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

Test and Quality Assurance Manager(TQA)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Manufacturing, operations, quality
  • Manager (team leader)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

M-KOPA is looking to recruit a Test and Quality Assurance Manager. This is a senior role that will supervise junior and senior members of M-KOPA's cross-functional Test and Quality Assurance Team. He/she will liaise with M-KOPA Senior Management team, as well as various staff in Product Management, Delivery Management, Operations and End User teams to deliver business-critical Test projects; establish Test Management Strategy and processes and be accountable for meeting/exceeding Quality Assurance targets.


Lead a team of Test and QA resources; managing testing resources — both in TQA team and in stakeholder delivery departments.

Formulate and 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 Test and Quality Assurance requirements for Product, Software and Hardware releases.

Own and provide overall coordination of 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 test resources

Bachelors' degree in Computer Science / Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering

Candidates without a university degree in a relevant field will be considered provided
their experience and skills are relevant
5+ years' experience in a Test Manager or QA Manager role

Previous experience managing a team of Test specialists

Experience working with Agile methodology

Good understanding of Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

Deep experience with Test Management tools such as Microsoft Test Manager, JIRA,

•Experience in a QA/Test role in Telecommunications, Computing hardware or Electronics

•Experience with Test Automation tools

•Quality Assurance / Test certification such as the International Software Testing
Qualifications Board (ISTQB) or the Certified Software Quality Analyst
Required skills:
Ability to reconcile stakeholder interests, conflicting priorities and business
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

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Job start date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Manufacturing, operations, quality
Seniority: Manager (team leader)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Risk management; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Quality management; Quality systems (ISO, CMMI, etc.); Quality control and supervision; Troubleshooting
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.

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