The Company

Lori is building the cutting-edge logistics infrastructure for trucking in Africa. The startup is using advanced technology and operational systems to tackle a massive issue - $180 billion is spent annually on haulage across Africa, which means that up to 75% of a product’s cost is due to logistics (compared to 6% in the US).

Lori’s tech-enabled logistics optimization system is driving a new-age supply chain management system and has already realized significantly improved flexibility, reliability, and significant cost savings (savings upwards of 15%, which reduces the prices of goods for consumers).

The market demand for Lori’s platform is increasing exponentially and the company has achieved a 30% month over month growth since system launch in May. To continue driving this pace of growth, Lori has raised capital from institutional and strategic investors from the continent/world. The company recently won TechCrunch’s Battlefield Africa.

The team is led by a team of nerds obsessed with revolutionizing logistics in Africa and executing on their vision:

  • Gichini Ngaruiya, CTO: Y Combinator, co-founder/CTO of E la Carte (raised $50mm+), MIT CS, Kenyan native
  • Josh Sandler, CEO: industrialization + logistics work, Harvard MBA/MPA-ID, South African native
  • Fredrik Johansson, COO: former COO of $80mm Swedish supply chain co, Masters in Eng (thesis in Tanzania)

The Position

Lori is seeking a Chief of Staff who will support the execution of the CEO’s vision. You will drive strategic initiatives and organization across a rapidly growing start up. You will also consolidate and prioritize critical issues and required information for the CEO to facilitate efficient decision making.  As Chief of Staff, you will have deep exposure to many aspects of the business and will need to be able work cross-functionally. The role requires a broad skill-set and a flexibility to work intelligently on ad-hoc projects. Speed and communication is vital.  Crucial to this role is an ability to deal with ambiguity, and transition between in-the-weeds execution and systems/structure building. The person must have persistence and a commitment to the goals of building the logistics infrastructure system of the future.

What you will do

  • Execute on CEO’s strategic vision and support CEO on day to day
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams
  • Manage teams as needed
  • Lead communication across org (including leadership team meetings)
  • Create investor updates / fundraising pitch decks
  • Develop and track Quarterly Roadmap (status updates)
  • Drive strategic projects (ex. partnerships, M&A diligence, product-focused exploration)
  • Build systems to optimize processes & resources
  • Fully own and solve day-to-day complexities

What you bring to the table

  • Deep commitment to the vision of Lori
  • An ability to prioritize, while multitasking
  • Entrepreneurial passion
  • Obsession with detail
  • Trustworthiness
  • Efficiency with limited resources
  • Confidence in managing up
  • Flexibility in working across all business units
  • No ego
  • Excitement to work in an intense environment
  • Curiosity
  • Sound business judgement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in business
  • 2+ years of work experience at top investment bank or consulting firm

Preferred Experience

  • Experience as Chief of Staff
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field
  • East African
  • Fluency in Swahili

Qualified applicants are invited to email their CV to Lori HR at: