Are you interested in working for a mission driven company but not sure if you’re ready to make the leap? We spoke with Julie Orr from Acumen investee BURN to get a glimpse of what it’s like to work at a social enterprise revolutionizing the cookstove sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scroll down to read about her experience and see what social enterprise jobs are available now!
What do you do at BURN?
I am the VP of Finance at BURN, but as with any startup, my job involves a lot more than the title leads one to believe. In addition to managing the finances, I also manage HR, legal, admin, sort out car schedules, buy birthday cakes….anything and everything!
Why did you join BURN?
I moved from management consulting to an NGO in South Sudan and now am working in social enterprise. For me, a huge part of development will come from building a sustainable economy. What social enterprises do is build the economy, whilst also providing benefits to the community at large. For example, BURN has created 90 jobs in Kenya in the past two years, whilst placing 70,000 charcoal cookstoves into households saving them money and creating a much healthier home environment due to the reduced smoke exhaust.
How would you describe a typical day at BURN in 3 words?
Long, Unexpected, New!
What advice would you give to someone looking to make the jump to a social enterprise job?
Think long and hard about what your motivations are.
You need the passion for the cause to enjoy the work and ride out the frustrations and challenges of startups, and the developing world.
Make sure you understand there will probably be a salary reduction, and you might not have the security of the corporate sector. But if you like a challenge and think it’s what you want to do, then take the leap!
BURN is hiring! Along with a number of Acumen’s portfolio companies. If you’re ready to take the leap, or know someone who is, here are some great social enterprise jobs to check out or share.
Social Enterprises Hiring Now
VP of Sales, Burn Manufacturing
BURN designs, manufactures, and distributes aspirational fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world. BURN is hiring a VP of Sales who is excited about building an extraordinary organization that drives innovation in East Africa’s clean cookstove industry. Apply Now!
CFO, Juhudi Kilimo
Juhudi Kilimo provides microfinance loan products that allow Kenyan smallholder farmers to access high quality agricultural assets (such as cows!) that enhance the productivity of their farms. Juhudi Kilimo is hiring a CFO to lead the finance team, develop its strategy, and manage external relations relating to finance. Apply Now!
Brand Manager, Pharmagen
Pharmagen provides affordable, safe drinking water to low-income populations in Pakistan. Pharmagen is hiring a Brand Manager to develop and execute its marketing strategy and drive revenue growth as the company enters a time of expansion. Apply Now!
Communications Manager, Esoko
Esoko is a mobile platform that enables smallholder farmers to send and receive real-time information that helps them treat and sell their crops. Esoko is hiring a Communications Manager to define and oversee the implementation of Esoko’s internal & external communications strategy. Apply Now!
Sales Manager, Esoko
Esoko is a mobile platform that enables smallholder farmers to send and receive real-time information that helps them treat and sell their crops. Esoko is hiring an International Sales Manager to define and oversee the implementation of Esoko’s sales strategy. Apply Now!
Marketing Manager, Solar Now
SolarNow sells high quality solar energy systems to households and entrepreneurs in rural Uganda. SolarNow is hiring a Marketing Manager to develop and implement SolarNow’s marketing strategy. Apply Now!
Product Development Analyst, Sanergy
Sanergy builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements. Sanergy is hiring a Product Development Analyst, who will be responsible for researching, developing, and launching new products for the company. Apply Now!
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