Overview

Purchasing and Logistics Specialist

Come join the SparkMeter team and help increase electricity access in developing countries.

The Purchasing and Logistics Specialist is an all purpose Purchasing support role. Our organization contracts out all our manufacturing and BOM management so our actual purchase order volume is low. However our sales are a high volume low mix in the heavily regulated energy utilities industry with suppliers in China, USA, South Africa and Taiwan serving customers primarily in Africa and central Asia. As a result our transactions have substantial regulatory and international documentation requirements.

The Purchasing and Logistics Specialist will report to and support the Supply Chain manager by performing multiple tactical tasks including but not limited to: creating Purchase Orders, Planning production Schedules/ Line-of-balance, One off data Analysis, ensuring orders are produced on time, international shipment support, and other tasks as needed.

As a Purchasing and Logistics Specialist you’ll focus on:

Purchasing facilitation
Create Purchase Orders
Maintain Purchase order related data in Salesforce
Follow up with Suppliers on orders to ensure on time delivery
React to and escalate to late orders as needed
Share monthly product forecasts with suppliers
Follow up with Suppliers and Logistics providers on quotes
Data Analysis either recurring or one off as requested by the Supply Chain Manager
Monitor and Insure target Raw Material and Finished Goods stock levels are being maintained
Escalate Supply Chain risks to the Supply Chain Manager as detected
Other tasks as needed.
 

Logistics Facilitation

Generate shipping documents
Monitor shipments in transit to ensure delays are quickly addressed
Inform Customers/internal stakeholders on delivery times and changes.
Coordinating product changes with Regulatory
Participate in launch coordination meetings
Act as main contact between Product Supply, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Shipping, and other internal departments to assure timely delivery of requested orders.
Provide input to agreements with third parties.
Ensure that documents required by customers/customs authorities are compliant and delivered on time.
Check diligently L/Cs to avoid any discrepancies.
Cross functional role
Be a team player and problem solver. Help other departments in their efforts to solve problems as needed
Serve all internal process stakeholders by responding to request for information or other cross functional needs within the committed response time
Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement

Requirements

You’ll be a good fit for this role if you have:

4 years experience in logistics and Purchasing specialist roles.
Advanced knowledge of data analytics and data software analysis tools (Excel, Minitab, MS Access, etc.)
Basic knowledge of established Inventory management practices (EOQ, Safety Stock, Contractual tools & mechanisms, etc.)
Experience thriving in a complex, high growth environments
Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and/or Shop Floor Control (SFC) Systems
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Organization skills and attention to details
Uncommonly organized problem-solving skills
Ability to think and communicate at the systems level
Proficiency in data analytics and KPI reporting for day to day activities and to drive improvement actions
Disciplined self-startedness
Drive to learn and innovate
Comfort with imperfection
Bias for action of practical solution
Where You’ll Work

Nairobi, Kenya. From home while COVID is still a problem, in our office when it re-opens.

Type of Role & Compensation Structure

This is a full-time role with benefits. Compensation is made of salary and performance bonus.

SparkMeter was founded to promote opportunity in underrepresented communities initially but has since grown into serving urban & peri urban communities as well.

MODE OF APPLICATION

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About SparkMeter

SparkMeter offers comprehensive low-cost metering solutions for everything from rural micro-grids to existing urban central grid utilities. Our products help make access to electricity possible in hard-to-reach places and underserved markets. Our metering system is being widely adopted by utilities serving customers in rural parts of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. We believe electricity and the services derived from it unlock and create the opportunity for underserved communities to achieve great things. As a main driver of economic growth and human development, we’ve seen time and time again how access to clean, reliable, electricity transforms people’s lives.