ABOUT US

HyperionDev is the largest provider of software development education in Southern Africa, and one of the largest globally. Counted among the top education technology startups in EMEA with headquarters in Cape Town and London, we support learners from over 40 countries in changing into fulfilling tech careers. We are dedicated to closing the global tech skills gap and we achieve this by integrating tech education with human mentorship and expert code review, lowering the cost of accessing tech careers.

In 2016 we won first prize in Facebook's Innovation Challenge, with Facebook selecting us as the most socially impactful startup operating in Africa and financially backing us, alongside Google. We were originally launched from the University of Cambridge, and our leadership team consists of world-leading talent from companies such as Google, Amazon, 2U/GetSmarter, Yoco, and PwC, including those who have previously built and gone on to sell large businesses. We are looking for team members who are ambitious, motivated and have a track record of over-achieving and exceeding targets.

Join us at a time when we are reinventing tech education and how technology can drive higher quality education at scale for markets that have some of the most underperforming tertiary institutions and schools globally.

ABOUT THE ROLE 

As the Head of Software Development at HyperionDev you will take ownership of our talented team of software engineers. Our Head of Software Development will be someone with a passion for hands-on development, but also someone who can take a step back, look at the big picture and lead a team to achieve a common goal. In leading this team, you will be responsible for providing strategic direction, and initiating, planning, and executing on all aspects of our bespoke software platforms, including but not limited to: 

  • Our student portal
  • Our mentor portals
  • Our placements portal
  • Our website and payment gateways
  • Our sign up flows
  • Our data analysis platforms

Our tech stack consists primarily of Python, Django, AWS (EC2, RDS, S3, Lambda, SQS, SNS, CloudWatch, Route53), Postgres, and a little bit of Ubuntu.

To make a success of this position you will need to be a creative problem solver, have advanced technical skills, be adaptive, have high standards and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders - technical and non-technical. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with senior management to provide strategic input.
  • Provide strategic leadership to our development team. 
  • Lead the development team through initiating, planning and hands-on execution on all aspects of our software platforms.
  • Lead the technical implementation of projects while effectively delegating and collaborating with other members of the development team. 
  • Coach and mentor developer teams.
  • Plan sprint cycles and timelines within any framework that works for you and the specific team you’re working with. 
  • Communicate with technical people through clear and readable code and documentation as well as communicate with non-technical people and translate their requirements into implementable milestones and smaller goals. 

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum

  • 10 years of  experience in software development
  • 5 years of experience as a developer 
  • 5 years of experience in a management position, leading a team of developers
  • Experience with Python, Django, Postgres and AWS
  • Experience leading a cross functional team 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Prior tech startup experience in a high-growth and ambitious environment
  • An interest in the future of developer education, assessments, tooling and placements.

Preferred 

  • 2 years of experience leading a software development team specifically at a fast growing post Series A tech startup
  • Experience in scaling a rapidly growing development team
  • Interest and experience in machine learning and natural language processing 
  • Interest in recent pedagogical advances in computing and online education
  • Prior tech startup experience in a high-growth and ambitious environment

 

BENEFITS

Equity: As a senior leadership role within the company, you may be eligible for direct ownership in the business through our stock option scheme. The company has been approached for acquisition by a number of billion-dollar leaders in the tech education space and is backed by investors from the US, UK and South Africa, and we want you to directly share in the success of the business.

Flexible & remote working: We are a remote-friendly organisation and offer flexible work options.

Generous annual leave and medical benefits: We provide up to 20 annual leave days as part of our leave policy, as well as health insurance or medical aid benefits for our staff.

Join the heart of tech in Africa, the US, and Europe: You'll work with the best of the best and rub shoulders with the world leaders in edtech, developer education, and developer assessments. Join one of the most ambitious and highest performing tech companies in the space, with a founding team that draws their former experience from companies such as Google, Amazon, GetSmarter/2U, and Yoco.  

Life-changing work: Solve real problems that make education and tech careers accessible to those who need it most: you're allowed to brag about it.

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