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Andela is global talent accelerator producing & connecting world-class devs w/ top employers.
Engineering, Full Time    Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya, New York City, USA    Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019
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About Andela

Andela is a network of technology leaders dedicated to advancing human potential. We help companies build high-performing distributed engineering teams by investing in Africas most talented software developers. Based in NYC, SF, Lagos, Nairobi, & Kampala, Andela is catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent while solving the global technical talent shortage.

About the Role

In this role, you will primarily work as a Senior Software Engineer within the Technology department building world-class internal products to support Andelas business needs.As the Senior Software Engineer, you will take on complex tasks & complete them despite roadblocks, grabbing others for help or insight as necessary. You will require very little oversight beyond high-level direction; you can take a complex user story, break it down into sub-tasks, & complete their sub-tasks with relative ease. You will show initiative beyond knocking tasks off a list; you are able to identify & suggest areas of future work for yourself or your team. You will drive product velocity & deliver products with confidence. You will take pride in building products that are key to helping Andela grow & scale as an organization.

Youre the kind of person who:

  • Truly understands the DevOps culture & practices; & can be champion for this within the organization
  • Builds solutions & does not become the solution (automation)*
  • Thinks long-term incremental evolution, in sync with the industry practices & innovation
  • Believes that building great software is more than just delivering working code, that other aspects such as reusability, testability, maintainability, security, & performance are just as important.
  • Is constantly learning & expanding your skill sets on & off the job.

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote infrastructure best practices like security, release management, monitoring
  • Design infrastructure that is resilient, secure & highly available
  • Facilitate the building & releasing of features by engineering team
  • Take part in building a secure & highly available platform
  • Build tools & processes that increase the productivity of other engineers & ensure an efficient release pipeline
  • Support & collaborate with other engineers building on top of the platform
  • Share responsibility for strategically scaling Andelas internal systems
  • Promote & nurture good team practices such as TDD, system security, code reviews, & pair programming
  • Bring vision to the team in the form of new technology recommendations, ideas & approaches

We are interested in a candidate from any background as long as you have a solid understanding of core computer science principles. Heres an abbreviated list of interesting technologies we currently use:

  • Node.js with TypeScript
  • Angular
  • Postgres
  • Platform: Google Cloud, Docker, NATS messaging system, Kubernetes,Terraform, Vault



  • At least 5 years of software development experience
  • Solid foundation in Linux administration & troubleshooting
  • Experience with system scripting languages like Bash, Python or Golang
  • Experience with Docker & container orchestration tools like Kubernetes, ECS, Docker Swarm
  • Deeply familiar with concepts like DevOps, Continuous Delivery & TDD
  • Experience with working with tools like Terraforms, Ansible, Chef, Puppet
  • Experience with at least one major cloud provider
  • Strong understanding of computer science principles
  • Experience working in an agile environment (standups, sprint planning, retrospectives, etc)
  • Solid written & verbal communication
  • Experience with system automation
  • Experience with distributed systems


  • Experience building large-scale & highly available distributed systems

If the above sounds like an exciting role to you, please tell us why you believe youre a good fit & well be in touch.

Benefits & Compensation

  • Full-time compensation
  • Full medical coverage
  • Breakfast, lunch & snacks provided daily
  • Beautiful working environment
  • Opportunity to work with the brightest minds on the planet
  • Oh, & a chance to change the world!

We are an equal opportunity employer & 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.

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