September 20, 2017

Uber looking for managers to handle East Africa operations

By Nina Mulamba

The United States online taxi firm has advertised four positions after which recruitment will be done on the shortlisted candidates. These positions include; a general manager for East Africa, an operations and logistics manager, a communications senior associate and a public policy senior associate.

This comes after a series of  tough opposition from other taxi operators in the recent past. The company has however indicated to stay put amid stiff opposition from Nairobi’s regular cab operators.

This operation will be of benefit to the citizens since Uber is bringing its global metered pricing to Nairobi which will charge customers for every kilometer covered unlike the Nairobi cabs whose pricing are based on negotiations between the driver and customer.

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Kenyan taxi operators have however strongly opposed Uber’s pricing model, which in some cases cuts by more than half the prices they have been charging commuters especially on short trips.

Presumably, if the company involves Kenyans, it might attract other stakeholders who will find a way of accommodating its services in the country.

“I can confirm that we are still recruiting for the best candidate to fill this position of general manager for Kenya,” said the Uber Africa spokesperson Samantha Allenberg.

The requirements for the position of a manager include someone with over seven years’ experience in either consulting, or investment banking to develop and grow the business “while maintaining their global quality throughout the rider’s experience.

The managers will also be expected to sign deals for partner rewards such as fuel and airtime discounts for Uber drivers and manage local regulatory concerns.

The manager will be responsible for expansion planning and recruiting of drivers as well as evaluating the economic benefits of partner incentive programs.

The Policy Associate will be responsible for liaising with policy makers to ensure that the regulatory framework in each East African country supports the tech firm’s business, while the Communication Associate will be responsible for growing the company’s profile as it looks to expand to other countries in the region.

Uber is growing at a very fast rate forcing its competitors shift their strategy. The company introduced its global metered pricing in the country which faced a backlash because the prices are very low.

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