Head of Engineering
ALX
Kenya
1d ago

ABOUT ALFC

We believe that the future of Africa will be defined by its leaders and their ability to unleash the incredible potential of the continent.

We believe great education & development is an important part of developing leaders and the biggest barrier to tertiary education in Africa remains access to educational finance.

At African Leadership Finance Company (ALFC), our mission is to provide leaders with affordable & innovative financing for high-quality education.

ALFC has been set up to provide an innovative solution to this problem by introducing Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) that invest in the future potential of a person’s ability to generate an income.

Under the ISA funding model, ALFC funds students to attend university or receive professional training; in return, the students agree to pay ALFC a fixed percentage of their income for a specific period of time.

ALFC presents a tremendous opportunity for these students, and potentially millions of others denied access to education due to the absence of financing alternatives.

Beyond funding education at ALG’s programs, ALFC has the potential to expand further into funding a broader talent membership, offer the service to other tertiary education providers, create a loyalty program and partnerships with other institutions.

Through offering and serving ISAs, ALFC will enable the youth of Africa to unlock their futures based solely on their potential and not their financial circumstances.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As the Head of Engineering, your responsibility is to build out an all star engineering team that will help build and scale the systems that power ALFC’s Income Sharing Agreements.

Technology is a core part of ALFC’s ability to provide affordable financing to millions of students across the African continent.

You will play a key role in defining our technology strategy and working with business stakeholders to make ALFC’s vision come to life.

WHAT YOU’LL DO AS THE HEAD OF ENGINEERING

  • Manage a lean engineering team by supporting their growth and success
  • Partner deeply with a team of engineers, designers, and product managers to ideate, prototype, iterate, build and ship product features for ALFC customers
  • Evolve the product development process and developer toolkit to increase velocity, maintain quality, and maximize impact
  • Recruit strong talent to scale the engineering team as needed to tackle these exciting problems
  • Define ALFC’s system architecture and technical roadmap to ensure we scale our applications, underwriting, collections, and operations
  • Make tough tradeoff decisions between building in house versus buying 3rd party solutions or short term solutions versus investing in scalable infrastructure.
  • Step out and support beyond your job description when necessary to do whatever it takes to ensure the success of the company
  • WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 5+ years Engineering experience working across frontend, backend and mobile
  • 2+ years as an Engineering Leader managing a team
  • Demonstrated track record of leading large product focused engineering organizations with proven track record of delivery
  • Strong technical foundations in mobile, web and backend engineering
  • Experience in growing teams , including sourcing, interviewing, and onboarding new team members
  • Great management and team development skills , including ability to define a technical roadmap and goals, delegate, mentor, deliver frequent and honest feedback, help team members grow in their careers, and deliver results
  • Strong software engineering methodology , including Agile development, testing and code quality, engineering tooling, release management
  • Ability to drive cross-functional stakeholder buy-in on critical technical decisions
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