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M-KOPA SOLAR   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Cost Reduction Manager

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Manufacturing, operations, quality
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

M-KOPA is looking to bring on a Cost Reduction Manager to join theoperations team. This individual will be responsible of ensuring that cost estimating processes are in place.They will take the lead in working closely with others in the business toprovide cost estimates against production/project requirements. Additionally,they will lead cost targeting and bench marking activities from concept todesign to achieve the lowest product costs and support implementation of costreduction opportunities.


·        Contribute to the creation andimplementation of best practice, cost estimating vision, strategy, policies,processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
·        Ensure the organization has arobust cost estimating process in place to meet production/project requirementsand in line with quality standards
·        Support continuous improvementthrough cost engineering techniques and processes, identifying inefficienciesand cost optimization opportunities
·        Analyze and identify key areasof improvement and apply cost estimation techniques to drive cost reductionsand aid operational processes and efficiency
·        Monitor and review data andinformation to detect and assess problems and make recommendations to resolveissues
·        Review, analyze and understandeconomic trends and consider risks and cost implications
·        Ensure professional andconsistent cost engineering management processes are applied in the business
·        Ensure appropriate monitoring,reporting systems and procedures are in place to meet objectives
·        Provide strategic andoperational information and reports to share with others as and when required
·        Work in conjunction with andengage with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate and implement costengineering activities in the business
·        Gain buy in to targets bystakeholders and engage with stakeholders to ensure all cost ideas are input inorder to prepare complex cost models
·        Stay up to date with changesand support stakeholders with project changes ensuring all associated costs areidentified and tracked against the budget
·        Oversee supplier quotations toensure meets ‘should cost’ estimates
·        Support supplier meetings andnegotiations to challenge quotation prices and aim for cost reductions to meettarget costs
·        Work closely with thePurchasing team to ensure purchasing strategies are maximized
·        Engaged in driving competitiveanalysis and benchmarking
·        Develop and drive strategicroadmaps
Education &Experience:
·        Relevant business/commercial, SupplyChain Management or manufacturing/engineering degree is preferred
·        Significant experience of costestimating or finance in preferably a manufacturing/engineering environment
·        Strong IT systems knowledge andskills including advanced Excel skills
·        Experience of using spreadsheetsand complex estimating, pricing models and cost management tools
·        Demonstrable track record ofadding significant value and optimizing costs
·        Experience of delivering resultsthrough cross-functional working
·        High degree of knowledge andunderstanding of a variety of manufacturing processes and components andability to evaluate and analyze associated costs
·        Highly skilledcommunicator with the ability to form and maintain good relationshipsinternally and externally
·        Stronginterpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills
·        Ability to workin a matrixed organization, leading teams that are not direct reporting line
·        Commercial andfinancial acumen
·        Highlydeveloped analytical skills
·        Strongtechnical mindset and able to read and interpret technical data and translateto others
·        Highly numeratewith the ability to research, assemble, manage and manipulate numerical information
·        Resultsorientated and organised with the ability to plan and deliver against deadlines
·        Excellentattention to detail skills
·        ProjectManagement skills

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Manufacturing, operations, quality
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Strategizing; Innovation processes; Product management; Competitor and market analysis; Project management; Cost tracking, analysis; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Quality management
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)


Energy, utilities, environmentCompany size: 500-1000 people

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 500,000 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 installment plan. Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for US $0.45, 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 May 2015 M-KOPA employs over 650 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets. M-KOPA has been recognized 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.