Solar Pump Product Manager Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Janta Kenya


Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Works with: The solar pump’s unique private sector design team and KickStart’s product design/development, field innovations, marketing, sales, supply-chain, IT and finance teams along with critical supply chain stakeholders and development partners in the US, China, Africa and elsewhere.


The Senior Solar Pump Product Manager; will take the lead on coordinating, project managing and overseeing the development of KickStart’s new very low-cost, flat-packed, plug-and-play, solar irrigation pump from proven prototype to final design, mass-production, distribution, marketing, sales and customer care.

Key Job Responsibilities :-

will include, to coordinate, project manage and/or implement all of the following:

Finalize and model the overall business case, product life cycle and roll-out strategy for the new solar pump – from prototype to mass market launch and distribution across Africa and elsewhere. Including analysis of the market potential, user benefits and business case for KickStart.
Carry out market research by visiting small-scale farmers and KickStart’s distribution partners, and reviewing relevant research, to gain a full understanding of the customer’s desires/needs in relation to the product’s design-criteria.
Develop and help implement field and market tests to gain an understanding of the product’s performance, the market demands and required refinements of the product’s attributes.
Track competing products and comparative advantages and values. Performing and managing tests and analysis of the products and their service offerings.
Oversee the final design of the new pump and coordinate the cross-functional product-development-to-launch teams to ensure that the product’s functionality, efficiency, cost structure, aesthetics, ergonomics etc. meet the market demand. Facilitating key decisions on the electronics, cabling, hoses, switches and solar panels. Working with the unique product design team in the US and with KickStart’s senior management, product design, field innovations, sales, marketing, finance, and IT teams, along with the manufacturers and supply-chain players in Chicago, China, Africa and/or elsewhere.
Facilitate design decisions on critical accessoriesg. backpack carrier, cell phone charger, PAYG option, possible battery charging and/or an included battery option, nozzle, sprinklers, packaging.
Coordinate collateral design and production including branding, packaging, manuals and training materials.
Establish mass-production, bundling and distribution of the pump, accessories and collateral. Including facilitating decisions-on and contracting with chosen parties on sourcing, manufacture, production, assembly, bundling, packing, branding and shipping to ensure on-time and on-budget launch of new produc