Principal Software Engineer


Transforming access to essential goods and services across Africa.

Position: Principal Software Engineer

We are looking for an individual who has a deep interest and passion for innovation, and quick technology prototyping and loves solving problems, designing, coding, and owning/validating small-scale hypotheses/pilots/projects while working with people who will keep challenging you at every stage. You also have strong problem-solving, analytical, decision-making, and excellent communication abilities with interpersonal skills.

You should be self-driven and motivated with the desire to work in a fast-paced, results-driven agile environment with varied responsibilities and also have to provide technical leadership and mentoring to a small team of highly talented and motivated engineers to deliver these solutions with the highest quality.

Location: Bangalore, India or Fumba, Zanzibar or Nairobi, Kenya

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Full Stack Engineering Member – Innovate (disruptive & continuous improvements) to the processes, systems, tools & products.
  • Designing and building quick-function, scalable & simple working prototypes
  • Serve as a technical lead on our most demanding, cross-functional innovation projects.
  • Ability to clearly communicate high-level strategy and technical details effectively across disciplines, locations, and organizations, including senior leadership.
  • Ensure the quality of architecture and design of systems.
  • Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straightforward solutions.
  • Fully and completely understand system interdependencies and limitations.
  • Leverage knowledge of internal and industry in design decisions.
  • Mentor other engineers, define our technical culture and help build a fast-growing team
  • Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience.
  • Proven team leadership, interpersonal skills, and ability to get things done

Principal Software Engineer – Requirements:

  • 10+ years prior experience in software product, innovation & lab development.
  • Masters / Degree in Computer Science or Related Field from premier institutes.

Must have:

  • Experience in a wide range of technology choices
  • Strong experience in architecting and building distributed systems
  • Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and designing for performance
  • Strong knowledge of cloud technologies like AWS/Google Cloud/Azure
  • Proficient with RDBMS & NoSQL Databases
  • Strong knowledge of data stores, database design, data modelling, and SQL queries.
  • Strong knowledge of one or more big data processing stacks
  • Enforcing excellent code quality
  • Experience working on one or more large-scale applications/platforms
  • Driving Non-Functional Requirements
  • Should be proficient in Server Side (Java/Linux/J2EE) technologies
  • Experience in handling complex production issues

Good to have:

  • Knowledge of B2B & B2C retail e-Commerce
  • Experience developing, maintaining, and innovating large-scale, consumer-facing web applications.
  • DevOps mindset.
  • Experience in data science is plus
  • Experience in Spring boot or any good framework.

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