• Operations Manager at BioLite

  • Posted on: 8 October, 2017 Deadline: 10 November, 2017
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    BioLite Holdings Kenya Limited is hiring an Operations Manager for Kenya, a professional who is excited about building an extraordinary organization that drives innovation in the clean energy sector in Kenya. 

    About BioLite

    BioLite is a dynamic and rapidly growing social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets consumer energy products for off-grid communities around the world. Our business serves two distinct markets: 1) developing world families living in energy poverty, and 2) outdoor enthusiasts seeking fuel-independent cooking and off-grid power. We address these markets simultaneously through parallel innovation: by incubating core technologies that can serve users in both markets, we are able to invest near-term revenue to solve long-term, high-impact problems. Over the last four years, our team has quadrupled, and sales have doubled each year.  Anchored by the award-winning HomeStove, and the recently launched SolarHome 620, our emerging markets product portfolio is growing.  We are currently operating in Kenya and are excited to grow this key market with new partners and products.

    Operations Manager


    REPORTS TO: BioLite Kenya General Manager / Emerging Markets Director

    START DATE:  December 2017

    About You

    You are a natural manager able to guide our operations strategy and management while working in a complex, constantly changing and resource-constrained environment. You are a strong planner who is detail focused and committed to driving operational efficiency.  You are process oriented and results driven. To this end, you see opportunities to build and/or improve the organization’s tools and systems.

    You have deep operational expertise and are excited about being hands-on, without getting lost in the weeds. You are a problem-solver, a direct and candid communicator, and a thoughtful change agent who understands that there are tensions to balance in this kind of diverse organization. You are comfortable collaborating with others who do not necessarily report to you and eager to build relationships with teams across the organization.

    You are eager for the challenge of shaping the future of this organization as one of the closest advisors to our GM. You have the skills to provide clear, consistent operational leadership for a fast growing social enterprise, and the nimbleness to respond to continual innovation and increased demands for performance. You inspire excellence and can work effectively with a global team, building a sense of shared values and goals. You are comfortable operating in the Kenyan context, working with stakeholders as diverse as rural sales agents, customs officials, and business partners.

    About the Position

    As a key member of the leadership team, the OM will play a critical role within our organization.  The OM will oversee Supply Chain, Logistics and After Sales Service, and will interact closely with our Finance Manager, ensuring efficient allocation and management of our resources.

    The OM will drive oversee operations across Kenya, as well as manage international logistics for our products across our markets. The OM will work closely with the General Manager, Finance Manager, Sales VP, and other team leaders to ensure that BioLite maintains long-term sustainable operations to support our plans for growth and expansion. The OM will be a key player in making BioLite a scalable, sector-leading organization.

    The OM will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all operational elements within the company. S/he will also work closely with senior leadership to help maintain the right “climate” and culture within our company, and to drive execution of approaches to measure and improve the climate.

    Specific Responsibilities

    You make our business work.  Across the board, you’re responsible that projects you are assigned happen on time, on budget, and at the highest quality standard.

    • Supply Chain: Drive supply chain efficiencies that can be integrated across BioLite’s channel partners and geographies; manage logistics partners.  Lead inventory management, quality control, and  containerized shipment processes.  

    • Sales Operations Support: Support sales channel leaders and partners to execute against delivery commitments and optimize last-mile delivery plans; ensure process flows for data, revenues, and forecasts are running smoothly.

    • Measurements and Evaluation: Oversee the management of all in-country data flows, survey tools, CRM, and field management software; prepare data-driven analyses and reports, as assigned.  Manage Kenya Master Data Tracker dashboard.

    • After Sales Servicing: Establish workflow and internal standards compliance on reporting, servicing, and tracking after-sales service claims across country.

    Market Planning: Support distribution strategies and market launch plans for new product launches; help establish strategies to support launch of new products (installation teams, deployment of marketing materials, sample coordination, etc.)

    Required Qualifications & Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree.

    • 5+ years of relevant operational and senior management experience.

    • Excellent track record for building organizational culture, leading teams, and mentoring leaders to achieve targeted outcomes regardless of challenges.  Proven ability to motivate and inspire.

    • Team player and self-starter: ability to work collaboratively, but also self-managing and work well independently

    • Entrepreneurial mindset, strong interpersonal skills and a hands-on approach to getting things done.

    • Project management experience creating and successfully executing timelines, budgets, and forecasts

    • Robust and creative problem-solver. Excel under pressure and able to satisfy multiple, sometimes competing, demands for attention. 

    • Excellent analytical and financial skills.

    • Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong presentation skills.

    • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.

    • Proficient in all Microsoft Office programs.

    • Judgment and decision-making ability.

    • Flexibility and ability to transition across a variety of roles.

    • Strong work ethic; willingness to work a nontraditional work schedule.

    • Openness to evolving responsibilities.

    Bonus if you have:

    • MBA or similar degree.

    • Experience in clean energy.

    • Experience in exports and supply chains, best if in specialized products (clean energy).

    • Experience working in a startup environment.

    • Experience using NetSuite Enterprise Resource Planning software.


    • Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience.


    Method of Application


    For consideration, please submit your resume and answer to the following questions.

    Deadline: Nov 10, 2017

    Applicant Questions:

    • How do you see our company changing over the next 2 years? How would you see yourself creating that change?
    • How have you used technology or innovations in the past to help your company grow or operate more effectively?
    • Have you worked in an organization or on a new project that was cash constrained? If so, how did you manage the operations to reduce costs and maximize ROI? If not, how would you do so?

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

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