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Software Architect3

  • Company: Bridge International Academies
  • Deadline: Monday 23rd January 2012
  • Location: Nairobi
Job Description

Bridge International Academies is a for-profit startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a unique business model. The company runs a large-scale network of low-cost primary schools in Kenya that significantly outperforms other primary schools in the same areas because of our “school in a box” systems. Our schools profitably deliver this high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, which enable the schools to cover all their costs and create a profitable central organization at scale. We have launched 37 schools in Kenya, we will double in size in the next 6 months, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students across the continent.

About the Position

We have and are continuing to develop one of the most sophisticated approaches to providing affordable education to MILLIONS of children in one of the most challenging environments in the world. We have a need to recruit for the position of Software Architect to ensure that all software systems are based on sound and maintainable system architectures.


  • Developing the architecture of new software systems as well reviewing and improving the architecture of existing systems
  • Creating and maintaining documentation of system architecture for new and existing systems
  • Ensuring that our IT systems will scale to thousands of schools and millions of students
  • Reviewing and improving security of our software
  • Choosing appropriate infrastructure for deployment of our systems including determining whether to host systems locally or remotely
  • Taking the lead technical role on the software team
  • Recommended and implementing improvements in all aspects of our software development process
  • Developing standards and guidelines for software design and coding to be used by the software team
  • Establishing processes for regular design and code reviews as well as leading these reviews
  • Leading regular training sessions on technical topics for the software team
  • Mentoring software developers in all areas of software development
  • Training one or two senior software engineers with the aim of turning them into software architects
  • Leading teams of software engineers on architecture improvement projects
  • Writing and debugging code
  • Contributing to the overall IT strategy of the company

About You

Successful candidates must possess:

  • 10 years of experience in software engineering with at least 4 years in an architect role
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible
  • Good communication skills

Specialist knowledge required

  • Ability to architect systems that are critical to the day to day operations of large organizations (ERP, financial systems, CRM…)
  • Experience with client server, web based and mobile software
  • Ability to lead infrastructure selection for large and scalable software systems
  • Expert knowledge in standard enterprise architecture patterns such as n-tier and SOA
  • Experience in design and development of large scale relational databases
  • Experience with system integration and automated data exchange and synchronization between multiple software products (custom and off the shelf)
  • Experience taking software projects through the entire software lifecycle
  • Experience with professional software development practices such as requirements management, source code control, defect tracking, unit testing and code reviews and have been instrumental in establishing and managing such practices where you have worked
  • Ability to train and mentor software developers both formally and informally
  • Ability to write and debug code in addition to architecture and design


How to apply

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