Product Research Associate

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Department: Product

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy company.  Our mission is to transform our customers’ quality of life through disruptive innovation in energy and financial services. Our flagship product, ReadyPay Solar, is an expandable, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable instalments starting under $0.19 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a unique credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans and open up a wider world of energy and financing for our customers.

To date, Fenix has sold over 150,000 ReadyPay Power systems in Uganda, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 900,000 people in Uganda.  In 2017, Fenix announced that it was joining forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy.  ENGIE will make significant commercial investments in Fenix to accelerate the path to our mission. Fenix will operate as a distinct and autonomous company within the ENGIE group in order to retain our unrelenting focus on innovation, smart iterative design, strong team culture and exceptional customer experience. Together, Fenix and ENGIE plan to bring life-changing energy and financial services to tens of millions of off-grid customers and to make universal access to modern energy a reality across Africa.

Job Description

Fenix is looking for a Research Associate with awesome quantitative analysis and insights skills to help inform our short and long term Product Strategy. As a the Product Research Associate, you will work closely with the senior members of the product team to build a picture of our market, customer base and their needs in 3+ years. You will collect, clean and analyse open data sources and Fenix’s own data to understand our customers’ spending habits and the potential market for our products in various African countries. You will research and evaluate technologies and partnerships to help tailor the expansion of our product portfolio to the unique needs of our customer base across all aspects of their lives. Above all, you will help ensure we keep an eye on the future whilst delivering value in the present.

  • Perform deep research, analysis and forecasting to support and inform product strategy
  • Evaluate market opportunities for new product ideas, maintain and update evaluations of pipeline products
  • Collect and manage open data sources and articles relevant to our customer base
  • Identify grant opportunities and manage applications and reporting

Required Skills & Experience

  • Ability to maintain big-picture vision while simultaneously focusing on the minute details – Think big and make it happen!
  • 2+ years of work experience
  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills and experience with common tools: Excel at a minimum, Tableau, R and statistics tools are a plus
  • Experience building / maintaining models
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, French is a plus
  • A first-class degree or equivalent from a leading university (this is a research role!)

Desired Skills

  • Experience living and working in East Africa
  • Experience working with our target customer; the rural, off-grid African


Compensation details

  • Competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance & evacuation cover
  • Awesome off-sites rafting, climbing, kayaking
  • The opportunity to travel throughout East Africa and visit our customers in the field
  • A fun and friendly work environment with ping-pong, table football and delicious lunch and dinner cooked every day by our in-house chefs, Carol & Lilian

Location

This role will be based in our beautiful Kampala office, with occasional travel to our other African offices.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the job posting at fenixintl.com/careers

Fenix offers a competitive salary and a fun work environment. We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted.


 

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