Startup & High Growth

Movemeback African oppportunity location
  • Nairobi Kenya

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 At Savannah Brands, we want to be Africa’s leading craft beverage company. We are an integrated drinks business based in Nairobi, Kenya. We manufacture, brand build and distribute all our products. We are pioneering the beverage space in Kenya with our first brand, ‘Kenyan Originals’ where we use the awesome produce in Kenya to create authentic beverage products. Kenyan Originals is a variety of African craft beverages that include alcoholic fruit ciders, tonics, and ice teas, with more to come. We are looking for a Head of Operations to join our leadership team.

As Head of Operations you will be a key member of the leadership team, a thought partner to the company’s founder, and help to make our mission a reality. You will need to ensure that Savannah Brands grows sustainably. You will solidify the backbone of the company through strategic planning and operational management across the full supply chain.

We are looking for a leader who has experience working in high-growth, fast-paced environments and is driven to build Africa’s most exciting beverage company. 



Role Responsibilities:


  • Assist CEO with strategic planning (annual, 3Y and 5Y BP) and help lead organizational planning and supporting of function heads
  • Lead SBs operations strategy, processes, and structure -- including all parts of the end-to-end operation from procurement through production
  • Think with ‘Originality’ in operations to trial innovative models to help unlock our growth pillars


  • Guide, mentor and develop a high performing, proactive operations team, aligned to our company culture. Currently an operations team of 20 people (incl. casuals), this team will see significant growth over the next 5 years.


  • Build and implement our sourcing strategy, including:
    • Building our fruit / real ingredient value chain to protect and build our brand DNA
    • Leverage our increasing buying power to improve our credit days and pricing with suppliers
    • Optimise SNOP processes to best manage risk, improve JIT purchasing and reduce OOS
  • Build and implement our logistics strategy, including:
    • To step change our RTM growth potential with an innovative logistics model
    • Facilitation of our trial export plans
  • Warehousing processes and controls to limit inventory leakage
  • Overseeing the Head of Manufacturing to optimise processes and reduce waste
  • Build and lead the implementation of SOPs across the company


  • Measure operational metrics and KPIs and build a data-driven culture of high performance, accountability, quality, and workplace safety in operations
  • Lead the management of the BI platform to ensure we have timely and relevant data insights for the team

Corporate Governance & Compliance programs:

  • Lead on managing the companies licensing
  • Oversee Corporate Governance & Compliance programs, policies, procedures, and projects


  • Personality:
    • Analytical
    • Structured
    • Autonomous
    • Results Driven
  • Competencies:
    • Problem solver
    • Reliable
    • Ambitious
  • Requirements:
    • English, Kiswahili is a plus


  • Opportunity to scale an African brand across the continent
  • Competitive salary

About Savannah Brands

At Savannah Brands we want to use the awesome produce in Africa to create authentic food and beverage products that embody Africa's restlessly independent spirit. We want to do what big companies can't do; be agile, nimble, get innovations to market quickly. Based in Kenya, in 2018 Savannah Brands launched its first brand, Nairobi Nibbles, in the snacking category. We will be launching a variety of product ranges in the spirits, cider and beverages across 2019.