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  • Posted: Sep 22, 2022
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    Wasoko is transforming communities across Africa by revolutionizing access to essential goods and services. By connecting small shops to the digital economy, we fix inefficient supply chains and provide services that were previously unavailable. Wasoko aims to provide everything a retailer needs, no wholesalers or banks necessary. Thousands of retailers a...
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    Regional Buying And Merchandising Manager

    This role will center around improving key terms of supplier relationships Wasoko increases its scale and operations. The Regional Buying Manager is a critical member of the team, reporting to the Global Head of Buying & Merchandising.


    The successful candidate will possess:

    • Previous working experience in B&M management for [5] years
    • BSc degree in supply chain management, logistics or business administration
    • Hands-on experience in budgeting and purchasing management
    • Superb communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
    • Outstanding negotiation skills
    • Problem solver with a strong analytical mindset
    • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Highly motivated and excellent work ethic
    • Ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced sales environment

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Design, plan and implement sourcing and purchasing strategies
    • Negotiate directly with multinational and local manufacturers to secure the best terms in procuring their products
    • Build and maintain relationships with suppliers and vendors; search and source potential new suppliers and vendors
    • Work with the various stakeholders in Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, Finance and data across the company to streamline the workflow and reduce operating expenses
    • Sales mix optimization; create an optimal units sales mix while maintaining/improving the company’s profitability
    • Ensure Sales & Margins budgets are achieved by constantly monitoring the prices and costs.
    • Manage and control inventory levels to avoid markdowns and maximize products sell thru.
    • Negotiate optimal payment terms with suppliers to improve cash flow and liquidity
    • Track, measure and analyze company expenditures
    • Actively monitor organizational sales & margins growth to ensure cross market KPIs are being met and revised regularly
    • Ensure country level reports and meetings are done in a timely manner
    • Oversee the recruitment, hiring and training of new staff within the B & M team
    • Adhere to laws, rules and regulations

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    Product Manager - Logistics Management System

    Seeking a data-driven professional with 4+ years of experience managing last mile product life cycles with the heavy use of tools and algorithms to maximize Wasoko’s investments into transport activities by supporting the improvement of the current transport processes and cost.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Create and own the product roadmap planning processes for Wasoko last mile operations e.g. Logistics optimization, route planning, delivery process execution, returns management
    • Formulate and execute a rolling product roadmap in support of portfolio plans. Identify, marshal and organize resources to meet required goals
    • Lead new product introduction efforts within specific goals for team leadership, customer delivery processes and designs, schedule, cost, quality, availability and order cycle time goals
    • Engage with internal vendor partners to create, implement and maintain product change management processes within the logistic systems
    • Align matrices with team members from across all functions to develop new product plans and sustain change management processes. Typical functions include Planning, technical project management, reducing transport cost per order, optimizing the current product, Reporting etc.
    • Represent delivery product and design team. Use production expertise to influence and negotiate for last-mile operations.
    • Communicate project status updates to various project stakeholders, including team members and executives. Synthesize a multitude of issues into a clear, concise and focused message. Present with confidence and brevity.
    • Always push the leading edge of innovation, excellence, and program management practices.
    • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in technology, competition, industry developments, and regulatory environment.
    • Help implement best industry standards and best practices in the last leg of supply chain processes and systems


    • 4 - 8 years of experience working with logistics and/or field force for multi-location teams
    • General manager/owner mentality, entrepreneurial drive, and proven ability to take ownership and influence others
    • Proven ability to drive cohesion and collaboration among many different people & functions
    • Confidence, presence, and credibility to command the respect of colleagues and senior stakeholders, especially within Sales, Operations and Engineering
    • Extensive knowledge of product lifecycle management, product strategies, product requirements and roadmap planning, and product requirements decision making
    • Exceptional communication skills which include clear written and verbal communication as well as the ability to listen effectively
    • Excellent creative thinking skills with an emphasis on developing innovative solutions to solve complex problems that may not have one clear answer
    • Demonstrable capability to negotiate requirements and decisions effectively across a diverse range of teams and to lead through influence
    • Ability to create, formalize, and implement, a product portfolio strategy
    • Ability to influence cross-culturally across a range of global stakeholders in the engineering, operations, and marketing organizations
    • Proven ability to execute in all phases of the product development life cycle, resulting in high-quality software or IoT hardware products, delivered on time
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner, seeking out areas that need attention, rather than being asked to look at specific problem areas
    • Outstanding technical problem-solving skills and a passion to solve hard problems
    • Strong program management skill set with the ability to lead cross-functional teams

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