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Head of Software Engineering Needed At Old Mutual Kenya

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Job DescriptionThe Head of Software Engineering is responsible for the development of high quality designs and solutions and the integration of these at the Enterprise level. This role guides technical design and the development and maintenance of software and other digital applications or services. The role incumbent will lead a team which will be expected to create prototypes, develop user-centred software, and advise on technical specifications. This role requires fundamentals in engineering practices, an analytical and data-driven approach to problem solving, while following the DevOps model so that teams are empowered to own the full development and support the software development life-cycle. The successful incumbent also has a track record of leading Software Engineering teams, driving outcome-based performance.

Individual will be responsible for managing cross functional agile teams through our full SDLC from estimation to delivery as well as having direct report responsibility for the engineering staff. Successful individual will need to collaborate with Product Management, Design, Quality Engineering, Technical Architecture, and Systems organisations on everything from roadmap estimation to project execution and delivery.

Able to roll up their sleeves and play a hands-on role while building a world class team.

Follow Agile methodologies (SCRUM / Kanban)

Responsible for the development of high quality designs and solutions and the integration of these at the Enterprise level

Set technical standards and SDLC processes

Expected to provide guidance and thought leadership for technical design, and the development and maintenance of software and other digital applications or services

Provide leadership and direction for team of software engineers who are accountable for creating prototypes, developing user-centred software, advise on technical specifications, and who research new techniques. Provide technical and career mentoring for the engineering organization

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Provides sizing and scoping for development work required at the enterprise level

Operates as a subject matter expert and thought leader across program initiatives. Work with your engineering team and leads to plan and track development of all projects through delivery to production

Responsible for the software development life cycle, taking the lead on software development projects

Apply engineering principles for design, development, maintenance, testing and evaluation of software

Ensure that software development tasks are well coordinated

Apply knowledge relating to the Architecture of relevant systems

Balance trade-offs between design and implementation

Client engagement at the Executive level to drive new products/ features and to ensure operational excellence

Enable rapid iteration

Ensure systems are scalable, fault tolerant and robust. Working in an environment that is forever looking forward to preparing for the future. This is due to the platform being highly available with a large customer base that will continue to grow. Experience in this area is highly sought

Assure that security and accessibility continue to be primary goals in construction of any software

The solutions are mainly built using AWS cloud infrastructure

Coordinate estimation of operational costs associated with updated/new functionality with our systems organization

Cultivate a culture of testing and automation throughout the engineering organization

Collaborate with the product engineering management (Design, Product, QA and IT) team to improve visibility, processes, and communication mechanisms

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Full stack software development experience and capability

Experience or comfort working with native mobile apps

Experience with modern data technologies (Kafka, Kinesis, Snowflake), relational database systems (MySQL) and ability to work with large databases

Understanding and knowledge of scaling and proven track record of scaling system

Experience profiling and optimizing code on all tiers of an application

Requirements: Skills, Qualifications and Experience required

Matric / Degree in Computer Science/ Engineering/ Mathematics or related

7 years+ Software Development experience

A successful track record working as an engineering leader across multiple teams

Experience leading and contributing to software architecture

Experience with systems that leverage near real-time data to drive personalized experiences

Experience working with consumer facing digital products

Experience with systems which have sophisticated access control/configuration capabilities

Exceptional written and oral communication skills

Exceptional critical thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to quickly understand complex systems and data

Experience balancing managing direct reports and making contributions to the software

Experience providing project visibility to senior management

Passion for data driven decision making and continuous process improvement



Closing Date07 October 2023

Old Mutual Limited is pro-vaccination and encourages its workforce to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

All prospective employees are required to disclose their vaccination status as part of the recruitment process.

Please refer to the Old Mutual’s Covid-19 vaccination policy for further detail. Kindly note that Old Mutual reserves the right to reinstate the requirement to vaccinate at any point if it is of the view that it is imperative to do so.


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