Senior Software Engineer

About Soko

Through the use of cloud and mobile technology, Soko is able to allow businesses to connect to non-tech enabled small scale producers such as farmers and provide mini business tools to the said suppliers hence stabilizing the supply source.

We are looking for someone who will continue to support this vision by defining not just the look and feel but also the experience from a farmer and artisan to an executive officer. 

Our Technology

We currently work with a modern stack using, but not limited to Python / Django / DRF / GraphQL / MySQL alongside an Angular-powered front-end. We employ SCRUM and Agile methodologies, and also are enthusiasts of continuous integration and continuous deployment.

The engineering team at Soko is composed of innovative developers who focus on developing cutting-edge value chain system. Our engineers enjoy building new technologies in a fast-paced environment.

Who you are

As an ideal candidate, you are someone who has experience working with modern front end technology stack. If you are passionate about front end development, if you enjoy not only sharing a vision but getting your hands dirty to be sure that that vision is made a reality then we’d like to meet you

Job Description

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Play a leadership role in the backend team, seeking excellence in all engineering disciplines inclusive of data processing, quality assurance, application development, analytics, machine learning, algorithms, and data warehousing.

  • Assist in managing the day-to-day activities of the backend team as well as the development and execution of software development projects against delivery commitments and project plans.

  • Work with the tech team leadership in the management of the teams’ staffing, resourcing and mentoring, and maintaining a best-in-class engineering team.

  • Work closely with the Soko team in the design of strategic solutions for high market impact and penetration.

  • Work with the software team in the deployment and delivery of solutions using primarily agile development techniques.

  • Take part in application design, database design, data-flows, and detailed technical design.

  • Take a lead in designing, developing, documenting and testing bug-free solutions.

  • Conduct unit-test code for robustness, including test cases, usability, and general reliability.

  • Prepare and install solutions by determining and designing system specifications, and programming standards.

  • Improve operations by conducting systems analysis; recommending changes in policies and procedures.

  • Continuously discover, evaluate, and implement new technologies to maximize development efficiency.

  • Coordinate with Product Managers to ensure the backend team works within strict business timelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any other relevant field

  • 3+ years of technical experience in a lead/senior developer position.

  • Great experience in Django/Python development

  • Experience with unit testing

  • Good understanding of popular programming paradigms (e.g. object-orientation, functional programming, ...)

  • A great portfolio of apps that you have worked on that display the ability to deliver quality output.

  • Deep knowledge of how relational databases work - in particular, MySQL


  • Consumer-oriented, be a team-builder and team player, have an ability to work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative position, and be highly organized and have an ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines - A leading role would also be taken in guidance of team members to ensure task completion, customer and team focus, and overall developer capacity building. 

  • Ability to solve complex interactions and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to breakdown complex customer needs into simple, manageable user stories to be turned into tasks for the development team.  

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with a strong aptitude for translating requirements into visual concepts.

  • Self-starter with a track record of delivering quality work under tight deadlines.

  • Extraordinary attention to details and craftsmanship.

Nairobi, KE