Furniture Workshop Supervisor
Nairobi, Kenya
2d ago
source : Fuzu


Lynk is a startup which builds technology to connect blue-collar workers in Kenya - from carpenters to cleaners - to jobs.

Our suite of products seeks to satisfy a breadth of consumer needs, which provide multiple channels to increase incomes for workers in our system :

  • Lynk : A marketplace product enabling customers to request services or order ready-to-buy services in over 50 categories from cleaners, to masseuses, to plumbers, and tailors.
  • Lynk Projects : A turnkey construction firm, providing design and management services in fitout and construction projects, delivered by Pros on the Lynk platform
  • Lynk for Business : Maintenance, facilities management, and project management services for business clients delivered by Lynk Pros
  • Lynk is consistently regarded as one of the most exciting and socially impactful start-ups in Africa :

    2019) Winner of Department for International Development’s challenge for catalytic solutions in the field of youth employment

    2018) Africa regional winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge for global technology solutions that improve livelihoods

    2018) Selected into the prestigious MIT 2018 SOLVER class of solutions that are changing the world, in the subcategory of work of the future

    2018) Named one of East Africa’s top 10 startups to watch by I-Dev international

    2017) Grand winner of the Ford Foundation and the Global Center for Youth Employment Ideathon for initiatives that can bring disruptive change to youth employment

    2017) Selected to the inaugural XL Africa fellowship put on by the World Bank for high potential startups in Africa

    A bit about the role :

    As the woodshop supervisor, you manage the fundi furniture makers in the LYNK shop, ensuring jobs get completed on schedule and to the correct specs and quality standards.

    You emphasize safety above all else, while maintaining efficiency and productivity. Leading by example, you train the shop workers to be the best woodworkers they can be and instill value and pride in their work.

    You help to oversee the shop inventory and ensure tools and materials are being used properly.

    A bit about you :

    You have a strong passion for woodwork and are an expert furniture maker. You wish to pass on your knowledge and drive to the next generation of fundis.

    You are able to relate to and encourage the fundi woodworkers and be a role model for them. You have zero tolerance for the mistreatment of the shop and expect nothing but the best from the fundi woodworkers.


    Specific responsibilities :

    Job Management

  • Work closely under the furniture segment lead to understanding the functions of the shop and the LYNK quality standards
  • Take designs from rough sketches and translate in to cut lists and assembly schedules
  • Build custom furniture to the specs provided and of the utmost quality
  • Utilize the workshop KANBAN board to manage multiple different ongoing projects and adhere to production schedules
  • Fundi Supervisor

  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the shop fundis to appropriately delegate production tasks
  • Oversee shop interns to ensure productivity and adherence to LYNK standards
  • Act as safety officer to ensure shop fundis are actively working to mitigate hazard
  • Instruct and train interns about woodworking best practices
  • Diffuse any issues between fundi woodworkers and create a positive work environment
  • Tool Inventory Management

  • Ensure interns are using the Tool and Hardware Sign Out and Off-Site Tool Sign Out sheet and review at EOD that all checked out tools were returned and in good condition
  • Ensure tools are being used properly and treated with respect
  • Do a weekly inventory check to ensure tools and hardware are present, in good condition, and stocked for the following week
  • Reporting

  • Report any safety or recurring quality mishaps to the furniture segment lead immediately
  • Regularly update the furniture segment lead with production schedules and propose necessary actions to stay on track
  • Conduct regular check-ins with Pros to monitor their growth and progress
  • Successful candidates will have all or most of these qualifications :

  • Accreditation from a TVET school in carpentry and joinery
  • 10 years experience in furniture making and joinery
  • 5 years experience as a manager or supervisor overseeing furniture production
  • Able to teach and train fundis is every aspect of furniture making
  • Able to read technical drawing proficiently and create cut lists for production
  • Great people management and communication skills
  • Experience in the Kenyan Market strongly preferred
  • Job Requirements

    Required education : Vocational school

    Required relevant work experience : 5 years

    Required languages : English (Spoken : fluent Written : fluent)

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