Lead Software Engineer

cape town


3 years experience

Job description:


As the lead software engineer you will be responsible for leading our engineering team and, initiating and executing on all aspects of our bespoke software platforms, including but not limited to:

  • Our student portal
  • Our mentor portals
  • Our placements portal
  • Our website and payment gateways
  • Our sign up flows
  • Our data analysis platforms

To excel in this role, you should be a creative problem solver, have advanced technical skills, high standards and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders.



  • Lead the engineering team in initiating and executing all aspects of our software platforms
  • Lead the technical implementation of projects while effectively delegating and collaborating with other members of the engineering team 
  • Coach and mentor developer teams
  • Plan sprint cycles and timelines within any framework that works for you and the specific team you’re working with 
  • Communicate with technical people through clear and readable code and documentation as well as communicate with non-technical people and translate their requirements into implementable milestones and smaller goals 





  • Minimum 2 years of  experience in software development, as a developer
  • At least 6 months of management experience leading or co-leading a team of software developers  
  • Experience with Python, Django, Postgres and AWS
  • Experience leading a cross functional team of engineers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and be able to adapt in line with or ahead of external changes


  • 3+ years of software development experience
  • 1+ years of managing or supervising a developer team 
  • Prior tech startup experience in a high-growth and ambitious environment

About company:

CoGrammar is an edtech startup that is dedicated to closing the global tech skills gap. We achieve this by integrating human mentorship and code review into the world's leading tech education brands. CoGrammar has also built and scaled its own coding education product - HyperionDev - which supports learners from over 40 countries in changing into fulfilling tech careers. HyperionDev rebranded to CoGrammar in August 2018.CoGrammar is recognised as one of the top edtech startups in Europe, Middle East, and Africa and in 2016 won first prize in Facebook's Innovation Challenge, gaining financial backing from both Facebook and Google. CoGrammar was originally launched from the University of Cambridge by Computer Science graduates and our senior leadership comprises of world-leading talent out of places such as Google, Amazon, Groupon, and 2U. We're a people-first company with a purpose that underlines everything we do. We're obsessed with the potential in people and challenge them to do their best work. We embrace a culture of growth and learning to deliver on our vision and ours is a relentless quest for improvement.

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