About Us:

Sokowatch is transforming communities across Africa by revolutionizing access to essential goods and services. By connecting small merchants to the digital economy, we fix inefficient supply chains and provide services previously unavailable to informal businesses. Sokowatch aims to provide everything a retailer needs, no distributors, or banks necessary.

Thousands of retailers across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda use Sokowatch's mobile ordering and delivery platform to receive the goods they need as quickly and cheaply as possible while also accessing growth financing for the first time. We’re looking to grow our team with highly talented and motivated employees who are excited to work in a fast-paced and dynamic startup environment.

Position: Principal Engineer(Mobile), reporting to Global Head of Engineering

We are looking for an individual who has a deep interest and passion for technology and loves designing, coding, and owning large-scale systems while working with people who will keep challenging you at every stage. You also have strong problem-solving, analytic, decision-making, and excellent communication abilities with interpersonal skills.

You should be self-driven and motivated to work in a fast-paced, results-driven agile environment with varied responsibilities. You provide technical leadership and mentor to a small team of highly talented and motivated engineers to deliver these solutions at the highest quality.

Locations: Bangalore, India or Nairobi, Kenya

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Experience in the end-to-end software development life cycle and Android platform.
  • Architect, design, and develop modular and high-performing applications for the Android platform.
  • Design and build large mobile applications or multiple apps.
  • Implement unit and functional tests.
  • Design & code reviews.
  • Work in an Agile/Scrum environment to deliver high-quality software. Break down complex projects/epics/epics/stories into achievable tasks for developers.
  • Manage a team of junior engineers and set appropriate guidelines on development methodologies.
  • Serve as a technical lead on our most demanding, cross-functional projects.
  • Effectively communicate high-level strategy and technical details across disciplines, locations, and organizations, including senior leadership.
  • Ensure the quality of architecture and design of multiple mobile applications & systems.
  • Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straightforward solutions.
  • Fully and completely understand system interdependencies and limitations.
  • Leverage internal and industry knowledge in design decisions.
  • Mentor other engineers, define our technical culture, and help build a fast-growing team.
  • Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience.


● 10+ years prior experience in software product development.

● 3+ years previous experience in principal or architect or a similar role.

● Masters / Degree in Computer Science or Related Field from premier institutes.

Must have:

  • 5+ years of experience building mobile applications
  • Expertise in mobile stacks (Android, ReactNative, Flutter, iOS)
  • Deep knowledge of Java, Swift, Kotlin, and Flutter
  • Familiarity with RESTful APIs to connect apps to back-end services
  • Strong understanding of designs, patterns & frameworks (PWA, MVPP, WebViews, Hybrid Apps, SPA)
  • Expertise in performance optimization, troubleshooting, handling multiple apps and upgrades.
  • Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and designing for performance
  • Strong understanding of cloud technologies like AWS/Google Cloud/Azure
  • Proficient with RDBMS & NoSQL Databases
  • Proven team leadership, interpersonal skills, and ability to get things done

Good to have:

● Knowledge of B2B & B2C retail eCommerce

● Experience developing, maintaining, and innovating large-scale, consumer-facing web applications.

● DevOps mindset.

● Experience in data science is plus

● Experience in Spring boot or any good framework.