Posted: Jan 22,2020
Closing: Open until Filled
Location: Kenya
Source: partner

Based in Ruiru, Kenya, BURN Manufacturing designs, produces and distributes Kenya’s bestselling, most durable and economical charcoal and wood cookstoves that also dramatically reduce harmful smoke emission.

Not only do they sell the world’s most fuel-efficient charcoal and wood household stoves, but BURN is also the only Jiko company that manufactures all its products in sub-Saharan Africa’s only state-of-the-art clean cookstove manufacturing facility. They are extremely proud to employ 225 team members throughout Kenya and support a workforce that is 60 percent female, thus empowering women in roles traditionally considered to be “for men only.”

Since 2013, BURN has sold more than 500,000+ Jikokoa ™ stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 3,000,000 beneficiaries save $151 million in fuel expenditures and 2.6 million tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~15,000 stoves per month and is on track to double sales over the next 12 months.

BURN is now poised to bring its revolutionary biomass cookstoves - as well as a new range of electric,
hybrid, and liquid fuel stoves - to Sub-Saharan Africa & beyond. Over the next 3 years, BURN will enter 6
new countries and launch 5 new products.

About the role

BURN is looking for a Director of Engineering whose overall responsibility will be to bring new products
through the product development process and launch them into the factory, including design, testing,
engineering, process development, and developing/launching new production lines.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Have overall responsibility for launching new products in the factory, including timelines, budgets, and risk analysis in addition to technical aspects.
  • Manage the detailed design of new products, including process development, equipment selection, design for manufacturability, durability testing, material selection, etc.
  • Design and produce production, assembly, and QC tooling as well as custom factory equipment.
  • Oversee initial production of new products.
  • Manage a team of engineers, testing lab employees and workshop employees. Work closely with designers, the market research team, factory management and the quality control team.
  • Develop SOP’s, WI, specs, tolerances, QA processes and procedures.
  • Create and adhere to budgets and timelines.
  • Support the factory, including troubleshooting, root cause analysis, equipment startup, and continuous improvement.
  • Act as a key member of the senior management team and input into key strategic decisions about the direction and growth of the company.

Skills & Experience


  • A minimum of 6 years’ relevant experience in new product introduction, specifically in  manufacturing setting
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Excellent project management skills are required for this role. The candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to push projects over the finish line with sound planning and persistent execution
  • Proven understanding of how to align resources, seek the input of key constituents and manage others to achieve desired results
  • Demonstrated ability to develop repeatable processes or improve existing processes in and out of product development
  • Capacity to draw insights from our in-house durability laboratory (market research and supply chain) to feed into the product development process
  • Comprehension of how product development intersects with other areas of the business and how to develop a viable, profitable and scalable product
  • Must have developed and launched at least 1 consumer product and must have launched at least 1 production line

Technical Skills

  • Sheet metal punching and forming
  • Jig and fixture design
  • Working knowledge of materials, specifically metals and plastics
  • Basic knowledge and troubleshooting of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems
  • Experience with tool/die or moulds

Other information
The role will be based in Ruiru (just outside Nairobi), Kenya. If the successful candidate requires a work
permit to carry out the role then Burn will process this. The start date is flexible but is ideally within Q4
2019 or the beginning of 2020. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to with “Director of Engineering” in the subject line.