Monday, March 17, 2014

Takamoto Biogas – Technology Manager Position Nairobi, Kenya



Technology Manager will be responsible to administer and manage the R&D, hardware development, software and testing functions to meet Takamoto's strategic goals.   The Technology Manager will report to the Managing Director and will be responsible for biogas and management technology to improve PAYG biodigesters and company efficiencies. 

Responsibilities
  • Supervise and lead engineers, software specialists and technicians who research and develop new products and procedures.
  • Develop overall concepts for new hardware and software products.
  • Evaluate and improve manufacturing processes.
  • Oversee quality control.
  • Supervise employees
and mentor junior engineers; develop staff creative problem solving skills.
  • Analyze in the field meter data to identify areas for improvement and develop improvements.
  • Responsible for managing software activities including in-house development and review of available apps and off the shelf programs to improve management and accounting efficiencies.
  • Schedule staff assignments and track projects.
  • Check technical accuracy of staff work.
Managerial Duties
·         Provide direction and leadership to technology staff.
·         Develop cost estimates, prepare budgets and approve expenditures.
·         Hire, train and mentor other engineers and supporting staff.
·         Coordinate with senior management and team leaders on implementing company strategy.
The Ideal candidate for Technology Manger would have
·         A bachelor’s degree in engineering and minimum 6 years relevant experience.
·         Creative problem solver with strong technical and analytic skills.
·         Accomplished manager and possessing the ability to delegate effectively.
·         Previous project management experience.
·         Previous experience designing electronics, software, databases and/or chemical processes preferred.

Who Is Takamoto Biogas?
Takamoto Biogas (www.takamotobiogas.com) is a rapidly growing renewable energy company in Nairobi providing biogas systems to small farmers in rural Kenya.
Building on three years of market research and installation experience, we have developed a first of its kind technology and business model that will bring the many benefits of biogas energy to rural farmers in Kenya. We believe that everyone should have access to clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy. We have developed a biogas model called Pay-as-you-go Biogas (PAYG Biogas) where our clients pay a small fee to install a biogas system on their compound and then only pay for the biogas that they use. This model eliminates the main hurdle to traditional biogas adoption – the high upfront cost.

In Kenya alone, there are two million farmers with at least one cow who are potential clients. We have piloted our patent pending technology in Githunguri, installing over 100 systems in less than 7 months. Having proven the demand, we are now preparing to scale up our operations to provide PAYG Biogas to every family that wants it.
On its way to this goal, Takamoto Biogas is looking for a motivated, proactive and creative Technology Manager.  This is a rare opportunity to help lead a unique socially responsible organization as we scale a first of its kind technology and an innovative business model to bring energy to the millions at the base of the economic pyramid in Kenya and beyond.
To apply for this position, please fill out application form at www.takamotobiogas.com/join-us/careers

Field Operations Manager Position Nairobi, Kenya- Takamoto Biogas



Field Operations Manager will be responsible to oversee the implementation and scaling of biogas sales, installation and maintenance for Takamoto PAYG Biogas including supervising field employees, providing direction, feedback, and monitoring performance. The Field Operations Manager reports to the Managing Director and  assists in developing budgets, keeps track of expenses, identifies ways to make improvements, and ensures a good rapport is maintained between Takamoto and our customers and suppliers. 

Responsibilities



  • Responsible for Field Managers and coach them in supervising field operations including installations and servicing.
  • Manage supply chain of biogas reactors and components.
  • Analyse daily meter updates to identify educational needs of clients and potential servicing.
  • Monitor meter responses to payments for biogas credit to ensure that all payments are processed effectively.
  • Responsible for sales team.
  • Ensure compliance with local business regulations
  • Ensure necessary insurance covers.
  • Maintain relationships with micro finance partners supporting our clients
  • Oversee shop operations including hiring personnel and managing sourcing, delivery and inventory of appliances for sale.
  • Ensure high customer satisfaction with products and services sold.
  • Manage customer service
  • Manage operations budget and ensure the clients keep high spending levels on biogas.
  • Develop processes for continued scale up of biogas sales and installations.
  • Liaise with R&D team to develop necessary technologies and systems to ensure smooth operations.


Managerial Duties
·         Provide direction and leadership to field operations.
·         Supervisory responsibility for sales, installation and maintenance of Takamoto PAYG Biogas.
·         Recruitment, motivation, selection, training and promotion of Field Managers and operations staff.
·         Develop budget for field operations.
·         Analyse customer selection and segmentation to refine customer selection practices.
·         Support development of automated systems for analysis reports and payment collection.
·         Coordinate with Takamoto management to execute company expansion plans.

