Project Manager Solar Tech Operations 6 months assignment
Off Grid Electric
Lagos, Nigeria
2d ago

Company Description

Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. Zola Electric is a growth-stage start up that’s on track to light a million homes in Africa over the next couple of years with clean, affordable solar energy.

At the heart of our business is innovative solutions that delight our customers. We are looking for an experience Project Manager in Solar engineering to join our team in Lagos, Nigeria, to support our growth strategy in Africa, changing the lives of millions with our innovative products.

This may be your dream job if you’re someone who dreams of combining your knowledge and skills enabling Zola Electric to change the renewable energy landscape.

You’ll also need to be passionate about bringing solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets (billions of people around the world) with the unique social, technical, and business challenges that come along with it.

You are inspired by the opportunity to unleash whole continents of human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business.


Zola is looking for a deeply experienced technical operations leader to help us build out our technical field operations division in Nigeria and beyond.

In this role you will work with the Executive Sponsor (Chief Product Officer, COO) and country leadership to develop a technical operations division within our Nigeria country operations.

Amongst other tasks, you will :

  • Work with logistics to fully map out the order fulfillment-Installation-O&M journey.
  • Design installation processes and QA systems for our proprietary grid compatible AC hybrid solar energy systems.
  • Recruit, hire, onboard and train our initial crews who will go on to become our Quality Assurance, Train-the-trainers and "special forces" for installation and service.
  • Work with engineering to develop standard protocols for remote (technical support) troubleshooting, field engineering and technician support, and standardized maintenance processes.
  • Work with training and HR to train internal crews and contractors on said processes and procedures.
  • Develop a QA framework to ensure consistent and reliable quality in every customer installation and technical service touch point.
  • Work with COO, Supply Chain and Engineering to develop standard Bills of Materials, inventory control and reconciliation of goods processes.
  • Other related activities as assigned during the course of the contract.
  • Develop a first class health and safety program for field activities.
  • Requirements

    Our ideal candidate will have years of experiencing installing, commissioning and servicing hybrid energy systems in emerging markets.

    He or she will have experiencing managing field operations using internal and external crews including recruiting, training, managing and department optimization employees as well as managing external contractors.

    The candidate will have worked in emerging markets on the ground, ideally in Sub-Saharan Africa and have extensive knowledge about the challenges of working with sub-

    standard infrastructure, cultural differences, working with technicians of varying levels of expertise etc. The ideal candidate will have a passion for quality, and be obsessed with the value of systemizing processes in order to drive scalable operations and predictably quality work.

  • Bachelor's or Master’s (preferred) degree in electrical engineering or equivalent.
  • Minimum 12 years’ experience conducting, managing and overseeing technical operations (installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance) of power systems, including hybrid power systems.
  • Experience designing processes and developing written systems to manage quality and standardize activities.
  • Strong bias for retrofit installations and smaller residential or commercial hybrid energy systems (solar installations, battery backup systems, remote sites such as telecom towers or outposts etc.)
  • Electrical engineering and / or licensed electrician and field engineering experience
  • Electrical Utility Intertie and regulations
  • Deep HSE program experience and knowledge of international health and safety standards
  • Electrical system integration, troubleshooting and repair
  • Rooftop and ground mount Solar design and installation
  • Technical Team management
  • Passion for field operations and logistics management
  • Extremely self-motivated, able to work with little or no supervision and deliver quality content and result.
  • About Zola Electric

    Zola Electric, through its consumer brand Zola, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a long-

    term solar solution to an unreliable grid. Adaptable to both energy needs and income, Zola Electric’s solution can be bought over time through a leasing structure.

    The first few watts starts a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations : security, education, access to information, and a longer and more efficient day.

    Today, Zola Electric powers more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire. Zola Electric’s investors include : SolarCity, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and responsibility.

    Zola Electric is the recipient of the 2016 UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the 2015 Global Cleantech 100.

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    Let’s Connect

    Are you interested in this position and join our team in Lagos, Nigeria, let’s connect and send your resume via our career page.

    Applications that include a resume / curriculum vitae have preference.

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