Staff Engineer- Backend

Cape Town, Amsterdam, EMEA (Remote)

Please note that as this is a remote based position, we are open to applications from candidates based throughout the UK and EMEA region.
Yoco is on a mission to help the businesses of tomorrow get started, and get paid – be a part of the team that changes financial services in Africa. Curious. Data-driven. Purposeful. Sound like you? It sounds a lot like us too.
We are an African technology company made up of over 200 team members globally. All with a bias for boldness, and a passion for simple, progressive solutions.
Founded in 2015, Yoco is now the payments provider for over 150 000 business owners and consistently processes over R1 billion in transactions each month.
Your home team at Yoco:
Yoco's engineering team is scaling rapidly to support the ambitions of the company. You will be a part of a close-knit, exceptionally talented team of engineers. Our engineers work in cross-functional teams gathered around missions, with a strong focus on aligning the right skills with the right problems and the right leaders to support them. 
Through close collaboration and experimentation, you will have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions, and work on a wide variety of projects and technologies. Our tech stack includes Scala, Python, JavaScript, React, React Native, Kotlin, Swift, and a few more. Yoco favours strongly autonomous thinkers, and encourages and supports skill development.

The role:

A Staff Engineer at Yoco is a hands-on, technical leader on an individual contributor career path (open, in the future, to change to a management path). You will be responsible for systems design and architecture, mentoring and best practices. 

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong experience in backend development 
  • Ideally 10+ years professional experience as a software engineer, with proven ability to take a feature from concept to production
  • Extensive experience designing, architecting and developing systems from scratch ensuring they are scalable, reliable and secure.
  • Experienced in leading teams technically, being accountable for the technical vision of a system or product  and being a key figure within the technical leadership driving strategy 
  • Experience guiding and mentoring other developers (not necessarily people management) 
  • The ability to drive software engineering best practices
  • A proven passion for all things software (and some hardware)
  • Strong ability to work independently while still being collaborative and inclusive

What makes working at Yoco great: 

Yoco is a business built on an agile foundation, and an evolving base of core lessons and principles. We like to refer to these as the Yoco Formula.

The Yoco Formula - how we create value.

The Yoco formula is a validated approach to work, and a set of behaviours that create maximum value for our customers and help us grow.

Core Values - Our way of working to create value & grow.

  • Stay Connected
  • Make Space to Explore
  • Keep it Simple
  • Master your Craft

Leadership Principles - How we show up, engage & treat each other

  • Get to know each other personally
  • Say what you think and challenge me directly
  • Be courageous and focus forward
  • Don’t let ego get in the way

To support this, we have built a role-based organisation where every individual is given the space to focus and develop their innate strengths. Everyone at Yoco has the opportunity to lead a project and become a specialist, enabling flexibility, collaboration and accountability at all levels. You will be working with a diverse, motivated and skilled team that will continuously stretch you as an individual. To learn more about our culture, go to our #YocoLife page or subscribe to our Exposure Gallery.

Join us on a meaningful journey at Yoco, and help enable our merchants to thrive through Open Commerce!

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