KOKO Networks Senior Product Manager (KOKO Fuel Hardware) Jobs in Kenya

KOKO Networks Senior Product Manager (KOKO Fuel Hardware) Jobs in Kenya

About KOKO Networks

  • KOKO Networks is a venture-backed technology company currently operating in Kenya and India. Our mission is to imagine and deliver technology that transforms life in the world’s fastest growing cities. We build and deploy cloud-connected "KOKO Points" inside local retail outlets, which provide mass market consumer goods in partnership with major suppliers.

  • Our first solution is liquid ethanol cooking fuel, which offers significant cost savings and quality of life improvements in the multi-billion dollar urban cooking market. In Kenya, this solution is delivered in partnership with Vivo Energy, the operator of Shell-branded fuel infrastructure across Africa. KOKO offers a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment with significant opportunities for professional growth. We are looking for people who share our passion for technology and our vision for global impact.

    Your Role

  • KOKO Networks is on a mission to imagine and deliver technology that transforms life in the world’s fastest growing cities. The role we’re looking to fill is a career defining opportunity for someone passionate about this mission and about product management who wants to build and lead amazing teams of researchers, engineers, product designers, and other experts in Nairobi, Kenya and Ahmedabad, India.

  • The products and solutions you’ll help build and shape touch hundreds of thousands of people in some of the fastest growing cities in the world every single day. Your job will be to help us grow our business and revenue, acquire and retain customers, make complex logistics and operations more efficient, and delight our colleagues, customers, and partners.

  • This role requires significant time in the local market and close to our operations in Nairobi. We will consider candidates based there or willing to relocate there.

    What You Will Do

  • You will build detailed domain knowledge of KOKO’s business plans, markets, and internal realities as a manufacturing and logistics company offering combined hardware and software products

  • You will manage the roadmap: capture work from a wide range of inputs, understand and prioritise this work so your team is always working on the most impactful projects

  • You’ll deeply understand the problems that you’re tackling through research and regular interaction with customers, partners and colleagues; define and frame those problems for the team

  • You will collaborate with your team in thinking big, to imagine solutions that solve these problems

  • You’ll scope these solutions to their smallest coherent state to ship to users as early as you can

  • You’ll constantly evaluate if your solutions have solved the problem through quantitative and qualitative measures, both in MVPs and after full release

  • You will own and maintain the quality of the product
    areas your team is responsible for; deliver high quality software in every release

  • You’ll motivate a group of committed, smart people to do the best work of their careers

  • You will help lead across the entire product lifecycle, from research to working with designers, engineers, sourcing, supply chain and production teams, to user testing and measuring impact

    Examples of Your Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible to help answer questions such as:

  • What is the competitive environment for KOKO´s ethanol cookstove?

  • How does it compare to charcoal and other fuel technologies?

  • How satisfied are KOKO’s cookstove customers?

  • What is the path to full adoption of KOKO´s cookstove for our customers?

  • What is the value of this product line to KOKO and our customers?

  • How should we evolve the product to better meet market needs and grow our profitability /impact?

  • How should we prioritise improvements and coordinate them with other commercial, operational, manufacturing efforts? What is the business case?

  • When and how should we introduce these product improvements?

  • What new KOKO Fuel products should we consider introducing (eg, one-burner cooker, other cooking appliances)?What is the market size and business case for these new products?

  • When and how should we introduce new products?

    What You Will Bring to KOKO

  • 5+ years experience in product management with a proven track record of shipping impactful products.

  • Ideally you have work focused on user and customer experience as it’s important to us to think deeply about product design decisions and how to create products that meet customer needs.

  • You’re entrepreneurial; you need little direction; you're self driven and show ownership.

  • You can clearly communicate product decisions and the rationale behind them. You’re comfortable with making decisions in ambiguity. You can help others make decisions by being persuasive.

  • You’re able to easily switch between thinking creatively and analytically for best results.

  • Have an understanding of the technical architecture of complex web and mobile applications.

  • Strongest candidates will have had experience working in hardware businesses (required) in Africa and/or Asia (desired), and deep understanding of hardware product design, manufacturing, quality control, and support functions.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; KOKO Networks Senior Product Manager (KOKO Fuel Hardware) Jobs in Kenya

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