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Technology & Innovation Manager

Application Deadline: 1 August 2018

How to apply: Email shamim@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume and brief cover letter introducing yourself with the subject line: Technology & Innovation Manager

Location: Gisenyi & Kigali, Rwanda

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

About the Company

Inyenyeri is a high-growth energy start-up, dedicated to eliminating household air pollution and reversing the national wood deficit in Rwanda. Inyenyeri utilizes an innovative business model to provide the world’s cleanest solid biomass cook-stoves and fuel pellets to its customers at affordable monthly prices. Inyenyeri works in four districts in Rwanda. Headquartered in Kigali, with an office in Rubavu and a project in Kigeme refugee camp, Inyenyeri currently has over 110 employees and plans to rapidly expand its team as it scales the business model across Rwanda.

About the Position

Inyenyeri seeks a bright, energetic and bold Technology & Innovation Manager. Inyenyeri plans to scale rapidly and intends to reach a national, and eventually international, customer base. The Technology & Innovation Manager will lead Inyenyeri’s technology team in designing, developing, testing, and rolling out different technology innovations in support of its stove + fuel business. Focus will be on managing Inyenyeri’s product innovation pipeline of physical products (i.e. hardware). Some support of the information technology pipeline (i.e. software) may also be covered by this role.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

This individual will report to Inyenyeri’s CEO. Responsibilities include:

  • Listen to Inyenyeri’s customers on how to improve their cooking experience and their livelihoods in general
  • Join Inyenyeri’s Commercial Team in order to collaboratively identify and roll out opportunities that improve Inyenyeri’s value proposition for both its urban and rural customers
  • Lead Inyenyeri’s prototype testing (both in lab settings and in the field) to validate product improvements and new innovations
  • Partner with the engineering teams of Inyenyeri’s suppliers in order to increase the efficiency, functionality, convenience and durability of Inyenyeri’s products
  • Support Inyenyeri’s pellet production team to optimize the quality of Inyenyeri’s pellets
  • Scout the market for new technology innovations in the field of e-marketing, online payments, PayGo, CRM applications, stove and solar technology, online payments, stove inventory management, customer identification, tracking & tracing and other
  • Structure and drive Inyenyeri’s innovation process

Key Qualifications

  • Affinity with engineering, business and technology are a-must-have
  • Demonstrated experience with analyzing customer behavior and with translating customer feedback into technological innovations
  • Knowledge of conducting rigorous scientific tests in both field and lab expected
  • Excellent English (required); knowledge of Kinyarwanda (preferred)

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering (preferred)

Skills:

  • Problem-solving and product development skills (required)

Your Profile:

  • You have an ability to combine abstract thinking with a hands-on mentality
  • You are organized and pay attention to detail

Desired Experience

  • Experience in stove design a plus