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Aug 29, 2017

VP of Engineering (Software) Job in Kenya

Duma Works is recruiting a VP of Engineering – Software for our client; a tech company that provides digital solutions in the transport industry.

We’re​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​motivated​ ​and​ ​productivity-centered​ ​candidate​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​the ​development​ ​team.​ 

​You​ ​will​ ​be working​ ​in​ ​an​ ​autonomous,​ ​agile​ ​environment​ ​with​ ​a​ ​small​ ​team​ ​that​ ​values​ ​collaboration,​ ​learning,​ ​and​ ​sharing.​ ​

You would​ ​be​ ​joining​ ​a​ ​tight-knit​ ​team​ ​in​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​you​ ​can​ ​make​ ​a​ ​real​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​direction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​company.​ ​

Being​ ​a startup​ ​the​ ​work​ ​is​ ​fast​ ​paced​ ​and​ ​varied​ ​–​ ​you​ ​are​ ​flexible​ ​to​ ​change​ ​and​ ​motivated​ ​to​ ​deliver​ ​the​ ​best​ ​product​ ​possible.

Who​ ​you​ ​are: ​ Full-stack​ ​web​ ​generalist​ ​with​ ​solid​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​building​ ​elegant​ ​and​ ​human-friendly​ ​web​ ​applications.​ ​
Skills​ ​include:
  • Languages​ ​-​ ​PHP,​ ​Java,​ ​HTML5,​ ​CSS,​ ​SQL,​ ​XML
  • Frameworks​ ​-​ ​jQuery,​ ​Node.js,​ ​laravel,​ ​yii,​ ​cake,​ ​codeigniter
  • Databases​ ​-​ ​MySQL,​ ​NoSQL
  • Database​ ​designing​ ​and​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​relational​ ​database​ ​systems,​ ​object​ ​oriented​ ​programming​ ​and​ ​web application​ ​development.
  • Understanding​ ​of​ ​REST​ ​API/​ ​JSON​ ​is​ ​a​ ​must
  • Experience​ ​in​ ​e-commerce​ ​platforms,​ ​payment​ ​gateway​ ​integration​ ​&​ ​operations​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​big​ ​advantage especially,​ ​on​ ​content-heavy​ ​platforms.
  • Ability​ ​to​ ​decipher​ ​and​ ​write​ ​complex​ ​database​ ​queries​ ​for​ ​analysis ​ ​ ​ ​
  • Good​ ​to​ ​have​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​AWS​ ​Cloud​ ​Hosting,​ ​GCP,​ ​Hostgator​ ​and​ ​Microsoft​ ​Azure
  • Understanding​ ​of​ ​load​ ​balancing,​ ​​ ​scalability​ ​issues​ ​and​ ​their​ ​solutions
  • User​ ​authentication​ ​and​ ​authorization​ ​between​ ​multiple​ ​systems,​ ​servers,​ ​and​ ​environments
  • Knowledge​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​API​ ​development​ ​and​ ​integrations.
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​App​ ​development​ ​and/or​ ​chatbots​ ​is​ ​a​ ​plus
  • Develop​ ​new​ ​user-facing​ ​features
  • Creating​ ​website​ ​layout/user​ ​interfaces​ ​by​ ​using​ ​standard​ ​html/css​ ​practices
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​creating​ ​beautiful,​ ​dynamic​ ​and​ ​user​ ​friendly​ ​web​ ​applications
  • Ensure​ ​the​ ​technical​ ​feasibility​ ​of​ ​UI/UX​ ​designs
  • Understanding​ ​of​ ​open​ ​source​ ​projects​ ​like​ ​Drupal,​ ​Wordpress,​ ​SquareSpace,​ ​Magento​ ​(CE​ ​and​ ​EE), Shopify,​ ​BigCommerce,​ ​OpenCart,​ ​PrestaShop​ ​etc
  • You​ ​should​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​quickly​ ​learn​ ​new​ ​languages,​ ​frameworks,​ ​and​ ​technologies​ ​as​ ​needed.
  • You​ ​should​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​switch​ ​between​ ​tech​ ​stacks.
  • Solid​ ​proficiency​ ​with​ ​other​ ​dynamic​ ​languages​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Ruby​ ​and​ ​Python​ ​is​ ​preferred.
  • Basic​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​search​ ​engine​ ​optimization​ ​process.
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​USSD/SMS​ ​based​ ​applications​ ​and​ ​VAS​ ​technologies​ ​is​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​point.
  • You​ ​should​ ​be​ ​meticulous​ ​with​ ​documentation​ ​and​ ​quality​ ​control.
  • You​ ​should​ ​have​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​building​ ​strong​ ​and​ ​scalable​ ​system​ ​architecture.
  • Extensive​ ​experience​ ​working​ ​as​ ​a​ ​developer.
  • Experience​ ​working​ ​in​ ​a​ ​customer​ ​facing​ ​role.
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​devops.
  • Several​ ​years​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​as​ ​a​ ​team​ ​lead​ ​or​ ​people​ ​manager​ ​in​ ​a​ ​technical​ ​environment.​ ​
