Senior Director, Engineer Workforce Optimization

Nairobi, Kenya
About Andela
Marc Andresson, co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz wrote: “software is eating the world. ” That statement is just as true today as it was eight years ago. Software is embedded in our day-to-day, and few industries are immune. Peak behind the code and you will find brilliant engineers pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
Talk to any engineering leader and they will tell you that access to talent is their number one barrier to building software and growing their business. Research the industry and you read about the 1 million computer-programming jobs that will go unfilled in 2020.
That is where Andela comes in. We help engineering leaders at companies big and small bridge that gap. We are building tools, systems and processes to connect talent, no matter where they live, with the opportunities to do great things. To date, we have identified 1,000+ software engineers from Africa and placed them as full-time, embedded members of development teams at over 200+ tech companies. Along the way, we have raised $180M from Al Gore’s venture fund, Generation Partners, Google Ventures, Spark Capital, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and Serena Ventures.
And we are just getting started.
Our People
All of our people live and breathe our E.P.I.C values:

Excellence : We are lifelong learners who strive for mastery of our craft
Passion : We believe we are going to change the world and act accordingly
Integrity : We choose extraordinary people and then trust them to do the right thing
Collaboration : We know our sum is greater than our parts

Job Purpose
As a new function, Engineer Workforce Optimization is responsible for ensuring that Andela’s engineering talent supply is demand-driven and market responsive. The group’s mandate is to ensure Andela has the right talent at the right time to deliver value to our current and future customers.
About the Role
You are a structured, motivated leader eager to drive the newly-built Engineer Workforce Optimization function at Andela and bring it to the next level. Your group will drive meaningful impact for our customers, our engineers and our organization. As the leader of an important new business function in its early stages, you will demonstrate a high degree of ownership and drive a clear vision with diverse stakeholders.
The mandate of your team is to manage the bench of engineers to achieve optimal levels of available supply based on market demand, and will require a strong understanding of commercial requirements and People-related practices.
The current team is a small and versatile group of folks who spike in analytical thinking, project and stakeholder management, and getting stuff done. As the leader of this team, you will need to be an adaptable team player who is capable of wearing multiple hats and driving commercial outcomes through operational efficiency and innovation.

Create and drive strategy of Engineer Workforce Optimization team; clearly define team’s mandate and the role of the bench within Andela’s business strategy
Ensure attainment of revenue, cost management, and utilization goals through investments in Andela’s engineering talent workforce efficacy
Continuously improve Andela’s talent forecasting/capacity planning through segmentation and analysis
Maintain excellent relationships via strong stakeholder management, and communication practices at all levels of the organization
Interact with engineering talent in thoughtful, operationally excellent, clear, honest, and empathetic ways
Leverage your context of both demand and supply to consult around processes, models, calculations, assumptions and business impacts


A completed Bachelor’s Degree at a minimum; MBA is a plus
9+ years Management experience in a workforce planning / supply chain / operations management environment / professional services marketplace
Ability to lead, teach and develop managers to deliver key organizational goals
Demonstrated success with program & process management in highly cross-functional, rapidly growing and changing business
Exceptional analytical thinking ability and comfortable analyzing data to extract and communicate findings or next steps
Ability to develop and implement talent optimization processes and procedures across geographically distributed teams, in collaboration with other department leaders
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and translate strategy into operational plans and business results
Strong track record of recommending policy requirements and rolling out clear, new procedures that affect large groups of employees
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience with managing large-scale organizational change
Experience working remotely and/or with larger groups of talent is an asset
Ability to travel ~once a quarter, determined by business need

Benefits & Compensation

Full-time compensation
Full medical coverage
Beautiful working environment
Opportunity to work with the brightest minds on the planet
Oh, and a chance to change the world!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status


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