About Andela:

Andela extends engineering teams with world-class software developers. We recruit the most talented developers on the African continent, shape them into technical leaders, and place them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV (Google Ventures) and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders. Passion, excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and rejecting the status quo are just a few of the things that Andela team members have in common. We have a vision to empower 100,000 world-class developers in the next 10 years – and we want you to help make it happen.

About the Role

Andela is seeking a People Director to lead our strategic people function in Kenya. This is an amazing opportunity for a passionate and talented HR leader to innovate alongside a stellar growing people team and equally passionate and driven leadership. You’ll be tasked with building our organizational capacity and ensure we are creating an environment in which our people can realize their full potential.  

To be successful in this role, you will take a true partnership approach to your work, thoughtfully balancing the needs of the people team, your country and the broader organization. You will provide objective guidance on a range of people topics and coach leaders & managers on talent management, professional development, workforce planning, performance management, culture, leadership development etc. The Senior Strategist will also work collaboratively with HR Centers of Excellence and Shared Services to develop and deliver integrated People solutions seamlessly in their location.

This role reports into VP of HR

About the role:

Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Partner with leaders, managers and individuals to identify and address broad, chronic organizational challenges and opportunities
  • Craft and implement strategies to address everything from workforce planning and compensation budgets, to talent management and succession planning, reward and engagement strategies, performance management, staffing strategies and organizational design. You will be the connector to other functions creating a seamless experience across the employee lifecycle.
  • Lead in the local execution of Global Andela People strategies.
  • Place our greatest asset - OUR PEOPLE at the center of everything we do, especially in how we manage through change.
  • Play a vital role on the Kenya Leadership Team

Coach, Inspire, Influence

  • Create sustained solutions to manager, team, and individual challenges through a variety of coaching and mediation approaches.
  • Design and implement innovative and engaging programs to drive the evolution of the Andela Kenya community
  • Coach your team to provide strategic partnership to local managers and manage employee relations effectively.
  • Provide timely and actionable feedback to ensure we elevate the level of service and partnership in the country.

Organization development and Change Management

  • Innovate and create opportunities to operationalize and scale Andela’s unique culture
  • Manage organizational development strategies and processes for departments including performance management, talent development, team effectiveness, and leadership coaching.

Performance Management

  • Leverage existing talent management processes and programs to understand the talent in Kenya and create visibility for next generation leadership.
  • Lead the way in ensuring that Andelans appreciate the linkage of performance to growth, recognition and reward.

Talent Management:

  • Provide professional expertise and support in the design, development and implementation of the talent review process that is required to achieve business goals and results in the creation of an internal pool of top talent.
  • Collaborate with centres of excellence in the People Team to develop, roll out effective programs for workforce retention, promotion and succession planning.
  • Work closely with the line managers to prepare talent maps for business unit to career progression and feed leadership pipeline.
  • Partner with Country Director and Departmental Heads to establish a strong talent pipeline and organizational design for the future

Connecting with Andelans

  • Cultivate and nurture strong relationships with key stakeholders, other internal teams, and most importantly within People Team to become a trusted advisor.
  • Support and advise the Country Director and senior People Team leadership on the opportunities for improvement of employee experience
  • Enhance information sharing, modelling transparency and openness in how you engage

Operations

  • Measure and monitor existing programs and experiences.
  • Partner with the rest of the People Team in addition to external specialists to execute global strategic initiatives and priorities within the organization. This may include performance management, leadership development and 360 reviews, compensation planning, policy development and compliance, and terminations.
  • You will have operational support, you are someone who will roll their sleeves up and dive into the most mundane of tasks!

A bit about you...

  • Lead heart first, care deeply about both people and outcomes
  • Focused on ethical leadership and doing the right thing even when it’s hard.
  • Put your relationships at the forefront of everything you do.
  • Ability to create effective working partnerships with key stakeholders that enable you to execute effectively
  • Strong interest in leveraging data to inform decisions (don’t worry if you aren’t an expert we have some of those!)
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and executing a comprehensive HR strategy for a rapidly scaling population of 1000+
  • Experience in a challenging, changing, complex business environment with a special focus on multiculturalism (and internationalism).
  • Solid track record in design and implementation of employee engagement strategies that have meaningfully impacted the individual and organization experience
  • 10+ years of HR professional experience in a range of sectors managing teams
  • Knowledge of in-country employment regulations, e.g. Country labor/employee relations statutes and capacity to apply them to Andela. Ability to adapt applicable Global labour laws into local practices as required. Experience with other East African countries is a plus.

EPIC Values Alignment

Demonstrable commitment to the learning & development of people and technology

The ability to learn new things fast enough to amaze your friends and family

Interested?

If the above sounds like an exciting role to you, please tell us why you believe you’re a good fit and we’ll be in touch.

Benefits & Compensation

  • Full-time compensation
  • Full medical coverage
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided daily
  • Beautiful working environment
  • Opportunity to work with the brightest minds on the planet
  • Oh, and a chance to change the world!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

At Andela, we outcompete through diversity. We know that our strengths lies in the multiplicity of talents, perspectives, backgrounds & orientations resident in our community and we take pride in that. Andela is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. Andela provides equal employment opportunities and workplace to all employees and applicants without regard to factors including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy (including breastfeeding), genetic information, HIV/AIDS or any other medical status, family or parental status, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Our policies expressly prohibit any form of harassment and/or discrimination as stated above.

Andela is home for all, come as you are.

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