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  • Posted: Mar 19, 2024
    Deadline: Not specified
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    BURN designs, manufactures, and distributes aspirational fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world.BURN has revolutionized the global cookstove sector by proving the business case for selling a high quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized cookstoves.Since 2013, BURN has sold 200,000+ high quality, locally manu...
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    Junior Product Manager

    About the Role

    The Junior Product Manager position presents an exciting opportunity to manage/midwife the rollout and complete lifecycle (from development to improvement) of our cooking product categories.  

    This role will support all product-related matters but is not limited to product opportunity identification & evaluation, product development & design, product & innovation project management and product marketing. These four specific core responsibilities will have an associated team that will collaborate with this role and responsibilities will evolve throughout the position in line with the company’s product strategy.

    BURN has been developing, testing, and bringing to market new cooking products for 10+ years in Kenya. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a growing organization and contribute to a fast-moving company committed to improving economic, environmental, and social outcomes across Africa.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Support the execution of product development projects, ensuring timely delivery within budget and meeting quality standards.
    • Execute day-to-day activities related to existing product management.
    • Updating and maintaining all product-related documentation; project plans, development stage gate documents, product specifications, SKU libraries etc.
    • Assist in managing and project planning existing product engineering change notices and temporary process deviations that affect the customer.
    • Assist in developing and maintaining the product roadmap based on stakeholder input, market research, and company goals.
    • Collaborate with designers, engineers, and other teams to define product requirements.
    • Coordinate with cross-functional teams to achieve project milestones.
    • Track and analyse product performance metrics, user engagement, and customer feedback. Identify areas for improvement and recommend adjustments to the product strategy.
    • Assist in developing and executing product marketing plans, including pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies

    Skills and Experience:

    •  2 - 3 years of relevant experience, in physical product/marketing management, New Product development and commercialization. An engineering background will be a significant plus.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are crucial to assess market data, customer feedback, and performance metrics to make informed decisions.
    • Familiarity with the product development lifecycle and understanding of basic product management concepts is beneficial.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential for collaborating with cross-functional teams, presenting ideas, and creating product documentation.
    • Junior Product Managers need to be flexible and adaptable to handle changing priorities and requirements in a fast-paced environment.

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    Chief of Staff

     

    About the role

    BURN is looking for a Chief of Staff to work closely with the company’s Chief Executive Officer to flesh out the short and long-term goals and make sure the company’s output falls in line with those goals.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Collaborate with senior management to devise effective short and long-term plans.
    • Carry out initial research, project design, and thought partnership with the CEO.
    • Reviews and analyses the different strategic options and gives advice on the best way forward for both product and geographic expansion.
    • Work across multiple teams to develop IM, Board Reports, Corporate Presentations, Pitch Decks
    • Analyses the success of products, projects, and activities and discovers ways to increase revenue.
    • Leads and supports management in the application and implementation of new policies and procedures.
    • Develops new business opportunities by leveraging contacts, pursuing new product development, and improving project efficiency.
    • Support SMT with decision-making by leveraging the Internal Market Intelligence Team as a resource to assist in budgeting, resourcing decisions, and change management.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in management, business administration, finance, or marketing required.
    • Master of Business Administration recommended.
    • Must have at least 10 years of experience in strategic planning, business management, corporate leadership, and financial decision-making.
    • Must have demonstrated proficiency in analytical research, leadership, and strategic planning.
    • Must possess exceptional creativity and problem-solving skills.
    • Must have a strong working knowledge of management strategies, financial accounting, human resource planning, customer relations, and the implementation of new technologies.
    • Must be familiar with fundraising and increasing revenue while maintaining a comprehensive and cohesive brand or identity.
    • Must be comfortable with public speaking and communicating both verbally and in writing.
    • Must be able to multitask with research projects, data analysis, coordination with the executive team, and acting as the public face of the company in the absence of the company’s CEO.
    • Must be willing to challenge standard thinking with new ideas, new approaches, and new solutions.
    • Must have strong decision-making skills and the determination to see projects through to the end.
    • Demonstrated skills in leadership, management, and collaboration.
    • Must be self-directed and able to work independently.

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    Senior Project Manager – Carbon Operations.

    About the Role:

    BURN Manufacturing Co., has developed a robust and complex portfolio of carbon assets. This portfolio comprises 70 different unique projects which the Carbon Operations team is required to seek certification against. The Senior Project Manager shall report to the Head of Carbon Operations (“HCO) and work in close collaboration with the Senior Carbon Technical Manager (“SCTM”) and the Quality Assurance and quality Control officer to ensure that all project deliverables are submitted on time, satisfying all pre-defined quality requirements, and optimizing cost efficiencies through the project life cycle. As such, the Senior Project Manager will have the authority to run project management oversight, for BURN’s carbon portfolio, on a day-to-day basis.

