Chief Business Officer

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture based in Nairobi, Kenya. We implement a  circular economy model to sustainably manage sanitation and organic waste generated in cities. Using technologies developed in-house, we upcycle the waste into insect-based protein for animal feed, organic fertilizer, and biomass fuel. We operate the largest organics recycling plant in East Africa. Watch here!

Operational since 2011, Sanergy collects and treats over 50,000T of residual organics per year, and successfully sells its agri-inputs to farmers in over 40 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes. Our work is pioneering climate action in Africa - we offset nearly 50,000T of carbon per year and we have big expansion plans to scale this impact. Our goal is to expand across Africa and Asia,  safely processing 1,000,000T a year of waste and more than 1,000,000T of carbon emissions offsets per year in the next decade. 

For our work, we have been recognized by the Gates Foundation as one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals accelerator; by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative companies in the world doing social good and one of the 10 best companies in Africa,by  Earthshot Prize as a Finalist a and the Food Planet Prize for our innovative circular economy approach.

The Chief Business Officer is responsible for the financial and operations management of the organization, combining parts of the roles of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Business Officer is responsible for successfully executing our strategic plan by ensuring each business unit achieves its goals and objectives and support our expansion into multiple countries. The CBO will manage a diverse set of teams including Finance, Talent, IT, Procurement, Accounting, Maintenance, Continuous Improvement, Quality Control, Health & Safety, and Business Risk Management and fosters a customer-focused, success-oriented, accountable environment throughout the entire organization.

  • As a true business partner to the CEO and Country Leadership Teams, develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide timely, accurate, and relevant insight into the organization’s operations & business plans

  • Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the CEO and Board of Directors and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations.

  • Ensure adequate financing to accommodate growth plans by overseeing cash flow and planning and executing future financing rounds.

  • Ensuring the company has proper operational systems and financial controls in place for measuring, monitoring, improving the efficiency & effectiveness of all internal processes, including through structured continuous improvement approaches like Six Sigma.

  • Lead corporate policy development, implementation, and improvement across all operations as a member of the senior management team.

  • Represent the company with financial partners, including financial institutions, funders, auditors, public officials, etc.

  • Lead and implement the strategy for talent acquisition, retention, engagement, and organizational culture. 

  • Mentor and develop all of the country-level managers reporting to you; managing work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and the building of an effective team dynamic.

  • Build teams and infrastructure for efficient and effective operations in other locations within Kenya and other countries as we expand.

The CBO will be a seasoned and mature leader with 10 years of broad finance, operations, and people development experience, with a strong foundation in accounting, talent development, data and technology, and experience gathering and analyzing financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership.The CBO will have the following experience and attributes:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree; MBA preferred. 

  • Six Sigma certification or similar experience in operational excellence.

  • CPA or similar designation or experience.

  • Demonstrable passion for Sanergy’s mission; a hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment.

  • Mature and proactive, with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to the CEO of a multi-divisional organization. 

  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model.

  • An effective communicator at all levels in the organization, with strong oral and written skills and a willingness to share information.

  • A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality.

Application Deadline 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis



Sanergy/FreshLife is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.