Platform Developer

Zola Electric Lagos Nigeria Software, Data and IT

Company Description

Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. Zola Electric is a growth-stage start up that’s on track to light a million homes in Africa over the next couple of years with clean, affordable solar energyAt the heart of our business is innovative solutions that delight our customers. We are looking for an Junior Platform Developer to join our team in Lagos, Nigeria, to support our growth strategy in Africa, changing the lives of millions with our innovative products.

This may be your dream job if you can get passionate about bringing solar energy-as-a-service to the off-grid market (over 1.3 billion people around the world) and the unique social, technical, and business challenges that come along with it. Naturally, you’ll be eager for adventure, inspired by the opportunity to unleash whole continents of human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business

Zola Electric, through its consumer brand Zola, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a long-term solar solution to an unreliable grid. Adaptable to both energy needs and income, Zola Electric’s solution can be bought over time through a leasing structure. The first few watts starts a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: security, education, access to information, and a longer and more efficient day.

Today, Zola Electric powers more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire. Zola Electric’s investors include: SolarCity, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and responsibility. Zola Electric is the recipient of the 2016 UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. For more information, visit www.offgrid-electric.com

Position

As a core member of the Digital Platforms department, you’ll help define and create new product features and experiences for our rapidly growing customer base and workforce. Our team is responsible for Zola Electric’s core platform, our “operating system for the business.”

The Zola platform provides much of the magic, leading our distributed workforce, enabling customer payments and service and handles all distribution and delivery of our solar systems and appliances. We are creating opportunities for thousands of local workers to participate in a high tech start-up, and our platform enables us to do this with utmost efficiency, scale, and reliability.

Zola Electric is creating opportunities for thousands of local workers to participate in a high tech startup, and our platform enables us to do this with utmost efficiency, scale, and reliability. As a full-stack application developer, you will be integral to the ongoing design and implementation of our platform, a collection of Ruby applications that underlie our Web, mobile, tablet and SMS user interfaces. You’ll not only build the features that help us achieve our mission but ensure that we deploy to the cloud and monitor success in a Docker-based continuous deployment cycle.

The platform also generates mountains of real-time data that we use to run the business and drive positive behavior change with customers and staff. You will work closely with our Data practice to incorporate its data into the business logic and user interfaces. You’ll be working to solve interesting technical and human problems across our entire platform, including:

  • Continuing to migrate from REST APIs towards expanding our platform’s next generation GraphQL APIs, adding functionality to our growing internal and partner APIs
  • Building workflow-based UIs with React for the independent, web-based static front-end client
  • Enabling robust 3rd party integrations helping us get the most out of integrated solutions and offloading anything not core to the business
  • Maintaining and incrementally improving a large Application with 5 years of history, both full of powerful historical insights and not entirely understood corners
  • Mentoring and collaborating effectively in a distributed team, using a pragmatic, agile process

