Sanergy Research & Development Jobs in Kenya

Sanergy Research & Development Jobs in Kenya

Role Mission

  • Sanergy aims to rapidly scale it’s briquetting product line, at a positive margin while maintaining product performance. This role will support that ambition by acting as the owner of all technical product development of briquettes. The role-holder will work closely with Operations and Engineering Support teams to deliver formulation and process changes, as well as with sales teams to ensure product quality meets customer expectations.

    Key duties and responsibilities

    Project management

  • Lead R&D projects for the briquettes product line, including formulation and process development

  • Work with R&D manager to develop project scope, timeline, budget and risk management plan

  • Develop and maintain a detailed short term plan on a rolling 4-6 week horizon

  • Develop and maintain, with support from the R&D Manager, a rough-cut medium term plan on a rolling 3 month horizon

  • Coordinate and deliver high-quality work packages to an agreed timeline

  • Coordinate cross-functionally for the successful implementation of the project in the factory

  • Inputs into stakeholder management through stakeholder engagement, interviews, presentations and updates, for all projects

  • Input to project learnings and evaluation documents

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

    Product and process development

  • Responsible for improving profitability and product quality for briquettes

  • Owns, prioritises and updates pool of hypotheses in briquetting

  • Conduct regular literature reviews, competition/peer engagements and process data reviews to remain up to date in briquetting and solid fuels technology, and generate further research leads

  • Conduct bench scale research to determine feasibility of new project ideas

  • Conduct pilot scale research to determine feasibility of technology at larger scale and capability

  • Land new specifications in factory, with complete handover documentation and training for Operations team

  • Execute research that supports the continuous improvement of existing processes

  • Responsible for owning and developing specifications for products and processes

  • Perform cost/benefit analyses to determine marginal profitability of improvements

    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

  • Prepares trial protocols

  • Plans and coordinates resource allocation for trials

  • Coordinates Research Assistants, Trial Associates and R&D Operators to execute trials

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

  • Completes trial reports that are easy to read, thorough, and up-to-date

  • Present findings in post-mortems that draw sound conclusions and make clear recommendations

  • 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

  • Develops new methods, with support from R&D Analysts and R&D Manager, if appropriate

    Systems and processes

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

  • Resolves assigned issues on time, in full

    Quality support

  • R&D representative for RCAs focused on process and product issues in briquetting

  • Support Quality improvement projects in briquetting

    Operations support

  • Supports resolution of formulation and specification related issues

  • Proctively reviews Operational performance data relevant to briquettes

  • Initiates and supports investigations in briquetting for Operations and R&D trials

  • 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
    Maintains personal development plan with support from R&D Manager

    Team development

  • Provides regular feedback to reports, peers and managers

  • Identifies issues with team and process and proposes solutions

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

  • Participates in team culture activities


  • Degree in Science- or Engineering-related field

  • Highly preferable: experience with briquettes and other solid fuels, ideally from waste sources

  • Proficiency with Office suite tools or equivalent especially in Excel skills: you have used Excel or an equivalent tool to collect and analyse data, build models

  • Strong problem-solving skills: you have shown the ability to abstract and solve ambiguous, challenging problems

  • Effective time management, organizational, and prioritization skills: you have demonstrable ability to manage projects and use basic project management skills

  • Attention to detail: you have shown that you are thorough, detail-oriented, don’t make assumptions, check and validate yours and others’ work, you catch typos and errors

    How to Apply

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

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