About Turaco

It is existentially urgent to figure out a way to insure people who are not insured. Turaco’s mission is to free people from the fear of financial shocks. Our 25-year goal is to insure a billion people, doubling the number of people insured in the world.

Turaco is a fast-growing financial services start-up in East Africa that is bringing a new model to health and risk financing for emerging customers. Turaco offers subscription-based insurance for the mass market bundled with regular transactions that people are already doing. Turaco works through business partnerships to offer affordable insurance products that add real value to people’s lives. At Turaco we value simplicity, communication and transparency and strive to transform the way insurance works. When it comes to claims, our goal is to pay out, and fast.

Turaco embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace - we’re building a team where our differences complement each other and make us stronger. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic.

Since launching in Feb 2019, Turaco has acquired 100,000+ end users. Over the next 24 months, that will grow to 1,000,000+ end users. We are growing very fast, and we’re looking for team members who can grow with us.

To learn more, visit www.turaco.insure

About the role

The Senior Software Engineer will play a critical role in helping us build our technological future as we strive to improve internal processes and better serve our customers and partners. The role sits within our “Service Center” team, supporting the operations and growth of multiple country offices. The Senior Software Engineer will work with the leadership across technology, insurance operations, contact center operations, partnerships management, and business development to gather requirements, implement solutions, communicate project statuses and make proposals.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, document and implement solutions to users’ needs and requirements.
  • Maintain and manage existing source code and systems.
  • Develop unit and integration tests.
  • Lead a team of software engineers and mentor them to facilitate skill/knowledge development through advice, coaching, and training opportunities.
  • Proactively search for and fix bugs.
  • Perform code reviews.
  • Design and develop logical and physical data models that meet application requirements.
  • Deploying software tools, processes, and metrics.
  • Providing technological support to the rest of the team.
  • Create technical documentation for internal and external use.
  • Investigating and using new technologies where relevant.

Key Qualifications & Your Profile:

  • Live Turaco’s values – care and protect, do the right thing, have fun, and low ego.
  • 7+ years of professional experience in a similar function.
  • Start-up or entrepreneurial experience is highly desired.
  • Hands-on programming experience developing in Java (Spring Boot)and Javascript (ReactJS, Vue or AngularJS).
  • In-depth knowledge of relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL).
  • Bachelor/Undergraduate degree with excellent grades.
  • Expert knowledge of algorithms and data structures.
  • Hands-on experience in system and feature design.
  • Experience using system monitoring tools and automated testing frameworks.
  • Strong communication skills, especially in communicating paths to solve problems.
  • Ability to innovate and think creatively and strategically about how to solve problems through programming.
  • Excellent team-player.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity, juggle multiple tasks, think independently, demonstrate sound judgment, and problem-solve.

Our Company Culture

Our company values are; Care & Protect, Do the right thing, Have fun, and Low ego. Our values inform the culture we have built at Turaco. Our work demands care and provides protection to our customers, we believe in honesty and taking initiative, having fun while working, and being humble at all times. If these words describe you, join us!

Total Compensation and Benefits:

Turaco offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We combine that with a mix of useful employment benefits like stock option plans, healthcare cover, a Pension scheme and a company culture that allows you to enjoy your work while making meaningful connections.