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Head of Product Innovation

BURN Manufacturing
Ruiru, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary


BURN designs, manufactures, and distributes aspirational fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world. BURN has revolutionized the global cookstove sector by proving the business case for selling a high quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized cookstoves. Since 2013, BURN has sold 400,000 cookstoves in East Africa, which have helped 2,000,000+ beneficiaries save $45 million in fuel expenditures and 926,221 tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN intends to double sales by the end of 2018.

BURN has moved its new product development team from the US to Kenya and is looking for a Head of Product Innovation to develop and guide new products through the process.

Qualification

• Mechanical engineering background or similar

• Has developed products which have been launched
• Expertise in Solidworks or AutoCAD
• Familiarity with basic shop machines and tools: manual mill, lathe, drill press
• Experience in East Africa is a plus

Responsibilities


• Manage the new product development pipeline, including new products and improvements of existing products, from discovery of new concepts until it’s handed off to the mechanical engineering team at the detailed design phase.

• Support the mechanical engineering team in detailed design and process development.
• Manage design engineering fellows, testing lab, prototyping shop, market research team, and accelerated lifecycle testing program.
• Design development of concepts in CAD, prototyping, testing, and market research.
• Develop and refine customer needs and product parameters.
• Manage and refine the phase-gate development process, including working across other departments.
• Works with other departments to establish a design, technology, product development, and vendor strategy.
• Manages project budgets and prepares financial analysis reports for top management.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Computer aided design (CAD); Market research, intelligence; Reporting; Design Research; Product development
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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