The Ideal candidate for Field Operations Manger would have
  • A bachelors degree in business/logistics and six years relevant experience or MBA
·         Previous experience bringing a company to scale.
  • Have previous work experience in Africa and speak Kiswahili.
·         Be computer proficient and familiar with Microsoft Office products.
·         Accomplished manager of time and stress as well as possessing the ability to delegate effectively.

Who Is Takamoto Biogas?
Takamoto Biogas (www.takamotobiogas.com) is a rapidly growing renewable energy company in Nairobi providing biogas systems to small farmers in rural Kenya.
Building on three years of market research and installation experience, we have developed a first of its kind technology and business model that will bring the many benefits of biogas energy to rural farmers in Kenya. We believe that everyone should have access to clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy. We have developed a biogas model called Pay-as-you-go Biogas (PAYG Biogas) where our clients pay a small fee to install a biogas system on their compound and then only pay for the biogas that they use. This model eliminates the main hurdle to traditional biogas adoption – the high upfront cost.

In Kenya alone, there are two million farmers with at least one cow who are potential clients. We have piloted our patent pending technology in Githunguri, installing over 100 systems in less than 7 months. Having proven the demand, we are now preparing to scale up our operations to provide PAYG Biogas to every family that wants it.
On its way to this goal, Takamoto Biogas is looking for a motivated, proactive and creative Field Operations Manager.  This is a rare opportunity to help lead a unique socially responsible organization as we scale a first of its kind technology and an innovative business model to bring energy to the millions at the base of the economic pyramid in Kenya and beyond.
To apply for this position, please fill out application form at www.takamotobiogas.com/join-us/careers

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hass Petroleum Oracle Apps DBA Job in Kenya



The Company: Hass Petroleum is a regional oil marketing company with a significant presence in East Africa and the Great Lakes region. 

We have fully fledged operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia and the DRC, dealing with sale and distribution of white oils (Diesel, Petrol & Kerosene), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and our own brand of lubricants blended to world class standards.

The Job: We seek to recruit qualified and experienced Oracle Applications Database Administrator (DBA) to give support to Oracle users across the Company. 

The job holder is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of the database. 

The Oracle database system is the backbone of our operations, hence effective management and prioritization of activities is of paramount importance for the DBA.
 
Key responsibilities include;
  • Providing support for Oracle Applications R12.
  • Performance monitoring and tuning of Databases, Oracle Application Servers and E-business Software
  • Backup and Recovery of Oracle EBS R12 running on Oracle 11g
  • Planning, Testing and Performing software upgrades
  • Problem management [i.e., problem identification, management and resolution]; Patch analysis and patch application
  • Assisting with database loads and data conversion activities
  • Cloning and supporting environments, SR resolution
  • Analyze storage utilization and overall capacity planning for the EBS
  • Supporting the EBS services in a 7 x 24 high availability environment.
  • Actively manage incidents to ensure compliance against measurable service within documented tolerances and service levels
Required Technical Knowledge and Skills
  • Oracle Apps Certified DBA (R12)
  • Excellent Technical support and strong troubleshooting
  • In-depth knowledge of OS, EBS systems and application backups and restores.
  • Strong experience with system management tools and client/server environments
  • In-depth knowledge of Linux (Oracle Linux), SQL and PL/SQL.
  • Familiarity with SAN Storage and Raid Technologies.
  • Strong Shell programming expertise for task automation.
  • Demonstrated initiative, customer orientation and team work.
  • Solid knowledge of all aspects of Oracle/R12 ERP development, development tools, best practices and standards, including Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports.
  • Should have strong understanding of software development life cycle (SDLC).
Desired Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, Software engineering, IT or related fields from a recognized university
  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ of experience supporting R12 in Linux environment
  • Experience in providing production support in R12.
  • Experience using release management tools, including version control system and release management best practices.
  • A working knowledge of structured test methods and processes is definite plus.
  • Ability to work to aggressive and critical timelines.
  • Experience with their database software/web applications, Apache and web services.
  • Ability to communicate technical issues with non-technical users
  • Sound analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
To Apply: 

If you are interested and meet the required profile, please send us your cover letter and detailed CV, including your qualifications, experience, present position and current remuneration to recruit@hasspetroleum.com on or before January 24, 2013.

Your application should also include names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address and daytime telephone contacts. 

Applications received after the deadline date will not be accepted. 

We reserve the right to accept or reject any application. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.