Staff Software Engineer

San Francisco, California /
Product Development - Business Foundations /
Full Time
Angaza creates software that enables businesses to sell life-changing products, on credit, to low-income consumers in emerging markets. Our technology uses an IoT network of connected devices, mobile payments, and machine learning to accelerate the adoption of solar energy systems, smartphones, and appliances.

Over 2 billion people across the globe live off-grid or are unbanked.  Connecting this population to power, productive-use appliances, and financial services represents a $400 Billion+ current market opportunity. Angaza’s B2B technology platform enables distribution businesses in emerging markets to grow their revenue by over 8x by extending their sales and credit offerings to this consumer base.

When a family in Tanzania (or Nicaragua, or Nigeria, or India…) pays a weekly installment on their new home solar installation, their payment is processed by Angaza backend software. When a distributor monitors the repayment performance of their loan portfolio, they use an Angaza web application to do so. Our software is already used by businesses in 50+ countries around the world to improve the daily lives of over 5 million people.

This Position
We're looking for a staff software engineer to join our Business Foundations team (one of four product development teams at Angaza). Applicants should have 6+ years of prior software engineering work experience. We have listed key responsibilities and elements of our tech stack below.

Team Responsibilities

    • Logic for core business entities: accounts, users, pricing structures, and dozens more
    • A suite of data integration services across multiple channels, frequencies, and scales
    • Authentication, authorization, and security
    • Our custom billing system and its integrations with third party financial services

Our software-as-a-service stack

    • Web application REST to CRUD functionality, using Python’s Flask, SQLAlchemy, and Celery
    • A React/Redux Web front end UI, and many machine-read endpoints
    • AWS infrastructure, monitoring, and incident response
    • Multiple Postgres instances holding terabytes of data in a multi-tenant configuration
    • An Android application serving thousands of daily users in 14 languages 
    • We don't expect you to have mastered all of those technologies. “Full stack” means that you should expect to work across client and backend software as necessary. The current breakdown is roughly 50%-30%-15%-5%-0%, but it can shift quarter-to-quarter.

As a staff software engineer, you will...

    • Join us with significant skills in developing large software systems
    • Learn the specific technologies new to you (notably Angaza’s complex business logic and data flow), often by apprenticing to developers with less total experience, but more Angaza knowledge
    • Provide servant leadership by sharing your existing knowledge of effective SaaS software development with the team
    • Exemplify Angaza's core values of empathy, trustworthiness, collaboration, courage, innovation, and impact
    • Devote hours a week to code reviews, pairing sessions, and informal mentoring
    • Deploy code daily
    • Celebrate the team’s accomplishments bi-weekly
    • Design significant new systems quarterly
    • Enrich the lives of millions of individual human beings
    • Support tens of thousands of new jobs
    • Avert hundreds of millions of kilograms of CO2 emissions annually
To Apply
Interested candidates should apply using the form below.

This position reports to our San Francisco office. Remote candidates are encouraged to reply, as long as they are based in the US, eligible to work in the US, and are comfortable adjusting their working hours to mostly overlap with Pacific time.

Due to the nature of this role and our maturity as a company, all applicants must have permanent work authorization prior to applying. We are not able to sponsor employment visas (e.g. H-1B).

Other Details
Angaza is a for-profit company based in San Francisco and Nairobi.

Our global technical team is more than two dozen people. We strive to be thoughtful, pragmatic, and collaborative. You can read more about Angaza engineering culture on Key Values and our engineering blog.

Our hiring process always includes an initial phone conversation and at least one on-site interview. We don’t believe in gotcha logic puzzles or adversarial whiteboard exercises, and we give you specific constructive feedback wherever possible.

Employees receive salary, an equity stake in Angaza, and benefits that include:
- Medical, life, and disability insurance
- 401(k) with company match
- Parental leave at 100% salary
- Your transit or bike commute expenses paid by Angaza (if you commute)
- Flexible time off
- Free snacks and drinks (if you’re in an office)
- Team and mission that you can believe in

Our Commitment to DEI
At Angaza, we evaluate all candidates on the basis of their ability to meet stated job requirements. We do not discriminate against candidates on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, religion, nationality, or other personal characteristics. In keeping with our commitment to supporting a safe and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply.