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Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. Headquartered in coastal Kenya, we have planted over 2.5 million trees with more than 8,500 farmers, making us Kenya’s largest commercial tree planter. By leveraging farmers...

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Senior Harvest Manager in Kenya , Kenya

About the Role
The Senior Harvest Manager (SHM) is a mid-level management role who is the primary support to the Operations Coordinator and Harvest Manager. The SHM will be responsible for planning, training and collaborating with other departments and internal stakeholders to ensure a seamless flow of harvest activities for all harvest teams reporting to them. The SHM is also critical in the management of resources deployed for harvest activities and will be responsible for ensuring sufficient support and accountability of harvest teams.

This role will be based in Naivasha, Kenya.

What You Will do

Team Management & Leadership
- Manage productivity and quality of outcomes by monitoring performance with frequent follow-up and using measurable criteria. Provide regular advice & coaching to improve performance.
- Train, coach and mentor direct reports to develop their skills, knowledge and capacity to succeed in their current roles and allow for growth in their Komaza careers.
- Build a positive, motivated team culture, supporting key values of honesty, hard work, and quality aligned with company values.
- Oversee data collection via appropriate data collection tools. Ensure data integrity. Analyze data to make critical decisions.
- Lead team problem solving to quickly resolve challenges. Coordinate case management with the team, ensuring everything is well documented and/or shared with the relevant departments for their input, implementation & feedback.
- Lead performance management and other Talent related activities, support the professional development of managers and their teams
- Act as the focal point between the Operations Coordinator and the Field Managers.
- Lead in collaboration projects with other departments.

Planning
- Prepare harvest plans for the teams and communicate the plans to teams members in appropriate time
- Ensure a steady harvest pipeline is sustained throughout the year
- Effectively plan with Harvest Managers to ensure teams achieve planned outputs.

Safety Compliance
- Supervise and ensure safety compliance within teams during harvest OPs.
- Ensure standards of excellence are maintained throughout felling, extraction and loading of trees
- Ensure all PPEs are in place and used correctly by all Komaza teams and casual workers at all times
- Train and retrain teams on safety measures
- Deal with non compliance of safety SOPs and reward/recognize adherence to the same
- Support the team with immediate action in case of a safety incident occurring.

Logistics Coordination
- The SHM shall work closely with the Business Operations Officer and external service providers to manage transport, he/she shall share Harvest Operations plans with the Business Operations team and other relevant departments such as Finance to allow for smooth operations and effective interdepartmental collaboration.
- The SHM shall work hand in hand with service providers to ensure they meet SLAs as agreed with Komaza and to organize contingency where needs arise.

Data Management
- Train the team on data collection, quality control and reporting procedures
- Ensure that the team is equipped with the right tools and skills for accurate data reporting
- Collaborate with the design team to use data to inform operational and strategic decisions
- Conduct data audits to ensure that high standards of data accuracy are maintained.

What You Have
- Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of two years’ experience in managing complex people centered operations; or a Diploma with over 5 years’ experience managing complex operations
- 2 years experience in managing teams working in environments that require the maintenance of high safety standards
- Experience in Forestry or Wood Harvesting is an added advantage
- Training and coaching ability and experience
- Proven experience planning and coordinating cross-functional projects, including effective lateral and upward management.
- Advance computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

You're Also
- Highly collaborative
- Strong written and spoken English and Kiswahili
- Ability to plan complex, dynamic projects and operations
- Energetic and enthusiastic, willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done
- Well-organized with experience in project management
- Comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty, as well as patience and perseverance in the face of serious logistical and environmental hurdles
- Excellent work ethic, positive attitude, and attention to detail
- Proven ability to self-manage and deliver results
- Interest in Sustainable Economic Development and / or Agroforestry Problem solver.

What’s in it for you?
Great vision without great people is irrelevant, Jim Collins wisely stated. If you share Komaza’s vision and want to help make it a reality, apply today! We offer a competitive remuneration package and an opportunity to further your career.

