Frontend Developer

Cape Town, ZA /
Tech – Software Development /
Who we are:
Mama Money is a growth-stage fintech startup working to help migrant workers in South Africa send money home. Since 2015 we have been providing reliable remittances, at a socially fair price, to those that need it most. 

Mama HQ is in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. We are 173 people strong (and counting) from 19 countries, across Africa, Asia, UK, and Europe. Our shared mission is to leave greed behind and show that we can use our talents and resources to make the world a better place. Our culture is built around the wellbeing of our team members and making a difference in our communities. “Just be lekker!” personifies our approach to work: we trust the wisdom of our talented and diverse team to do what is best for our customers and get the job done responsibly, without pedantic policies.  

We’ve been around since 2015 and have earned a few accolades along the way, made some new friends, and expanded our reach but we are just getting started. We are self-funded and profitable. Our sustainable business model helps us keep delivering social impact, with the focus being on helping people rather than maximizing profit. 

At Mama Money, we build reliable software for people who really need it. We value this over following trends and using gimmicks but enjoy experimenting to find better ways to do things internally and for our customers. We embrace Agile principles and values but avoid dogmatic practices. We don't take ourselves too seriously but take our work and our customers' needs very seriously.

We are looking for a Front End Developer who will work with the team in creating, maintaining and extending our customer facing platforms. Our mobile apps are built in Angular using Ionic framework, and there are multiple internal facing portals built in Angular, Laravel and React respectively. 

Your main duties will include creating new features and maintenance of various frontend portals. This will include building HTML pages, styling with CSS/SCSS and working with Angular, Typescript and ExpressJS. You may be required to work on Laravel from time to time.

You'll collaborate with multiple development teams in the development, deployment, testing and maintenance of our systems. From a process perspective, Mama Money has been growing rapidly, which means that a big challenge for us is scaling our development platforms and practices to support concurrent development of features with multiple teams collaborating. To this end, we are adopting Agile principles using the Scrum framework. We'll require you to have a working understanding of the mechanics of Agile and Scrum, as well as what they are meant to achieve. You'll be participating in all facets of the process, including requirements analysis, creation of stories (we use Jira as our tool of choice), task breakdown and story point estimates. 

Languages/Frameworks: Angular, TypeScript/JavaScript, Ionic, Firebase, ExpressJS, PHP, Laravel, CSS, HTML
AWS Services: EC2, S3, API Gateway, Cognito, ECS
Tools: Jira, Confluence, Postman, DBeaver, GIT

What you'll do:

    • Help us investigate and implement new processes, tools and technologies to help us grow
    • Be involved in the full SDLC of new features
    • Help identify and address technical debt in existing codebases
    • Assist with deployment, QA and support
    • Ensure code quality through peer reviews, documentation and knowledge sharing

What skills and experience you should have:

    • At least 3 - 5 years’ frontend development experience working with JavaScript
    • The ability to work collaboratively in an ever-changing environment
    • A basic competence with Angular/Typescript and the willingness to learn more

It would be ideal if you had:

    • BSc Computer Science, technical tertiary qualification or significant work experience
    • Experience working with microservice architecture
    • Experience developing for the cloud
Why Mama: 
At Mama Money, the customers & communities1 we serve are at the heart of all that we do. 

We bring our authentic2 selves to work where we are free to express our diverse identities while staying true to what we believe in and how we feel. Part of that means being able to have difficult conversations when necessary but always remembering to do so with trust, respect, and a positive mindset3. Being open to receiving feedback and understanding how this helps us evolve and grow is essential to succeeding in our environment. 

We are responsible4 for ourselves, our behaviour, our delivery, and our output. Although we always aim to move things forward and get $hit done, we start small - taking it step by step and always look for ways in which we can improve. We know from experience that when we work together5 towards a common goal, we can achieve anything. 

Mama Money is a special place because we care. We care about our customers, we care about the people who work for us and we care about the impact our work has on the world. There are things that we don’t care about too. Things like bureaucracy, discrimination, ego, titles, and silos. We’re a friendly bunch who don’t take ourselves too seriously but we do take our work, and our customers’ hard-earned money, very seriously. 

Mama’s values: 
1. Customer & Community 
2. Authentic 
3. Positive Mindset 
4. Responsible 
5. Togetherness