Requirements

  • Bsc / Msc in Computer Science, IT systems or related field is preferred, yet is not required,
    experience in field, internships, or alternative career paths are accepted
  • 2-years experience with any front end framework (React, Angular, Jquery, etc)
  • 2-years experience with any back end web framework (Node.js, Rails, Php, Python)
  • 1-year experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Comfortable experience with version control (git, github, etc)
  • A example project that can be shared considered a bonus, if available
  • Always be Learning. You are committed to self-improvement, which means you’ve sought and found mentors to learn from.  You’re also a natural at mentoring, teaching, and reviewing others’ work, help other engineers make sound architectural decisions, improve their code quality, and get out of their comfort zone. Because you know there’s always more to learn, you don’t get hung up on knowing everything before taking action. As you know so well, taking action is often the only way to discover if something works.
  • Technical journey. You have worked with and deployed several frameworks and languages. You have favorites frameworks, languages, and methods but enjoy learning and digging into new things. You enjoy working on both smaller and newer applications and large applications with years of operational experience under the hood.
  • User-centered. As much as you love technical challenges for their own sake, you’re inspired by making things that work for real people. You ask tough questions about how requested features solve user problems, and have a great track record of collaborating with designers and product managers on solutions.
  • Effortless Communicator. You love to work as part of a distributed team. You realize that the key to successful remote work is trust, which comes from regular communication through tools like Slack, and respect for the team’s agile process (e.g., Jira stories and GitHub pull requests). You also know the value of face-to-face interaction, even if only through web conferencing tools, and have enjoyed being a great teammate in virtualized contexts.
  • Pragmatic. In a discussion of how to build a feature you will reliably bring people back to the question of what are we trying to achieve, and how will we know when we’re successful? You love new technologies, but will only recommend them if they are the most effective way of solving the problem at hand, and are an expert in playing a devil’s advocate of your own ideas. You are drawn to measure the results of changes to user experiences, and look for opportunities to remove features if they are not being used (or used well).
  • Lateral thinker. In software so many of the leaps forward on the non-obvious ones, hence you have a well-honed sense for knowing when to apply oblique methods to a challenging problem that evades straightforward approaches. This may mean being able to connect the dots across different domains (anthropology, economics, psychology, politics), but it always means being willing to suspend judgment through the process of divergence and convergence.
  • Curious. Unsatisfied with accepted wisdom, you’ll ask why multiple times when wrapping your head around a new concept or proposal. You’re also fascinated with the kinds of problems your peers in the industry are solving, and the novel approaches they’re taking. This leads you to be involved in local user meetings, online communities, and conferences.

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Are you interested in this position and join our team in Lagos, Nigeria, let’s connect and send your resume via our career page. Applications that include a resume / curriculum vitae have preference.

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Data Privacy Notice
Zola Electric believes strongly in protecting the privacy of the personal data you provide to us. We also believe it is important to inform you about how we will use your personal data. This document explains how we may process your personal data and the rights you have in this respect. Therefore, we encourage you to read this Privacy Notice carefully.

Scope of this Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice applies to all personal data of applicants processed by Zola Electric in connection with our recruitment process.

About Zola Electric’s recruitment process
You may apply for a position within Zola Electric anywhere in the world via our online recruitment application system. By means of this recruitment system you may create a profile and apply for a specific vacancy. Via the use of this application and submission of related information, you may provide personal data to Zola Electric in connection with the recruiting process. We may process personal data for recruitment purposes including organizing selection procedures and manage applications.

Type of data we collect
When you interact with Zola Electric in connection with the recruitment process, we may ask or receive certain personal data, including, but not limited to:

  • Personal data allowing identification of the candidate and practical organization: first name, surname, address and country of residence, email address, telephone number.
  • Personal data allowing the verification of the eligibility and selection criteria as laid down in the vacancy notices: education and training (diploma awarded), professional experience (job title, length, company name, company type and web address of company (optional), main tasks and responsibilities), linguistic and job related skills and competencies and areas of interest.

  • As well, in some countries, including US, we may ask for information such as gender, race and ethnicity for the purposes of monitoring equal opportunity.

Third parties
Your personal data will be processed and stored by a Zola Electric trusted third party partner, Cezanne HR. Cezanne HR is involved in providing and facilitating the recruitment process, such as website hosting, data analysis, information technology and related infrastructure provision, customer service, email delivery, auditing and other services. Any other disclosures to third parties will only be made when required by law. Cezanne HR is a configurable, cost-effective and GDPR-compliant human resource software system.

Zola Electric required Cezanne HR to provide a comparable level of protection to your personal data as Zola Electric provides, to keep your personal data confidential, to only process your personal data for the purposes for which it was disclosed and to only access the minimum amount of data they need to deliver a specific services related to the recruitment process.

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Your personal data may be processed and transferred to countries outside of your country or jurisdiction during the recruitment process. These countries or jurisdictions may not have similar data protection laws. If Zola Electric transfers your data, we will take steps to protect your privacy rights through the use of contractual arrangements or other means, which will provide a comparable level of protection.

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Data Security
Zola Electric recognizes its responsibility to protect the information you entrust to us. Zola Electric maintains, and requires its third party, Cezanne HR, to maintain, technical and organizational measures to protect your data.

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Gert Jan van Sluis


Director Human Capital
Zola Electric

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