Seed Business Transformation Advisor for East Africa
Nairobi, - Full Time

Stanford University Global LLC is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Seed Business Transformation Advisor for East Africa.

Building on Stanford's decades-long history of educating innovators in Silicon Valley, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed) brings this innovative mindset and practical business training to entrepreneurs in Africa and India.

The Seed Business Transformation Advisor will deliver tools necessary to transform East, Central and Southern African business leaders and their companies. The Seed Business Transformation Advisor enables growth and scale by providing practical, insightful and inspirational guidance to small and medium-sized business leaders and their management teams. The Business Transformation Advisor will report to Regional Director, Seed East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

The successful candidate will have the responsibility to:

  • Translate the intensive curriculum of value chain operations, accounting, strategy/ organizational design, finance, marketing, governance and other related fields delivered during the Stanford Transformation Program (“STP”) into practical insight for leaders and management teams of small to mid-sized companies in East, Central and Southern Africa.  Support (and advise) 10-12 CEOs and their management teams each year to maximize the Impact of the “STP” on their firms - in support of Seed’s mission.

  • Lead Stanford designed innovative workshops and integrated curriculum related to growth and scale on site with Seed participant leaders and their team members.

  • Organize and facilitate frequent Seed leader network meetings (“Leadership Labs”), comprising approximately six business leaders.

  • Collaborate with Stanford Seed to maximize the impact of the curriculum design and delivery over time, and help assess program efficacy,  Contribute to curriculum refinements, and work with fellow Business Transformation Advisors to support the development of the role, teams and individuals.

  • Monitor productivity and progress of STP participants and evaluate performance.  

  • Provide strategic and pragmatic advising related to assigned projects (curriculum-based) that business leaders and their teams complete and that build to a holistic plan for growth and scale of their business.

  • Advise clients and provide feedback on projects to assigned company leaders.

  • Manage relationship development with company leader participants.

  • Utilize a toolbox developed by Stanford faculty and Seed staff (and coaches), inspire and motivate company owners and leaders to develop a plan to transform their companies to the next level of success.  Contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of this toolbox.

  • Participate in the annual evaluation and admission of STP applicants each year.

  • In an ad hoc manner, support members of the Seed Transformation Network (STP “alumni”) and Network programs .

  • Contribute to the development and increasing scale of the STP and other earlier stage entrepreneurship programs that Seed is developing (and will develop).

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Four-year college degree in management, business administration, economics, statistics or related field at an accredited university required.

  • Master's degree in business, organizational design, leadership, or project management at an accredited university strongly preferred.

  • Seven or more years of relevant business management experience in a small to mid-sized company, or within a division of a large company, preferably in Africa.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • An advanced level of fluent English skills both oral and written, including active listening and interpersonal skills needed to work with a broad range of individuals.

  • Near native/Fluent French language proficiency, both oral and written preferred.

  • Must be passionate about transforming small to mid-sized companies in East, Central, and Southern Africa.

  • Ability to inspire others to act boldly to succeed in their chosen business or industry.

  • Must have strong facilitation skills.   

  • Advanced knowledge of African culture, history, and business etiquette.

  • Ability to remain effective under extreme pressure with multiple priorities and tight deadlines.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to influence and motivate communities across multiple organizational boundaries.

  • Highly collaborative style that encourages others to work in partnership with staff, company leaders, and their teams.

Seed is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative that’s working to end the cycle of global poverty.  We believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change to create greater prosperity in and for emerging economies. To maximize our impact, we’re working on multiple fronts and across multiple time horizons. Seed is training business leaders in developing economies, inspiring Stanford students to become globally engaged leaders, and supporting critical research that can lead to breakthrough solutions. For more information about the Seed program, please visit https://seed.stanford.edu/.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.