Data Operations Team Lead

Kilifi /
Technology – Business Intelligence /
Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter.  We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations. 

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team

As Komaza’s Data Science team we leverage data to enable Komaza to meet its business, operational and strategic goals, and create disruption through analytics. Our work spans Komaza’s entire value chain from Nursery to Sales and we participate in projects at every stage of the data lifecycle, from devising data capture and structuring methods, through to forecasting and predictive modeling. We work closely with many teams - particularly the Technology team - to complement their efforts with our knowledge and insights of data methods. This year we will work on projects ranging from carbon financing accreditation to executive dashboard design and automation of data operational processes. 

About this Role

As the Data Operations Lead you will play an important role in shaping the path of our team. Your most important charge will be to collect, validate, manage, report, and interpret operational data ensuring the teams can make daily, monthly, weekly and quarterly strategic decisions using data collected in a centralized data warehouse or multiple databases. You will also be responsible for managing data collection processes across multiple departments. The job requires you to coordinate with multiple stakeholders, manage data teams and work with the Business Intelligence Team to mine data using complex tools and software and share dashboards and reports to key value chain stakeholders.

Where you’ll be Located

This role will be based in Kilifi, Kenya.

What You Will Do

    • People management (35%)
    • Manage a team of 4+ Data Officers and assistants and track the team’s performance & KPIs
    • Conduct regular trainings to upskill the team 
    • Provide perspective on the latest data collection and management practices and  push the team towards world-class practices
    •  Data and Resource Management (35%)
    • Lead the Design data collection, validation and processing systems for operational and activity data across value chain departments  
    • Collaborate with value chain departments to assess their data needs and allocate appropriate resources
    • Work with the QA team to ensure the data collected is of highest accuracy and quality by co-developing and implementing QC procedures and data audits
    • Data Reporting (15%)
    • Using complex tools and software mine data for reporting
    • Support directors to flag informative peaks in data thus informing them of any necessary operational/data related steps they should take
    • Support the Business Intelligence Analyst to query and interpret data for  reports that will drive business change
    • Identify challenges and  opportunity areas for implementing new/improved data management methodologies
    • Data Design (15%)
    • Support Data Engineering to map out and regularly update data processes within all value chain operational teams
    • Support Data Engineering to create and maintain documentation that defines and outlines data management processes across each team

What You Should Have

    • BS degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics or relevant degree. Masters preferred.
    • 2 years of team management experience
    • Proficiency with Data Analysis Software - R, Python, SQL or other data analysis language
    • 2+ Years experience in developing dashboards and visualizations
    • Data Savvy - Experience in data analysis, data cleaning, creating dashboards
    • Experience working in fast-paced, demanding environment of a fast-growth company and comfortable wearing many hats 
    • Project management, organization and coordination skills for concurrent, complex projects
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills: Ability to present reports concisely through written and oral communication.

You’re Also

    • High energy and enthusiasm;
    • Flexible and self-motivated with the drive to do whatever necessary to get the job done
    • Self-directed and intellectually curious - you know how and when to seek feedback in the pursuit of continuous improvement
    • Growth-driven with a strong desire for personal development
    • A collaborative problem solver who seeks the opinions of other teammates and departments in the development of creative and sustainable systems

    • What We Expect
    • This is more than a technical analytics role. It will challenge you to apply your team management, quantitative and qualitative tech skills at a dynamic work environment! You will be expected to identify data related operational problems and suggest solutions that would solve the problems identified. We offer a great opportunity to further your career.
What’s in it for you?
Great vision without great people is irrelevant, Jim Collins wisely stated. If you share Komaza’s vision and want to help make it a reality, apply today! We offer a competitive remuneration package and an opportunity to further your career. 

Komaza is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.