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Full-Time

Startup & High Growth

Movemeback African oppportunity location
  • Kampala , Uganda

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Description

Over 500 million people across sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, and the International Energy Agency expects that number to increase to 700 million by 2030. Since extending the grid to them would cost trillions of dollars, micro-scale, off-grid power from solar, is often the only viable answer to energy poverty. In countries like Uganda, where only 15% of the population has an on-grid connection, there’s undeniable potential for solar to leapfrog traditional energy provision models; however, affordability, perceptions of low quality, and the absence of last-mile distribution and maintenance networks are curtailing development. These are the very problems that SolarNow was founded to solve. The company has grown fast in the past 6 years. From a small start-up, the distribution and finance company grew to become the market leader for high-quality, customised solar energy solutions for households and the entrepreneurial class in Uganda and, since 2017, also Kenya. The company now has over 600 staff, and aims to double in size over the next two years. Solar Now are seeking a Supply Chain Project Manager to join their team.

 

As the new Supply Chain Project Manager (SCPM), you will be responsible for the overall direction of projects and initiatives in the Supply Chain. These projects are designed to drive innovation, cost reduction, reduce lead times, and improve on overall efficiency of processes within the SolarNow supply chain; therefore, you will manage complex and broad scaled projects from discovery phase through implementation. The SCPM is one of the main innovation drivers in the SolarNow supply chain. As such, you will work closely with the four Supply Chain Management teams (logistics, sourcing, workshop, facilities) in Uganda and Kenya, to ensure process improvements are driven within the teams. Examples of Supply Chain Management projects are:

  • Implementation of scanners and digital signatures in SolarNow delivery model
  • Ensuring all outgoing stock processes run through our ERP
  • Implementing batch and serial codes for all products and manufacturers
  • Renewing warranty policy

As the ideal candidate, you are excited about being hands-on, and delving deeply to understand processes as well as, the root-causes of inefficiencies. You are equally capable of looking at the bigger picture, and will work on the strategic outline of the future supply chain in collaboration with the Head of Supply Chain Management -  making this a very versatile role.

 

Role Responsibilities:

  • Develop the Supply Chain Project calendar (together with Team Managers and Head of SCM).
  • Identify process owners and collaborate with them to discuss potential process improvements, identify risks and opportunities and propose new projects. Develop qualitative and/or quantitative analysis to support these recommendations
  • Define project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility. Develop comprehensive project plans entailing execution plan, costs and deliverables, and share these with internal clients and stakeholders
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation, and coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors to ensure flawless execution of projects
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule and project costs, using appropriate verification techniques
  • Measure SCM project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Perform risk management to minimise project risks
  • Work collaboratively by developing strong relationships with key partners within SCM and other internal departments (e.g. PD, Finance, Credit, Sales), throughout the project in order to achieve aimed results
  • Track SCM project performance, specifically to analyse the successful completion of short and long-term goals
  • Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis
  • Ensures projects follow protocols, ensures accurate project governance and monitors performance against milestones and KPIs, providing day-to-day support to the project teams or stakeholders
  • Proactively identify and manage impact of projects to broader organisation

Criteria

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management or related course
  • At least 1+ years of operations experience in East Africa
  • Proven track record of success in mid or – senior project management roles
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to spot opportunities for improvement
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team
  • High level of oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Pro-active and optimistic attitude towards change
  • Problem-solver
  • Direct and candid communicator
  • Thoughtful change agent who enjoys working with a range of stakeholders, with an non compromising ability to get results
  • Must be a Ugandan or East African national, due to sponsorship restrictions

Benefits

Globally competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience

About SolarNow

More than 500 million people across sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity and the International Energy Agency expects that number to increase to 700 million by 2030. Since extending the grid to them would cost billions of dollars, micro-scale, off-grid power from solar is often the only viable answer to energy poverty.

 

In countries like Uganda, where only 20% of the population has an on-grid connection, there’s undeniable potential for solar to leapfrog traditional energy provision models; however, affordability, perceptions of low quality and the absence of last-mile distribution and maintenance networks are curtailing development.

 

These are the very problems that SolarNow was founded to solve. A Dutch company with its head office in Kampala and core operations in Uganda and Kenya, it sells high-quality solar solutions to fit the needs of rural households and small entrepreneurs — from 10Wp small solar home systems capable of powering a radio, phone and a number of lights to 5kWp systems that can power a small office or machine – plus a range of consumer electronics, including televisions, fridges, flat irons, shavers and water pumps. Typical clients are rural households buying a 50-100Wp system to power 6 lights and a television and charge their phones.

 

Crucially, SolarNow also provides credit that allows customers to spread payment for all these products over 24 months. Together with a network of 47 branches (800 FTE) in Uganda and Kenya and a price plan that includes full installation and service – backed by a unique five-year warranty – SolarNow has all the pieces in place to take optimal advantage of this unique market opportunity. The company already serves over 16,000 clients in Uganda and Kenya and plans to roll out its operations into other African countries during the coming years.