Engineering Manager

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture based in Nairobi, Kenya. We undertake three exciting lines of work:

  • We provide safe, sustainable sanitation services to residents living in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu using end-to-end non-sewered sanitation solutions. Watch here!
  • 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!
  • We partner with cities to develop and deliver safe sanitation and waste management for urban residents. Using a systematic methodology, we match cities’ sanitation and waste management needs with technology and service delivery models, and then offer clear guidance on the steps that governments, funders, service providers and technology developers can take to develop and implement integrated service delivery systems. 

Operational since 2011, Sanergy serves over 140,000 urban residents with safe sanitation services every day. Sanergy collects and treats over 12,000T of waste per year, and successfully sells its agricultural end-products to farmers in over 20 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes. At the same time, we have built a team of over 400 employees from diverse backgrounds who solve diverse problems, but all embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion that make us achieve our goals. 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, and the Food Planet Prize for our innovative circular economy approach.

We are currently seeking an experienced Engineering Manager who will work on the design and construction of  East Africa’s largest organics recycling facilities.

  • Lead multiple engineering teams to develop various designs of a organic waste bioconversion facilities 
  • Interact with various internal stakeholders such as legal, finance, and operations to ensure the design team objectives are met
  • Interact with various external stakeholders such as engineering consultants, contractors, equipment vendors to ensure the design team objectives are met
  • Develop frameworks, procedures, templates to standardize project execution during the design phase
  • Develop strategies to ensure all team members adopt the standardized project execution approach
  • Ensure Sanergy’s quality standards are adopted and reflected in the final deliverables
  • Support the team leads in setting priorities to achieve the yearly department objectives 
  • Support the team leads to resolve technical and non technical roadblocks 
  • Manage the different teams project timelines, budgets, resources, and activities required to achieve the yearly goals 
  • Review engineering drawings and provide technical feedback to ensure specifications and quality standards are met
  • Support the organization and preparation of the project through assembling needed project information, tools and work documents to industry standards in a timely manner
  • Lead meetings with vendors, contractors, construction teams
  • Provide feedback and coaching to design leads on technical and non technical issues
  • Develop clear and transparent communication channels with other staff including Engineers, Project Manager, and Administration Staff. 

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering or relevant field 
  • 5+ years of experience in engineering management 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of how multi-disciplinary engineering team operates
  • Demonstrated ability in identifying bottlenecks in operating systems and proactively fixing them
  • Experience in developing new procedures and frameworks to operate the business at department level
  • Knowledge in the design of processing units, equipment, waste treatment facility
  • Demonstrated ability to explain technical information to technical and non-technical people.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team, set priorities, handle budgets and provide constructive feedback to team members
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate contracts with equipment vendors and consultants



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.