and provide feedback on their success or failure Communicate Across Internal Company
Communicate findings and tradeoffs effectively to management team to make decisions about where to invest next (e.g. at specific forks in the road)
Communicate research agenda to full company and get feedback when appropriate
Communicate research findings to full company along with accompanying changes to the operation
Transition Learnings to Implementation or Additional Research
Transition unsuccessful experiments to a new research arm or document
reasons for failure
Transition successful experiments to implementation, partnering closely with Quality Assurance and Operations departments to ensure smooth implementation
Publish findings that may be helpful or relevant to the scientific community
2+ years work experience, preferably having led R&D projects preferably within a company
Master’s degree in chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials science, or another applied science
Ability to be creative, strategic, analytical, and think outside the box to
Excellent attention to detail, commitment to excellence, and outstanding
Experience with partnership management or working with short-term consultants
Flexible and adaptable to changing environments; thrives in a bootstrapped culture
Optimistic attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity to learn new things
Ability to work on a variety of tasks at the same time, and keep track of a variety of workstreams
Humble and patient team-player with a sense of humor
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 20th August, 2019
For more information and job application details, see; EarthEnable Material Science Project Manager Jobs in Uganda
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