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Mobility Field Operations Manager

M-KOPA
Full time
Apply by 01 August 2021

Job description

We are looking for a Mobility Field Operations Manager to be based in Kenya within the Labs Dept who’s resourceful, organized, and proactive about getting things done. The main objective will be to test, iterative, and establish the most effective sales and operational processes to reach customers across Kenya with PAYG Motorbikes. 

In this role, you’ll be expected to lead on four key fronts: 

Customer: 

  • Be an expert in understanding our mobility customer base, their needs, desires, and behaviors 
  • Communicate that customer understanding back to the team to help improve existing sales processes, operations, and product design 

Sales: 

  • Drive and develop the sales model, testing and iterating to find efficiencies and effectiveness 
  • Manage the process to build and operationalize in-field sales channels, entailing: 
  • designing an efficient dispatch and distribution process flow,  
  • determining an inventory schedule,  
  • managing stock, gathering the voice of the customer to optimize the customer experience, and  
  • testing in-field customer care/end-of-life processes 
  • Be a customer champion by training sales agents to hone customer education and sales pitch and post-sale servicing technicians to ensure customers have the best experience with M-KOPA 
  • Recruit, train, and support the productivity of in-field sales agents to smash sales records  

Operations: 

  • Liaise with logistics partners to manage stock, prepare bikes for sale, recollect bikes (as needed) and undergo reverse logistics at end-of-life  
  • Outline direct-to-customer delivery models in rural settings and SLA with logistics partner 

Product: 

  • Develop the commercial product proposition, identifying product benefits relative to customer needs  
  • Manage tradeoffs involving schedule, cost, pricing, line positioning, and lifecycle management  
  • Assist in the design and choice of motorbike models, features, and add-on products for sale, informed through customer research and market insights  
  • Position the product in relation to other products and the competition 


  • Lead within a cross-functional team with research and development, sales, operations, finance, and the commercial team through the complete product development cycle 
  • Manage a Motorbike Fleet Technician to outline basic motorbike troubleshooting procedures and conduct diagnostic tests to determine fault patterns; identify required design adjustments, in addition to processes for return to supplier and resale  
  • Work closely with leaders across M-KOPA – from Marketing, Supply Chain, Customer Care, and Logistics, Sales and Tech – to drive forward the Mobility product category, pushing sales and gaining cost efficiencies through collaboration and customer advocacy 


REQUIREMENTS 

Education: Bachelors’ degree in any field but exceptions will be made for candidates who can show an exceptional track record in this area. 

Experience: Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in Product Development and/or Supply Chain Management, having managed at least one entire product development cycle from concept to introduction. 

 YOU MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT IF  

  • You are a motorcycle enthusiast who loves all things mobility. 
  • Reflexively ask yourself, “is this process/design the best to make my users happy?” 
  • Love the idea of building and crafting where little structure exists. 
  • Experience with project management, working face-to-face with customers in a product management environment, and building long-standing relationships to see your goals achieved in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Consider yourself a customer champion, seeking out customer insights and gathering customer feedback to inform internal teams/partners on business and product requirements. 
  • Are well-versed in working with supply chain / technical / credit/marketing teams to push sales and stock management. 
  • Have experience formulating product messaging and creating outbound marketing/sales training materials. 
  • Have a hardnose for commercial acumen and product management skills required. 
  • Act as a coach and have experience managing a team.  
  • Can communicate clearly with colleagues who work, speak and think differently. 
  • Work to make things easier for the next engineer who will touch your code. 
  • Always try to improve as a programmer and colleague. 

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About M-KOPA

At M-KOPA, our aim is to increase access to life-improving technologies at huge scale. We do this through an innovative credit model – pay-as-you-go asset financing – of which M-KOPA was an early global pioneer. With offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, and London, M-KOPA serves over 1 million low-income households in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since its commercial launch in 2012, M-KOPA has made its name in off-grid solar power, providing customers with solar panels and solar-powered lights, televisions, radios, fridges, and more – this is often our customers' first access to electricity.

M-KOPA's affordable credit model can also be applied to assets beyond off-grid solar power, and in 2019, we began providing credit for smartphones, which enables our customers to move from feature phones to smartphones and improve their connectivity, communication, and information access. Today, smartphone financing is a rapidly growing business line – with enormous opportunities for innovation and increasing our customer impact. 

M-KOPA currently employs over 1,000 full-time staff across its operating countries. We value progress, innovation, pragmatism, collaboration, and – most of all – our customers. We have been well recognised for our pioneering business model and scale.

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