Komaza is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Are you interested in becoming a Senior Harvest Manager in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Dec 27, 2020
Director of Field Operations in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. Headquartered in coastal Kenya, we have planted over 2.5 million trees with more than 8,500 farmers, making us Kenya’s largest commercial tree planter. By leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access effectively limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations – a powerful disruption to the traditional forestry model. We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including Forbes, Ashoka, Mulago Foundation, and Novastar Ventures.

About The Team

Field Operations is the heart-center of operations at Komaza. We are deeply systems-oriented and enjoy the challenge of training and managing hundreds of new teammates each season. In order to plant tree farms with thousands of new farmers every year, we are laser-focused on hitting our key performance indicators. We thrive on data, and technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our day-to-day work life.

Field Ops is ultimately responsible for the planning, coordination and timely implementation of our innovative micro-forestry model, which creates life-changing income for our farmers by growing trees more cost-efficiently than large-scale plantations. We enroll farmers; support them through land preparation; distribute inputs and seedlings; plant trees; ensure post-planting care and long-term maintenance.

About this Role

As Director of Field Ops, you will be responsible for orchestrating all people and processes to drive dramatic growth, while simultaneously delivering quality improvements across the value chain. This role calls for a proven generalist operations superstar with the ability to grow a complex farmer extension network; this is not a “forestry expert” role. To succeed, you will need to be an inspirational team leader and very detail-oriented manager, but must not act like a “boss.” You will be responsible for driving growth at both strategic and deeply operational levels. This is a very demanding role that will require a lot of hands-on work, not a lot of high-level delegation. You will be responsible for detailed planning, coordinating, quality control, coaching, and troubleshooting – anything and everything necessary to make this complex operation succeed, and scale significantly, season after season. You will report to Komaza’s VP of Operations while working closely with the Founder & CEO, as well as other senior executives.

What You Will Do
- Build and rigorously apply world-class operations systems to plan, manage, track and report on every step in the Field Ops value chain.
- Build a Field Ops team culture of collaboration, performance, positivity, and accountability, with all motivated to help farmers and deliver forestry excellence.
- Lead dramatic growth of our core farmer operations, growing your team of field extension staff from 350 to 600+ in the next two years; achieve 10X scaling in the next 5 years to create one of East Africa’s top-three forestry assets.
- Invest in team leadership, coaching and relationship building, with a dedicated passion for developing our people, from your direct reports to frontline field staff.
- Collaborate with other operations departments (technical forestry, nursery, farmer relations, and harvest), supporting departments, and executives to define operations strategy and coordinate business resources with success.

What You Have
- 6+ years’ relevant work experience, ideally with 4+ years leading significant growth of decentralized operations and/or an extension network in East Africa.
- Proven experience leading high-performing decentralized teams with limited formal education and professional experience. You can thrive in dynamic, uber-growth situations. You’ve worked and thrived at a rapidly scaling company.
- Excellent communication skills with the aptitude to distill complex systems and detailed analysis into simple, structured processes with concrete action plans.
- High energy and enthusiasm – willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. You’re well organized with experience in project and change management.
- Comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty, as well as patience and perseverance in the face of serious logistical and environmental hurdles.
- Proven success working in Africa or developing country is strongly preferred.

You're Also
- Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
- Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development
- A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

What We Expect

We need a Director of Field Operations who wants to make a meaningful commitment to leading fast growth of this department for a minimum of 2 years. This role will be based at our current headquarters in Kilifi, Kenya for the foreseeable future. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with significant growth potential.

Are you interested in becoming a Director of Field Operations in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Aug 20, 2018
Forestry Innovations Manager in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. Headquartered in coastal Kenya, we have planted over 2.5 million trees with more than 8,500 farmers, making us Kenya’s largest commercial tree planter. By leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access effectively limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations – a powerful disruption to the traditional forestry model. We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including Forbes, Ashoka, Mulago Foundation, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team

The Forestry Innovation team at Komaza is charged with delivering excellence in everything from high-level forestry planning to detailed writing of technical best operating procedures. We work collaboratively with a broad network of Africa’s top forestry experts, and are passionate about using the latest technology from GIS mapping, to satellite imagery, and digital measurement tools.

