Brenntag is the global market leader in chemical and ingredients distribution. The Germany based international company manages complex supply chains for both chemical manufacturers and consumers by simplifying market access to thousands of products and services. It combines a global network with outstanding local execution. Therefore, Brenntag is the industry’s most effective and preferred channel to the market for partners – really living its philosophy: “ConnectingChemistry”. Brenntag operates a global network with more than 580 locations in 76 countries. With its global workforce of more than 16,600 employees, the company generated sales of EUR 12.6 billion (USD 14.8 billion) in 2018. Brenntag East Africa is currently looking for a Business Manager- Life Science to oversee: The strategic development of Brenntag’s position in the relevant region The management of sales forces in the region Portfolio management (review and expansion) Business responsibility (EBITDA/ CM-level, working capital) Working capital responsibility (Accounts Receivables) Being an expert in relevant markets Responsibilities Develop and build commercial teams within a culture of commercial excellence. Develop and implement commercial strategy for Life Science (LS). Budget, order management, procurement of specific products (LS), stock (LS products), leadership responsibility and strategy. Expand LS product and supplier portfolio in East Africa as well as leverage complete Brenntag EA offering (products, services, and solutions). LS product management and LS for other industries/Key Account responsibility for those products. Leading and coordinating tender processes and submissions. Provides leadership and direction with respect during interactions with suppliers. Leads process development and development of commodity strategies. Daily revision of margins to optimize profits. Manage global key accounts in line with Brenntag Global Key Accounts team. Drive to match Group KPI’s: EBITDA/WC (company) Gross Profit (industry) Sales and Logistic Costs Develop and build commercial teams within a culture of commercial excellence. Health, Safety, Development and Compliance: Embrace and live out Brenntag values, vision, and policies. Conduct business in line with Brenntag’s Code of Business Conduct & Ethics. Actively contribute to a good working environment by adhering to laws, regulations, agreements, internal instructions, policies and values related to our working environment. Qualifications, Skills & Experience Bachelor’s degree in related field, or consideration of an equivalent combination of education and experience with 10+ years of relevant experience. Life sciences (food, cosmetics, pharma) business management experience essential. Relevant network of contacts in the life science distribution domain. Hands on experience with sales management and process management. System knowledge such as SAP and CRM tools. In-depth knowledge and understanding of key account management, commodity trading, and sales management. Ability to understand the complete commercial pipeline and resolve issues in any area. Good understanding of IT concepts and integrated business applications. Strong knowledge in all areas of import / export, regulatory and logistics management. Excellent analytical, negotiation and problem resolution skills. Strong communication and presentation skills. Able to resolve complex issues & problems internally and externally. Sound chemical process knowledge and understanding. Significant skills required in multi-tasking and time management. Ability to effectively lead, manage, train and motivate a diverse group of managers and employees. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external customers. Ability to maintain external contacts with customers, consultants, association and other companies’ for benchmarking and networking. Able to work effectively cross- functionally and with other sites to achieve objectives. Special Requirements Regular travel will be required.
