Head of Software Engineering Job, Engineering Jobs Kenya

Purpose of the role

We are looking for a Head of Software Engineering to lead the development of scalable SaaS platforms. You’ll lead a cross-functional team that’s responsible for the full software development life cycle, from conception to deployment. As the Head of Software Engineering, you should be comfortable with defining a vision roadmap for Synnefa’s end-to-end SaaS platform. You’ll get an opportunity to build a high performing engineering team. Taking ownership and development responsibilities for both Synnefa’s frontend and backend codebase will be a pivotal component of your responsibilities. You will manage delivery of key projects on time and with quality in mind. You will also be expected to build out the DevSecOps pipeline and lead the infrastructure rollout as needed to support Synnefa’s growth ambitions.


Our product is built using AWS, AWS Elastic BeanStalk, AWS S3, Jinja2, Python, ReactJS, CSS. We use Slack, G Suite, Github, Github Actions, Terraform and Docker to collaborate and build together.


  • Defining the vision roadmap for all software solutions
  • Hiring and mentoring software engineers
  • Driving and rewarding desired behaviors within the engineering team
  • Structuring the engineering team to drive performance
  • Providing input on tools and technologies that drive Synnefa’s vision
  • Formulating the end-to-end architecture strategy
  • Ownership of the frontend and backend codebase
  • Managing the delivery of key projects on time and with quality in mind
  • Communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Building and maintaining relationships with external software development agencies
  • Regularly engaging with the software development community
  • Adhere to and drive modern software engineering practices through design reviews

Minimum Skills and Requirements

  • +5 years of industry experience building SaaS platforms
  • +3 years of industry experience with cloud-based, web and mobile app architecture
  • Professional experience building frontend tech stacks using ReactJS, Angular, VueJS or Gatsby
  • Experience with building DevSecOps pipelines and implementing code quality enhancing tools
  • Proven experience building scalable backend tech stacks using NodeJS, Python, or .Net
  • Ability to architect and build high performance APIs that are Restful or GraphQL based
  • Experience building dockerized/containerised software solutions
  • Efficient at leading agile software development sprint cycles using scrum or kanban
  • Ability to create scalable database schemas from scratch for SQL or NoSQL deployments
  • Experience building integration layers that leverage MQTT to drive scalability
  • Ability to in-built observability capabilities in SaaS platforms
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies at speed
  • Degree in Computer Science, IT, Engineering, Statistics or relevant field

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