Senior Research & Development Manager Jobs in Kenya
Senior Research & Development Manager Jobs in Kenya
Our Client is an award-winning social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements.
Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves five key steps: we build a dense network of low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities – called Fresh Life Toilets.
We franchise the toilets to community residents, who run them as commercial toilets; landlords, who offer them as a value-added service to their tenants; and schools, to ensure children always have access to a safe sanitation option.
We provide critical support services – such as access to finance, business analytics, training and aspirational marketing and branding.
We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community for treatment. We convert the waste into valuable end products, such as organic fertilizer and insect-based animal protein, which we sell to Kenyan farms.
We are an increasingly sophisticated, highly intricate organization with many moving parts.
Our client seeks accomplished, driven individuals who will make substantive contributions to the organization.
We currently seek a Senior Research and Development Manager who will work in our New Technology Commercialization (NTCO) Team.
This team is responsible for ensuring we are maximizing the value we are getting from the organic waste sources.
This role will be responsible for setting the R&D strategy as per the overarching technology pipeline strategy set by the Senior NTCO Manager.
This will include the prioritisation and tactical execution of research efforts, development of new and exciting technologies, supporting with troubleshooting in ramping and scaled operations and building the talent pipeline necessary to deliver on each of these.Setting the tech pipeline strategy with the Senior NTCO Manager
The Senior R&D Manager is responsible for:
Formulate and execute the coherent plans for delivering this strategy
Deliver improvement to the bottom line through gross margin and production cost reduction R&D-lead projects
Take potential new products into pilot phase
Accountable for the execution of the NTCO Technology Strategy
Build, plan, manage and coach the product 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 feasibility of technology at larger scale and capability
Provide troubleshooting support to operational and sales teams
Create and maintain specifications and process performance targets for Production and Planning teams
Execute research that supports the continuous improvement of existing processes
Make recommendations at various technology “gates” to progress or kill potential products or processes
An Engineering, Applied Science, or Science degree
Minimum of 5 years of experience in R&D roles, preferably in an industrial setting, with a track record of exceptional performance
Team management experience with an emphasis on developing team members through coaching and mentoring
Demonstrated ability to navigate ambiguity and comfort with continually adapting plans
Experience in a startup and a multicultural environment is highly desirable
Strong interpersonal, communication & presentation skills (verbal, written) and the ability to build effective internal and external client relationships. Should have the ability to exercise tact, courtesy, and judgment in working with all levels of staff. Successful candidates should be able to communicate to stakeholders when there are delays or setbacks, early.
Pleasant, energetic, confident, with a positive, can-do attitude, good work ethic, and professionalism.
Demonstrated initiative in developing solutions to meet complex administrative /technical needs of a workgroup. Should have very strong organizational skills.
Qualities you’ll need to fit in well with the our client-Stars
A collaborative spirit that compels you to work beyond your team
A desire to understand and serve customers
A willingness to embrace diversity, integrity, and empathy
An innovative approach to assessing and testing new ideas
An enthusiasm to achieve set targets and improve yourself professionally
How to Apply
Interested candidates should apply online by 5th December, 2018
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