    The Senior Project Manager shall also be tasked with the upskilling of the Carbon Operations pool of project managers including but not limited to specific capacity-building programs and the implementation of project management tools to track employee resource utilization, KPI performance and project milestone tracking. The Senior Project Manager shall also be responsible for the management of carbon operations financial resource allocation, tracking and budget controls. The Senior Project Manager shall second the Head of Carbon Operations in ensuring adequate portfolio and project risk management including but not limited to specific actions such as project change requests to ensure successful and on-time project delivery. The Senior Project Manager shall be required to contribute to process improvement initiatives as they relate to improving project delivery.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Manage a portfolio of complex carbon projects (current portfolio spans 10 SSA markets)
    • Provide on-site leadership for the project team by building and motivating team members to meet project goals, adhere to their responsibilities and project milestones.
    • Full project life cycle ownership: successful project delivery will include full implementation from initiation to deployment for one major or several minor initiatives simultaneously.
    • Manage all aspects of multiple related projects to ensure the overall program is aligned to and directly supports the achievement of strategic objectives.
    • Report on project success criteria results, metrics, test and deployment management activities
    • Provide portfolio updates to inter-departmental project tracking tools (including but not limited to shared resources i.e., portfolio calendars, project tracking sheets, and budget reporting tools)
    • Working under the guidance of the HCO & SCTM to coordinate timely execution of external deliverables (including but not limited to carbon registries, Validating and Verifying Bodies (VVBs), contracted consultants and any other third parties required for the delivery of project outcomes)
    • Work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation and excellence.
    • Working closely with the QA/QC officer, establishing and or improving standardized operating practices, templates, policies, tools (including the automation of project management functions) and partnerships to expand and mature these capabilities for the organization.
    • Work closely with assigned carbon operations project managers to review and approve project-specific budget estimates and detailed project plans for all phases of the project.
    • Manage and improve the internal procedures for the procurement of resources to achieve project objectives in planned timeframes (procedures including but not limited to financial planning and budgeting, third-party vendor management (including but not limited to contracting, payment cycles, deliverable quality management, daily communications management and the development of a systemic vendor selection and vendor management SOP).
    • Manage the day-to-day project activities and resources and chair the project management team meetings.
    • Establish and or streamline carbon project managers’ and the carbon ops projects coordinator’s KPIs, conduct weekly check-in meetings with the aforementioned team members and complete their regularly scheduled performance reviews.
    • Provide weekly status reporting regarding project milestones, deliverables, dependencies, risks and issues, communicating across leadership.
    • Manage project scope and changes.
    • Oversight of the Projects Coordinator to ensure that all scheduled Carbon Operations internal and inter-departmental meetings are effectively managed, establishing clear meeting procedures and reporting guidelines.
    • Develop and manage all aspects of project and program engagement from planning, external vendor relationships, communications, resources, budget, change, risks and issues.
    • Set and continually manage project and program expectations while delegating and managing deliverables with team members and stakeholders.
    • Working with the supervision of the HCO, delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel.
    • Monitor, track and control outcomes to resolve issues, conflicts, dependencies and critical path deliverables.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation and presentations to various audiences, including project team, sponsors, CIO and key stakeholders.
    • Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the project and program team, analyze results and troubleshoot problem areas.
    • Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project and program team.
    • Deliver appropriate and effective executive-level communication.
    • Ensure that projects and programs are proceeding according to scope, schedule, budget and quality standards.
    • Manage project and program issues and risks to mitigate the impact to baseline.
    • Continue professional development to keep abreast of emerging technologies, methods and best practices.
    • Extensive understanding of project and program management principles, methods and techniques
    • Other duties as assigned by the HCO.

