Sanergy Assistant Manager – BSF Job in Kinanie, Machakos, Kenya

Assistant Manager – BSF
Contract type: One year fixed term contract

Start date: January 2017

Location: Kinanie (Machakos)

Reports to: Research & Development Senior Engineer.

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements.

Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves five key steps: we build a dense network of low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities – called Fresh Life Toilets. 
We franchise the toilets to community residents, who run them as commercial toilets; landlords, who offer them as a value-added service to their tenants; and schools, to ensure children always have access to a safe sanitation option. 
We provide critical support services – such as access to finance, business analytics, training and aspirational marketing and branding. We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community for treatment. 
We convert the waste into valuable end products, such as organic fertilizer and insect-based animal protein, which we sell to Kenyan farms.

We launched our first toilet in November 2011, and we now have a network of over 800 active Fresh Life Toilets run by over 400 Fresh Life Operators. 

We have collected and converted over 9,000 tons of waste. At the same time, we have built a team of over 250 people. 
For our work, we have been recognized by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World Doing Social Good and one of the 10 Best Companies in Africa.
Job Purpose Statement

Black Soldier Flies (BSF) larvae efficiently assimilate nutrients in biodegradable wastes (including fecal sludge) into insect biomass rich in high quality protein and lipids. 

Our focus over the next few months is the construction of a larger processing unit and increasing the size of our BSF colony in order to upscale production volumes while establishing optimized production methods.

We are looking for a Production Assistant Manager on 12-month contract, supporting the R&D Senior Engineer in the implementation of new technologies and optimization of day-to-day operation at our insect production facility in Kinanie.

Key duties and responsibilities

Production facility management

  • Develop, implement and monitor standardized insect production process ensuring consistent larvae outputs using appropriate means in the safest and efficient manner possible.
  • Understand key metrics (and sub metrics) important to control larvae production, ensure the systems are setup to provide accurate data for these metrics on a real time basis, analyze this data to identify and prioritize bottlenecks in production and developing test plans for potential solutions.
  • Provide feedback to BSF R&D team on bottle necks and provide input on continuous improvement projects in order to achieve key production parameters consistently.
  • Develop suitable labelling and batch tracking system, ensure safe treatment, packaging and storage conditions for insect derived animal feed, establish and conduct final quality control for product.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate occupational and environmental health and safety regulations, ensure up to date work instructions, conduct risk assessments and training materials.
  • Prepare and complete routine maintenance inspections for insect production facility and equipment, to ensure facility is kept in good tidy order and malfunctioning of equipment is repaired to provide a professional and safe working environment.
Team management
  • Responsible for striving for and meeting OKRs developed for the BSF production team.
  • Support Production Team Supervisor in day-to-day operations, including provision of required equipment and material, development of shift and work plans, team training and performance management.
  • Interview, hire and train new staff on need basis.
  • Maintain high discipline, morale and personnel relations among the team.
Cross- team communication and collaboration
  • Provide assistance to other teams during site visits or research projects.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings and company functions as required.
  • Undertake other assigned duties and projects as required.
Job Requirements
  • Minimum of Second Class Upper Division in Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering or equivalent from a recognized university
  • 2 years relevant work experience
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD or other design applications.
  • Knowledge on mechanical skills, craftsmanship and prototype design
  • Knowledge on HACCP, six sigma and lean will be an advantage
  • Experience in implementation and optimization of Process Engineering projects.
  • Team management experience
  • Demonstrated capacity for self-organization.
  • Innovative, great interpersonal skills, team player and able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Strong in problem solving and analytical thinking
  • Willing to work in remote area  
More qualitatively, we are looking for someone who has the desire to take on a new challenge in a pioneering context.  
We believe that we are on the cusp of transformative change and we seek people who believe their knowledge and skills will bring about that change.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online
Application Deadline: 15th December, 2016
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