Chief Technology Officer

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Department: C-Team

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Executive

 

We are building a diverse and inclusive team and  this opportunity is open to any qualified internal and external applicants. Women  as well as candidates from Africa and those with experience working on the continent are particularly encouraged to apply for this role. 

About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy and technology company. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our customers through inclusive energy and financial services. Our flagship product, Fenix Power, is a modular, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable installments from just $0.11 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a next-generation credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans, unlocking modern financial services for our customers. To date, Fenix has sold over 500,000 Solar Home Systems in Uganda, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Nigeria and Mozambique, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 2,500,000 people.

In early 2018, Fenix joined forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy. This has allowed Fenix to make significant commercial investments to accelerate the path to our mission, via new markets and innovative products. Together, Fenix and ENGIE are making universal access to modern energy a reality.

Job Overview

This position will be part of the C-Suite team, based in Kampala, Uganda, led by the Chief Executive Officer. The role will be required to work closely with teams in different countries, with an expectation to travel about 40% of the time. 

This is an incredible opportunity for a talented individual to lead our high-performing Research & Development team who is passionate about improving the quality of life for off-grid customers at the base of the pyramid. Key responsibilities will include strategic technology leadership, oversight over product development, technical business development, and recruitment; our technology disciplines span Hardware Engineering, Software Engineering,Quality Assurance, Data Science & Engineering, and Product Management.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Provide exceptional, inspirational leadership and support to the R&D team in specific, as well as strategic leadership across all disciplines as part of the C-team

  • Serve on the Fenix Leadership Team and drive to achieve Fenix’s mission and values.

  • Represent technology across Senior Leadership at Fenix and with key external stakeholders.

  • Lead a team of key technology leaders across each pillar of the R&D team, including Product, Engineering, Data and Software.

  • Continue building our high performing, autonomously driven teams of Engineers and Product Managers who collaboratively drive technology solutions.

  • Inspire the development and success of cross-functional, adaptable teams 

  • Foster innovation to keep our technology and our approach fresh and retain a strong team who are fulfilled by solving tough problems. 

  • Motivate, develop and lead technical teams through periods of aggressive growth and through difficult business environments.   

Research and Development Strategy 

  • Develop the Research and Development strategy in line with Fenix mission and goals. 

  • Take responsibility over P&L and growth plans and execution for Global R&D

  • Oversee team budget, allocate resources, and approve spend for the R&D department

  • Track team goals and performance to ensure meeting of targets. 

  • Lead quarterly R&D team evaluations and manage communication and shared goals across all of the R&D team

  • Lead teams in evaluating and sharing business best practices across R&D while providing cost savings and maximizing efficiency. 

  • Support the team in dealing with legislative or other government committees regarding operational policies, tax policies, programs, or budgets

  • Align company’s current technology infrastructure with the strategic business needs & plans. 

  • Communicate the Company’s technology strategy to parent company, executive leadership, staff, partners, customers, the technology community and external stakeholders.

Product Management

  • Work with the Product Director to drive product vision, product strategy, product design and product development, with visibility on every element of the product from concept to launch, and post-launch performance.

Hardware Engineering

  • Monitor changes and advancements in technology to discover ways Fenix can gain a competitive advantage.

  • Drive strategic and innovative thinking to develop a complete technology roadmap for a family of products.

  • Guide the hardware team through difficult technical challenges by providing quick and effective decision making.

  • Foster a culture of hardware innovation and building IP.

Quality Assurance

  • Lead the Quality Assurance (QA) team in developing and implementing strategies on sample testing, conducting reliability tests, etc

  • Ensure that the QA team is efficiently maintaining test equipment, debugging failures, and investigating quality issues. 

  • Oversee data provided by the QA team and make executive decisions around recommended changes. 

Software & Data

  • Drive strategic thinking across the entire software and data ecosystem within Fenix, which consists of internally built and off-the-shelf services. 

  • Work collaboratively with  software & data leadership to produce infrastructure architecture standards, and policies. 

  • Monitor changes and advancements in technology to discover ways we can gain a competitive advantage. 

  • Cultivate external partnerships to enrich our internal software products and maintain focus on core functionality. 

  • Drive the company’s technology vision and lead all aspects of the company’s technological development, including outsourced partner selection and management. 

  • Directly manage the existing team of Software and Data Directors.

Required Skills & Experience

  • 10+ years working experience in either Hardware or Software Engineering and Product Development (consumer oriented hardware preferred)

  • Expertise in one of the areas above, with an interest in solar home systems.

  • Prior experience in M&A Integrations. 

  • Familiarity with mixed signal design, embedded systems design, battery technologies and power electronics

  • Familiarity with IoT services and big data pipeline infrastructure.

  • Familiarity with multi-application software systems.

  • In-depth knowledge of engineering best practice, product development, data governance and general management best practices. 

  • An understanding of multi national companies or vertically integrated institutions operating in multiple markets.

  • Experience in Africa or similar market with BOP customers.

  • Significant leadership and management experience in technology

  • Proven ability to motivate, develop and lead technical teams through periods of aggressive growth and through difficult business environments.

  • Ability to manage a multicultural and global team of technology engineers and managers..

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills (English), French/Mandarin a plus.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative nature.

  • Great attention to detail, strategic thinker and dedicated problem solver.

  • A passion for Fenix and our customers! 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Masters degree

  • Knowledge of China manufacturing is an added advantage 

  • Last mile distribution experience would be preferred 

  • French and Mandarin language skills

  • Leadership and project management experience: we are looking for entrepreneurial candidates who have started or contributed significantly to a particular project, team, or new company and we especially value candidates who have seen projects through from start to finish, from design to scale up phase

To Apply

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

 In your cover letter, please be sure to highlight the following:

  1. Why you are interested in Fenix International, 

  2. How you would add value to the Fenix Family, and

  3. What excites you about this particular role.

Fenix offers a competitive salary and a fun, fast-paced and high-growth 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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