BuildX Studio pioneers turnkey climate-positive, human-centred design and construction in East Africa to create dignified and healthy built environments. They believe that a well designed and built environment and a more equitable construction industry is critical to public health, economic growth and environmental resilience. They offer award-winning architecture, engineering and construction services as a turnkey (or ‘end-to-end’) package tailored to the education, healthcare and affordable housing sectors. The Role BuildX Studio is looking to hire a new Finance Director to drive financial leadership, company growth and accountability across financial management controls and systems. You must be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills and executive-level experience. You should be motivated to work within a dynamic and challenging start-up environment alongside a diverse team driven by a shared social purpose. The Finance Director should be a strategic pragmatist, unafraid to create a vision and strategy for financial growth, and then roll their sleeves up and get to work. They are looking for someone with tenacity and grit, unafraid to challenge the business. Key Responsibilities Strategic Financial Leadership & Planning Provide real-time accurate financial and business performance analyses, insights and reports to the CEO and the Board to enable effective and informed decision-making. Support the strategic development of the company, developing budgets and providing guidance to the CEO on financial and wider company strategy. Quickly develop a detailed and nuanced understanding of the business model and operations, and company strategy, to ensure proactive action based on the key levers of success within their model. Aggressively manage the financial performance of the company to ensure the company achieves investor targets and project goals relative to growth and profitability. Structure, negotiate and lead fundraising of working capital investments based on company requirements and strategy. Build financial models for company operations, strategy and projects, particularly new ventures or initiatives, and advise on financial risk and opportunity factors. Manage, mentor and supervise the finance team and, where possible, other company staff to build their capacity, confidence and knowledge, and to build a high-functioning and motivated team. Set comprehensive goals for staff performance and growth, and uphold clear reporting, data capture and measurement structures. Contribute towards business development, as an ambassador and winner of work for the company (a shared responsibility for all Directors). Pro-actively embrace and promote BuildX Studio’s company culture and values both internally and externally. Uphold and support BuildX Studio’s social mission and demonstrate commitment to ensuring social impact goals are met across the organisation, including to Buildher (their sister organisation) by advocating for and driving increased female representation across all of their workforce. Financial Control & Oversight Take ownership over and demand the strictest levels of compliance and engagement with all company systems and controls to ensure the successful performance of their services and uphold a culture of accurate, clear and transparent communication and reporting at all levels. Regularly evaluate internal financial risk management systems and ensure the highest levels of control. Carry out internal audits on all projects, to evidence and drive performance and accountability. Manage the company’s cash flow, at both project and corporate levels, to ensure financial stability and growth. Oversee the annual audit process and ensure full and timely compliance with all statutory obligations. Regularly analyze internal operations and identify areas of financial management enhancement. Support the preparation and control of project bids. Competency High personal integrity, trustworthiness and reliability. Experience in similar level (executive) management. Financial leadership experience within the construction industry will be considered a bonus. An understanding of all facets of financial management and strategy. Strong problem-solving skills and proven ability to proactively foresee and mitigate challenges, problems and risks. A rigorous details-oriented mindset, able to perform at a high level with complex challenges and unafraid of getting their hands dirty. Demonstrable aptitude for clear and prompt decision-making within a challenging and pressured environment. Substantial experience in enterprise risk management systems and driving compliance and accountability across all company departments, not just finance. Knowledge of the investment (incl. impact investment) landscape and a proven track record in successfully structuring, negotiating and closing investment deals. Excellent interpersonal skills, including leading and working with others from different cultural backgrounds. Demonstrable track record of building effective, motivated and organised teams. Strong communications skills, both written and verbal. Solid financial analysis and financial modelling skills. An understanding of the nuances of construction and real estate finance and budgets will be considered a bonus. Trained in commonly used industry software (MS Excel, Quickbooks, Sage, SAP, etc.) and an aptitude for learning new software. Strong organisational skills with an ordered and disciplined approach to both personal and team document management and reporting. Strategic thinking abilities including being able to seamlessly move between the detailed and the “bigger picture”. Experience Minimum 15 years’ professional experience in a financial or related sector and at least 3 years at an executive level. Degree qualification in relevant finance or related degree and a MBA (or otherwise demonstrate considerable business experience). Proven track record in investment fundraising. Willing and able to live in Nairobi and travel as required within Kenya. Experience working in East Africa or in other similar contexts is considered a bonus. Passionate about social and environmental impact, and empowering women. Resourceful, independent and proactive worker, able to perform to an exceptionally high standard under pressure. Registration with a relevant professional board or body will be considered a bonus. In addition to outlining your relevant expertise and experience, please also tell us why you want to work at BuildX Studio.
