Software Architect

Company Background
Tulaa was incubated inside of Esoko, an award-winning tech company that pioneered the use of mobile technology to deliver vital information to smallholder farmers. Following a successful spin-off in 2017, Tulaa has since been expanding quickly in Kenya.

Summary of Role
Tulaa is an exciting tech start-up that is disrupting the agriculture sector across Africa. We build and deploy technology to level the playing field for buyers and sellers by lowering the cost and risk of transacting with smallholder farmers. Through our platform farmers can access financial services, discounted agricultural inputs, information and markets for their crops, all via their feature phone. Our vision is to become the leading virtual marketplace for rural buyers and sellers in Africa.

Tulaa’s  Software Engineer will be responsible for developing applications within the company. As a part of this role, you will be critical in coming up with new and innovative solutions in software development.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design and maintain a continuous delivery platform infrastructure that allows for rapid automated application testing and deployments, and work with a team of engineers to build AWS infrastructure as code that is:

    • highly available

    • self-healing

    • self-aware

    • Fully-orchestrated and dockerized

    • elastic, low cost, low consumption, high performance

    • fully versioned through Bitbucket and CodeCommit

  • Coordinating with an Engineering team to automate the build, test and deployment of applications in an agile Software development life cycle

  • Automate monitoring of servers  and applications and alerting when issues arises

  • Participate in engineering hackathons and on-call rotations for first responder and escalation tiers.

  • Building reusable code and libraries for future use

  • Optimization of the application for maximum speed and scalability

  • Implementation of security and data protection

  • Design and implementation of data storage solutions

  • Deliver software within assigned time limits and according to company's standards

  • Deliver high quality software that accurately meets specifications.

  • Maintain clear and up to date software documentation

  • Other tasks that might be assigned

Skills and Qualifications

  • Foundational and working knowledge in Cloud Computing (AWS, AZURE, DIGITAL OCEAN) with knowledge and or experience in implementing cloud security best practices such as Identity and Access Management (IAM) features such as Roles, Users, Groups, Policies, Federated Access and Multi-Factor Authentication.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in Software development

  • In-depth understanding of computer programming, data structures, algorithms, techniques and SDLC

  • Well rounded knowledge of back-end, front-end and android development practices.

  • Experience in developing J2EE applications using Spring Framework

  • Experience is using SQL based database management systems. Experience in using PostgreSQL will be an added advantage.

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Immaculate attention to detail and dedication to coherency

  • Desire to help others in critical situations

  • Cope with pressure and extensive periods of high workload. Remains calm under adverse circumstances, while still being able to manage priorities and tasks

  • Hands-on approach in executing tasks

  • Must be honest and have integrity

  • Be passionate and persistent

  • Passion for poverty alleviation and/or using technology for good

  • Process and data-driven – process flows, KPIs and metrics make you happy

  • Empathetic leader – your EQ is at least as high as your IQ

The fast (sometimes chaotic) pace of a start-up environment is your comfort zone