R&D Supervisor at Sanergy

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  • Company: Sanergy
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Kenya

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements. Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves five key steps: we build a dense network of franchised micro-entrepreneurs, who operate low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities – called Fresh Life Toilets. We provide critical support services – such as access to finance, business analytics, training, and marketing. We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community. We convert the waste into valuable end products, such as organic fertilizer, insect-based animal feed, and renewable energy. Finally, we sell the end products to Kenyan farms under the brand name Farm Star.

Sanergy’s Kinanie site is in a stage of continuous improvement and will undergo scale-up throughout the next 2 years. This role is needed to supervise and coordinate the team running trials, and ultimately support the NTCO R&D team in improving the facility and process performance. Additionally, NTCO will be providing ramp-up support to the facility; this role will be part of that supporting function.

Key duties and responsibilities


  • Works with the R&D team to understand the trial set-up and requirements
  • Participates in pre-trial surveys and post-mortems
  • Responsible for coordinating resources to set up and execute trials requested by the R&D team
  • Executes trials as planned by the R&D team
  • Coordinates knockdown and clean up of trials after completion
  • Ensures issues identified at any phase of the trial are communicated quickly to the trial lead
  • Ensures 100% completion of quality checks and corrective actions
  • Addresses any urgent trial or R&D operational issues. Escalates these issues.

Data collection

  • Ensures team consistently and neatly collects data in hard copy
  • Reviews data for consistency and highlights data that is surprising, unusual or problematic to trial leads
  • Enter all the data collected daily in the respective online workbooks. Creates comments where data is unexpected.
  • Cleans and uploads, where appropriate, data logger datasets
  • Where appropriate, cleans data and ensures any dashboards are reflecting the new data accurately
  • Meticulously stores and organizes original raw data. Keep a record of all data collection sheets used for each trial/R&D project until a trial is concluded.
  • Ensures operational team’s qualitative observations are captured and escalated to trial leads
  • Print out and make available to the operators, all data collection sheets and work instructions for each trial/R&D project.
  • Train new employees on R&D sampling and measurement techniques.

Team management

  • Coordinates R&D operators in Kinanie to execute trials, maintain any long-running capability processes, and participate in ramp-up activities supported by NTCO
  • Develop weekly shift plans, ensure that monitoring of all planned trials is scheduled, all tasks are allocated standard time and 95% allocation of all the work hours.
  • Develop daily work plans and assign all planned tasks daily to the R&D operators.
  • Participates in evaluating team performance with R&D manager
  • Monitor employee work habits and ensure tasks are completed on time.
  • Communicates company updates to team and helps team understand new changes or company strategies
  • Communicates team concerns or questions to R&D manager and NTCO Process Lead (Colony Maintenance)
  • Instruct operators to follow safe work practices, ensure all team members are wearing protective equipment and follow safety and work instructions

Material and site management

  • Respond quickly and practically to emergencies or unexpected problems during the work shift.
  • Keep project owners and managers apprised of daily operations with 100% escalation on issues immediately they arise.
  • Report any issues identified in relation to Safety, any unsafe acts, and unsafe conditions or general maintenance. Act to temporarily address and fix any safety issues immediately.
  • Maintain R&D equipment inventory and arrange for equipment repair on-site by the Maintenance department. Responsible for all equipment owned by R&D in Kinanie, and preventing damage or theft thereof.
  • Ensures materials required for trials (especially long-running capability trials) are maintained to avoid stockouts – including water, feedstocks, reagents, disposable PPE and equipment – and communicates promptly when issues cannot be resolved
  • Attend all scheduled meetings and company functions (Pre-trial meetings, daily scrum, weekly meeting with manager, All Hands etc.)
  • Ensure all R&D work areas are kept clean and tidy.

Staff supervision responsibilities

  • Kinanie operator team.

Key Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in Research and Development
  • Experience in insect rearing will be an added advantage

Method of Application

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 15th November, 2020
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