Friday, May 18, 2012

Job Posting: Manager- Finance & Administration



Come join Driptech, a for-profit, impact-focused, high-visibility startup selected as a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, named by BusinessWeek as one of the world's most intriguing new companies, and voted by its readers as one of the top 5 most promising social ventures in America.

Driptech is laser-focused on making affordable irrigation technologies for small-plot farmers in developing countries.  Our early-stage, VC-funded, Mountain View-based venture is scaling up for high-volume commercial rollout in India.  By joining the Driptech team you will be part of a compelling social venture that aims to produce a global impact.

Driptech is seeking a Manager in Finance and Administration, based in our Pune, India office, reporting to the Global Director of Business Operations. The individual will have two critical roles: 1) oversee finance and accounting functions for Driptech India, and 2) oversee human resource and key administrative functions as the company grows.  

This is a tremendous opportunity for an accounts professional to expand his/her managerial skill-set by building internal capacity for a high-profile international startup.  The candidate should have a strong background in accounting and administration, be confident in reporting to top management and performing strategic analyses for business planning and performance measurement.  He/she should hold self and team members to a high standard of integrity and professionalism. 

Responsibilities:

Finance & Accounting
•    Manage accounting and finance activities including Payables, Receivables, Capital Accounts, purchasing and invoicing for sales transactions
•    Develop internal financial controls and Supervise Accounts Officer
•    Oversee the monthly close process for Driptech India
•    Produce accurate and timely financial statements for internal and external reporting
•    Coordinate with management to develop department budgets and monitor against actual expenditures
•    Continuously improve processes around accounting and finance as we scale

HR & Administration
•    Oversee payroll and business expense processing and make process improvements as company expands 
•    Implement Company HR policies and develop a benefits plan for Company’s India staff
•    Liaise with external HR and CA firms to ensure ongoing compliance of all labour laws and requirements
•    Ensure all staff and company contracts and agreements are updated and in place
•    Manage Indian taxes such as corporate, payroll, sales, duties, etc.  
•    Work with global legal partners for HR, intercompany and in-country compliance

Background and Skills:
•    7+ years experience in finance, accounts, administration or HR
•    Master of Business Administration or PGDBA preferred
•    CA/ICWA or CPA preferred, knowledgeable in IFRS
•    Experience working with Tally or other standard accounting software
•    Able to set up and manage financial and administrative systems with little oversight
•    Ability to be based in Pune, India
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, Hindi, and preferably Marathi
•    Detail oriented and precise in presenting data and reports

Desired Extras:
•    Experience working in a startup or multi-national corporations
•    A passion for addressing the needs of small-plot farmers

Compensation:
Driptech offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with our funding stage. We will also make available support for relocation to Pune, India.

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@driptech.com with "Manager - Finance & Admin" in the subject.

To learn more about Driptech, please visit our website at www.driptech.com

Job Posting: Marketing and Communications Fellow


Come join Driptech, a for-profit, impact-focused, high-visibility startup selected as a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, named by BusinessWeek as one of the world's most intriguing new companies, and voted by its readers as one of the top 5 most promising social ventures in America.

Driptech is laser-focused on making affordable irrigation technologies for small-plot farmers in developing countries.  Our early-stage, VC-funded, Mountain View-based venture is scaling up for high-volume commercial rollout in India.  By joining the Driptech team you will be part of a compelling social venture that aims to produce a global impact.

Driptech is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Marketing and Communications Fellow to manage the company’s public profile using media and other communication tools to create the desired positioning for the company in India and globally.  Additionally, this person will develop and execute on the company’s internal communication strategy, thereby building cultural cohesiveness across our network of offices.  The position will be based in our Pune, India office. This fellowship is a 12-month position, available for immediate start, and upon successful completion, may lead to long-term employment opportunities. This is an ideal position for someone looking for entrepreneurial experience in a high-profile startup as well as the opportunity to have major social impact.

Responsibilities:
PR & Marketing
•    Manage the corporate website, making sure it conveys the most relevant and up-to-date information
•    Write and issue press releases and a company newsletter to build corporate reputation and strengthen our relationships with relevant external stakeholders.  Further our reputation and brand via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets
•    Manage incoming requests from the media and other organizations; coordinate interviews with the senior management team as needed
•    Execute on opportunities to raise the profile of the business, such as participating in key networks or applying for industry awards or other recognitions
•    Work closely with the marketing team to research, evaluate and recommend local marketing opportunities
•    Lead special marketing efforts including swag and product sample distribution.
•    Be creative and help us find new ways to get the good word out
Brand Identity
•    Help us define our visual identity by instituting visual consistency across all our PR materials
•    Own and manage templates for internal company use such as newsletters, business cards, and letter heads
•    Develop interesting visual content for our website and blog

Internal Communications
•    Assist in execution of an innovative internal communications strategy that:
1.    Builds company culture;
2.    Enables all employees to feel valued and integral to the larger organization;
3.    Shares success stories;
4.    Keeps employees informed of latest company developments;
5.    Encourages the sharing of best practices.

