Fintech Sector Research and Development Lead Job in Kenya 2019
Job Employment Kenya: Fintech Sector Research and Development Lead Job in Kenya 2019
Job Description: Today Work Kenya

Exciting Career Opportunity In Software Development Financial Technology (Fintech) Sector

Our client is a Kenyan market leader in software development with a focus on payments and financial technology. Their development house is run by local professionals with a wide skill set which provides them with an unrivalled innovation platform that gives our customers and clients a vital edge in today’s highly competitive environments.

Their goal is that of being an IT solutions provider with a specific mission of providing comprehensive, best of breed solutions to both private enterprises and the public sector in Africa and beyond through the supply of payments systems, hardware and technology solutions.

The company aims to assist companies and organizations by developing cost effective customized applications to enable them streamline their daily operations in payments hardware, software, and services.

As part of their growth trajectory, they are looking to fill the following position to join their fast growing team.

Research and Development Lead

Role Overview: The Research & Development Lead will play a key role in directing the company in creating new and innovative products and services thus improving the company’s competitiveness.

An ideal candidate should be a curious individual who has an eye for opportunities and has ability to conceptualize solutions out of those opportunities. It is desirable that the person has a strong business orientation to assist the business teams turn the ideas into viable business ventures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advising management on matters relating to new innovations and how to develop the ideas into business cases;
  • Day to day management and administration of the Research and Development Unit;
  • Implementation and realization of the Department’s agenda in the organizations plan and objectives;
  • Keeping tabs and documenting current trends and developments in the industry with an aim of sharing information with the relevant team for discussion and adoption;
  • Identifying research innovations of products that have practical significance to the company and devise strategies for their implementation;
  • Development and validation of new products and services as per market trends;
  • Carry out critical evaluation of research projects at all stages of their implementation;
  • Advising on data processing, reporting and packaging for dissemination;
  • Establishing and maintaining linkages with beneficiaries and stakeholders of research results and services;
  • Formulation of research policies and strategies;
  • Undertaking monitoring and evaluation of the Research and Development programmes and activities.
  • Perform any other research related duties as required from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience (Must Haves):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or related area;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working in a research and development set up;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate business ‘problems’ into solutions
  • Good experience in research software such as SPSS or other specialist software’s.
  • Experience of working in a software development field is a must;
  • A strong team player who is focused on delivering results.

Skills and competencies (Nice to haves):

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Tech savvy and able to deploy technological tools for research;
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills;
  • Have a clear understanding of International Standards in research and development;
  • Demonstrated professional competence in work performance and results;
  • Being a flexible person with a keen eye on details;
  • Good grasp and interest in the happenings in the Fintech sector specifically;
  • Excellent computer proficiency in MS Office Suite and other specialist software’s;
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural and fast paced environment.

Attributes (Important to have)

  • Curios and questioning personality;
  • Stable character with a good attitude;
  • Alertness and tech savvy;
  • A person of integrity.

How to apply (Next Steps)

Are you looking to make a memorable career move?

Do you meet the above criteria and are interested in making a impactful contribution to the technology sector.

If yes, submit your CV to us in confidence via

Kindly indicate your current and expected salary in your application or CV.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019.

Important Notice:

Esquire Consultants works with Equal Opportunity Employers hence minorities and disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

We do not charge application submission fees to candidates and so do our clients.

Do not attach certificates and testimonials to your application.

Due to the high number of applicants expected, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Summary:
Job Title

Research and Development Lead

Job Category

ICT and Technology

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Esquire Consultants

Approx. Salary


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Job Expiry Date


Job Details
Job Location


Nairobi, Kenya


Nairobi County


Economics and Statistics, ICT and Technology


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