Senior Software Engineer


We currently work with a modern stack using, but not limited to Python / Django / DRF / GraphQL / MySQL alongside an Angular-powered front-end. We employ SCRUM and Agile methodologies, and also are enthusiasts of continuous integration and continuous deployment.


As an ideal candidate, you are someone who has experience working with modern front end technology stack. If you are passionate about front end development, if you enjoy not only sharing a vision but getting your hands dirty to be sure that that vision is made a reality then we’d like to meet you


As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Play a leadership role in the backend team, seeking excellence in all engineering disciplines inclusive of data processing, quality assurance, application development, analytics, machine learning, algorithms, and data warehousing.
  • Assist in managing the day-to-day activities of the backend team as well as the development and execution of software development projects against delivery commitments and project plans.
  • Work with the tech team leadership in the management of the teams’ staffing, resourcing and mentoring, and maintaining a best-in-class engineering team.
  • Work closely with Soko team in the design of strategic solutions for high market impact and penetration.
  • Work with the software team in deployment and delivery of solutions using primarily agile development techniques.
  • Take part in applications design, database design, data-flows and detailed technical design.
  • Take a lead in designing, developing, documenting and testing bug free solutions.
  • Conduct unit-test code for robustness, including test cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Prepare and install solutions by determining and designing system specifications, and programming standards.
  • Improve operations by conducting systems analysis; recommending changes in policies and procedures.
  • Continuously discover, evaluate, and implement new technologies to maximize development efficiency.
  • Coordinate with Product Managers to ensure the backend team works within strict business timelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any other relevant field
  • 3+ years of technical experience in a lead/senior developer position.
  • Great experience in Django/Python development
  • Experience with unit testing
  • Good understanding of popular programming paradigms (e.g. object orientation, functional programming, ...)
  • A great portfolio of apps that you have worked on that display ability to deliver quality output.
  • Deep knowledge of how relational databases work - in particular MySQL Abilities
  • Consumer-oriented, be a team-builder and team player, have an ability to work in a fast paced and highly collaborative position, and be highly organized and have an ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines - A leading role would also be taken in guidance of team members to ensure task completion, customer and team focus, and overall developer capacity building.
  • Ability to solve complex interactions and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to break down complex customer needs into simple, manageable user stories to be turned into tasks for the development team.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with a strong aptitude for translating requirements into visual concepts.
  • Self-starter with a track record of delivering quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Extraordinary attention to details and craftsmanship.
We are an ethical lifestyle brand and manufacturing platform that brings together artisan communities in the developing world with consumers worldwide. Our innovative supply chain uses mobile technology to connect independent artisan entrepreneurs directly to Soko and the global marketplace. Soko has designed proprietary supply chain technology that transforms the mobile phone into a powerful business tool. Through our distributed production model we call our “virtual factory” we have created a mobile phone-driven supply chain that empowers artisans in underserved communities to sustainably improve skills, manage and grow their businesses, and access the global market. The proprietary mobile technology we developed organizes over 2300 independent, distributed artisans into an efficient and demand-responsive “virtual factory” enabling our artisan workshops to earn 4.8X more than an average Kenyan workshop. We are driven by purpose—to empower marginalized artisans and the communities in which they live by preserving artisanal production techniques and cultural heritage for future generations. We bring ethical and sustainable jewelry to millennial consumers who demand fashion that aligns with their values. By bridging economic, cultural, technological and geographic divides, we are creating a sustainable business for the future. Our product is handmade from ethically sourced and up-cycled materials and is currently sold in over 64 countries and have over 700 points of distribution ranging from Nordstrom, Marine Layer, Amour Vert, Anthropologie, Goop, Zolando, Reformation, and more. We are B-Corp certified and endorsed for social impact by the United Nations, USAID, and the World Bank. More information about Soko can be found on our website