• General Manager (Country Head) Job at BioLite

  • Posted on: 4 January, 2017 Deadline: 15 January, 2017
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    BioLite is on a mission to bring Energy Everywhere™ with revolutionary products that transform the way we Cook, Charge and Light our lives off the grid. We are a team of engineers and designers, operators and analysts, story tellers and evangelists, who believe that advanced technologies, built on sustainable business practices, have the power to change the world. Our unique Parallel Innovation business model pairs the needs of families living in energy poverty with the passions of outdoor enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of life outdoors and on the go.

    General Manager (Country Head)


    Key Activities

    • Leader: You will recruit, motivate, and grow our Kenya team to over 70 professionals in 2017. You will be responsible for establishing and tracking KPIs with teams across 3 core verticals: sales, operations, and finance.
    • Business Development: You will be responsible for onboarding new partnerships and maintaining existing relationships with key distribution partners, including MNCs, finance institutions, and SMEs.
    • Manager: You will work directly with BioLite’s distribution network to sustainably grow sales of the BioLite HomeStove and other BioLite clean energy products. You will strategize, plan, and drive commercial projects to meet project milestones and timelines.
    • Reporting and Finance: Working closely with BioLite’s Global Management team, you will frequently report on country KPIs and objectives, while overseeing BioLite’s Kenya P&L and have oversight responsibility of local accounting and reporting personnel.
    • Policy Advocate: You will serve as BioLite’s in-country lead in our work with government officials and multilateral organizations on regulatory policy matters affecting BioLite and the clean energy sector.
    • Systems Builder: You will build and implement data management systems to strengthen our supply chain, support our sales force, and capture customer information from the field.

      Required Qualifications & Experience

      • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred
      • Relevant field experience: 10+ years of management experience, preferably working in bottom of the pyramid (BoP) markets in Kenyan rural & peri-urban areas
      • Fluency in English required; fluency in Kiswahili and any other local languages strongly preferred
      • Strong local networks: experience and relationships working with players in the Kenya BoP markets and renewable energy sector
      • Project management and sales: experience creating and successfully executing timelines, budgets, and forecasts
      • Leadership experience: proven ability to motivate and inspire
      • Team player and self-starter: ability to work collaboratively, but also self-managing and work well independently
      • Flexibility and ability to transition across a variety of roles: easily transition from a remote village to negotiating shipping logistics, to delivering a presentation at an industry conference
      • Strong analytical and communication skills: experience to effectively synthesize data and prepare clear, compelling and high-quality reports and presentations via Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other analytical and visual communication tools (and corresponding Google equivalents: Sheets, Slides, and Docs)
      • Strong work ethic; willingness to work a nontraditional work schedule
      • Balance: combining patience, empathy, and honesty with the assertiveness, clout and drive to see any job through to the end

      Desired Experience

      • Experience handling supply chains and logistics in emerging markets
      • Experience working in a start-up environment

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to BioLite career website on app.builtforteams.com to apply

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