About This Role

Historically, Komaza has relied heavily on external experts to provide technical forestry advice. As we scale, we’ve recognized that while Komaza can learn a lot from traditional plantation forestry, we will need to develop new strategies, standard operating procedures, and tools in order to better empower small-holder farmers. As Forestry Innovations Manager, you will lead our engagement with external experts while also working closely with the Field Operations, Nursery, and Harvest departments to trial, iterate upon, and scale new forestry methods that work for small-scale African farmers.

What You Will Do

- Lead our engagement with external researchers and experts to understand existing best practices in forestry - including site selection, species R&D, nursery operations, planting, growth, enumeration, and harvesting.
- Lead Komaza’s internal multi-departmental design process to create new methodologies, tools, and approaches to forestry activities across the value chain.
- Monitor, evaluate, and improve Komaza’s existing forestry practices across the value chain.
- Research forestry products and tools appropriate for small-holder farmers, trial them with small-holder farmers, and scale them.
- Build a small team of design and forestry specialists who can continue to grow our internal expertise in designing farmer-centered forestry best practices.
- Lead the creation of Komaza’s farmer and environmental impact evaluation methodology and execute that methodology.

What You Should Have

- Bachelor’s degree in forestry or other relevant scientific field required, Master’s Degree or above in a relevant field preferred.
- Experience working with small-holder farmers, experience with farmers in East Africa preferred.
- Experience with human/user-centered design, iteration, and product development.
- Experience conducting primary (not a literature review) forestry research preferred.
- Experience with the full forestry value chain (nursery to planting to growth to harvest to processing) a plus.
- Minimum of 2-5 years post-undergraduate, masters degree or full-time work in a forestry or agricultural context preferred.

You’re Also

- Equally comfortable in the office conducting literature reviews and in the field seeking feedback directly from farmer focus groups.
- Flexible and self-motivated with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done.
- Comfortable working in a company that acts and feels a lot like a startup (dynamic, unstructured, and frequently changing).
- Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement.
- Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development.
- A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems.

What We Expect

You are a good fit for Komaza if you want to make a meaningful commitment to this role for a minimum of 2 years. This role is based at our headquarters in Kilifi, Kenya for the foreseeable future. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

Are you interested in becoming a Forestry Innovations Manager in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Aug 20, 2018
Senior Talent Acquisition Officer in Kenya , Kenya

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

Core Purpose:

The Senior Talent Acquisition Officer is responsible for supporting our recruitment process from start to finish and all the operational tasks that facilitate the smooth running of the Talent Acquisition department. You are a highly energetic, problem-solving, organized planner who can manage several work streams at the same time, and is willing to work whatever hours and times are needed to get things done. You’ll assist other recruiters, hiring teams and candidates so the hiring process can run smoothly. Ultimately, you’ll play a part in our company to source and hire the top talent for our open roles. If you’re enthusiastic about the world of recruiting, tech-savvy and an excellent communicator, we’d like to meet you.

Location: The role is based in Kilifi, Kenya

Background:

- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field e.g. Human Resource Management or Social Sciences.
- Experience working in a fast-paced, demanding environment of a fast-growth company
- At least 3+ years of work experience in recruitment is an added advantage.

Recruiting Responsibilities:
- Post jobs adverts on professional job sites and other relevant job boards
- Conduct candidate sourcing efforts such as headhunting or reaching out to prospective candidates
- Conduct screening resumes and run initial tests for shortlisting purpose
- Communicate with candidates promptly and assist them when they come in for on-site interviews
- Conduct reference checks
- Promote positive candidate experience throughout the hiring process

Operational Responsibilities:
- Support planning of recruitment events such as Komaza days in Kilifi and our Satellite offices such as accommodation reservation, reserving meeting rooms and placing lunch orders
- Support recruitment administrative functions: filing receipts with finance, sourcing venues and/or resources, etc.
- Support onboarding of incoming staff by organizing accommodation and relocation logistics
- Send and answer basic candidate communications (e.g. recruitment process/ timelines, etc.)
- Organize and engage with diverse staff and candidates to coordinate recruitment-related activities and events
- Keep detailed and up-to-date records of talent acquisition projects and data

