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Sep 21, 2017

Olivine Technology Project Manager Job in Kenya

We are hiring a Project Manager!
 
About Olivine Technology: Olivine Technology Ltd is Kenya’s leading provider of field salesforce automation solutions for small and medium enterprises (SME) distributors of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). 

Our flagship product, ASiM®, provides mobile applications that enable field salesforces to perform the most important sales and inventory management transactions, such as outlet mapping and auditing, and sales / sales-orders.
 
 
The company’s solutions are affordable for SME distributors, integrate seamlessly with their existing back-office accounting/ERP applications, business process, and controls, and enhance its customers’ competitiveness, decision support reports / analytics, KYC (know-you-customer), and reduce operational risks.
 
Olivine has received recognition over the years, including Village Capital Fintech Africa 2017 Winner, Demo Africa Top 40, Pivot East Mobile Enterprise Winner, CIO Top 100 and Google Innovation Award Overall Winner. 

Currently operating in Kenya, we have ambitious growth prospects across East Africa in the coming months. We are looking for entrepreneurial people to join our small and growing team.
 
About the role: The project manager (PM)plays a vital role in contributing to Olivine Technology’s success and growth by facilitating a robust customer engagement process. 

You will oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring, tracking, control and closure of specific projects within the stipulated timelines and specified deliverables.
 
As a project manager, you need to have a passion for developing people, have a strong work ethic, and can manage multiple workflows and projects simultaneously. As a team leader, the role holder must have excellent technical skill and subject matter expertise and serve as a coach to their team.  

You will be responsible for ensuring employee satisfaction and productivity, to deliver strategic and operational business excellence. 

He/she should also be willing to take up other management responsibilities as required to provide cover or support within the business.
 
Responsibilities will include:
 
Scoping, Managing and Delivery of Client Projects
  • Visit client sites to map the business processes which will be automated through ASIM. Engage users to understand the workflows in depth.
  • Identify shortfalls in current processes and propose changes and improvements where relevant.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to define project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Propose application designs considering user-adoptability, performance, scalability, sustainability, and commercial viability for the client as well as the company. Balance utility of proposed product features with the complexity of designing and maintaining them. This includes engaging business development and research and development associates.
  • Develop comprehensive project delivery plans, keeping in mind availability of internal tech team and client.
  • Track project timelines and milestones. Research and develop systems, processes and tools that enable effective and efficient project execution and management.
  • Coordinate UX associates' activities to ensure high user adoption during the application roll-out at the client site (train and coach users, help them see the advantages of the product).
  • Ensure completion of projects within the agreed timelines and budget. This includes: ensuring the successful execution of project activities, acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and third-party contractors/consultants in accordance with the project plan.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis.
  • Conduct project post mortems and create a recommendations report to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements.
Documentation and Risk Management
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and initiate any appropriate contingencies.
  • Prepare and deliver comprehensive project plans, progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, presentations and closure documents.
  • Determine and assess need for additional staff and/or consultants and make the appropriate recruitment requests if necessary during project cycle.
Contribute to developing the product and company
  • Stay abreast with industry trends
  • Contribute opinions to strategic decisions on product, packaging, pricing, marketing etc.
  • Make suggestions for product features based on research, user feedback and observations at client site.
  • Coach and mentor UX associates for their professional and career growth.
Who we are looking for:
  • You are passionate about improving operations of SMEs around East Africa and believe that ICT is the key for doing so. Getting into the nuts and bolts of processes around distribution of products excites you.
  • You have been a member of various project teams, preferably incl. large ICT-related projects.
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in designing or improving operational processes, analysing systems, or in similar roles - preferably in an ICT-related environment.
  • You have engaged users during product development and customer training and support stages.
  • You have strong analytical skills and pride yourself in finding and fixing inefficiencies and making continuous improvements with clear demonstrated business outcomes.
  • You put the customer first; their success is your success. Strong ability to drive customer satisfaction and retention.
  • A savvy relationship builder with excellent interpersonal and communication skills with excellent written and spoken English and fluent spoken Kiswahili.
  • Ability to develop or utilize tools and metrics to manage, track and improve project performance, e.g.MS Project, Share point, Project Initiation Documents (Statement of works, Communication plan, Risk Management Plan).
  • You have a good understanding of a variety of business processes and functions (or you are excited and able to learn quickly).
  • Good project management skills. A qualification such as PRINCE 2 or PMP is preferred.
  • You require minimal supervision and thrive in unstructured environments.
  • You are diligent and pay attention to detail
  • Bachelor's Degree in BBIT or related course with at least introductory courses in programming, computer science, or database management systems.
You have the cultural fit to work with the team at Olivine, if you:
  • have highest integrity: honesty, transparency, courageousness
  • work well in cross-functional teams: collaborative, collegial, humble, respectful
  • are driven: self-learner, proactive, flexible
  • are intellectually curious and innovative
Why work with us
  • Join a committed team that solves challenges related to doing business with pen and paper
  • Important level of responsibility and autonomy. All team members are recognized as integral to the company’s success
  • Work directly with the entrepreneurs, participate in professional and career development programs
  • Our culture strongly engenders a congenial, respectful, ethical, professional environment, and has zero-tolerance for discrimination or harassment
Competitive remuneration and benefits
 
Other information: The Project Manager reports to Chief Marketing Officer and manages UX associates. Although based at the headquarters in Nairobi, the PM often travels across the country. 

The PM may occasionally work late hours and on weekends depending on the nature of the customer’s operations.
 
We strongly encourage interested female candidates to apply, to improve the gender balance in our team.
 
How to apply
 
First, please have a look at this guide on how to submit your application and tips on our selection process: http://bit.ly/CandidatesGuide
 
Fill out the application form under http://bit.ly/JoinOlivine
 
Send your CV in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject line "Olivine Project Manager"

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