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Lead Senior Backend Engineer

Cape Town

We are a proudly African fintech company that builds tools and services to help small businesses get paid, run their business better, and grow. We believe by opening up more possibilities for small local businesses to be successful, we help create jobs, empower communities to thrive, and ultimately push our economy forward. We want people who are inspired by this goal, people who can help us achieve it.
Key Responsibilities:
As a Backend Engineering specialist at Yoco, you will have the chance to lead, collaborate and innovate with like-minded, self-motivated, driven experts to architect, build, maintain and improve the code engines, API’s and services that power our operations. The work you do will directly impact the day-to-day business of Yoco’s 70,000+ merchants, most of which are accepting card payments for the first time. 
At Yoco we are not building software, we are engineering prosperity for all South Africans.
Key requirements to perform responsibilities:
  • 10 years of working experience, or highly skilled with less. 
  • BSc+ Computer Science, or similar, or self-taught.
  • Excellent backend skills in any language (we’ll teach you Scala).
  • Excellent collaboration skills across the wider company.
  • Scalability centred thinking, with a meticulous eye for security and performance.
  • Pride in your team’s work, and an ability to lead those around you towards excellence.
Bonus points/nice to have:
  • Experience with Functional Programming.
  • Experience with Microservices.
  • Active involvement in Programming communities.
  • A passion for learning, and for sharing what you learn.


Yoco’s Innovative Tech Stack:
  • Scala.
  • PostgreSQL.
  • Amazon SQS.
  • Amazon S3.
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 who 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!
Please note… 
Yoco encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Open positions at Yoco are competitive and we often receive high volumes of applicants. If you have not received further updates on your application after three weeks, you’re welcome to request feedback.

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