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  • Posted: Feb 26, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • PowerGen provides turnkey energy solutions to residential, community, commercial, and industrial customers in East Africa and beyond. Founded in 2011 our focus is on providing robust photo-voltaic and wind systems for off-grid demands. PowerGen offers a range of products and services that enable customers in a variety of markets to take advantage of the rene...
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    Software Engineering Manager

    Job Description

    As a Software Engineering Manager, you will play a critical role in supporting the Company’s software development, database buildout and platform upgrades. You will coordinate with an international technology team to keep the Company’s operations running smoothly with the best software tools possible. You will report to the Head of Software and work closely across the Technology and Customer functions to build the tools we use to serve customers in all locations in which PowerGen operates.

    This role requires creative thinking about how established and new technologies can make a significant contribution to PowerGen’s mission of building the energy syst

    Key Responsibilities

    • Making key architectural and design decisions for our software stack
    • Working with the Head of Software to ensure that technical software requirements (refactors, testing, etc) are represented on the roadmap
    • Managing our internal team of 5-7 software developers and providing mentorship in regular 1:1 meetings
    • Maintaining a strong culture of collaboration on our remote team, including using pair programming sessions and code reviews 


    Required to be successful in this role:

    • At least 1 year of previous software engineering management experience
    • Familiarity with and demonstrated use of agile development practices
    • SQL database experience
    • At least 1 web-server technology (we use golang microservices)
    • At least 1 front-end framework (we use React)
    • Continuous Integration and Deployment (we use Gitlab CI/CD)
    • Unit and integration testing strategies
    • Proven ability to collaborate across teams
    • Ability to innovate and problem solve
    • Enthusiasm for working in the field of renewable energy

    If you also have the below, it’s a plus!

    • Microservice Architecture
    • Data Warehousing 
    • Data Visualization (we use Google Data Studio)

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    Technical Director

    Job Description

    Reporting to the COO, the Technical Director will be responsible for overseeing all power-related technical elements of the company. Depending on fit and capacity, she or he will also lead the O&M and project management teams.

     The primary technical areas the Technical Director will lead & be responsible for include:

    • Solar PV – design and engineering for solar PV projects up to the low MW scale
    • Battery Storage – design and engineering for battery storage assets of various chemistries up to the low MWh scale
    • AC Switchgear – design and engineering for low to high voltage AC switchgear and system integration 
    • Micro-grid Controls and System Communication – design and engineering for micro-grid system integration and SCADA systems
    • Transmission and Distribution networks – design and engineering for LV and MV distribution networks, including transformers and substations

    Additional responsibilities of the Technical Director are summarized below:

    • Develop the strategy of the PowerGen technical teams in line with the company’s vision and strategy
    • Foster the professional development and training of a young, hungry technical team at PowerGen, spread across 4+ countries
    • Engage closely with the business development teams to ensure that our technical work supports our customer and commercial goals (techno-economic analysis of projects and solutions) across 4+ countries
    • Oversee the development and implementation of technical projects across 4+ countries
    • Drive cost optimization of detailed engineering designs and bill of materials. In addition to strategic sourcing and vendor relationship management for key equipment.
    • Identifying new market technical challenges and potential technology advancements to integrate in new projects and solutions across Africa
    • Provide guidance on R&D efforts for various new technologies across the company
    • Provide guidance on enhancements to existing grids to optimize performance
    • Prepare and manage team budgets
    • Champion health, safety, and environmental standards across the company
    • Spearhead engagements with internal and external stakeholders 
    • Prepare management and board reports as and when required
    • Support in the development and management of project management standards, processes, and execution


    You already have:

    • Strong technical knowledge in solar PV, off-grid batteries, and distribution networks in Africa
    • Ability to manage and grow a young, hungry team
    • Ability to understand commercial considerations related to projects, interface with internal revenue teams, and build relationships with clients
    • Experience utilizing engineering software tools like AutoCAD, Homer, PVsyst, Helioscope, ETAP or equivalent software required to professionally undertake MW scale PV/storage/distribution design work
    • Comfort working with a small, growing company with aggressive growth targets
    • Experience managing budgets

    Additional Information

    In addition to interviews with our team, selected candidates will be required to demonstrate their capabilities through a technical assignment.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.


    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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