Sanergy Research and Development Manager Jobs in Kenya
Sanergy Research and Development Manager Jobs in KenyaSanergy is an award-winning social enterprise that employs the circular economy approach to treat and convert all forms of urban waste into organic fertilizer and insect-based animal protein.
Sanergy manufactures and distributes Evergrow Organic Fertilizer and Kuzapro Insect Based Animal Protein, under the Farm Star brand.
We are an increasingly sophisticated, highly intricate organization with many moving parts.
Sanergy seeks accomplished, driven individuals who will make substantive contributions to the organization.
We are currently seeking a Manager – Research and Development.
R&D is a critical facet of Sanergy’s growth and success.
In order to safely treat high volumes of waste, R&D needs to develop processes and products that can profitably convert wastes into value.
Furthermore, R&D delivers value by improving existing processes and products to increase volumes, margins and quality of our products.
The R&D Manager leads this team and is responsible for everything that entails, including strategy development, ownership of the early stages of the technology development and product and process specifications.
Key duties and responsibilities
Setting the tech pipeline strategy with the NTCO Director and Sanergy leadership team
Formulate and execute coherent plans for delivering this strategy
Delivered improvement to volume growth through improving yields and throughputs from existing processes
Delivered improvement to the bottom line through gross margin and production cost reduction R&D-lead projects
Ensure alignment of strategy with overall business strategy as well as actions of other internal teams
Make recommendations at various technology “gates” to progress or kill potential products or processes
Responsible for developing and identifying strategic partnerships and collaborations with external technology developers, including universities, companies and research institutions
Support Sanergy’s technology strategy and lead development of the R&D project funnel
Lead the delivery of R&D projects
Support and input into relevant non-R&D projects
Lead the development of project scope, timeline, budget and risk management plan
Lead stakeholder management through stakeholder engagement, interviews, presentations and updates
Coordinate cross-functionally for the successful implementation of a project
Lead project post-mortem
Lead the prioritization of team activities
Product and process development
Take potential new products into pilot phase
Build, plan, manage and coach the product and process workstream teams to
Conduct broad literature search to identify and shortlist potential future technologies for feasibility assessment
Conduct desk research on shortlisted technologies to determine initial technical or economic feasibility
Conduct lab scale research to determine refined feasibility analysis
Conduct pilot-scale research to determine the feasibility of technology at a larger scale and capability
Execute research that supports the continuous improvement of existing processes
Fully responsible for owning and developing specifications for products and processes
Execution of trials
Leads R&D team to design, execute and analyse trials
Ensures trial mix is consistent with project funnel
Ensures team involves relevant stakeholders in trials, including preparation, execution, wind-down and communication of results
Ensures trials are properly budgeted
Support the formulation of trial protocol
Coordinate trials, where required
Provide input to, review and sign-off trial reports
Systems and processes
Identifies gaps in current Sanergy R&D and NTCO systems and process and puts in place processes, systems and documentation to address those gaps
Develops technology transfer and replicability strategy for future technology development
Accountable for developing effective systems to manage project funnel and key gates or decision points
Responsible for developing systems and processes that effectively balance resources for trial execution
Responsible for creating internally consistent document management systems and processes that retain R&D knowledge and make that data easily accessible and known to the organisation
Responsible for developing and maintaining internal specifications management systems and processes
Assigns resource to support R&D-relevant RCAs
Responsible for ensuring handovers of technology and products to production include clear, attainable, documented specifications
Responsible for deciding and approving concessions to product and process out of specification
Builds customer feedback into R&D project funnel
Responsible for ensuring product specifications meet relevant regulations and laws
Act as first point of contact for Head of Operations
Supports resolution of technology-related issues
Provides assistance to customer-facing teams by providing key insight and direction on product offerings or limitations
Initiate update discussions (project, team and team lead)
Initiate feedback discussions for self and team
Identify professional development needs of self and team and seeks opportunities for professional development, including training, coaching, mentoring and workplace activities
Coaching and mentoring of team members and cross-functional teams
Initiate personal development discussions
Initiate, lead and facilitate prioritization discussions
Share subject matter knowledge and create opportunities for team sharing
Coach and mentor own team and cross-functionally, where required
Lead the creation of team culture and morale within the NTCO R&D team consistent with the wider NTCO team
Lead team performance reviews
Responsible for career development discussions of R&D team members, and enabling their career progression
Fully responsible for team structure and staffing strategy to deliver team expectations.
Bachelor’s degree in Science or engineering degree in the following fields; entomology, biology, chemical engineering – MSc. will be an added advantage
Min of 5 years experience in a Research and Development related role
Experience managing a research and development team
Prior experience in having developed technical products and taken them into market
Demonstrated working knowledge running trials and designing experiments
Successfully executed continuous improvement projects in previous role/s
Should have project management skills i.e delivered projects successfully in budget, on time, and in full
Experience rearing insects – Candidates with BSF (Black Soldier Fly) experience will have an added advantage
Experience working with waste treatment processes
Police Clearance Certificate
Academic Transcripts and Academic Certificates
How to Apply
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