Essmart seeking Project Manager in Bangalore, India

About Essmart

Essmart is a last-mile distribution company that connects 100+ socially impactful, life-improving products (such as solar lanterns, clean cooking appliances, and efficient agricultural tools) to local family-owned retail shops in southern India. Essmart has seven offices in southern India (located mostly in Tier 3 cities), has a team of over 30 people, and works with a network of 1000+ local shops. We distribute products that improve the incomes of local shop owners and have collectively improved the lives of over 80,000 end users.

Overview of Role

The Project Manager (working title) is a member of Essmart’s core management team, based in Bangalore. Essmart has a wide variety of existing and new projects that make our operations function. These can be specific, isolated, one-off projects, or ongoing projects that require follow up at regular intervals. As Project Manager, you will help Essmart conceive of, prioritize, build, and execute a wide range of projects that will help improve our operations and grow our sales and impact. You will ensure that projects are delivered on time and that any ongoing project maintenance and follow up is built into Essmart’s daily operations. As various projects that you manage develop and grow within our operations, you will have the opportunity to lead a select number of projects full time or stay in a “jack-of-all-trades” role working on multiple projects. The Project Manager role is meant to be a starting point for you to become an integral part of the Essmart core team.


  1. Contributing to high-level discussion and decisions about operational strategies and programs. • Managing specific projects from start-to-finish, including:
    • Conceptualizing new projects based on Essmart’s needs and prioritizing existing projects.
    • Planning the projects that you will work on, including time management and deadlines.
    • Designing the project, including building back-end systems and processes.
    • Executing the project, including ensuring that project delivery and any required follow up is integrated into Essmart’s operations.
    • Analyzing the results.
    • Writing up any required internal or external reports.
  2. Providing leadership and role modeling Essmart’s values across the company


You are an expert at managing multiple initiatives at the same time, at time management, and at meeting deadlines. You are excited to learn and try new things as part of your professional development. You enjoy working on a range of diverse projects and would consider yourself a “jack-of-all-trades”. You are meticulous and do not let deadlines or emails slip past you. You understand that being a core part of a company involves both the high level strategy as well as the on-the-ground execution, and you are not afraid to get your hands dirty and delve into detailed work. You follow an HTS philosophy, “Handle Thy Shit” – you will work at a problem on your own to figure it out, but you are not afraid to ask for help when you need it. You communicate well and often to your teammates, and you are adept at incorporating feedback from both senior management and junior staff into your work. You provide constructive feedback to your teammates on their work.

You are passionate about Essmart’s mission of filling the critical distribution gap and connecting life-improving products to local retail shops. Other requirements include: • Strong, proven time management and project management skills • Detail oriented and data driven • Self-driven and capable of working autonomously in a fast-paced start-up environment • Proficient at writing reports, organizing back-end systems, and presenting findings in a clear, concise manner • Extremely comfortable in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint • Proficiency in the Adobe Suite (Illustrator, InDesign) or willingness to learn is desirable • Fluent in written and spoken English • Knowledge of Tamil and/or Kannada is a bonus.

To apply, please send the following to with the subject “Project Manager”:

  1. A letter expressing why you are interested in the position and any relevant experience you will bring to the position.
  2. Your CV

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