    The Senior Project Manager shall have demonstrable and proven success in providing on-site leadership for the project team by building and motivating team members to meet project goals, and adhering to their responsibilities and project milestones.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Excellent experience in SDLC Methodologies, Agile, SCRUM, SDLC / Waterfall
    • Strong leadership, diplomatic and motivational skills including the ability to lead up, across and down multiple business and technology organizations.
    • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation, and excellence.
    • Build and maintain relationships by engaging business leaders to establish credibility, solve problems, build consensus, and achieve objectives.
    • Excellent leadership, communication (written, verbal and presentation) and interpersonal skills.
    • Self-motivated, and decisive, with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands.
    • Research best practices within and outside the organization to establish benchmark data and use continuous process improvement disciplines to achieve results.
    • Tools: MS Project, Excel, Word and PowerPoint; CA Clarity PPM
    • Experience negotiating vendor contracts.
    • Experience drafting and submitting budget proposals and recommending subsequent budget changes where necessary.
    • Experience in successfully leading projects and programs to on-time, on-schedule and within-budget close.
    • Experience leading, motivating and managing various project and program team sizes, including internal and external resources, while holding the team accountable for performance
    • Strong experience presenting to executive sponsors and demonstrated communication skills, both written and oral with technical and non-technical staff, all levels of management
    • Experience influencing and gaining buy-in from executive sponsors, team members, stakeholders and peers.
    • Team-building skills with technical and non-technical staff
    • Experience working both independently and, in a team, -oriented, collaborative environment
    • Flexible with proven ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
    • Technically competent with various software programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), Microsoft Projects, ServiceNow, SmartSheet and Lucid Chart
    • Adept at conducting research into project-related issues and products.
    • Must be able to learn, understand and apply new technologies.
    • Support a diverse and inclusive work environment.

    Required qualifications:

    • 5-10+ years of working experience in project management
    • Demonstrated ability to facilitate all areas of the PM life:  Scope/Planning/Execution/Closure and mentor others through the process
    • Proven ability to manage large integrated projects across multiple disciplines
    • Advanced skills with project management software tools, methodologies and best practices
    • Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget and timeline
    • Proven ability to solve problems creatively
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong Interpersonal skills and extremely resourceful
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Exceptional time-management and organizational skills
    • Problem-solving with a keen eye for details
    • PMP or Black Belt certification preferred
    • Experience in strategic planning, risk management and or change management.
    • Financial Acumen
    • Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate field of study or equivalent work experience.

    Desired skills and proficiencies:

    • Budget development and expense controls
    • Coaching and team development
    • Supervision
    • Staffing
    • Process Improvement
    • Planning
    • Performance Management
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical proficiency

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    Product Risk and Compliance Manager

    About the Role:

    The Product Risk and Compliance Manager for IoT-enabled Electric Cooking Appliances is responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance aspects related to the development, manufacturing, importation, packaging, assembly, and operation of our IoT-enabled electric cooking appliances in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    This role ensures adherence to local and international laws, regulations, and standards governing the production, distribution, and use of these appliances.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Legal Compliance Management:

    • Monitor, interpret, and ensure compliance with local, regional, and international laws, regulations, and standards applicable to IoT-enabled electric cooking appliances.
    • Develop and implement compliance strategies to ensure product conformity throughout the product lifecycle.

    Regulatory Affairs Oversight:

    • Interface with regulatory bodies and agencies to obtain necessary certifications, permits, and approvals for product importation, assembly, and operations.
    • Keep abreast of evolving regulatory requirements and proactively adjust strategies to maintain compliance.

    Product Development Support:

    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams during the product design and development phase to integrate compliance measures into the product roadmap.
    • Review product specifications, documentation, and technical data to ensure alignment with regulatory standards.

    Supply Chain and Operations Compliance:

    • Evaluate and manage compliance risks across the supply chain, including vendor compliance assessments and due diligence.
    • Oversee compliance aspects related to packaging, labelling, and documentation for imports, ensuring conformity with local regulations.

    Audit and Risk Management:

    • Conduct regular audits and assessments to identify compliance gaps and potential risks. Implement corrective measures as needed.
    • Develop risk mitigation strategies to address legal and compliance challenges proactively.

    Training and Awareness:

    • Provide training and guidance to internal stakeholders on legal and compliance requirements pertinent to product development, importation, and operations.

    Documentation and Reporting:

    • Maintain comprehensive records of compliance activities, certifications, and regulatory approvals.
    • Generate periodic reports on compliance status, updates, and recommendations for senior management.

    Technology Risk Management:

    • Assess and mitigate technology-related risks, including the theft of intellectual property (IP) associated with IoT-enabled devices.
    • Collaborate with technology and security teams to implement measures safeguarding proprietary information and ensuring adherence to cybersecurity protocols.
    • Monitor technology integrity and functionality to prevent depreciations or vulnerabilities that could compromise appliance operations or data security.
    • Develop contingency plans to mitigate country infrastructure technology risk.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent legal degree with a focus on regulatory compliance or related field.
    • 5+ years of experience in legal and compliance roles within the consumer electronics, home appliances, or IoT industry.
    • Thorough understanding of regulatory frameworks in Sub-Saharan Africa related to consumer products, electrical appliances, and IoT devices.
    • Strong knowledge of standards such as IEC, ISO, and local regulatory certifications applicable to electric cooking appliances.
    • Experience interfacing with regulatory authorities and managing compliance in a cross-functional environment.
    • Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and drive compliance initiatives across diverse geographical areas.

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