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Facilities & Procurement Lead, Kenya



Kisumu, Kenya
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2024

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.

Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Facilities & procurement specialist plays an essential role in keeping our distribution center operations well coordinated and running seamlessly. You will play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operation of our facilities and procurement processes at our distribution center. You will oversee facility management, including maintenance, security, and space utilization, as well as administration, procurement and managing external contracts and vendors. You will organize, project plan, and execute facilities, administrative, and procurement-related tasks.

This position will be based in Chemelil, Kisumu, Kenya.

What You'll Do

Facility Management:

  • Oversee the maintenance and upkeep of the distribution center facilities, including the warehouse and fleet.
  • Develop and implement facility management policies and procedures to ensure operational efficiency and compliance with safety regulations.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to ensure seamless operations.
  • Support the team to develop and execute procurement plans for country operations.
  • Collaborate on activities with employees related to facilities operations (from maintenance and procurement to security and cleaning
  • Coordinate with external vendors and service providers to address facility-related issues promptly and effectively.


  • Identify cost-saving opportunities through vendor negotiation, contract management, and strategic sourcing initiatives.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to understand procurement needs and develop procurement strategies aligned with business objectives.
  • Ensure compliance with procurement policies and procedures, including vendor selection, evaluation, and contract management.
  • Experience with at least one procurement workflow tool.

Vendor Management:

  • Build and maintain relationships with key suppliers and vendors, negotiating contracts and service agreements to ensure competitive pricing and quality standards.
  • Evaluate vendor performance regularly and implement improvement plans as necessary to optimize supplier relationships.
  • Monitor market trends and industry developments to identify potential new suppliers and opportunities for innovation and cost savings.
  • Source, onboard, and manage vendors.
  • Prepare proposals, request quotes and negotiate purchase terms and conditions as well as following up on their payments.

What You'll Bring

  • At Least 4 years of experience in facility management, procurement, or related roles, preferably in logistics or technology industries.
  • Strong understanding of facility management principles, procurement best practices, and supply chain processes.
  • Experience leading and managing teams.
  • Proven ability to manage vendor relationships, negotiate contracts, and drive cost-saving initiatives.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and collaborate cross-functionally with internal and external stakeholders to achieve business objectives.
  • Strong data gathering, analytics, and reporting skills. Ability to work efficiently with computing systems (Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Must have the legal right to work in Kenya
  • Licensed Driver who is able to drive a manual vehicle

What Else You Need to Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

Please Note

We have received reports stating that certain individuals are reaching out to people under false pretenses, claiming to be Zipline employees, affiliates, agents, or representatives. They may seek to gain access to your personal information or to acquire money from you by offering fictitious employment opportunities or by claiming that they are contacting you on Zipline’s behalf.

Genuine Zipline employees or representatives will never ask you for money or payment in exchange for employment opportunities or other related services. Any such offer of employment or any other service in exchange for fees that claims to be from us is deceitful and part of a fraud.

If you believe you have been targeted by a fraudulent party, we ask that you immediately get in touch with us via email at security@flyzipline.com upon receiving a suspicious offer or claim.