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Staff Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
Cape Town, South Africa
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
Who We Are

Yoco is a payments provider for over 200k self-employed small businesses that launched in 2015 and today processes over US$2 billion annually. We are on a mission to open commerce for all and to do this we are breaking down barriers and unlocking economic opportunities that enable people to thrive.

We have ~350 team members globally, operating across international markets, all with a bias for boldness, and a passion for simple, progressive solutions. We believe in uniting different people to solve hard problems together.

Our mission of making society more equal takes a variety of people, with different backgrounds and points of view, so we can keep building solutions that work for and include everyone.

We’re growing fast. With growth comes compelling challenges, which means that if you’re an ambitious problem-solver with big ideas you will be challenged, stimulated and will thrive at Yoco. You have a passion for doing good. You’re bright and grounded, experimental and courageous.

We don’t stop pushing, we break things to rebuild, we challenge ourselves and each other. We’re constantly evolving — and we’re doing it fast.

Grow With Us.

About The Role

As a Staff Backend Engineer in Payments, you will be a hands-on, technical leader on an individual contributor career path. You will be responsible for system design, ensuring that the team is aligned with the Yoco technical direction. You will be expected to mentor and coach engineers to ensure that the team delivers and supports new features quickly and with industry-leading quality and non-functional requirements (e.g. availability, security, performance, etc.). You will also contribute as an engineer in the team.

About You

  • 10+ years of experience as a backend software engineer, preferably using a JVM-based language and/or Python
  • Experience designing and building systems with challenging non-functional requirements (e.g. availability, security, performance, etc.)
  • Experience leading a team technically, with a proven track record in mentoring and coaching software engineers
  • Experience working as part of a globally distributed team
  • Experience working in a product-based company (instead of a services-based company)
  • The ability to thrive with a high level of autonomy and responsibility
  • Experience in payments and/or Point of Sale (POS) solutions is a bonus

What’s Next

If you qualify for this position, and our mission and values resonate with you, please apply.

We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply and ask that you please send your application in English and help us reduce unconscious bias by leaving out your picture, age, address, and other unnecessary information in your CV.


The Yoco formula is a validated approach to work and a set of behaviours that create maximum value for our customers and help us grow.

Core Values - Our way of working to create value & grow

  • Stay Connected
  • Make Space to Explore
  • Keep it Simple
  • Master your Craft

Core Behaviours - How we show up, engage & treat each other

  • Get to know each other personally
  • Say what you think
  • Be courageous and focus forward
  • Don’t let ego get in the way

To support this, we have built a role-based organisation where every individual is given the space to focus and develop their innate strengths. Everyone at Yoco has the opportunity to lead a project and become a specialist, enabling flexibility, collaboration and accountability at all levels. You will be working with a diverse, motivated and skilled team who will continuously stretch you as an individual. To learn more about our culture, subscribe to our Exposure Gallery.

Join us on a meaningful journey at Yoco, and help enable our merchants to thrive through Open Commerce!

Yoco is one of Africa's largest fintech companies. We enable small businesses to thrive through open commerce.

Founded in 2015 we have helped over 400,000 small businesses across South Africa accept card payments and access capital - often for the first time. We have over 330 team members across our key hubs in South Africa and the Netherlands, all working to deliver world class payments and software solutions to small businesses. We have raised $170M from some of the leading institutional investors in the world such as TPG, Dragoneer, Partech, Velocity, Quona, Raba, 4DX and many more.