You will fall in love with this role if you can get passionate about bringing solar energy-as-a-service to countries throughout Africa.
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.
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 behind the three key areas of our integrated operation :
Leading our distributed workforce : automatically dispatching and coordinating the activities of thousands of field staff in multiple countries
Customer payments and service : enabling all mobile payment transactions and delightful customer interactions for our growing customer base
Distribution and delivery of solar systems : handling the movement of massive numbers of solar systems and appliances such as low energy TVs from factories through home installation.
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 Lead Android Developer, you will help drive the evolution of our mobile application as the company accelerates into hypergrowth mode.
This includes implementing new features to enhance existing user flows, as well as fixing bugs which hinder successful user journeys.
It also includes working closely with our platform team to define elegant APIs, as well as standardizing the implementation of our visual design.
You’ll be working to solve interesting technical and human problems, such as :
Implementing an adaptive user interface to accommodate a range of user roles
Ensuring that our app elegantly handles a range of data network access scenarios
Collaborating effectively in a distributed team, using a pragmatic, Agile process
Expertise in Android development (at least 5 years)
Highly skilled with Java and / or Kotlin
Excellent communication skills
Multiple applications available in the Google Play Store
A Computer Science / Engineering degree is required.
What Zola Electric Offers :
How Zola Electric will set you up for success, we have been growing and developing our team plans, processes, and support structures for years.
We are looking to add a small new team together in Nigeria to come onboard and support each other all at the same time.
Access to the best machines, tools, and internet around
Paid Conference budget, and paid training materials available to you
Co-located Team in our newest market
Each hire assigned an experienced buddy / mentor
Working with existing Technical and Operations Guides on the ground
Career Guidance and Growth
Pair Programming Time and Support
Internal Dev talks, learn from our talks and develop your technical speaking skills
Travel opportunities to work with our globally distributed team in person
What You Bring
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 collaborative learning including reviewing others’ work, participating in design discussions, improving team code quality, and bring new ideas to the team.
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 beginnings. You have worked with and explored several frameworks and languages. You have started to develop favorites but enjoy learning and digging into new things.
You want to dive in 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).
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.