Product Manager ( Solar Home System)

  • ENGIE Energy Access
  • Africa
  • 03/07/2022

Description

Job Title: Product Manager ( Solar Home System)

Location: Africa

Application Deadline: 28th  February, 2022

Position: Full-time

Team: Product and Research & Development 

Reporting To: Head of Product Management

About ENGIE Energy Access

ENGIE Energy Access is one of the leading Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa, with a mission to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions and life-changing services with exceptional customer experience. The company is a result of the integration of Fenix International, ENGIE Mobisol and ENGIE PowerCorner; and develops innovative, off-grid solar solutions for homes, public services and businesses, enabling customers and distribution partners access to clean, affordable energy. The PAYGo solar home systems are financed through affordable installments from $0.19 per day and the mini-grids foster economic development by enabling electrical productive use and triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in rural communities. With over 1,700 employees, operations in 9 countries across Africa (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), over 1.2 million customers and more than 6 million lives impacted so far, ENGIE Energy Access aims to remain the leading clean energy company, serving millions of customers across Africa by 2025.

www.engie-energyaccess.com

Job Purpose/Mission 

The Product Manager is responsible for the core of Engie Energy Access (EEA)  product line. As a leader in the PAYGO sphere, our products are the first step into the homes of our customers and are a key part of the EEA customer lifetime value. The Product Manager will deliver life-changing solutions and offerings in line with EEA’s product development process.

This role sits within the Product and Research & Development department at EEA and involves working closely with the R&D team to develop and deploy new solar home systems across the Engie Energy Access markets. You will balance delivering custom energy solutions for our customers as well productizing these offerings so they can be scalable.

You will own the conceptualization and business positioning of new products and represent the voice of the customer on cross-functional teams to design, implement, monitor, and scale new products. This is an exciting role which requires creativity and strategic visioning as well as operational execution and working cross-functionally with our customer service, operations, sales, and technical teams on the ground.

Responsibilities

  • Drive continuous collection and analysis of customer data on device performance, emerging use cases and customer satisfaction and use this data to design product interventions
  • Manage the lifecycle of solar home systems and solar accessory products from conceptualization, to market introduction and eventual phasing out
  • Own the Profit & Loss of the portfolio of products under your management, and working across departments ensure that each product meets its commercial targets
  • Collaborate with country team departments (commercial, operations, product, etc.) to develop clear market requirements for product iterations and new product development
  • Work closely with Research & Development and supply chain teams to develop new products and improve existing ones
  • Maintain a bird’s eye view across the portfolio, identifying opportunities of increased optimization and efficiency in line with company targets
  • Contribute to the overarching company product strategy by informing the development of the product roadmap
  • Support country teams to design and run product pilots and launches, as well as implement product improvements according to local market needs

Knowledge and skills 

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience (product management, project management, off-grid industry, customer insights, etc.)
  • Project management experience and strong business acumen: entrepreneurial candidates who have started or contributed significantly to a particular project, team, or new company. Candidates who have seen projects through from start to finish, from design to scale up phase
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface with all members of both the business and engineering teams
  • Ability to coordinate with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Experience designing or building or supporting component based solar systems
  • Quantitative analysis skills and an understanding of effective technical communication and data visualization methods
  • Ability to breakdown technical decisions into a thorough decision-making process

Requirement:

  • Candidate must be based in one of the following EEA African markets: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda
  • Experience in consumer product development and ‘last mile’ customer delivery
  • Bachelors degree in engineering, economics or related topic
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25% of time

Language(s): 

  • English
  • French is a plus
  • Swahili is a plus 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however due to the large volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

ENGIE is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. All applications are screened based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without any regard to origin, age, name, sexual identity, orientation or preference, religion, marital status, health, disability, political opinions, union involvement or citizenship. Our differences are our strengths! 

We do not ask for any fees (refundable or non-refundable) at any stage of the job application and or recruitment process. We, therefore, appeal to job seekers not to respond to any such requests.

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