Principal Software Engineer - Back End

  • Andela
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Oct 15, 2019
Full Time Engineering

Job Description

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 Principal Engineers are renowned for theirtechnical prowess . They are admired and respected for the depth of their technical expertise and leadership.

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, byproactively 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.

Experience

Aminimum of 6-12 years of professional experience , during which you’ve built deep technical expertise and demonstrated technical leadership.

Required

  • Expert-level understanding of at least one core backend language : Python, JavaScript/Node, PHP, Ruby
  • Intermediate-level understanding of at least one other backend language (In addition to the core language): Python, JavaScript/Node, PHP, Ruby
  • Leadership skills with a high amount of emotional intelligence. You’ve led teams, initiatives, and a range of technical working sessions
  • Demonstrated experience of having taken large-scale initiatives from conception through to production, while continuing to support, optimize, and iterate
  • Extensive experience witharchitecture and design principles, building to consider maintainability, performance, security requirements, and impact.
  • 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, Azure, GCP)
  • Deep knowledge of atleast one CI/CD tool -- Jenkins, Travis CI, Circle CI
  • Expert level understanding ofcontainerization and orchestration techniques -- Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes
  • Demonstrated expertise with highly available infrastructure patterns and their tradeoffs
  • Deep understanding of applicable unit and integration testing , and testing frameworks/libraries
  • Deep knowledge of networking concepts -- DNS, OSI model, TCP/IP, UDP, FTP
  • 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.

Preferred

  • Working knowledge of software engineeringcollaboration tools
  • Strong preference for test-driven-development (TDD) and understands its importance
  • Working knowledge of code editor and formatting tools
  • Practiced at learning by sharing knowledge via means such as mentorship, engagement within a technical community, contributions to open source, etc.
  • Comfort with at leastone 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