VP, Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Zola Electric San Francisco United States of America Supply Chain

Company Description

Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. ZOLA Electric is the leading renewable energy brand in Africa. We help our customers to light their homes, power small businesses, stay connected and expand opportunities for work and study. We power more than 200,000 homes and small businesses across 5 countries, and provide clean energy access to nearly 1,000,000 people every day. At the heart of our business is innovative solutions that empower our customers. We are looking for a Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain to join our team in the United States to support our growth strategy in Africa, changing the lives of millions with our innovative products.

This may be your dream job if you’re someone who wants to combine your knowledge and skills to help ZOLA Electric change the renewable energy landscape. You'll be passionate about the dynamic smart battery and solar energy space within emerging markets that have a unique social, technical, and business challenges that come along with it. You are inspired by the opportunity to unleash human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business.


ZOLA Electric Labs is seeking a Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain for our San Francisco location. If you are selected for this role, you will play a critical role in our global mission as a member of the Leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO.

The VP, Manufacturing and Supply Chain will build and lead Zola’s supply chain management and manufacturing capabilities, including: materials procurement, capital purchase negotiations, sourcing planning, order fulfillment, quality and supply chain strategy and development. The supply chain team supports global production facilities, as well as planned worldwide expansions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate as a member of the Leadership team in the development of the 5-year Corporate Strategy and identify a collection of strategic initiatives to drive overall corporate objectives

  • Develop the 3 to 5-year SCM & Manufacturing strategy aligned to the overall company strategy

  • Stay abreast of technology and manufacturing developments across the supply chain and in particular around batteries, modules, and electronics.

  • Perform supply market and supplier analysis, supply planning, negotiating, contracting, supplier management and performance management (i.e. compliance, use of total cost of ownership models, etc.)

  • Manage global logistics –  3PLs, sea and land transportation, insurance, risks, etc.

  • Manage order fulfilment, planning, sourcing, cost reductions, CM management

  • Develop and monitor divisional annual budget based on operational and financial targets

  • Manage the recruitment of direct reports in collaboration with the operational Human Capital Department

  • Manage the performance of direct reports, ensuring agreement of annual goals, measuring performance against agreed goals and dealing with areas of non-performance

  • Lead, coach and mentor direct reports to foster personal growth and teamwork

  • Lead collaborative efforts across other functions to understand and resolve operational problems on the ground

  • Monitor risks through the management of a comprehensive risk framework to assess risks and devise risk mitigation plans

  • Provide strategic advice to top management and the rest of the business pertaining to the function

  • Develop roadmap with Product Management and Hardware teams


  • MBA/MS in Engineering Management (Preferred)

  • 10-12+ years experience in Supply Chain Management, of which 5-6 years is in a management/leadership role

  • Supply chain expertise – Comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in sourcing and procurement.

  • Broad experience with different commodities, manufacturing processes and technologies (i.e. various metals and manufacturing processes, plastics, PCBA manufacturing, product integrations, etc.)

  • Knowledge of procurement methodologies and outsourcing

  • Knowledge of global supply chain management, particularly in low cost geographies including Asia

  • Knowledge of global procurement strategies

  • Knowledge of solar, batteries, energy storage and LEDs is advantageous

  • Understanding of the local markets

  • Deep expertise in battery technologies, quality, sourcing

  • Strong NPI experience a plus, including deep working relationship with PM and Engineering

  • Knowledge of Lean and Six-sigma practices

Other information

ZOLA Electric, previously known as Off Grid Electric, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to deliver clean, affordable, reliable solar energy solutions for African homes and businesses with unreliable or nonexistent grid connections.

Adaptable to energy need and income, ZOLA Electric’s solar systems can be bought over time using micro-finance, PAYGo leasing, and mobile money payments. The first few watts start a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: security, education and access to information. We help our customers to light their homes, power small businesses, stay connected and expand opportunities for work and study.

Today, ZOLA Electric provides unmatched customer service and clean energy to more than 1,000,000 customers, homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. ZOLA Electric’s investors include Tesla, DBL Partners, Helios Investment Partners, EDF, Total, and GE Ventures.

ZOLA Electric is a recipient of the UN Momentum for Change Award and Zayed Future Energy Prize and is a member of the Global Cleantech 100. For more information, visit zolaelectric.com.

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Director Human Capital
Zola Electric

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