What you have:
- MS / Google skills (PPT, Excel, Word)
- Managed submission of finances / receipts
- Strong communication skills (Written and verbal)
- Strong attention to detail

You're Also:
- Flexible with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
- Self-directed and intellectually curious; you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
- Eager to learn new things
- A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

Are you interested in becoming a Senior Talent Acquisition Officer in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Oct 12, 2020
Field Operations Coordinator in Kenya , Kenya

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team
Field Operations is at the center of operations at Komaza. In order to plant tree farms with thousands of new farmers every year, we rely on the Field Extension Network team to work closely with the farmer communities in Kilifi, Kwale and Nyandarua. Our decisions are driven by data and technology in planning and executing our day-to-day work life. Field Operations is responsible for the planning, coordinating and timely implementation of our innovative micro-forestry model to create income for our farmers by growing trees more cost-efficiently. We enroll farmers; support them through land preparation; distribute inputs and seedlings; plant trees; ensure post-planting care and long-term maintenance.

About the Role
Our Kilifi office has an opening for a Field Operations Coordinator whose role will be to organize and oversee activities to successfully deliver the core purpose of Field Operations through the field teams in Kilifi. We’re looking for a people and program manager who can work with various systems and field technologies to support execution of Field Operations projects. The role is both office and field based - you will travel to the field regularly to build and nurture the relationship with the field teams, and support in execution of the day to day activities. You’ll work intently to promote the field teams performance through actionable plans, timely feedback and collaborative efforts in operations.

What You Will Do
- Coordinate and manage the field teams for successful execution of every phase of field operations e.g. running weekly meetings, one on one sessions and town halls with the field teams.
- Conduct regular field visits to research and identify operational solutions to improving field teams productivity and reviewing the implemented plans.
- Conduct regular “problem and solution sessions” to address the field challenges and promote accountability amongst the teams to maintain service delivery through the outcomes set.
- Train and upskill your field teams to develop their skills, knowledge and intuition to succeed in their roles and foster professional development.
- Foster a positive, motivated team culture, supporting key field operation drives and ensure they align with the Komaza values.
- Oversee and ensure data integrity in collection, validation, quality control, analysis and compilation of reports for the Kilifi region.
- Collaborate with the design team through offering specific actionable feedback to assist in creating content materials for the field teams.
- Maintain and nurture the local administration and community leaders and groups through positive relationships to ensure mutual responsibility in community engagements

What You Have
- Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
- At least 5 years of work experience in managing field teams (remote or office based)
- Experience with working with field technologies e.g. SurveyCTO or ODK
- Experience working in a fast-paced environment with rapidly scaling operations
- Proficiency in Google Suite or Microsoft Suite
- Ability to ride a motorbike will be an added advantage

You’re Also
- Good organisational, critical thinking, and communications skills
- Driven or interested in working and engaging with rural communities
- A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems
- Self-directed and intellectually curious; you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement

Great vision without great people is irrelevant, Jim Collins wisely stated. If you share Komaza’s vision and want to help make it a reality, apply today! You’ll get a chance to work at our headquarters in Kilifi, Kenya. We offer a competitive remuneration package and an opportunity to further your career.

Komaza Forestry is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Are you interested in becoming a Field Operations Coordinator in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Aug 14, 2020
Operations Associate in Kenya , Kenya

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team
After more than a decade of building, Komaza’s Coastal operations are nearing its steady state. We are now ready to expand into new geographies, starting with Central Kenya (Ce-Ke). We see a great opportunity to develop a complementary smallholder forestry business model in Ce-Ke, where forestry has been a business for decades. Specifically, Central Kenya will deviate from the Coastal model in first approaching farmers with a ‘harvest first, then plant’ approach (i.e. brownfield model), allowing us to generate revenue immediately.

The Central Kenya team is currently defining the long term strategy for Central Kenya whilst also kicking off several pilots across the value chain to accelerate learnings and enable fast and profitable growth. The longer term ambition for the Ce-Ke team is to build to a multi-million dollar turnover business unit.

About the Role
The Operations Associate will be part of the Central Kenya expansion team, looking to set up the Komaza business model. This role will be based in Naivasha.

