Junior Technologist

We're building the most powerful growth engine for African startups and their founders.
Founders Factory Africa (FFA) is unlike any place else you’ve ever worked. We are venture builders dedicated to solving some of Africa’s biggest challenges and capitalizing on it’s incredible potential by leveraging market and tech opportunities. Over the next five years, we’ll build 40 businesses from scratch and scale 100 existing growth-stage ventures through our venture development programs. Backed by leading corporates, such as Standard Bank – the continent’s largest bank – we have access to their vast resources, infrastructure, and expertise and will bring those to bear for all our ventures and entrepreneurs. Starting with FinTech and HealthTech, FFA will expand our focus as we grow, adding other sectors that include retail, transportation, energy, and education.

Our Culture

Our goals are audacious, and we want to work with people who share our passion for pursuing transformation at scale. We believe that good ideas can come from anywhere - not just the top - and we love to build our way out of uncertainty. At FFA, you will work with and meet outstanding and diverse talent from across the continent and help us build a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive network. You will work faster (and learn faster) than you ever have before.
With offices in Johannesburg and London, we are building an ambitious, talented, and passionate team, ensuring that Founders Factory Africa is the continent’s best partner for founders.

About the role

Are you passionate about technology? Do you consider yourself a product hacker? Are you the quickest learner that you know? If you are keen to stretch your mind by working with some of the latest technologies in the industry then this role is for you. We are looking for a junior technologist/product hacker to join our team and support our ventures. You will be a member of the Makers Lab team responsible for researching and implementing no or low code tools for the benefit of our ventures.

Day to day responsibilities

  • Research no and low code development tools
  • Create automation playbooks to enable quick hypothesis testing
  • Design and build proof of concept restful APIs
  • Build productive, collaborative relationships with venture engineering teams
  • Assist the Makers Lab team to complete ad-hoc technology-related requests
  • Note: Responsibilities will grow and evolve based on your interests, capabilities, and venture needs

Required Skills

  • At least a year of work-related experience as a developer, product hacker, or similar role
  • Experience developing low or no-code web applications, with a good understanding of how the web works
  • Fair understanding of some web frameworks (Flask, FastAPI, NodeJS)
  • Solid understanding of HTML, Javascript, and CSS
  • Exposure to basic data structures
  • Excellent research, presentation, and communication skills
  • Experience with a cloud computing platform (AWS, GCP, or Azure) would be a plus

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related technical field
  • Knowledge of no and low code tools (Webflow, Bubble, Zapier, etc)
  • Experience with GIT
  • Understanding of  SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Experience with unit testing

Founders Factory Africa provides a rare opportunity to join a team of world-class thinkers, entrepreneurs, and creators. We provide the freedom and excitement of early-stage startups but the stability and resources of a large organisation. Founders Factory Africa has global ambitions, and you’ll play a key role in our future success. 
This role is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join a high-growth organization as part of the founding team and to help shape the future of Africa’s startup ecosystem.

We're on a mission to power founders to go further, faster. We believe that by providing phenomenal founders with capital, expert operational support and access to world-class corporates, we can create technology companies that solve our world's biggest challenges. We partner with the world’s best founders and corporates to build, fund and scale ambitious startups worldwide. Started by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox, Founders Factory has received investment from some of the world's most influential companies, to build and invest in exceptional founders solving global problems using technology. Combined with unparalleled access to our corporate partners, we invest cash and deliver bespoke support with our team of 100+ specialists. We run two programs across London, New York, Paris and Johannesburg - our Accelerator invests in founders and their teams who have a product in market and are ready to leverage our expert team and global partners to scale. Our Venture Studio builds start-ups from scratch, investing in founders who know what it takes to turn bold ideas into venture backable businesses. We are proud of our commitment to making diverse and ethical funding decisions. That means investing in startups that can make a positive impact globally, and powering diverse founders and their teams. To date, we have backed and built almost 200 companies.