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​using agile​ ​methodologies​ ​for​ ​product​ ​development.​ ​
  • Strong​ ​preference​ ​for​ ​candidates​ ​with​ ​some​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​SCRUM certification.​ ​Some​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​design​ ​thinking​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​plus.
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​(and​ ​advocate​ ​of)​ ​modern​ ​development​ ​techniques​ ​including​ ​Behaviour​ ​Driven​ ​Development, test​ ​automation,​ ​continuous​ ​delivery,​ ​infrastructure​ ​as​ ​code,​ ​continuous​ ​user​ ​testing.
  • Interest​ ​in​ ​new​ ​innovations​ ​such​ ​as​ ​machine​ ​learning,​ ​AI,​ ​blockchain​ ​etc.
Moreover,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​be​ ​someone​ ​who:
  • Puts​ ​the​ ​company​ ​first​ ​and​ ​strongly​ ​believes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​company’s​ ​vision.
  • Comfortable​ ​working​ ​for​ ​with​ ​a​ ​diverse,​ ​non-technical,​ ​and​ ​younger​ ​team.
  • Has​ ​excellent​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​listening​ ​skills,​ ​especially​ ​with​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​team​ ​and​ ​non-technical​ ​colleagues; values​ ​transparency​ ​in​ ​decision-making.
  • Believes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​value​ ​of​ ​a​ ​​ ​team​ ​​ ​and​ ​readily​ ​participates​ ​in​ ​team​ ​building​ ​activities.
  • Strong​ ​leadership​ ​qualities.
  • Believes​ ​in​ ​always​ ​over-delivering,​ ​and​ ​doing​ ​work​ ​with​ ​excellence.
  • Constantly​ ​innovating​ ​and​ ​​ ​coming​ ​up​ ​with​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​upgrade​ ​and​ ​expand​ ​our​ ​product​ ​line.
  • Flexible;​ ​incorporating​ ​user​ ​feedback​ ​into​ ​product​ ​development,​ ​and​ ​responding​ ​to​ ​market​ ​needs,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​the latter​ ​involves​ ​coming​ ​up​ ​with​ ​new​ ​features/applications.
What​ ​will​ ​you​ ​be​ ​doing?
  • Actively​ ​adding​ ​to​ ​the​ ​codebase.​ ​Performing​ ​varied​ ​development​ ​tasks​ ​across​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​stack.
  • Analyze​ ​the​ ​current​ ​codebase​ ​we​ ​have,​ ​maintain​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​it.
  • Bringing​ ​the​ ​product​ ​to​ ​market.​ ​Build​ ​lean​ ​MVPs​ ​to​ ​test​ ​and​ ​iterate​ ​quickly​ ​based​ ​on​ ​user​ ​feedback.
  • Provide​ ​budget-friendly,​ ​cost-effective​ ​recommendations​ ​for​ ​product​ ​development.
  • Work​ ​with​ ​the​ ​team​ ​to​ ​help​ ​provide​ ​strategies​ ​for​ ​business​ ​development​ ​and​ ​marketing,​ ​by​ ​providing​ ​technical perspective/insight.
  • Gather​ ​and​ ​prioritize​ ​requirements​ ​and​ ​features.
  • Managing​ ​other​ ​developers,​ ​implementing​ ​best​ ​practice​ ​such​ ​as​ ​TDD,​ ​Agile​ ​processes,​ ​creating​ ​shared​ ​coding standards,​ ​and​ ​overall​ ​ensuring​ ​that​ ​the​ ​team​ ​is​ ​producing​ ​high​ ​quality,​ ​easily​ ​maintainable​ ​code.
  • Ownership​ ​over​ ​the​ ​application​ ​roadmap,​ ​also​ ​guiding​ ​architecture-level​ ​decisions.​ ​Set​ ​the​ ​structure​ ​and​ ​goals​ ​​ ​for the​ ​development​ ​team,​ ​provide​ ​technical​ ​direction,​ ​lead​ ​the​ ​development​ ​of​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​make​ ​scalable​ ​web applications.
  • Architect​ ​for​ ​scaling.
How to Apply

Send your Cover Letter and detailed CV to [email protected] marking the subject as “3022”, Your Full name & Phone number e.g. 3022 Barack Obama, +2547xxxxxxxx. If you don’t follow these instructions, your application will not go through.

Deadline for receiving applications: Thursday, 14 September 2017

N.B.* You will receive a confirmation email and an alert to take a basic screening test over SMS or online. The email with the test may not arrive immediately. Please be patient. The email/SMS test will typically be 5-8 questions to help us understand your background. Regular SMS rates apply to the test.

If you apply and don’t meet these minimum qualifications, we won’t be able to forward your application to the employer.

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