Background and Skills:
•    Passionate about improving the lives of small-plot farming families
•    Background in Marketing, PR, or Communications
•    2-5 years relevant work experience
•    Superior writing skills, excellent communication and organization skills
•    Desire and ability to roll up your sleeves and get things done
•    Ability to work independently and to be resourceful
•    Ability to implement strategic initiatives
•    Thrive in a startup environment
•    Strong desire to make a profound social impact through sustainable business practices

Bonus Skills:
•    Graphic design and/or video editing experience
•    Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Dreaweaver, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign
•    Comfortable with HTML and CSS
•    SEO/SEM experience
•    Experience working with global social ventures/NGOs
•    Multi-lingual capabilities, particularly Indian languages

Compensation:
Driptech offers a comfortable stipend and benefits commensurate with our funding stage.

How to Apply:
Please submit your resume and a cover letter to jobs@driptech.com with “Marketing and Communications Fellow” in the subject.

To learn more about Driptech, please visit our website at www.driptech.com

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Job Posting: Supply Chain Manager- India


Come join Driptech, a for-profit, impact-focused, high-visibility startup selected as a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, named by BusinessWeek as one of the world's most intriguing new companies, and voted by its readers as one of the top 5 most promising social ventures in America.

Driptech is laser-focused on making affordable irrigation technologies for small-plot farmers in developing countries.  Our early-stage, VC-funded, Mountain View-based venture is scaling up for high-volume commercial rollout in India.  By joining the Driptech team you will be part of a compelling social venture that aims to produce a global impact.

Driptech is seeking a Supply Chain Manager - India, based in our Pune, India office, reporting to the India Country Head with functional reporting to the Global Director of Business Operations. This individual will serve as a critical on-the-ground manager for Driptech’s supply chain operations as we expand our sales throughout India.  This individual will manage a small local team and must have a track record of successfully establishing new operations that can scale efficiently. 

The ideal candidate will have experience in global logistics, distribution, order management and thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment.  The candidate must also be proactive in solving problems as they arise and hold self and team members accountable to a high standard of professionalism. 

Responsibilities:

Supply / Demand Management
•    Implement a centralized inventory forecasting model that coordinates projected customer demand with production planning that ensures optimum stock levels. Coordinate information from different data sources from across the company, controlling for accuracy.
•    Oversee stock inflows (e.g. receiving) and outflows (e.g. sales dispatches) in a timely, accurate and trackable manner meeting customer requirements.  Develop IT systems that tracks data on customer delivery, product returns/exchanges, warranty related issues, etc.
•    Be responsible for regular reporting per accounting requirements such as reconciliations or audits.
•    Manage local supplier relationships including overseeing the purchasing process.

Warehouse Management
•    Implement best practices for material handling & storage.
•    Train and manage warehouse staff on best practices.
•    Manage company’s warehouse(s) considering factors such as: overhead costs, time to market, operational convenience, availability of manpower and transport.
•    Manage warehouse lease and insurance agreements.
•    Implement processes and controls in daily operation of warehouse(s) to prevent against damage, theft, loss, fraud, or other mishandling.  

Logistics & Transportation
International:
•    Identify and manage on-going relationships with cost effective shipping lines for import and export needs;
•    Work with production to set shipping schedule according to sales forecasts
•    Track shipments in transit, at Port, in Customs Bond.

Domestic (inter-state within India):
•    Identify reliable transporters with fleet strength sufficient to support in-state and inter-state transport requirements. Implement transporter performance measurement system considering cost, lead time, commitment, consistency and quality of vehicles.
•    Manage the process required for inter-state transportation, coordinating with local authorities, and serve as a resource for trouble shooting special logistics situations.


Background and Skills:
•    PG degree or MBA preferred
•    Minimum 5 Years of experience
•    Able to build and implement new systems with little oversight
•    Highly proficient in managing data and databases
•    Ability to be based in Pune, India
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, Hindi, and preferably Marati
•    Detail oriented and precise in presenting data and reports
•    Punctual and disciplined
•    Able to prioritize and handle high pressure situations

Desired Extras:
•    Experience working in a startup or multi-national corporations
•    Experience in sourcing and manufacturing operations
•    A passion for addressing the needs of small-plot farmers

Compensation:
Driptech offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with our funding stage. We will also make available support for relocation to Pune, India.

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@driptech.com with "Supply Chain Manager - India" in the subject.
To learn more about Driptech, please visit our website at www.driptech.com