Summit Africa RecruitmentSummit Africa Recruitment
Job title: Backend Engineer (Python)
Employment type:Full Time
Experience:3 to 7 years
Salary:R80000 to R100000
Job published:27 January 2020
Job reference no:3077487201

Job Description

ackend python developer


Our client developed the first tokenized cryptocurrency index fund and has just launched its second syndicated venture capital fund for early-stage blockchain projects as well as a cash-hedged index fund and a margin lending fund. The business has approximately $50m of assets under management to date.


Our clients engineering team is responsible for the development, testing and deployment of various software products. All our products are built using microservices architecture design and run fully containerized in the cloud. We mainly code in Python (backend) and ReactJS (frontend).


Crypto is a fast-moving space and we want you to be part of one of the most exciting, innovative companies in Africa. We are looking for a technical and product focussed backend engineer with specialization in Python.


Technical job description

You have 3 years experience working with a Python stack in Linux or MacOS. You need a comprehensive understanding of PostgreSQL and Redis as well as experience with DevOps tools like Git, Kubernetes and Docker. You have also worked with and built products using a microservices paradigm and are comfortable with gRPC. Bonus points if you have set up production servers yourself, or have created some cool projects on your own.

Our solutions are based on GCP and you should know what spinning up Kubernetes deployments and configuring load balancing entails. To support you in this, it is necessary to have an understanding of networking principles, protocols and security. Your experience in building and running a real live, distributed production system will help your submission.

We are deeply security conscious, and a solid understanding of network, Linux and web application security is critical to your successful career development.

You are a self-starter with a keen eye for detail, work well under pressure, and can deliver superb engineering content to a diverse team of data scientists and engineers.


Qualifications: You should have a relevant formal qualification from a first-rate university, or equivalent knowledge:

  • BSc Eng in a relevant field (Electrical Engineering; Information Engineering/Systems; Network engineering; or similar);
  • BSc Comp Sci with network or ops experience; etc.


Work experience: We're not looking for a junior, so we're looking to understand your experience in using the tools of the trade (but don't really mind where you've used them). You have:

  • Worked in some production environment, driving the code sausage-machine
  • Had at least one time when everything has fallen apart—and then fixed it
  • Have successfully dealt with that team member who's more passenger than pilot
  • Share your thinking in situations where it is too easy to keep quiet
  • Understand that a marathon may have more than one sprint in it


Tools and languages: We use the following tools, frameworks, languages and technologies in the backend

  • Languages: Python, SQL, (some)Java
  • Task management and version control tools: Jira, Confluence, Gitlab
  • Google Cloud technologies: Kubernetes, PostgreSQL, BigQuery, Pub/Sub, Redis


Optional requirements: When you have experience / understanding of the following it will be very helpful in the job application process

  • An understanding of cryptocurrency/blockchain technology as we integrate all our products with this technology.