22 Aug 2019

Full-Time Managing Director

ZOLA – Posted by TAYOAAnywhere

Job Description



Company Description

 Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. Off Grid Electric, through its consumer brand Zola, is a growth-stage startup that’s on track to light a million homes in Africa over the next couple of years with clean, affordable solar energy. At the heart of our business is innovative solutions that delight our customers. We are looking for a Managing Director-East Africa to join our team in Arusha, Tanzania, and support our growth strategy in Africa, changing the lives of millions with our innovative products.

This may be your dream job if you’re someone who dreams of combining your knowledge and skills enabling Off Grid Electric to change the renewable energy landscape. You’ll also need to be passionate about bringing solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets (billions of people around the world) with the unique social, technical and business challenges that come along with it. You are inspired by the opportunity to unleash whole continents of human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business

OffGrid Electric combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a long-term solar solution to an unreliable grid. Adaptable to both energy needs and income, Zola Electric’s solution can be bought over time through a leasing structure. The first few watts starts a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: Security. Education, access to information, and a longer and more efficient day

  1. Country Strategy Development and Implementation

Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the annual Country Operations Strategy and Business Plan, aligned to the overall Company Strategic Plan Cascade the overall company vision, goals, development strategies including objectives and key results (OKRS) in support of company.

| > Lead, coach and mentor direct reports to foster personal growth

and teamwork Manage the administration of direct reports through the approval of leave, subsistence and travel expenses

country and departmental strategy and business plans Provide leadership for the dissemination of company mission, Vision and values at the country level and direct the country programme and its staff in line with the annual Country Strategy Monitor business resources and strategy implementation on weekly basis and devise appropriate strategies and interventions to ensure alignment of the Country operations to corporate objectives Drive business and organizational growth aligned to the strategic intent of the overall company Increase market penetration and develop new routes to market to Increase market penetration and develop new route include channel partners, and agency agreement

  1. Leadership and Management of Country Operations

Provide strong, visible and inspirational leadership to Country

Leadership Teams, as well as the wider ZOLA Tanzania and Rwanda teams thereby delivering bottom line business results

Lead the Country management teams in the resolution of

Operational problems on a day-to-day basis >> Lead the contribution towards new or innovative approaches to

Policy and operational issues >Monitor operational risks through the management of a

Comprehensive risk framework to assess risks and devise risk mitigation plans

  1. Finance Management Oversight

Provide oversight in financial management matters of the Country Operations, ensuring compliance with the overall company’s procedures and external best practice as well as donor and regulatory requirements Develop and effectively execute the Country resource allocation plan, using insights and a focus on opportunities, priorities and capabilities for business growth Analyze and evaluate P&L to drive performance, challenge spend

and lead changes to deliver higher performance and value > Monitor cash flow to ensure effective cash

  1. People Management >> Lead the development of a sustainable structure to support the

Operational requirements of the business oversee the recruitment development and retention of management and employees in collaboration with the Human

Capital Department ** Manage the performance of direct reports, ensuring agreement of

annual goals, measuring performance against agreed goals and

dealing with areas of non-performance > Act as custodian of succession plan development and

implementation to support the growth of people within the organization

  1. Stakeholder Management >> Lead the charge to ensure a happy customer base

Engage with the Chief Operating Officer and Group Executives on Country operational matters and in the provision of input into high level strategy Lead the weekly Core Team Meetings and monthly Performance Review Meetings Engage with Head of Departments and liaise with Group Executives and teams to address departmental problems, identify resolutions and make the necessary adjustments to the operating business model Lead the collaborative efforts across functions to understand and resolve operational problems on the ground Participate in Country Board meetings and engage with shareholders and local chairpersons Act as the primary point of contact for senior interaction with government, tax authorities and industry organizations Identify technical experts who understand the country landscape and encourage engagements with the relevant stakeholders Liaise with external stakeholders to resolve business issues which may have been escalated by the business.

Today. Off Grid Electric powers more than 100.000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire.

thics investors include: SolarCity. Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners. The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and responsibility Zola Electric is the recipient of the 2016 UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. For more information, visit www.zolaelectric.com


Requirements Master’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant field 12 to 15 years’ experience in a senior leadership role in a growing business of reasonable size Strong GM experience, P&L responsibility and orientation Sales, Marketing and Consumer-oriented Business building experience Government and Labour stakeholder engagement experience Multi-channel experience door to door. (Distribution, in-house retail, third party retail, partnerships, telesales)

Position The Managing Director- East Africa core role will be to provide overall leadership, mentorship and strategic direction in Tanzania and Rwanda, having full responsibility for the Profit & Loss and the overall execution of both countries in alignment with Zola Electric’s overall corporate strategy.


Other This role is based in our Arusha Head office in Tanzania. As this role is also overseeing operations in Rwanda, travel between Arusha and Kigali will be required on a regular basis.

The other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Are you interested? Please send your cover letter and resume through E-mail to tz.recruitment @zola.solar indicating Application for Managing Director, East Africa in the subject line.

off Grid Electric is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Source: The Citizen Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Job Types: Full-Time.

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