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Mechanical Engineer

BURN Manufacturing
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Based in Kenya, BURN designs, produces and distributes East Africa’s best-selling, most durable and economical charcoal and wood cookstoves that also dramatically reduce harmful smoke emissions which can cause significant health problems, even death.
Not only does BURN sell the world’s most fuel-efficient charcoal and wood household stoves, but we are also the only cookstove company which manufactures all its products in sub-Saharan Africa’s only state- of-the-art clean cookstove manufacturing facility.
Since 2013, BURN has sold 650,000+ Jikokoa ™ stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 3,000,000 beneficiaries save $215 million in fuel expenditures and 2.6 million tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~25,000 stoves per month and are on track to double sales over the next 12 months by expanding its successful model across Africa. BURN has 300 employees and expects strong growth in the number of employees in the coming years. Over the next 2 years BURN will launch 5 new products.
BURN is currently seeking a mission driven Mechanical Engineer for its modern clean cookstove manufacturing facility in Ruiru, Nairobi.
Qualifications and requirements:
  • Graduated from Mechanical/Industrial/Manufacturing engineering school.
  • 4 to 7 years of experience in manufacturing entities, at least 2 years in sheet metal factories.
  • Worked at least on one of the following projects during his career:
    - Consumer product launch.
    - Factory layout implementation.
    - Lean manufacturing, waste elimination or Continues improvement project.
    - TPM programs implementation.
    - Building sheet metal forming and/or blanking and piercing tools.
  • Can use at least 3 solid works modules professionally. 3D modelling and assembly, sheet metal
    and surfacing is preferred.
  • Capable of using 2D AutoCAD.
  • Capable of using at least one project management tool, MS project is preferred.
  • Capable of using Microsoft office.
  • CAM experience is a must, Bob-CAM or SolidWorks CAM is preferred.
  • Creative, capable to work effectively in teams, has good managerial skills and representable.
  • Can operate basic shop machines and tools: manual mill, lathe, drill press.
  • Aware of the basics of electricity, and hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Good knowledge of material science and material selection for tooling, products and machine spare parts.
  • Operating CNC machine tools, Welding and fabrication skills are plus points.
Desired Character:
  • Problem finder and solver.
  • Hands on.
  • Action oriented.
  • Mechanical aptitude, ability to troubleshoot and repair mechanical issues.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Detail oriented and well organized.
  • Works well in a team.


  • Leading development of manufacturing processes, including spec’ing, sourcing, and installation, commissioning and training the production personnel.
  • Leading development of required soft and production tools, including assembly and QC jigs and fixtures, and sheet metal tools.
  • Supervise the implementation, the design work, analysis, and all engineering tasks of the factory and assembly lines layout.
  • Setting the engineering parameters for production and QC SOP’s.
  • Work closely with all departments on material selection, and spec sheets development.
  • Drive continues improvements and work on the implementation of the related engineering changes.
  • Assist the maintenance team in root cause analyses and in repair of factory equipment including mechanical and hydraulic presses, shears, spot welders and drill presses.
  • Work closely with the production, QC, and the process teams for engineering and manufacturability issues root cause analyses.
  • Train and evaluate junior engineers, new technicians and mechanical fellows.
  • Carry out all other engineering tasks as per the engineering department requirements.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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