Head of Research and Development and Innovation Lab

Technology · Johannesburg, Gauteng
Department Technology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Meet Ozow

Ozow is the future of payment — a world-class payment platform for customers and merchants that is Ozow easy, Ozow fast and Ozow secure. With benefits as big as our ambitions, we’re looking for candidates who can inspire us and be inspired by us. We’re striving to become the industry leader that provides the simplest and easiest way to pay. And while we’re on our way to building an inclusive payments market, we’re building an equally inclusive workforce. So, join us as we achieve big things and beyond.

More about this Ozow fantastic position

As the Head of Research and Development and Innovation Lab you will provide strategic direction for the development of our innovative, global product portfolio. In this role you will be fixated with developing new products that ensure Ozow continues to be in the forefront of the payments industry, while retaining our competitive advantages and increasing the company’s profitability.

You will pinpoint relevant high-risk/high-return technologies and products, make them accessible, and be able to assimilate them into existing or new products and solutions.  You will play a crucial role in the strategy development process, in the technological and strategic due diligence for Merger and Acquisition activities, brand communications, and in maintaining external networks in research and development.

In this role you will maintain an agile, start-up-like culture of innovation in the research and development function and processes, which will ensure the organisation is able to maintain a strong, industry leading product portfolio.

You are an ideal candidate if:

  1. You have a relevant Master’s or PhD degree.
  2. You have 5 + years of experience as a Head of Research and Development in the software or fintech (advantageous) industry with a history of exceeding key performance metrics.
  3. You have 3+ years of experience in hiring and developing research and development teams in an agile environment.
  4. You have excellent knowledge of trends in technology.
  5. You have a solid understanding of the .NET framework and the general Microsoft stack, but also proficient with Linux, popular non-relational databases, and at least knowledgeable in languages such as Go, Ruby, Python, or Scala.
  6. You are proficient in cloud, containerisation, and best of breed technologies used in web-scale applications.
  7. You have experience & certification in Lean Six Sigma (beneficial).

Your skills:

  • Strategic in your thinking/ visionary. You are able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way. You determine opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends.
  • Creative/ innovative. You generate new and innovative approaches to problems.
  • Entrepreneurial. You have experience creating new value within the business.
  • Proactive. You act without being told what to do. You bring new ideas to the company.
  • Able to hire and develop A Players. You source, select and sell A Players to join a company. You coach people in their current roles to improve performance and prepare them for future roles.
  • High standards. You expect personal performance and team performance to be nothing short of the best.

Health and safety first

These are unprecedented times and because our people couldn’t be more important to us, health and safety couldn’t be more important to us. We’ve made sure that our office is a safe place to work and we’ll continue to do so, to ensure that we combat the spread of COVID-19.

Benefits as big as our ambitions — huge

At Ozow, first and foremost, you’ll get to do meaningful work and grow your career. But we’re also not your average 9-5 company. We work together and play together and because we really care, we offer plenty of perks too.

Some of the things to look forward to:

Fitness challenges and healthy eating. Medical and Life insurance plans. Be the hero or toast the hero of the month at first-Friday drinks. Take half a day off from work on your birthday and let us celebrate this special day with you by giving you a little spoil. Your family is our family, they to get spoils and get to join us on special events. Our holistic wellness program will give you access to a toll-free confidential telephonic counselling line which is available in all 11 languages, 365 days a year. We thrive on seeing our team members grow by creating a learning culture. There is so much more where this came from, but enough to get you excited.



Convinced? We thought so.

If we seem like the kind of forward-thinking, progress-making, energetic company you’ve been waiting for, give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you.

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  • Location
    Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor