Software Development Manager

Technology · Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa
Department Technology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience 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 Software Development Manager - Digital, you will report into the CTO and will lead teams of Engineers to develop applications for various platforms. The products include mobile applications, customer onboarding, marketing sites, support for third party integrations, and other customer facing products utilising and extending the core payment system to go where no payments provider has gone before. 


As one of Ozow’s esteemed senior technical members you need to have strong experience in programming fundamentals, system architecture, and development methodologies to assist in researching and developing new products and modifications to existing software to improve the overall efficiencies of digital product offerings.


You would be working in an agile environment with a major contribution to the product roadmap. You will need to show a strong knowledge of digital product development, user experience, marketing and SEO, and need be able to build and improve products that support the core payment systems.


You will need to provide technical leadership to multiple teams of developers and help them deliver on sprint commitments. The role is overarching, caretaking the entire development cycle and the people in involved in it.  You will need to bring all your skills to the table so that the team can collectively benefit from your input.  To do so, you should have a track record of implementing best practices such as continuous integration, continuous deployment, test-driven development, and demonstrated skills on team management and mentorship.  A proven history of successful delivery of software projects under tight deadlines is a must.


You are an ideal candidate if:

  • 10+ years in software development experience
  • Proven work experience (5+ years) as a manager and technical lead for software development teams
  • Must have relevant IT Diploma or Degree
  • Experience working with agile methodologies – a true believer.
  • Have a strong understanding of digital product offerings and the development thereof.


Your roles and responsibilities

  • Understanding company goals and participating in requirements analysis
  • Understanding the interdependency of work items and teams
  • Active engagement with the development teams on all areas of software development
  • Participating in regular code reviews
  • Active monitoring of the software development process and continuous improvement thereof
  • Standardisation of technologies, approaches, and architectures across teams
  • Working with agile coaches, technical leads, other development managers, and the executive team to drive architectural changes in projects.
  • Liaise with agile coaches and product owners in order to resolve team impediments
  • Provide technical leadership and direction to your team members and the rest of the business
  • Work with the development teams in order to deliver software projects of high quality
  • Regular reporting to the Chief Technology Officer and other stakeholders on progress and issues.
  • Work with the various development and technical support teams to resolve any production issues timeously and efficiently, keeping business impact to a minimum.
  • Constantly keeping up to date with emerging trends and practices in the relevant fields, and imparting this knowledge onto others.


 Your skills and experience

  • A team player. You reach out to peers and cooperate with supervisors to establish an overall collaborative working relationship.
  • Persuasive. You are able to convince others to pursue a course of action. You are a skilled facilitator and able to resolve conflicts when they occur.
  • Open to criticism and ideas. You often solicit feedback and react calmly to criticism or negative feedback.
  • 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.
  • Flexible/ adaptable. You adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions. You cope effectively with complexity and change.
  • A good communicator. You speak and write clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative.
  • Analytical. You are able to structure and process qualitative and quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. You exhibit a probing mind and achieve deep insights.
  • Entrepreneurial. You have experience creating new value within the business.
  • Strategic in your thinking. 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.


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.


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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    Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa
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