• Location
    • Cape Town
  • Date Posted
  • May. 24, 2021
  • Function
  • Software Engineering
  • Sector
  • Financial Services

Prodigy Finance is a platform that delivers socially responsible financial services; making it possible for students from more than 150 countries to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools by financing their international postgraduate studies, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$1 billion through the platform to fund over 19,000 students.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, RMIH, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank

  • What will you do in the role?
  • As a senior level software engineer, you will help extend some of our core systems and spearhead new projects. You will be exposed to the functioning of the product, operations and business development teams and you will increasingly take on a leadership and decision-making role as we craft the Prodigy Finance platform.
  • This role fits in the Pay domain, which focuses on the customer journey from the point where a customer’s loan is created up to where it is paid off. The Pay domain consists of three high level  functions, namely loan servicing, payments and collections. Although this role fits inside a team dedicated to one of the Pay functions, the space is highly collaborative and engineers are exposed to the full domain.
  • What are some of the responsibilities of this role?
  • Become an integral and trusted member of the tech team; be a team leader, coach and mentor, decision maker and handle a full caseload of hands-on coding/implementation projects
  • Take a leadership and decision-making role in the technical architecture and implementation of the platform build. This includes project prioritization, evaluating technical debt, technical problem resolution and how to incrementally evolve a solution to reach a target architecture while delivering business value
  • Execute a number of projects which contribute to the build of our platform. Take responsibility for coding core-feature implementation projects and Greenfield projects. Make an impactful contribution, ask great questions, and execute high quality work
  • You classify, store and handle data in accordance with policies
  • You take responsibility for the state of the code you both inherit and produce. Be an expert in Python or Ruby on Rails and have strong technical knowledge across all parts of the tech stack
  • You maintain high test coverage and peer review colleagues’ pull requests
  • Researching and staying abreast of key technical developments and industry trends and innovations
  • Completing reasonable tasks as requested within the broad parameters of the role
  • What would the ideal candidate be great at?
  • Technical competence; love coding, able to learn new paradigms quickly and look to continuously improve and find better ways of doing things
  • Excellent critical judgement; able to make good decisions, be trusted, respected and dependable, be proactive and responsive, ask the right questions, raise flags at the right time, able to prioritize and plan workloads for the team
  • Mindfulness; be considerate of the implications of your work, really care about what you are doing and the impact of your contribution
  • Coaching and mentoring; teaching concepts, listening and adapting, empathy and a motivation to understand what makes others tick
  • Teamwork and team spirit; we are all contributing to the same platform, so you need to not only be a great individual contributor but be more motivated by the achievements of the whole team - we only win if the team wins, see the impact of your own work and positively influence and help the work of others
  • Getting up to the front of the bus; get stuck in, execute, generate ideas, have an impact, don’t just sit back and be a passenger

Qualifications and experience

  • 8+ years’ experience in programming
  • 4+ years’ experience in a scripting language such as Python, Rails or PHP
  • Comfortable with development of RESTful API backends
  • Experience with development of microservices
  • Comfortable with Async Message Brokers such as RabbitMQ
  • Familiarity with concepts such as MVC and have a basic understanding of web frameworks
  • You must have a basic understanding of Javascript, CSS and HTML
  • Demonstrable track record of working with a relational database, for example PostgreSQL
  • Professional fluency in open source tools, including github, Jenkins, and others
  • Comfortable with cloud platforms such as AWS
  • Capacity and inclination to learn and you must be passionate about building scalable systems