Lead Developer – backend

About the role

We are looking for an experienced and energetic lead developer to drive forward the growth of the Echo platform, with a focus on coaching/mentoring and leading the dev team, backend development, architecture and planning. The position reports to the CEO and there is potential for the right candidate to move up to CTO in future.

We build using Python and Go, using AppEngine and Cloud Run and other serverless technologies on the Google Cloud Platform, with React and Javascript on the front-end. We closely track new design and implementation practises and tools.


DevOpsGrow the Echo platform by implementing, deploying and iterating new features
Develop unit and integration tests to prove and lock in functionality
Help monitor the production platform to identify and resolve issues as they arise
Help the engineering team resolve escalated customer support issues
Team leadershipSupport, coach and mentor junior technical staff
Continually review Echo’s engineering systems and development operations to
identify and implement improvements
ArchitectureShape the architecture of the Echo platform, consulting with other engineers to make technology choices and decide the overall technical direction of the codebase
Track and review the changing technology landscape, identifying new tools, approaches and technology shifts
Monitor and, if necessary, control platform costs
Participate in ideation and feasibility studies on new Echo offerings and potential product features and spin-offs
PlanningWork with commercial and engineering teams to manage the product roadmap and decide which new features we will deliver to customers
Break down larger features, and plan how to efficiently deliver the pieces to customers in a streamlined way
Monitor implementation and delivery across the team to ensure work is completed and goes live in a timely manner. We currently use Kanban for day to day planning but are open to experimentation.
About you

To be successful in this role, you will need to have the following skills and experience:

5+ years of experience as a software engineer, senior engineer or lead developer/engineer
Self-managed, proactive, and good at working with a small team
Passionate about technology, technical products and the creative process
Proficient at managing your time to meet milestones
Either living in Nairobi or willing to relocate
Fully available – this is a full-time role
Technical & Leadership
Highly skilled technical mind with a proven track record designing, developing and launching commercial software
Deep knowledge of backend development (in any framework or language)
Experience developing scalable web-based applications and the know-how to test and roll out significant new features without downtime or outages
Confident planner, able to break down complex features and schedule development work
Experience in mentoring and coaching other developers, and excellent knowledge of development tools and systems
Bonus skills

These skills will set you apart, but are not essential:

Python, particularly server-side
Google Cloud Platform
Experience in selecting and managing serverless technologies
Experience integrating with common CRM platforms and other third-party software
Why join Echo Mobile?

Responsibility and impact. Productivity, creativity, and collaboration are thoroughly
rewarded. Your efforts have impact on our platform and our customers.
Personal development. We invest heavily in personal development: you will learn a lot when you join Echo, and you will learn fast. Employees have an annual training budget.
Friendly team. We’re a friendly and energetic team with away-days where we down tools and have fun.
Remote-first. Echo Mobile is a remote-first company: we’re all based around Nairobi but work from home, meeting up monthly.
Compensation and benefits. We pay a competitive salary and provide health insurance, lunch allowances and a home-office set-up stipend. Hours of work are flexible. A computer and monitor are provided.


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About Echo Mobile

Echo is a Nairobi-based firm that builds and deploys mobile-first communication, interaction, research and management information tools. We are a small team of dedicated engineers, user experience designers, M&E experts and project managers, and we love what we do. Through our unique combination of experience designing products for emerging markets, training organizations in the latest technologies, and collaborating on content creation, we empower organizations to make better, quicker decisions based on information instead of intuition. With Echo's support, our clients extend their reach, deepen their understanding, and widen their impact by engaging directly with the communities they care about.