As Operations Associate you will design processes and systems for Central Kenya and support implementation of pilots in Central Kenya. You will be working right from the start in this modified business model to set up the Komaza presence in a new region, with the intention to be operational and productive as a region much faster that what historically has been built and delivered on the Kenya coast region. This role involves both understanding and analyzing the complexity of Central Kenya, designing options for end state operating models for Central Kenya backed by a financial business case to help decision making and justify investment.

This role will focus ensuring Komaza runs a highly efficient and profitable operations in harvesting, processing and planting, unlocking wealth for the farmer and sound forestry development for environmental sustainability.

What You Will Do
- Design operations that are suitable for a decentralized forestry model that meets financial objectives and defined OKR (Outcomes and Key Results) and which can rapidly scaled across multiple geographies
- Finalization design of implementation plan for pilot operations in line with the high level operating model and pilot design for 2019/2020 focusing on Nyandarua County
- Develop operational systems, processes and operating procedures.
- Capture feedback and lessons learned as part of implementation of Pilots and as required refresh and adapt systems, processes and operating procedures to ensure continued successful scaling.
- As required develop training material for team members joining to ensure there is consistent operation across the team, putting right quality and monitoring measures in place

What You Have
- Preferably but not required Master’s degree in a relevant field
- Experience in Project Management and cross-department coordination for concurrent, complex projects
- Strong experience in systems mapping and iterative experimentation
- Experience working with farmers in relevant industry field and rural based models
- Ideally exposure to forestry Harvesting and Processing operations
- Strong organisational, critical thinking, and communication skills with impeccable spoken and written English
- Preferably a great network in Nairobi and Central Kenya
- Experience working with local communities and local governments is advantageous
- Experience collecting and validating field data is advantageous
- Good leadership, teamwork and communication skills
- Experience working in fast-paced, demanding environment of a fast-growth company
- Passion for Komaza’s mission to empower small holder farmers through the rapid scaling of our micro forestry model

You’re Also
- High energy and enthusiasm
- Flexible and self-motivated with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
- Willing and eager to learn and master new technical and professional skills
- Comfortable working in a company that acts and feels a lot like a startup (dynamic, unstructured, and frequently changing)
- Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
- Proactive at identifying and communicating challenges and proposed solutions to successfully accomplish work
- Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development
- A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

What’s in it for you?
Great vision without great people is irrelevant, Jim Collins wisely stated. If you share Komaza’s vision and want to help make it a reality, apply today! We offer a competitive remuneration package and an opportunity to further your career.

Are you interested in becoming an Operations Associate in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Oct 31, 2019
Harvest Director in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are
Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team
Komaza partners with rural farmers to plant and grow thousands of hectares of new woodlots. We sustainably manage the woodlots we’ve planted through efficient harvest operations. We lead research and innovation in technical forestry for smallholder farmers. The Harvest Department leverages data, mobile technology, training, and user-centered business systems to empower Komaza make better farmer related decisions to become the future of African forestry. We are equally comfortable whiteboarding new solutions to complex business problems, digging into excel and GIS, or getting our boots muddy talking to farmers in their fields.

About This Role
The Harvest department is one of the newest teams at Komaza and is expected to grow dramatically over the new few years - hiring dozens of staff, investing in mechanization, adding new teams in Kwale county, and providing some support to our pilot in central Kenya. In this role you will build, lead and grow our harvest planning and operations. You’ll work closely with company leadership to develop and refine the strategic vision for the Harvest department for the next 3-5 years and prioritize activities to achieve this vision. You’ll develop, implement and optimize the management systems, training materials, and SOPs to enable significant growth of Harvest operations. As Harvest Director, you will directly report to the VP Forestry Operations.

What You Will Do
- Harvest OMS: Build the harvest operations management system (OMS) which will allow the harvest operations coordinators to manage dozens of staff and thousands of farms remotely.
- Team: Build the team needed to design our harvest systems and execute them at scale.
- Harvest Systems: Build efficient, effective systems to ensure all farms are thinned/clearfelled/coppice clearfelled at the right time and at the right $/CBM.
- Harvest Data: Work with our technology and growth modeling teams to collect, validate, store, analyze and report the huge volumes of data needed to managed thousands of wood lots across Kilifi and Kwale counties.
- Harvest Innovation: After building the basic systems above, take the lead on designing step-change improvements or modifications to our harvest systems.
- Harvest Execution: Manage, inspire, coach, and problem-solve with the team to hit forest management, CBM, and cost per CBM targets.

