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Lori is a venture-backed, rapidly growing start-up that is building a cutting-edge, tech-driven, logistics services platform that seamlessly coordinates haulage across frontier markets. With a mission to reduce the cost of goods, Lori 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 was recognized as the fastest growing start-up in Africa and won Techcrunch’s Battlefield Africa. The tech-enabled and operations-driven marketplace efficiently connects transport to cargo. The system brings transparency to the logistics industry and has significantly improved flexibility, reliability, and cost savings (upwards of 20%). Billions of dollars of cargo move through the Lori platform annually.
The market demand for Lori’s platform is increasing exponentially. To continue this pace of growth, Lori closed a landmark raise from globally leading institutional and strategic investors. Lori currently operates in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo with plans to expand within the next 12 months.
The Lori team of ~150 employees is led by nerds obsessed with revolutionizing logistics in Africa:
-Josh Sandler, CEO: industrialization + logistics wonk, Harvard MBA/MPA-ID, South African native
-Jean-Claude Homawoo, CPO: Product Lead at Google, Executive at iRoko; Harvard MBA, Togolese native
-Uche Ogboi, COO: Principal at EchoVC (TPG Growth investment platform), Investment Banker at Citi, Nigerian native
-Alan Elliott, CFO: 30+ yrs senior financial and operational management experience in logistics, supply chain, and manufacturing, South African native
Lori is seeking a highly organized and detail oriented Executive Assistant to provide key support to the CEO. The role will require significant autonomy and sound judgement as he/she will take the lead managing the CEO’s calendar, inbox, correspondence, travel, and more. The successful candidate will be an executor who proactively follows through and follows-up to see all projects efficiently completed, with the persistence and problem solving skills to navigate blockers independently.
-Minimum 2+ years experience supporting a C-level executive in a similar role.
-High attention to detail and superior organization and project management skills
-Excellent written and verbal communication abilities Independent self-starter who can operate effectively in a deadline driven and fast-paced environment
-Expert interpersonal skills, ability to forge strong remote relationships, and experience interacting with senior stakeholders
-Sound judgment with high level of discretion and ability to maintain a strict level of confidentiality
-Ability to proactively anticipate and respond to needs and challenges in advance
-Flexible and adaptable to change
-Deep commitment to Lori’s mission and values
**Bonus but not required: experience as a travel agent, graphic design skills, and/or familiarity with the logistics sector
-Provide comprehensive executive level support to the CEO, while assisting with ad hoc tasks and special projects for the executive team as needed
-Professionally manage and respond to inbound meeting requests, speaking engagements, and general correspondence
-Own the CEOs calendar and inbox, and coordinate information flow in an efficient and effective manner
-Organize meetings and events including drafting agendas, taking minutes, securing venues & catering, setting up IT, coordinating with attendees, etc.
-Expertly plan local and international business trips including flights, accommodations, and itineraries
The role can be based in Nigeria, Kenya, or South Africa with a possibility to work remotely as well.