Job: Project Manager, Dynamo Advisors “help scale tech startups across sub-Saharan Africa”

Full details at socent google group.

We are looking for a rockstar to join our team working to scale early-stage companies across Africa.

Dynamo Advisors is working to develop growth strategies and business improvement processes for early-stage tech companies across Sub-Saharan Africa, starting in Kenya. We work side-by-side with client teams to implement these strategies and processes with the speed and results-oriented focus of the world’s largest private sector tech companies.

As one of Dynamo’s first employees, the right person will be comfortable in an “all hands on deck” environment, loves using data to solve problems, focuses on getting things done rather than over-thinking solutions, and can thrive in a startup culture.

YOU ARE:

  • An analytical rockstar. You love data, and consult numbers to make the best business decisions and ensure positive ROI.

  • Skilled at planning, organizing, prioritizing and executing simultaneous projects and activities. You can prioritize high impact activities and keep complicated projects moving forward.

  • Born to network and negotiate. You’re a people person with persuasive communication skills. You possess the ability to interact and shoot straight with executives and to provide advice and guidance that reflects an understanding of their business and leadership style.

  • A utility player. You’re ready to hit the ground running with an all-star team. You’ll contribute to every department and help solve any problem. “Not in my job description” is not in your vocabulary.

  • Graceful. You are self aware, well-spoken on the phone and eloquent in emails. You’ll humbly be the voice of Dynamo.

  • Word savvy. You have exceptional English and Swahili writing skills and can craft everything from emails and investor reports to policies and summaries, easily adjusting your tone/voice accordingly.

  • Creative. You’re always thinking of fresh ideas to scale the startups we work with.

  • Naturally curious. You’re innovative, extremely creative and constantly looking for ways to improve upon things.

  • Personable. You know how to work a crowd and win over strangers. Awkward is not how your friends would describe you!

  • Motivated. You understand the impact of a highly-satisfied, excited crew of clients; you are slightly obsessive-compulsive about grinding away at issues.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

You’ll be responsible for managing projects for our clients across East Africa.  Some responsibilities will include:

  • Manage all aspects of a consulting project, from clarifying the client’s expectations on deliverables, to managing timelines, to dividing work across the Dynamo team, to controlling the quality of the end product

  • Participate in industry events to generate leads for future Dynamo engagements

  • Dive into data, identify growth opportunities for our clients, run trials of proposed solutions, and scale out wins

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research to best understand our client’s customers, markets, and competitors. Use these insights to guide the growth strategy

  • Synthesize findings into easy-to-understand materials (e.g., PPT decks) for clients’ leadership teams and investors

  • Work side-by-side with client teams to roll out proposed solutions and track results

BACKGROUND:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, ideally in business administration or a related field

  • Proficient in Excel and PPT

  • Experience managing a team and coaching people on core skills (e.g., structured thinking, analytics)

  • Deadline driven, organized, and able to multitask

  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills

  • Local experience working across East African geographies

  • Experience in an operational role in an early-stage venture strongly preferred but not required

  • Experience with a top-tier consulting firm preferred but not required

BOTTOM LINE:

You have to be ready to hustle; this is no nine to five. Dynamo is where your hard work drivers immediate impact to our business. You must be excited to grow Dynamo (and its clients!) in the region. Are you up for the challenge?

PERKS:

  • Competitive salary

  • Ground floor opportunity with the team; shape the strategic direction of the company

  • Sharp, motivated co-workers committed to your professional development in a fun office environment

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