Head of People Operations

Application Deadline: 30 July 2019

How to apply: Email shamim@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume and brief cover letter or email introducing yourself with the subject line: Head of People Operations

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Start Date: As soon As Possible

About the Company:

Lori is a venture-backed startup building the cutting-edge logistics infrastructure for trucking in Africa. The start-up is tackling a massive issue - $180 billion is spent annually on haulage across Africa, which means that up to 75% of a product’s cost is due to logistics (compared to 6% in the US). Lori’s tech-enabled and operations-driven marketplace efficiently connects transport to cargo. The supply chain management system brings transparency and has significantly improved flexibility, reliability, and cost savings (savings upwards of 18%). The company has experienced 30% month-over-month compounded growth since product launch in May 2017. The market demand for Lori’s platform is increasing exponentially. To continue this pace of growth, Lori recently closed a landmark raise from globally leading institutional and strategic investors. The company won Techcrunch’s Battlefield Africa.

The Lori team of ~100 employees is led by nerds obsessed with revolutionizing logistics in Africa:

  • Josh Sandler, CEO: industrialization + logistics work, Harvard MBA/MPA-ID, South African native

  • Jean-Claude Homawoo, CPO: Product Lead at Google, VP Strategy at iRoko; Harvard MBA, Togolese native

  • Fredrik Johansson, COO: COO of $80mm Swedish supply chain co, MSc in Eng (thesis in Tanzania)

  • Gichini Ngaruiya, CTO: Y Combinator, co-founder/CTO of E la Carte (raised $50mm+), MIT CS, Kenyan native

Position Summary:

Lori is seeking a hands-on Head of People Operations who will develop, implement, and align People Operations programs with business objectives, serving as a strategic partner of the senior management team while supporting employees’ day to day welfare needs. The Director will be focused on securing and strengthening the company’s foundation for current and future growth.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Executive team to implement and support company policies, practices and programs

  • Lead your direct report managers in creating an inviting and cohesive employee experience

  • Develop and manage annual budgets for all departments

  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation to ensure regulatory compliance

  • Develop and execute Lori’s HR strategy

  • Develop and lead people capacity building initiatives to enhance performance in the organization

  • Manage succession planning in the organization to ensure business continuity for critical positions

  • Create and manage company recruitment practices

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • Passion for Lori’s mission

  • 10+ years’ experience in a similar role

  • Proven track record of building and developing a People Ops/HR organization

  • A strategic mind that is focused on execution

  • Extensive leadership experience and proven track record to develop managers

  • Attention to detail

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Exceptional understanding of People Operations Processes

  • Willingness and ability to get into the weeds and solve the problems at hand if needed

  • Ability to multitask, set priorities and manage time effectively

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Must be a certified and registered Human Resource practitioner (IHRM and CHRP)