Rendeavour is an urban land developer with a total land bank in excess of 30,000 acres across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and the DRC. Rendeavour is developing city-scale mixed-use sites. Tatu City is a 5,000-acre, mixed-use development with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, green areas, a sport & entertainment complex and manufacturing area for more than 150,000 residents and tens of thousands of daily visitors. Schools and businesses are already open at Tatu City, and a range of houses is under construction to suit all incomes. Tatu City represents a new way of living and thinking for all Kenyans, creating a unique live, work and play environment that is free from traffic congestion and long-distance commuting. Rendeavour is looking to strengthen its core Kenya team with the hiring of a talented and experienced analyst/associate. Responsibilities Financial and commercial analysis of new land sales, new development projects, joint ventures and other business opportunities presented for approval by senior management. Creating high quality presentations and reports for senior management. Contributing to strategy development and implementation in relation to new businesses such as utilities and top structure development. Creating and maintaining financial models for the core land business. Upgrading and maintaining utility business models (including power, water and telecoms). Contributing to strategic capital raising initiatives through engagement with banks and investors. Contributing to deal origination and execution across the business. Assisting with preparation and coordination of annual business plans. Assisting with preparation and coordination of monthly management reporting. Other ad hoc tasks. Requirements Skills & Experience Very strong analytical skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills, with a proven ability to present information clearly in a report or presentation to senior management. Excellent financial modeling skills. Good understanding and ability to apply basic concepts in finance and economics. Excellent attention to detail. Mature, pragmatic and flexible approach, good commercial judgment. Team player with good interpersonal skills. Rigorous and organized. Experience of working effectively in a multicultural environment. Personal Characteristics Highly intelligent Exceptional work ethic Self-driven Resilient Result-oriented
Twiga Foods’ purpose is to aggregate retail demand in African cities to provide low-cost access to better quality food. They are establishing a distribution network that reaches as many small retailers as possible through efficiently organized supply of both fresh fruits and vegetables (FFVs) and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), providing them with a one-stop shop for all their business needs. They work with farmers to establish an efficient and consistent production that brings down the cost of fresh produce while providing processed food manufacturers with a low-cost platform to distribute their products. As a Company, they strive to establish a food safety framework in Kenya and ensure that they lead by example in creating a food supply ecosystem that consumers can trust, to provide them with safe and wholesome food. The Role Twiga is looking for a strategic finance leader to join their Finance team, to own and advance their Financial Planning and Analysis processes. As Head of FP&A, you will report directly to the CFO and play a critical role in translating Company plans into achievable financial results. You’ll develop forecasts, company financial models, and work directly with management across the Company to align on plans and measure results. This role requires a deep background in financial modeling and analysis, strong communication skills and a great deal of interaction and relationship building with key stakeholders across the finance and leadership team. Responsibilities Own the Company financial model (P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow). Utilize Company data to develop detailed revenue, pricing and margin models and run sensitivity analyses. Prepare and manage the Company’s Quarterly Rolling Forecast process with a focus on budget control and enhanced efficiency. Collaborate with business partners and executive management on plans and provide insights. Hold budget holders across departments accountable for delivery of results. Manage the integration and usership of the Adaptive Insights planning & reporting software into day-to-day business practices. Work with the Accounting team to evaluate and review weekly & monthly management reports, providing insights into delta’s in performance. Collaborate with the Business Intelligence team to understand business drivers and recommend measures to further improve results. Partner with the CFO to identify opportunities to improve current analyses and create robust new metrics. Prepare monthly Board and Management pack materials. Undertake strategic planning and benchmarking analyses including Comps, M&A and Valuation modeling. Assist the CEO and CFO in running the fundraising process. Manage and train an FP&A Associate. Qualifications Essential 7+ years’ experience in Financial Planning & Analysis (or similar) with a thorough understanding of financial accounting and management reporting. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance, Business, Economics, or any other relevant field. Elite financial Excel modeling skills including the ability to build fully integrated 3 statement financial models. Ability to work effectively under pressure and in a rapidly changing environment in order to meet deadlines. Outstanding analytical skills, agile and hands-on, committed to making an impact. Highest standards of accuracy and precision (highly organized). Superior written and verbal communication skills. Experience creating insightful presentations. International work experience. Preferred Investment banking and/or management consulting experience. Private Equity and/or Venture Capital experience. MBA qualification. CFA qualification. CPA / ACCA qualification.
