Senior Backend Engineer


Sendy is a tech company that builds fulfillment infrastructure for e-commerce and consumer brands.

What we do:

We believe that Africa does better when everyone has room to grow and thrive. No one should be left out because the distance between seeing an opportunity and making a living from it is too great.

We started by delivering small packages but haven’t stopped there. Today, we’re empowering businesses to send raw materials to their production facilities and finished goods to their customers. We’re helping small scale farmers get their produce to the market. We’re making it possible for the hardworking delivery driver to earn a decent living.

We are here to make it easy to trade in Africa so that everyone has room to grow. Join us.

About The Role:

The overall purpose of the Senior Backend Engineer is to build and maintain the systems that support front-end and middleware applications in a scalable and secure way.

What you will do:

  • Build application-programming interfaces (APIs) to interact with front-end and middleware applications.
  • Build applications that interact with the databases.
  • Optimize existing systems to ensure front-end and middleware applications are running.
  • Build integrations with third applications and ensure smooth communication between various applications.
  • Store data for use in decision making in the business.
  • Document backend systems for future reference.
  • Participate in activities that promote continuous learning and value addition for end users.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.
  • Work with Product Managers to frame a problem, both mathematically and within the business context.
  • Designing and developing advanced Sendy applications for the backend stack
  • Participate in the evolution of company level best practices, standards, and policies as it related to software development.

What you should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering or other Technology related fields.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in software development and preferably in backend engineering.
  • Solid understanding of the full backend development cycle.
  • Proven working experience in software development.
  • Knowledge of backend programming languages such as Java and Python among others.
  • Ability to interact with databases.
  • Ability to build secure and scalable applications.
  • Ability to design and implement APIs.
  • Ability to grow junior & Mid Level engineers to be senior engineers.
  • Unit-testing code for robustness, including edge cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Maintain code quality, organization, and automatization.
  • Automate tasks through appropriate tools and scripting.
  • Ability to work effectively with different personalities and across all levels in an organization.
  • Must be a self-starter and highly organized.
  • High level interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
  • Ability to work well with people at all levels in the organization.
  • Personal motivation and drive exhibited through commitment to hard work, continuous improvement and achievement of goals.
  • Analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Open to change.
  • Calm under chaos.

Key stakeholders:

The  Senior Backend Engineer will be:

  • Directly accountable to the Lead Engineer
  • Required to work within a multifunctional product development team.

Why you should  work at Sendy:

  • We are building a world-class design organization and you’ll get to work with and learn from team members with a wealth of expertise and experience.
  • You get a lot of autonomy and flexibility to build a style of working that is optimal for you.
  • Other office perks:
    • Flexibility to work remotely
    • Data Allowance.
    • Office lunch, also available to remotely.
    • Comprehensive health insurance – Inpatient / Outpatient / Dental / Optical
    • Flexible vacation
    • All risk Insurance.
    • Opportunity for company stock options

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