Software Engineer Team Lead (Logistics) – Takealot

Cape Town

takealot.com, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Software Engineering Team Lead to join our team in Cape Town.

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hard working people to join us. We offer a market related Total Remuneration Package, which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

The position reports to the Engineering Director (Logistics)

Your responsibilities will include the following:

Build and retain a high caliber engineering team
Build relationships through regular one on one conversations
Remove roadblocks and interruptions to help the team perform
Be involved with the architectural and strategic planning with peers and senior developers
Work with stakeholders to gather requirements, and manage expectations
Support and develop the careers of members of the team
Support and give direction to innovation in the team
Present practical input for strategic technology decisions
Stay up to date with industry trends, and standards
Lead the Agile processes within the team
Manage the roadmap for the team, playing a key role in prioritization
Successfully see new projects to completion and launch new products while maintaining  the existing code base.
Facilitate discussions in the team and ensure a good design methodology is used on projects.
Resolve conflict in the team when necessary
Promote the achievements of the team
Track and ensure team productivity is healthy using a metrics based approach
Track and ensure operational excellence in the team using a metrics-based approach
Interview candidates for technical and organizational fit
Drive innovation, vision and strategy
Attributes required:

Solutions-oriented, can-do attitude and high energy
Strong analytical and critical thinking, using data to inform decisions
Solid quantitative skills
Ability to interview and interact professionally with internal and external people
Capability to present ideas succinctly, in writing and verbally
Versatile and with the appetite to learn by doing
Qualifications and experience:

Computer Science Degree or 5 to 10 years relevant industry experience.
5+ years in development and management roles.
Proven track record of leading and managing teams on complex software projects
Experience with a broad range of related disciplines such as Development, Cloud Infrastructure, Site Reliability, Provisioning, Configuration Management, and Managed Systems.
Experience developing Scala in a test-driven environment (and/or at least in one of the following – Java, C, C++, Python)
Good SQL experience in a high-load environment
Significant technical experience and a proven track record of architectural ownership and understanding.
Experience with Open Source Operating Systems and technologies.
Experience with Web Architectures (e.g. SOA, REST).
Excellent understanding of theoretical Software Engineering fundamentals, including but not limited to distributed systems, highly scalable systems, algorithms, data structures, design patterns, and programming paradigms is advantageous.
Experience with e-commerce-based applications is advantageous
Experience working with GCP/AWS and/or other cloud platforms
The Environment:

takealot.com employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of takealot.com being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.
We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve.
We are short on ego and high on output.
We are doers and not only thinkers, it’s all in the execution after all.
We love what we do and what we are creating.
We seek to Employ an Extra Ordinary Mind who:

is forthright but respectful
is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours
is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience
is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
is able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input
is curious and challenge the status quo
is innovative and enjoys iteration
is collaborative
will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for takealot.com.
thinks like an owner of the business.
is SMART, has INTEGRITY and is HARDWORKING
If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind so come and join us!

Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference