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  • Project Manager, Solar Tech Operations at Zola Electric

  • Posted on: 29 November, 2018 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Zola Electric is the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company. It exists to provide affordable and reliable energy to communities that currently lack such power. The company utilizes distributed renewable energy to sell power as a service to customers who suffer from an expensive grid, an unreliable grid, or have no electrical grid access at all. We provide 24/7 clean energy to anyone, anywhere. Our aim is to deliver a complete technical, operational and financial model that makes incredibly high quality renewable electrical services affordable to millions of homes.

    Project Manager, Solar Tech Operations


    Duration: 6 months assignment

    The Position

    • 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.


    • 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.

    Method of Application

    Applications that include a resume / curriculum vitae have preference.

    Interested and qualified? Go to Zola Electric career website on to apply

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