About Andela

Andela is developing a corps of high-quality technology talent across the African continent that will drive the current and future phases of tech-enabled growth around the world. With the fastest growing population and highest youth population in the world, we believe Africa is one of the greatest untapped markets for talent development.

Andela advances human potential by powering today’s team and investing in tomorrow’s leaders. We recruit the most talented developers on the African continent, shape them into technology leaders, and place them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV (Google Ventures) and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders. Passion, excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and rejecting the status quo are just a few of the things that Andela team members have in common.

About the Role

Andela’s Technology department is charged with implementing products that will help Andela to scale with consistency and quality while providing excellent service internally and externally.  It is responsible for finding the best solution for Andela’s needs, not necessarily the best solution that Andela can build.

In this role, you will primarily work as a Engineering Manager within the Technology department as a people manager of up to 10 engineers in your location, providing mentoring and coaching to the engineers, and maintaining innovative processes that monitor the health of the engineering team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be a combination of a highly-technical software engineer and an effective people manager
  • Recruit Technical Team Leads (TTLs) and Senior Engineers (SEs)
    • Identify potential candidates that best fit the role
    • Interview prospective TTLs and SEs to ensure fit
    • Facilitate onboarding of TTLs and SEs, in collaboration with Ops and P&C teams
  • Develop team and individual KPIs aligned to the Department and Andela’s strategic goals
    • Conduct quarterly reviews of KPIs in collaboration with Director of Engineering
    • Monitor all Engineering metrics, SLAs and KPIs for individual team members and ensures compliance with them
    • Communicate expectations clearly to all team members and solicit and deliver individual feedback frequently
  • Manage, measure and improve engineering processes
    • Onboarding and offboarding process
    • Software development process
  • Manage up to 10 engineers
    • Manage team members with different skill sets and technical areas of focus
    • Mentor and coach the engineers and ensure their success
    • Encourage and promote best engineering practices with the engineers
    • Encourage a data-driven culture with the engineers to improve the efficiency, scalability, and stability of our in-house systems
    • Support the engineers in identifying, resolving and escalating issues that impact their work
    • Occasionally unblock engineers on complex issues via pair programming, whiteboarding and design sessions
    • Manage and track engineers on performance improvement plans
  • Inter-Departmental collaboration with
    • Engineering Managers to ensure collaboration across the Engineering department
    • Product Managers to advocate for and prioritize technical initiatives for the team
  • Cross-Departmental collaboration with
    • Local Leadership to represent and communicate engineering initiatives
    • Learning team in regards to 1 Year Developer Placement Program
    • Success in regards to internal engagements
    • Operations in regards to hardware for engineers
    • P&C in regards to people issues
  • Support with budget creation, monitoring and adherence responsibilities


  • 4-5 years of software development experience
  • 5+ years experience managing and growing software engineering teams as a people manager
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • A Bachelor's or advanced degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or related field.

At Andela, we outcompete through diversity. We know that our strengths lies in the multiplicity of talents, perspectives, backgrounds & orientations resident in our community and we take pride in that. Andela is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. Andela provides equal employment opportunities and workplace to all employees and applicants without regard to factors including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy (including breastfeeding), genetic information, HIV/AIDS or any other medical status, family or parental status, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Our policies expressly prohibit any form of harassment and/or discrimination as stated above.

Andela is home for all, come as you are.

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