Sanergy – Talent Manager.

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About the Company

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture based in Nairobi, Kenya. We undertake three exciting lines of work:

  • We provide safe, sustainable sanitation services to residents living in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu using end-to-end non-sewered sanitation solutions through our Fresh Life entity. Watch here!
  • We implement a circular economy model to sustainably manage sanitation and organic waste generated in cities. Using technologies developed in-house, we upcycle the waste into insect-based protein for animal feed, organic fertilizer, and biomass fuel. We operate the largest organic recycling plant in East Africa. Watch here!
  • Fresh Life partners with cities to develop and deliver safe sanitation and waste management for urban residents. Using a systematic methodology, we match cities’ sanitation and waste management needs with technology and service delivery models, and then offer clear guidance on the steps that governments, funders, service providers and technology developers can take to develop and implement integrated service delivery systems. 

Operational since 2011, the Sanergy group serves over 140,000 urban residents with safe sanitation services every day. Sanergy collects and treats over 12,000T of waste per year, and successfully sells its agricultural end-products to farmers in over 20 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes. At the same time, we have built a team of over 400 employees from diverse backgrounds who solve diverse problems, but all embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion that make us achieve our goals. For our work, we have been recognized by the Gates Foundation as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals accelerator; by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative companies in the world doing social good and one of the 10 best companies in Africa, and the Food Planet Prize for our innovative circular economy approach.
About the Role

We are looking for an exceptional Talent Manager for Fresh Life, our sanitation innovation company, who will implement Talent strategy and provide leadership to our Talent team. The right candidate is passionate about how Talent systems and initiatives can enable Sanergy’s innovative, mission-driven business to scale. The role holder will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with a commitment to regular travel to our facilities in Kisumu.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Talent Strategy and Systems
    • Deeply understand key goals and operations across the business so that you can implement Talent strategies that help business leaders achieve strategic priorities
    • Participate in annual strategic planning for the Talent function and contribute in setting impactful Talent goals and measures of success that support business objectives and proposing action plans to execute against them
    • Track progress towards team goals, provide updates to the Talent Director, and escalate problems as necessary to ensure that Talent work stays in sync with overall business objectives
    • Build or continuously improve any necessary systems and processes to ensure that the Talent team provides an exceptional customer experience to its internal customers
  • Leadership
    • Provide leadership and support to the Talent team to own and execute on their domains across Compensation & Benefits, employee engagement, welfare, and Talent Operations
    • Support your team to problem solve and course correct as circumstances change, balance competing priorities, and make effective decisions to keep work moving forward towards outcomes
    • Motivate and coach your team to position themselves as strategic partners to the business, keeping them accountable for work quality, timeliness, and impact
    • Represent Talent priorities at the leadership table, proactively raising issues and making clear and persuasive cases to support your recommendations for action
  • Talent Development
    • Support Talent Partners to adapt and implement talent development tools and frameworks with their internal customers, including coordinating performance reviews, learning and development opportunities and programming, leadership development, and manager skills-building
  • Culture, Engagement & Welfare 

With your team, act as the driver of healthy culture and morale that enables employees to perform and contribute at their best, including:

  • Implement data-driven employee welfare and engagement initiatives
  • Monitor, analyze, and intervene when you detect risks to culture and morale
  • Work with diverse stakeholders to ensure that interventions are prioritized and executed
  • Encourage employees to participate in organization wide events and opportunities for team members to connect with each other, leadership, and our mission
  • Talent Support
    • Support Talent Partners and Talent Associates to be effective service providers to their internal customers at all levels
    • Ensure there is effective escalation for any issues that represent a risk to our culture and values, our business operations, and/or our legal well-being
    • Support the Compensation & Benefits Lead to provide seamless services across the organization on annual salary reviews, payroll processing, contracting, benefits management and casuals management
  • Policy and Compliance
    • Lead HR Policies design, roll out and implementation
    • Provide direct support to senior leaders on labor law and compliance issues, meeting regularly to monitor and address trends and challenges in their teams and supporting them to take action on talent issues to ensure they can achieve their business goals 
  • Employee Records Management
    • Oversee employee records and data management to ensure it is up to date at all times both in the HRIS and employee files
    • Generate employee reports as requested


  • 2+ years’ experience as a Talent manager leading implementation of talent strategy and HR operations and a minimum of 6 years’ aggregate experience as a HR Generalist
  • Experience leading and motivating teams through fast paced work environments
  • Experience in supporting field-based teams with a high degree of understanding and empathy for employees at the ‘shop floor’ level strongly preferred
  • Experience leading and motivating teams through fast paced work environments
  • Commercial acumen with proven ability to grasp how Talent impacts business objectives
  • Critical and analytical thinking skills; ability to gather and analyze relevant data to develop strategy and make rigorous decisions
  • Highly organized with a high capacity to problem solve and establish priorities for self and team
  • Demonstrated passion for the organization’s mission, values and customers
  • Excited about driving impact at scale and portfolio growth
  • Impeccable integrity and ethics

Job Location Nairobi
Application Deadline 2022-08-31

Sanergy/FreshLife is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.



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