Chief of Staff at Lori Systems

Nairobi, Kenya
Portfolio Ventures – Operations
Lori Systems
The Company
Lori is a venture-backed startup building the cutting-edge logistics infrastructure for trucking in Africa. The start-up is tackling a massive issue - $180 billion is spent annually on haulage across Africa, which means that up to 75% of a product’s cost is due to logistics (compared to 6% in the US). Lori’s tech-enabled and operations-driven marketplace efficiently connects transport to cargo. The supply chain management system brings transparency and has significantly improved flexibility, reliability, and cost savings (savings upwards of 18%). The company has experienced 30% month-over-month compounded growth since product launch in May 2017. The market demand for Lori’s platform is increasing exponentially. To continue this pace of growth, Lori recently closed a landmark raise from globally leading institutional and strategic investors. The company won Techcrunch’s Battlefield Africa.

The Position
Lori is seeking a Chief of Staff who will support the execution of the CEO’s vision. You will drive strategic initiatives and organization across a rapidly growing start up. You will also consolidate and prioritize critical issues and required information for the CEO to facilitate efficient decision making. As Chief of Staff, you will have deep exposure to many aspects of the business and will need to be able work cross-functionally. The role requires a broad skill-set and a flexibility to work intelligently on ad-hoc projects. Speed and communication is vital. Crucial to this role is an ability to deal with ambiguity, and transition between in-the-weeds execution and systems/structure building. The person must have persistence and a commitment to the goals of building the logistics infrastructure system of the future.


    • Execute on CEO’s strategic vision and support CEO on day to day
    • Coordinate and manage cross-functional teams
    • Lead communication across org (including leadership team meetings)
    • Create investor updates / fundraising pitch decks
    • Develop and track Quarterly Roadmap (status updates)
    • Drive strategic projects (ex. partnerships, M&A diligence, product-focused exploration)
    • Build systems to optimize processes & resources
    • Fully own and solve day-to-day complexities


    • Deep commitment to the vision of Lori
    • An ability to prioritize, while multitasking
    • Entrepreneurial passion
    • Obsession with detail
    • Trustworthiness, curiosity and no ego
    • Efficiency with limited resources
    • Confidence in managing up and excellent communication skills
    • Flexibility in working across all business units
    • Excitement to work in an intense environment
    • Sound business judgement
    • Structured thinker with an analytical mindset
    • 2+ years of work experience at top investment bank or consulting firm