Fullstack Lead Engineer at Wasoko
Zanzibar Urban/West, Tanzania
Wasoko (“people of the market” in Swahili) is transforming communities across Africa by revolutionizing access to essential goods and services. We are East Africa’s biggest digitized retail distribution platform powered by our own in-house logistics network. Tens of thousands of informal retailers across seven countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Zambia) use Wasoko to order everyday essential goods and receive working capital financing.
The informal retailers of Africa today are the primary if not the only channel used by consumers to purchase essential goods worth over $600 billion per year. The fragmented infrastructure across large land mass, distributed but diverse population and rather a smaller basket size spend does not yet lend themselves to big basket retail or mass consumer eCommerce. Instead, the informal retail ecosystem is THE channel for building the plumbing for digital and consumer commerce across Africa.
This is Wasoko’s opportunity. Wasoko with its brand, scale and logistics network is best positioned to build the technology-leveraged rails to serve the 1+ billion African consumers through informal retailers. We are building a digital-first operating system for informal retailers, initially focusing on B2B distribution but quickly incorporating other tools and services to help communities across Africa get more for less.
The Full Stack Lead Engineer is responsible for designing, developing and maintaining the front-end and back-end of the Wasoko web applications.
This role requires a high level of technical knowledge, design skills in a distributed world, expertise in web development, problem-solving as well as a deep understanding of building RESTful Services, designing using MQs, Web applications and maintaining them.
Design and develop web applications that meet user requirements and adhere to design and coding standards.
Create and maintain databases for web applications and mobile applications.
Develop, test, and deploy web applications and mobile applications.
Troubleshoot and debug web applications and mobile applications.
Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders to ensure the successful delivery of applications.
Ensure the security and performance of web applications.
Monitor and track web application usage.
8+ years of experience in software development.
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.
Proven experience with designing and developing REST APIs, using MQs and programming in Java, Springboot
Excellent designing and problem-solving skills.
Seasoned coder, with good knowledge of various design patterns.
Works without supervision and is capable of being the technical pillar of the squad. Able to guide engineers and do their design and code reviews.
Experience with Test Driven Development
Knowledge of application performance, monitoring and alerts.
Knowledge of continuous integration and continuous deployment
Knowledge of cloud platforms (AWS, Azure or GCP)
Proficient in database design and development.
Experience with mobile application development.
Should be a good team player with good communication skills.
E-commerce experience is an added advantage.