What You Have
- Systems Design: You love iterative systems design with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness. You get out into the field personally to try systems and field-test with harvest teams. You are comfortable designing materials and write SOPs personally in addition to working through associates.
- Attitude: You lead from the front and by example. You have a passion for both creative office work and field time. You are a compassionate leader who also pushes team to excel. You own results and get stuff done.
- Data-Driven Decision Making - You collect and draw upon data to improve operational systems and make decisions. You support recommendations with both quantitative and qualitative data (but primarily quantitative data).

If you enjoy learning and are eager for career growth, then join us! This role is based at our headquarters in beautiful Kilifi, Kenya. This role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

Are you interested in becoming a Harvest Director in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Sep 11, 2019
Sales Director in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are
Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About The Team
Komaza’s Sales team is responsible for taking our wood products to market and getting the best returns for our farmers’ hard work. We build long-term relationships and go the extra mile to close deals and meet our customers’ needs. We continuously share customer feedback and market trends with the wider Komaza team, to help set us up for future success. With our incoming harvests scaling by a factor 100 over the next 5 years and plans to introduce numerous new products, the coming years will be particularly exciting!

About This Role
The Sales Director will build and lead Komaza’s Sales team to rapidly scale untreated and treated wood product sales in Coastal Kenya, and plywood and sawn timber in Central Kenya. You own the Sales strategies, build and maintain key relationships, close big deals, and make the team successful. You are the voice of the customer in the company leadership team and rally the rest of the company to be extremely customer-centric next to farmer-centric.

What You Will Do
- Oversee Komaza’s Coastal and Central Kenya Sales teams, supporting them in developing work plans, and motivating them to go above and beyond
- Create long-term sales growth plans, based on solid logic and analysis, and a strong understanding of both market and operational realities
- Improve Komaza’s offering in the market by building and maintaining excellent understanding of relevant customer segments, competition, and internal strengths
- Build awareness and preference for Komaza’s products in the market through targeted cost-effective marketing and a superior customer experience
- Work with the Sales Design team and other departments to develop and continuously improve both strong systems and internal controls
- Support the introduction of new products by providing ideas and feedback from the field and running strategic sales pilots in collaboration with the Product Strategy team
- Oversee the onboarding of new key accounts while maintaining strong trust relationships with existing accounts. Continuously identify and cultivate relevant relationships across Kenya and East Africa

What You Have
- Master’s degree in Business, Economics, or related field
- Between 6-10 years of working experience, with direct sales experience and at least 4 years in a commercial management role
- Experience in the timber industry is a plus
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
- Experience working and living in Kenya
- Fluent English required; fluency in Swahili and local languages is a plus

How you Work
- Communicate clearly and proactively
- Demand results with strong ability to motivate and create a positive energy in the team
- Manage projects in a structured way using plans, budgets, and tools
- Be on the front lines, building relationships with customers and team members
- Leverage CRM software and GSuite tools to optimize productivity

You’re Also
- Positive, flexible and adaptable with the ability to make changes in the Sales department as the commercial strategy develops
- Highly sociable and able to build strong relationships with a diverse range of potential customers
- Quick to grasp things, see relationships, and deduct insights from challenges and opportunities faced in the field
- Master of self-management; able to run with instructions independently while being trusted to deliver and to seek feedback when needed
- Growth-obsessed with a strong desire for personal development

What we Expect
You are a good fit for Komaza if you want to make a meaningful commitment to this role for a minimum of 2 years. This role is either based at our headquarters in Kilifi or at our Nairobi office with regular trips to Kilifi. Significant travel of approximately 50% will be required within Kenya for lead generation, new and existing customer meetings, and internal team meetings. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with significant potential for further career growth.

Are you interested in becoming a Sales Director in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jul 04, 2019