Uber is hiring Managers to head its Kenya and East Africa operations to boost its foothold in the market, amid opposition from local taxi operators. Attacks against Uber drivers by local taxi operators may have cooled down to pave way for negotiations, but the company is not taking these incidences lightly.
The company is hiring General Manager – Kenya, Operations and Logistics Manager – Nairobi and Communications Senior Associate, East Africa also based in Nairobi.
The General Manager is primed to be a lead marketer. The successful candidate is expected to grow the company’s ‘revenues and ridership’, and be the face of Uber locally.
The organization is also strategically looking at growing beyond Nairobi. The General Manager needs to partly
help scale our other cities through developing and sharing best practices
Among other qualities, the individual needs to be data-driven decision mentality and sound business judgment through strong analytical thinking, offer creative solutions driven mindset, with a get shit done attitude and posses stellar networking skills and the ability to make smart partnerships happen.
The Operations and Logistics Manager – Nairobi needs to
work in a tight team and together you will build, run and grow Ubers’ business in Nairobi, Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.
An individual with a bachelor’s degree in economics, engineering, finance, operations or similar (analytical) field is suitable for this position, considering it is heavily dependent on data to inform its decisions.
The other critical position Uber is hiring is that of Communications Associate for East Africa. Currently, the East Africa communications are handled by Samantha Allenberg, who is the communications lead for Uber in Africa. Creating the position specific for East Africa is informed by the increase in the uptake of the technology especially in Nairobi, their ambitions to move to other cities within Kenya and beyond and the need to communicate in time, with various stakeholders.
Uber’s ambition is to be everywhere – any progressive, forward-thinking city that has a need for safe, reliable and efficient transportation, we want to be there. We are part of a broader mobility movement, establishing smart cities of the future and we are constantly exploring our options of where to go next.
Fluency in English and Swahili, both oral and written, is essential for the communications position.
Karanja Kibicho, the Principal Secretary for Interior Security and Government Coordination on Monday last week held a meeting in an attempt to resolve the raging conflict over taxi operations in the city. He formed a stakeholders’ committee headed by the director general of the Competition Authority of Kenya Wang’ombe Kariuki to look into the regular cabs’ grievances.
The advert suggests that Uber will fill the positions on a rolling basis since the deadline for submissions is not stated.