M-KOPA Solar Lead Business Intelligence Developer Career in Nairobi, Kenya

M-KOPA requires energetic and experienced Lead Business Intelligence
(BI) Developer
who will be responsible for taking a lead in the design,
development and maintenance of M-KOPA’s Business Intelligence platform
and develop a data warehouse for analytical and reporting purposes.

Location: Nairobi, HQ
Position Start: As Soon As Possible
Reporting to: Head of Business Intelligence
About M-KOPA Solar: M-KOPA Solar, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the global leader of “pay-as-you-go” energy for off-grid customers. 
Since its commercial launch in October 2012, M-KOPA has connected more than 300,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, and is now adding over 500 new homes each day.


The success of M-KOPA (M= mobile, KOPA= to borrow) stems from making solar products affordable to low-income households on a pay-per-use installment plan. 
Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage “credits” for Kshs 50, or less than the price of traditional kerosene lighting.  After one year of payments customers own their solar systems outright and can upgrade to more power. 

All revenues are collected in real-time via mobile money systems (such as M-PESA in Kenya) and embedded GSM sensors in each solar system allow M-KOPA to monitor real time performance and regulate usage based upon payments.  
This connected design means that M-KOPA is processing vast amounts of data (i.e. over 10,000 mobile payments per day) via the company’s proprietary cloud platform, M-KOPAnet.

As of January 2015 M-KOPA employs over 500 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets.  

M-KOPA has been recognised for its pioneering business mode and scale, notably winning the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, being selected as the top New Energy Pioneer at the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance awards and earning the 2013 FT/IFC Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award. 

M-KOPA has also successfully tested a range of new products that leverage its relationship with customers, and M-KOPA’s unique competencies in mobile telecommunications and ICT. 
To ensure that the research and development of new products add value to (and do not distract from) its core business, M-KOPA is establishing the M-KOPA Labs. 
The Labs will be a dedicated business unit within M-KOPA that will define and test extensions of the M-KOPA asset-based credit model for off-grid-power to new products and services. 

Role Profile

Key Accountabilities
  • Carry out the architectural design of systems on M-KOPA’s Business Intelligence Platform
  • Design, develop and maintain SSIS ETIL packages which load data  from the main transactional database to the analytical database or load data from any other data repositories used by the business to the data warehouse e.g. PBX or any other subsystems
  • Build reports and dashboards using front end user facing tools facing tools (SSRS and Telerik reports for Web based reports), Excel and Power BI.
  • Test Business Intelligence Platform systems to ensure that they meet requirements
  • Deploy  systems to the production server ( to be handed over to platform team though not yet)
  • Maintain Business Intelligence Platform systems by continuously adding new functionalities or modifying existing functionalities
  • Review code written by Business Intelligence Developers and make recommendations for improvement and optimization.
  • Train and support business users of the Business Intelligence Platform
  • Fix bugs on the Business Intelligence Platform
  • Lead team SCRUM meetings
  • Interact with various stakeholders in the organisation in order to come up with strategies and solutions towards improving M-KOPA’s Business Intelligence platform
  • Document architectural design
  • Ensure alignment with MKOPA Architectural road map
Provide technical mentorship for more junior developers
Requirements / Specification
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering or relevant experience that exposes jobholder to software engineering.
  • Six years’ experience, three of which are as a Software Developer, two years as a Senior Developer and one year as Lead Developer / Team Lead.
Remuneration: Comparative monthly salary, with a large performance element and medical benefits, company laptop, reflective of the candidate’s experience and skills.

To Apply

To apply, send an updated detailed copy of your CV and a cover letter expressing why you feel you would be an excellent candidate for the role to careers@m-kopa.com with the subject EV-LBID-2075
Deadline for application is 5pm on Friday 22nd April, 2016.

Please Note
M-KOPA, as a policy, does not collect/charge any money as a pre-employment or post-employment requirement. This means that we never ask for ‘recruitment fees’, ‘processing fees’, ‘interview fees’ or any other kind of money in exchange for offer letters or interviews  at any time during the hiring process.

Due to the large number of applications received by us, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are short listed for the post and invited for an interview. Therefore, if you have not heard from M-KOPA within 4 weeks of the date of the deadline your application, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

This measure has been taken in the interests of efficiency and cost effectiveness and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Updated: April 12, 2016 — 4:05 am