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Managing Director, Kenya



Senior management







Senior management

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About the Role

Essential is recruiting a Managing Director to help build and oversee our operations in Kenya. This is a hands-on, entrepreneurial role perfect for somebody excited to build a new organization and pilot plant from the ground up. The pilot plant will include laboratory capabilities in fermentation and a 500L
bioreactor in which we will scale our protein production process and conduct additional R&D. The Managing Director will report to the CEO and work closely with the CTO and executive team to ensure that all processes run smoothly and efficiently. This role is ideal for individuals who have a growth mindset, a passion for problem-solving and building systems, and a comfort in leading through uncertainty, exploration, and iteration.

About the Organisation

Essential is a new bioscience organization creating breakthrough solutions to tackle malnutrition and transform food systems. We are leveraging advances in fermentation to convert agricultural byproduct
into affordable, accessible, and climate-resilient proteins that can be integrated into products to prevent and treat malnutrition.

Our goal is to catalyze a new model of climate-resilient protein production in Sub-Saharan Africa and build a bioscience R&D engine in East Africa.

Essential was founded on the belief that advances in the sciences hold potential to transform the most important global problems. We are a passionate and fast-paced team focused on generating
breakthrough solutions for the world’s poor. We are audacious in our vision, ambitious in our thinking, and rigorous and humble in our approach. We have a presence in San Francisco, Nairobi, and Addis

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