Senior Software Engineer - Back End

Nairobi, Kenya
Where You’ll Work
Andela is a network of technology leaders dedicated to advancing human potential. We help companies build high-performing distributed engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software engineers.
Based in NYC, SF, Kigali, Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Accra and Kampala, Andela is catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent while solving the global technical talent shortage.
What You’ll Do
Our Andelan Senior Software Engineers epitomize ownership . They take personal responsibility for Andela’s ability to continue to deliver value to our partners.
Specifically, you’ll:

Use your knowledge in your core technology to delight our partners around the world.

Be responsible for the coding standards, conduct and deliverables of your fast-paced, distributed, teams, by proactively communicating and prioritizing effectively .
Act as role-model even in the most difficult and challenging situations , using constructive feedback, mentorship and universal respect.

What You’ll Bring
All Andela engineers go above and beyond. To find out more about additional suggested competencies, check out our engineer framework.
A minimum of 5-10 years of professional experience , during which you’ve built deep technical expertise and exercised ownership on various technical teams.

Expert-level understanding of at least one core backend language : Python, JavaScript/Node, PHP, Ruby, Java

Intermediate-level understanding of at least one other backend language (In addition to the core language): Python, JavaScript/Node, PHP, Ruby

Advanced understanding of at least one Web Framework for your language of choice: Flask/Django for Python; Node/Express for JavaScript, Rails for Ruby, Lumen/Laravel for PHP.

Deep understanding of fundamental database concepts - relational (SQL) database, non-relational (NoSQL) database and ORMs/ODMs
Strong knowledge of at least one cloud hosting platform (Ex: AWS, GCP)

Comfort with at least one CI/CD tool (Ex: Jenkins, Travis)
Working knowledge of containerization and orchestration techniques

Deep understanding of applicable unit and integration testing , and testing frameworks/libraries

Strong ability to problem-solve, debug, and understand pertinent performance metrics

Comfort working within agile methodologies and experienced in estimation and time management

Awareness of the capabilities of applicable languages/frameworks/libraries as well as the inherent differences between them in order to understand trade-offs and make recommendations.


Working knowledge of software engineering collaboration tools

Strong preference for test-driven-development (TDD) and understands its importance

Working knowledge of code editor and formatting tools

Comfort with at least one web server technology -- (ex: Apache, Nginx)

What You’ll Get*

Full-time compensation
Full medical coverage
Lunch and snacks provided daily
Beautiful working environment
Opportunity to work with the brightest minds inside and outside of your field
A chance to change the world for the better

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
* May vary slightly based on location


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