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Associate, Operations at Greenlight Planet

Greenlight Planet is on a mission to revolutionize rural energy access for the 1.5 billion off-grid villagers who use dirty, dangerous kerosene lanterns for light. In four years we’ve sold 1.6 million solar lights to off-grid families in South Asia and Africa— all paid for up-front, in cash— the latter 1 million customers acquired over the past year. Our products were recognized recently as ‘the best solar lamp’ in the Economist. Uniquely, we sell our life-changing Sun King solar home lights to off-grid families in India and Africa through a massive direct sales force of trusted, village-level sales agents that penetrate deeply into rural markets to promote our products home to home and build trust in our brand at a micro level.

Reporting to: Associate Manager, Operations

Key responsibilities for the role include:

Inventory Planning

Plan for inventory levels as per the business requirements of Easy Buy (EB) direct sales to ensure optimum stocks with zero stock outs at all times by:

  • Following up on inventory projections from the head of sales
  • Comparing the projections with the updated pipeline inventory
  • Analyzing everyday sales from Angaza for purposes of replenishment and invoicing
  • Forecasting on a 6-week lead time
  • Establishing an EOQ

Inventory and Warehouse Management

Managing inventory at the warehouse from the time of receipt and allocation of stock to the time of outward dispatch by:

  • Ensuring timely GRN of stocks both in WMS and SAP
  • Ensuring proper warehouse arrangement and racking
  • Ensuring that inventory is managed in accordance with best practice of FIFO
  • Working with sales team to ensure timely replenishment of stocks
  • Daily invoicing of the sold units
  • Initiating orders and following up with 3PL providers for order picking/filling
  • Coordinating dispatch to ensure timely delivery
  • Ensuring zero stock outs at the shops and raising an alarm foreseeing such a situation in good time i.e. using the forecasting vs lead times to alert such a situation
  • Conducting daily cycle counts, monthly stock takes and performing reconciliations

Outbound Logistics

Coordinating a flawless outbound for the purposes of DRP to avert any situation of bullwhip effect by:

  • Best practices of JIT
  • Measuring the service provider as per the set KPIs of O-T-D
  • Ensuring that delivery to shops and partners is done within the set timelines

Shops Inventory Support

Ensuring complete visibility of inventory at shop level and at EO level by:

  • Monitoring shop and EO inventory levels on iVend and Angaza
  • Working closely with the country store manager to enforce inventory holding guidelines for shops and EOs
  • Coordinating warranty replacements and reverse logistics for in warranty stocks from shops to the EB technical team
  • Supporting the store manager with implementation of projects as needed

Reporting

  • Weekly Inventory Reporting of stocks at warehouse, shops and EO levels
  • Daily EB sales report comparing Angaza vs daily invoiced
  • Any other report as maybe needed

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a degree qualification (preferably Operations/Finance(audit)/ actuarial science/Tax) from a Premier institution
  • Has 3 years’ experience in data analytics/business analysis for sales/supply planning / distribution requirement planning
  • Knowledge and hands on experience of Audit /Data analysis / statistical compilation
  • Ability to work with distributors, sales teams and sales agents to ensure smooth distribution operations
  • Ability to collect sales data, use the data to forecast and plan for inventory
  • Knowledge and working experience with a robust ERP / WMS
  • Excellent hands on Experience on use of computer tools (excel /macros /v-lookup /charts /pivot table) for analysis for business
  • Ability to work comfortably with and maintain large volumes of data in excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work remotely under minimal supervision

We are looking for someone who is driven, passionate and excited about the opportunity to bring honest, affordable, energy to homes in Africa. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

Greenlight Planet offers a competitive salary, a fun, supportive work environment and opportunities for continued professional growth within a fast-growing global enterprise.

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