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Senior Backend Engineer at Cellulant Corporation

Cellulant is a digital payments business. We run an ecosystem of consumers, merchants and banks in which we facilitate payments and build value through the value-added services we layer on top. In building this ecosystem we serve different types of customers with different products, in a range that includes mobile banking products, mobile credit products, USSD, SMS, and digital content. We are currently serving merchants and banks across 10 countries, and a wide set of industries

To do this we are looking for qualified, passionate, dynamic, and vibrant people to drive our strategy and agenda.

Job Summary:

As a Senior Software Engineer you work in a team that owns the design, development, and operations for major components of the payments and banking integrations

You should be a distributed systems generalist, able to architect broad systems interactions while being very hands-on, able to dive deep into any part of the stack, and lower-level system interactions. You should value simplicity and scale, work comfortably in a collaborative, agile environment, and be excited to learn.

Software solutions you build must meet internal quality standards and deliver the business metrics for which it was designed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and implementation of scalable distributed systems using Kubernetes, Docker, and other tools in the Cloud Native landscape.
  • Build configuration and deployment assets required to deploy and run the distributed applications.
  • Design microservices and other service elements to fulfill business requirements on assigned projects.
  • Continually evaluate technology changes in the cloud-native landscape and support the team in exploring and implementing solutions that serve the business and team goals.
  • As a member of the software engineering division, you will assist in defining and developing software for tasks associated with the developing, debugging, or designing of software applications or operating systems.
  • Provide technical leadership to other software developers. Specify, design, and implement modest changes to existing software architecture to meet changing needs.
  • The duties and tasks are varied and complex needing good judgment and informed risk-taking.

Qualifications for the role

  • 5+ years of experience delivering and operating large scale, highly available, distributed systems.
  • Strong knowledge of Java and the Spring framework, and experience with scripting languages such as PHP.
  • Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, operating systems, and distributed systems fundamentals.
  • Working familiarity with networking protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS) and standard network architecture components such as load balances.
  • Strong troubleshooting and performance tuning skills.
  • Experience writing software using automated testing practices such as TDD, unit, and integration tests.
  • Strong command of version control usage with proper Git flow usage
  • Experience working with CI and CD workflows.
  • Deep experience with Kubernetes and Docker is a strong plus.
  • Experience building multi-tenant, virtualized infrastructure is a strong plus.
  • Experience working and designing architectures using the Istio service mesh is a strong plus.


  • This role has some aspect of project management. The candidate will need to have strong soft skills to communicate and work well with several cross-functional teams in fulfilling the business requirements.
  • Detail-oriented – simply put, the devil is in the details.
  • Decision making – succeeding in this role requires both a can-do and risk-taking attitude. With this in mind, it pays to sit back and evaluate the constraints and take a call using good judgment and rigorous planning.

Key Relationships:

  • Project manager – work planning, status review, risk analysis, feasibility analysis.
  • Technology Delivery Manager – status review, technical review, planning, design.
  • Information security team – vulnerability analysis and patching.
  • Infrastructure team – provisioning and capacity planning.
  • Other software engineers.
  • Support engineers – training, support.

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