Our Client d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. They design, manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world, transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy. Through four hubs in Africa, China, South Asia and the United States, d.light has sold over 20 million solar light and power products in 65 countries, improving the lives of over 97 million people. d.light is dedicated to providing the most reliable, affordable and accessible solar lighting and power systems for the developing world and reaching 100 million people by 2020. The Role d.light are looking to recruit a passionate, energetic and experienced Director of Global Customer Quality. Reporting into the Senior Director of Product and Operations (75%) and The President (25%), this role will require global tracel (10%) and Africa-wide travel (25%). Position Objectives Responsible for overall quality control and quality engineering in the regions and quality improvements to continue to make our products the best quality and value. Develops functional strategy and vision to ensure adherence with company and customer expectations. Enforces consistent processes and reporting to monitor and improve products for customers. Audits and ensures repair operations and supply chain partners are following proper processes and procedures and providing accurate and timely technical data and reporting. Improves customer (external and internal) satisfaction level through high quality services. Key Responsibilities Collect and report on quality data and KPIs for all d.light products to Senior Management. Identify areas of improvement and track and manage quality issues to resolution. Gather, analyse and manage quality related field data and issues. Drive for resolution with full root cause and corrective actions. Ensure accurate and timely data, reporting and closure of issues and improvement projects. Oversee, motivate, mentor and evaluate performance for regional Customer Quality Department’s employees. Drive continuous improvement of Customer Quality performance to match customers’ demands and time to market competitiveness. Build, develop, lead and impsire the regional Customer Quality team. Interface with external and internal customers to fulfill requirements. Ensure world-class quality performance. Successful Candidate Profile 10-15 years’ experience in customer quality management, including quality control and quality engineering. A Master’s degree in Quality, Business, Supply Chain Management or equivalent. Experience with managing global customer quality in a matrix managed environment. Experience in MNC from the customer electronics, B2B electronics, managing multi-geographical sites and multi-functional teams. Strong communication skills and demonstrated executive presence in managing issues under pressure. Experience in finding root cause through analyzing data. A strong project leader and be able to drive for results. Proven ability of establishing strong cross-functional collaboration. Well versed and experienced in using quality tools, systems and management. Six Sigma certification is highly desirable.
Founded in 2002, our client is a private equity firm investing in some of Africa’s most promising businesses. Through four fund vehicles, our client manages $400 million of assets. The investment team is composed of experienced private equity professionals with a broad set of skills in strategic consulting, M&A, and company management. The team, comprised of 12 professionals, is based in 5 African countries with offices in Kenya, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar and Mauritius. The Fund focuses on control buy-out and growth capital investments in market leaders and/or companies exhibiting strong potential for operational improvement. It targets companies generating minimum EBITDA of $2 million. The Fund seeks to invest in a variety of sectors including, but not limited to, consumer goods, business services, manufacturing, financial services, ICT and telecommunications, and hospitality. The Role The Fund is looking to recruit an energetic and ambitious self-starter with outstanding financial and analytical skills. Key Responsibilities Participate in the analysis of investment opportunities: industry analysis, macro-economic overview, financial models, valuation analysis Participate in the preparation of financial models and business plans Assist the deal team in the preparation of information memoranda and due diligence activities Assist the deal team in the preparation of portfolio monitoring reports Profile 2-3 years’ previous work experience in a private equity firm, investment bank, strategy consultancy, or top-tier accounting firm This opportunity is ideal for a candidate who seeks to enter a global top-tier MBA program in a few years time. Excellent skills in financial analysis, modeling and valuation are mandatory Fluent in English Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Soft skills: Autonomous, ability to take initiative, intellectual curiosity, analytical rigor, strong ability to synthesize and communicate insights, understanding and enthusiasm for profitable and sustainable businesses. Heritage/knowledge of Africa is a plus
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