Production Engineer – Rwanda

Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) is a social enterprise helping women jumpstart social businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable menstrual pads. SHE is recruiting an energetic and commercially minded mechanical engineer to join our core team. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in machine fabrication, small-scale factory setup, and mechanical problem-solving. The position will require both hands-on and CAD design capacity. This is an ideal position for a hands-on mechanical engineer seeking to join a growing manufacturing start-up in Rwanda and deliver transformative, global impact. The position will require an intense and creative pace of work, flexibility and resourcefulness, and a keen ability to navigate the cultural and physical aspects of field work. The job will be located in Ngoma district with travel between Kigali to the main office and will report to the Production Manager

Manufacturing duties

  • Work closely with and help to train quality control inspectors, technicians and production personnel in enhancing the quality and manufacturability of our product.
  • Creating and editing SOP’s and QC inspection documents.
  • Evaluates production processes by designing and conducting research programs; applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; conferring with the existing machine. This often requires creativity and resourcefulness to keep the factory running while waiting for proper repairs or components.
  • Develops Production processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment.
  • Improves production efficiency by analyzing and planning workflow, space requirements, and equipment layout.
  • Assures product and process quality by designing testing methods; testing finished- product and process capabilities; establishing standards; confirming production processes.
  • Provides production decision-making information by calculating production, labor, and material costs; reviewing production schedules; estimating future requirements after consulting the Production Manager
  • Assist Production Manager in planning, managing and executing production operations.
    •  Supervise and motivate production process night & day shift to meet quality and performance standards.
  • Keeps equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services; following manufacturer’s instructions and established procedures; requesting special service.
  • Completes design and development projects by training and guiding shift leads.
  • Maintaining and modifying equipment to ensure that it is safe, reliable and efficient
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Work with Production Manager to execute the following
  • To identify opportunities for new technical innovations.
  • To provide engineering technical assistance to Rwandan’s production team related to R&D and technical developments for replication of our machinery and existing production process in Rwanda.
  • Assist Production Manager in planning, managing and executing production operations.
  • Supervise production process to meet quality and performance standards.
  • Record all production metrics to report to the Production Manager
  • Read and manipulate models and drawings in CAD.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

This role will be particularly suitable for intellectually curious manufacturing or consultant-types that are eager to dive into our production scale up. Previous experience in manufacturing roles is a plus.

Specific experience:

  • University degree, preferably in Engineering or other related.
  • 2+ years’ experience in a R&D, design, or consulting role; experience working with Product Design Engineer
  • Solid knowledge of Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • Fluency in English required
  • Experience with computer-aided drawing such as AutoCAD, Sketchup, Microstation, etc. to generate technical designs
  • Mechanical aptitude, ability to troubleshoot and repair mechanical issues with production equipment and tooling.

Desired experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with basic shop machines and tools: manual mill, lathe, welders, etc; machine fabrication skills are preferable.
  • Experience in a medium volume, medium-tech manufacturing setting, preferable.

Personal traits and skills:

  • Attention to Detail: As Engineers, you need to possess a high level of attention to detail to ensure nothing important is forgotten that could potentially derail the factory.
  • Analytical: you think through problems in a structured way: assessing them quantitatively wherever possible, breaking them down into their component parts, and tackling the highest impact problems first. You are good with numbers, and understand how different KPIs relate to each other.
  • Human-centered design thinking: you can employ a variety of techniques to understand user pain points and design creative solutions from first-principles (not just the way things have always been done). Just as importantly, you can communicate your vision using a variety of tools to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Presentation skills: you can translate complex numbers into language that makes sense to any audience.
  • You deliver and expect the best: At SHE, we all strive to deliver extraordinary work and believe that the work we are doing will benefit millions of people. We also expect others to do the same. You must take pride in owning and delivering your vision, and not be content to just faithfully execute instructions.
  • Desire to learn: You should be able to demonstrate that you know the current state of the engineering industry and can work effectively within it. Anticipate where it might go in the future.

Application

Candidates who fulfill the requirements are requested to submit their Applications ( Application letter and resume) to hr_rwanda@sheinnovates.com before 23 June 2018.



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