Sanergy Research and Development Specialist Jobs in Kilifi, Kenya

Sanergy Research and Development Specialist Jobs in Kilifi, Kenya

About Sanergy:

  • Sanergy is an award-winning social venture based in Nairobi, Kenya.

    We undertake three exciting lines of work:

  • We provide safe, sustainable sanitation services to residents living in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu using end-to-end non-sewered sanitation solutions.

  • We implement a circular economy model to sustainably manage sanitation and organic waste generated in cities. Using technologies developed in-house, we upcycle the waste into insect-based protein for animal feed, organic fertilizer, and biomass fuel. We operate the largest organics recycling plant in East Africa.

  • We partner with cities to develop and deliver safe sanitation and waste management for urban residents. Using a systematic methodology, we match cities’ sanitation and waste management needs with technology and service delivery models, and then offer clear guidance on the steps that governments, funders, service providers and technology developers can take to develop and implement integrated service delivery systems.

  • Operational since 2011, Sanergy serves over 140,000 urban residents with safe sanitation services every day.

  • Sanergy collects and treats over 12,000T of waste per year, and successfully sells its agricultural end-products to farmers in over 20 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes.

  • At the same time, we have built a team of over 400 employees from diverse backgrounds who solve diverse problems, but all embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion that make us achieve our goals.

  • For our work, we have been recognized by the Gates Foundation as one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals accelerator; by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative companies in the world doing social good and one of the 10 best companies in Africa, and the Food Planet Prize for our innovative circular economy approach.

    About the role:

  • Sanergy R&D forms a critical part of developing improvements to our processes and products.

  • The R&D Specialist is a technical hands-on role that leads the set up, execution and preliminary analysis of the investigations, tests and trials we conduct in order to develop new processes and products.

    The R&D Specialist 1 role is responsible for two main workstreams:

  • Lead in design, execution, and analysis of trials for project workstreams

  • Assist in troubleshooting technology-related issues in Operations.

    Key duties and responsibilities:

    Project management

  • Lead an assigned project workstream

  • Lead elements of and input to project scope, timeline, budget and risk management plan

  • Coordinate and deliver high-quality work packages to an agreed timeline (as set by project lead)

  • Coordinate cross-functionally for the successful implementation of a work package

  • Support stakeholder management through stakeholder engagement, interviews, presentations and updates

  • Input to project learnings and evaluation documents

  • Ensure assigned work package in the project plan is maintained and up to date with accurate data through frequent engagements with the project
    team (if applicable) and R&D Team Lead

  • Inputs into near term planning Weekly Update Meeting with the Design team

  • Requests resources or support where project progress is slowing or roadblocked

  • Product and process development

  • Contributes ideas towards improving profitability and product quality in the assigned work area

    Execution of trials

  • Leads design, execution and analysis of trials in technical workstreams.

  • Ensures relevant stakeholders are involved in trials, including preparation, execution, wind-down and communication of results.

  • Formulates trial protocols, reviewed by the project lead.

  • Coordinate trial execution, data collection, logistics, wind down and analysis.

  • Completes trial reports.

  • Present findings in post-mortems as per the R&D WoW that draw sound conclusions and make clear recommendations.

  • Carry out pre-trial surveys as per the R&D WoW to proactively identify risks and opportunities with respect to answering research questions.

  • Use general analytical and statistical (quantitative and qualitative) approaches to analyze experimental data to arrive at logical conclusions making use of appropriate tools and procedures.

    Systems and processes

  • Identifies and escalates issues in trial and R&D processes that reduce the quality of work and speed of execution.

    Quality support

  • Support RCAs focused on product issues in the work area.

  • Support Quality improvement projects in the work area.

  • Operations support.

  • Supports resolution of technology-related issues in facilities in the work area.

  • Actively interact with the Operations team to identify issues in production early for mitigation measures.

    Professional development

  • Initiate, attend and contribute to update discussions (with the project and team lead).

  • Initiate feedback discussions with team lead & stakeholders.

  • Identify own professional development needs and seeks opportunities/executes agreed actions, including training, coaching, mentoring and workplace activities.

  • Initiate development discussions with team lead and skip level management.

  • Initiate and lead prioritization discussions.

    Team development:

  • Share subject matter knowledge with R&D team members by taking part in brain-storming sessions as requested.

  • Participates in team culture activities.

    Skills, Qualifications & Experience

  • Degree in Science-related field.

  • Experience in research in biological/life sciences advantageous.

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office suite especially in Advanced Excel skills.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Strong time management, organizational, and prioritization skills.

  • Excellent communication skills on all levels.

  • Relentless desire to improve yourself, your team, and your organization;

  • A collaborative mentality.

  • Able to work in hot environments.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Sanergy Research and Development Specialist Jobs in Kilifi, Kenya

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