Remote Engineering Leadership Jobs in South Africa

Are you a technical leader who excels at writing code and architecting products? Do you dread taking the next step in your career and falling into more management overhead? Work from South Africa.

Would you enjoy a leadership role where you build software first-hand, rather than just delegate work and allocate resources? If you are interested in opportunities that do not lock away 15 years of software development experience into management overhead, we have some exciting opportunities to offer.

Our partners specialize in building their products using cutting-edge cloud technologies. We believe in leading by doing, and we are looking for seasoned architects with hands-on leadership experience to solve our most challenging software engineering problems.

Forget about managing people or projects all day. This role is about creating software architecture specifications based on detailed product requirements. Our unique operating model with fast release cycles and automated management activities will enable you to live close to the codebase and make technical decisions every week, sharpening your technical skills by exposing to a wide range of software projects.

This role will give you full ownership of technical decisions for multiple products. Rather than debating endlessly with other teams to agree on an implementation plan, you will receive carefully architected product specifications and make the decisions to drive maximum business value using your development expertise. Enabled by a streamlined organizational structure and automated management activities, you will achieve 4x the pace of delivery while working 40h a week from your own home office.

If you are looking for your next challenge, we invite you to join a fast-paced organization responsible for multiple high-quality software releases per week.

What you will be doing

  • Making technical decisions. You will lead the team in the right direction on the most complex challenges and newest technologies, making decisions that have a company-level impact.
  • Improving the development operation. You will design systems to simplify the development process and guide engineers to consistently deliver with high quality.
  • Getting hands-on with the product. By tackling architecture and coding challenges, you will draw technical insights on how to improve products and solve business issues.

What you will NOT be doing

  • HR and administrative tasks. We want your technical expertise, and we will not waste your time doing performance reviews, committees, etc.
  • Overseeing steady-state operations. Our culture is continuous improvement. If it’s bad, fix it. If it’s good, make it better.
  • Wasting your time in meetings, committees, and administrative tasks. We have automated management overhead so you can focus on creating business value through hands-on work.
  • High-level strategies without implementation guidelines. Your recommendations must be based on product-level insights.

Key Responsibilities

  • Improve our products and development operations by making critical technical decisions. You will propose and implement ideas to simplify the code, improve quality, and scale our growing portfolio of software products.

Candidate Requirements

  • At least 5 years of experience writing code
  • 5+ years of leadership experience developing enterprise software products at scale.
  • Experience managing teams from multiple engineering functions (developers, designers, product managers, testers, etc.)
  • Ability to make important technical decisions

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes someone successful at this role?

Our engineering leaders are deeply technical developers who have the skill and drive to get to the root cause of problems. You will be successful in this role if you seek challenges and are excited by the idea of improving the systems that allow us to ship high-quality software releases for dozens of products each week.

How is this role different from most engineering management roles?

Unlike the middle-management responsibilities of the industry norm, this role will have you fully focused on the codebase, making architectural decisions and coding to drive improvements to the product. You will lead your team through technical expertise, not task allocation. 

What is the most challenging aspect of this role?

Engineers at our partner organizations work with multiple unique enterprise software solutions. To scale effectively, our engineering managers need to be able to solve technical challenges for any of these products, which offers both a challenge and an opportunity to expand your technical expertise.

What does a typical week in this role look like?

Because we have automated away non-technical tasks like HR activities, resource allocation, and project management, managers focus on two high-impact activities: diving deep into the team's output to find the source of quality problems and eliminate them, and proposing and implementing ideas to systematically improve quality.

What you will learn

You will improve your capability to create high-quality architectural designs. You will hone your technical skills by working with over 100 software products and cutting-edge cloud technologies.

Work examples

We believe making good software architecture decisions is the equivalent of creating a stable foundation for a structure before building it. It’s critical to ensure quality and is hard to fix later.

How do you make solid software architecture decisions that support the product functionality requested by a Commercial Product Manager, and at the same time are straightforward for the feature team to implement? 

The approach starts with understanding the technologies and requirements requested by the Product Manager. The software architecture design then captures the most important technical decisions (ITDs) for Domain Model, Use Cases, C4 System and Container Diagrams. A high quality architecture design ensures that the scope is complete and the design is implementable.



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