RE Jobs, Franchise Strategist

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Are you a serial entrepreneur? Do you have 3-5 years of experience as a franchise strategist who can map and find valuable linkages between clients and a company? Do you want to work for a firm that has literally no competitors because they have developed such an innovative business model (coupled with a patent) within the mini-grid sector that others cannot compete and do not have the R&D backing that this specific business has?

The company is young, active and acts with a startup mentality – yet extremely resilient, incredibly organized, agile and highly focused on their goals. They are looking for someone who epitomizes their culture, someone who excels at the opportunity to take the reins to get the job done while constantly thinking out the box and optimizing how the company is able to achieve its goals. The team has immersed itself in their vision and mission to scale up electricity access to rural areas across Africa with a key focus on East Africa for the time being. With backing by multiple large international funders, the company has geared itself up for success and these funders see the value and longevity of the brand, now they just need an intellectual Franchise Strategist to steer the ship and make sure that their goals are implemented with precision. The company lies in the nexus between digital energy services powered by solar and hyper energy efficiency. They are looking for an NT personality type, a strategist who also has a business development mindset.

If you are the perfect fit for this brilliant opportunity to quickly grow into an executive team position within the firm, you will have an MBA from Oxford, Harvard or a similar esteemed institution. You will be understand solar PV technologies and able to grasp a firm understanding of how the business operates with a key focus on aspects pertaining to; modular energy production, distribution, metering and grid management system and in this case, one that combines the benefits of time-based energy service subscription services (seen in solar home systems) with the capital efficiency of a micro-grid architecture.

You will be someone who lives for adventure, heading off to rural Africa and meeting with developers who will roll out your franchise strategy to entrepreneurs who in turn use their mobile application to make time-based subscription services sales to the local community, be it schools, clinics, small households or businesses. Your primary goal within the firm will be to prepare the company for its hard-set expansion goals to power up access to energy to over 130 residents per country in East Africa before 2023. You will find yourself creating value through your ability to develop strategies and documentation which support the franchise model and can be used throughout various countries with minor tweaks as you identify new markets where your model will quickly be adopted and generate value back to the firm and it’s funders. As a senior within the firm you will be developing relationships with key players, which will include; consultants, counsel, regulators, and other businesses and you will also find yourself managing several subcontractors across relevant technical disciplines which include; hardware, electronics and software engineers. Working closely with the Group Chief Executive we expect you to be an intellect, analyst as well as driven by targets, you will be able to tell us how you have exceeded your targets and developed new innovative solutions to franchise smart strategies and the management and development of processes thereof.

If you are someone who wants to make a name for yourself as a Franchise Strategist where few others have stepped, especially in an exceptionally unique service offering – all the while accelerating access to energy for rural Africa – this is the perfect career opportunity just for you! The team values intelligence, and this is a job opportunity where you will be rewarded for your value add to the firm (monetarily and growth within the firm), given it is measurable!

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* Open to expats.

** Constant travel between South Africa (JHB) and Zambia with further travel into Africa down the line.

*** Contract role with the opportunity to become permanent with proven ability to meet required milestones and KPI’s.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

MBA from Oxford or Harvard or similar esteemed institute
Relevant degree

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Experience developing robust franchise strategies, ideally within the African market
Experience working internationally in start-up environments
Passion for emerging technologies
Vetting potential franchise partners across Africa
Must have developed budgets and control mechanisms thereof (includes identify cost-saving and revenue-enhancing opportunities for the business as a whole)
Experience optimizing systems and processes related to franchise models and businesses operational matters (proven track record)
Must have experience developing and engaging with various stakeholders from government level right through to technical developers and community members
Handling relevant legal documents with specific reference to technical and compliance specifications by subcontractors/developers
Experience writing high-level reports with a key focus on funders progress reports and relating these to milestones and the work-plan
Experience developing training material and processes for internal and external use
Experience in management consulting, project management, renewable energy development/cleantech, or business development sphere is advantageous
Willing to travel excessively between Zambia and South Africa with the broader Africa down the line

JOB LOCATION – STREET ADDRESS

Lusaka, Zambia

SKILLS

Brilliant Microsoft Office skills
Top class reporting and budget creation and management skills

WORK HOURS

8 – 5 pm

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