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Jul 1, 2017

M-KOPA Solar Solutions QA Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

M-KOPA is seeking:
Position Title: Solutions QA Manager
Location: Nairobi
Reporting to: Test & Quality Assurance Manager
Overall Purpose: M-KOPA is looking to recruit a Solutions Quality Assurance Manager. The successful candidate will be a senior member of the Test & Quality Assurance (TQA) unit and lead a team of software quality assurance analysts. 

In collaboration with the TQA Manager, S/he will liaise with various M-KOPA teams such as Engineering Delivery, Product Management and End User teams to deliver business-critical software Test projects; establish continuous improvement activities for software quality assurance processes and be accountable for meeting/exceeding Quality Assurance targets.

Who We Are: 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 400,000 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 instalment plan. 

Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for Ksh 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 November, 2016, M-KOPA employs over 1000 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of over 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
  • Lead a team of software QA resources
  • Coordinate software testing effort within the TQA and support User Acceptance Test activities by end user departments
  • Implement M-KOPA Test Management Policy and strategies
  • Liaise with Product Management, Delivery Management, Operations and End User teams, etc as required to identify and assess Software Quality Assurance requirements for Product and Software releases
  • Own and provide overall coordination of software End-to-End, Acceptance Testing efforts including test planning, scheduling, execution and test reporting
  • Build and Deliver Test Plans
  • Assess project risks, issues and develop mitigation approaches to meet project quality goals
  • Attend CAB and provide requisite support /information to ensure a smooth production release process 
  • Deliver and maintain M-KOPA "Best Practice" for test management and quality assurance processes 
  • Ensure team and project Quality targets are met; including driving efficiencies in Regression Testing processes
  • Train and mentor M-KOPA software test resources
Candidate Requirements  
  • Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science or similar technology-related field 
  • Candidates without a university degree in a relevant field will be considered provided their experience and skills are relevant
  • 2+ years’ experience in a Software QA Manager role or 4+ years as a software QA analyst with increasing levels of responsibility 
  • Experience with end-to-end software QA management
  • Previous experience supervising a team of QA Analysts/Engineers
  • Experience working with Agile methodology
  • Good understanding of Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) 
  • Deep experience with Test Management tools such as Microsoft Test Manager, JIRA 
  • Good understanding of test automation tools
  • Experience in a QA/Test role in Telecommunications, Computing hardware or Electronics
  • Quality Assurance / Test certification such as the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) or the Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA)  
Required Skills:   
  • Ability to reconcile stakeholder interests, conflicting priorities and business strategy
  • Personable and persuasive, with strong communication skills and ability to mobilise teams for delivery
  • Ability to see the “big picture” and quickly attain a broad overview of the business
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills, including the proven ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment and manage multiple projects at once
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Fluency in English a must
Remuneration: Competitive covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate's experience and skills.
Personal Attributes:
  • Flexible during times of change.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and operational skill sets.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial.
  • Tenacious, driven, energetic and a high degree of professional integrity.
To Apply
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Please Note: M-KOPA Solar is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff.  Women, minorities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, M-KOPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment.
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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