23 Apr 2022

Solar Power Design Engineer at Zetin Solar Technology

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Job Description

Reports to: Managing Director

Zetin Solar Technology was established from key individuals who have long time experiences in the photovoltaic (PV) industry. Some of the founders’ stations are very well-known research institutes in the PV industry such as Fraunhofer ISE in Germany and one of the first PV panel manufacturer and PV system integrator company SOLON in Germany. We are experienced developer of and investor in clean and  renewable energy projects with the ability to finance, own and operate such projects through proprietary structures.

Zetin Solar Technology Ltd is looking to add a solar power design engineer whose role will be to lead the design and procurement process.

The Solar Power Design Engineer should have experience in designing and procuring the necessary solar PV components required for projects in Kenya. This includes procurement of the imported goods as well as those purchased locally.

You must be very proficient in AutoCAD (or similar design software), proficiency with
Helioscope/PVSyst/SAM or others is also required. Your ability to understand and implement theoretical best practices will be tested in the interview.

Zetin Solar technology Ltd has a strong focus on quality components, proper design and PV projects that produce efficient, reliable solar PV projects. We seek cost-cutting objectives in our installation and procurement – however we are not a corner-cutting organization. Therefore, we demand diligence in driving towards a proper design at optimal costs for our clients.

We expect this to be a very strong growth role for you, and a great fit with our positive, dedicated team of engineers. You will be exposed to:

  • Cutting edge energy management concepts on world leading projects.
  • Ability to work with and learn from global experienced engineering team that are experts in their field.
  • Ability to work within large projects with real-world hardware implementation and actual commercial energy efficiency challenges.
  • Product Management practices that drive towards best performance and lowest cost objectives.
  • Exposure to growth opportunities to expand your personal skills (technical and soft)
  • Working with a great team, that focuses on productivity, growth and satisfaction amongst our employees.

The position will be based in Nairobi. The Solar Power Design Engineer will report to the Managing Director.

While this is primarily a design role, we expect the role to involve travel as you will be required to visit sites in Kenya to measure roof, take dimensions, evaluate electrical conduit pathways, participate in sales meetings or to meet and inspect suppliers’ materials or contractors’ work.
Further, you will have an oversight role as PM during our PV installations.

Experience & Expertise

Educational background

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with a focus on mechanical or electrical engineering.
  • Three years minimum, 5+ years preferred of proven working experience on design, procurement and CAD software.
  • Experience onsite project management of electrical installations .
  • Registration with a professional body EBK or KETRB
  • We will also consider ‘champion’ employees with very strong electrical, CAD design and handson construction experience with a strong understanding of electrical concepts as they apply to industry. These skills will be valued to compensate for specific solar PV knowledge.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong proficiency in CAD software
  • Proficiency with PV simulation models (PVSyst, Helioscope, etc)
  • Diligence, patience, attention to detail in the planning and design phases
  • Procurement and Bill-of-Materials experience
  • Strong understanding of basic electrical engineering concepts. (kW, kVA, Power Factor, AC and DC resistive losses)

The applicant should also have:

  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a global team sharing expertise;
  • High diligence and patience to proper design procedures and documentation;
  • The ability to self-motivate and complete work assignments under pressure;
  • The ability to network with Zetin customers, business partners, staff and management at all levels
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills in both written and spoken English.
  • The highest professional and ethical standards;
  • Highly developed organizational and teamwork skills;
  • Commitment, collaboration, integrity, confidentiality, mutual respect and transparency

Equal Opportunities

Zetin Solar Technology Ltd is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.

Method of Application

Submit the following documents to: [email protected]
  • A CV showing your recent work experience
  • Links to any online webpage or other relevant documentation of your existing work
  • Engineering Degree Certificate (Master’s Degree will be an added advantage)
  • Two technical referees


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