Product Developer

Full-time/London

We’re a firm on a mission to build better products, brands and perceptions for Africa…

Africa is mostly made up of the young, who have grown up in its period of increasing positivity, and so – regardless of their socioeconomic condition – anticipate change and are ambitiously striving to effect it. Therefore, with its large and youthful population, infectious culture and excess of opportunities, within ten years we believe African companies can sit among the largest in the world, with globally recognisable brands.

We are a team of entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, strategists and storytellers, who have chosen to take action to bring Africa’s future forward. By working with similarly inspired Africa-focused founders, we believe we can create companies that can provide African and international audiences with new and more aspiring associations with the region. Therefore, we’re on a mission to build better products, better brands, and better perceptions for Africa, and once this mission and message becomes irrelevant so will we.

 

The Position: Product Developer

As a Product Developer at De Charles, you will play a significant role in helping the company build products and high quality customer experiences for our clients.  As part of a growing and multidisciplinary team you will be expected to function broadly and be a part of furthering clients’ growth in both narratives and product development engagements.

 

The Contribution

In your position, you will play a significant role in helping De Charles build products, narratives and ideas for a new generation of Africa-focused companies. Your contribution will include:

  • Working closely with creative and client teams to analyse the feasibility of intended products;
  • Working with teams to understand and translate designs to requirements and new possibilities;
  • Providing general research support to the team, helping them develop deliverables and proposals for clients;
  • Using information from your work, critical thinking and broader experience to contribute to client advice;
  • Having a good understanding of the complete web application stack;
  • Writing technical architecture and detailed software design documents;
  • Researching and exploring new emerging technologies;
  • Developing and delivering available, scalable applications;
  • Add to the internal thinking and marketing efforts of a growing consultancy.

You Are

Someone who is taking the initiative to influence your own development in burgeoning technology and Africa-focused industries. You are looking to contribute broadly to, and learn quickly within, a growing company, which will give you the opportunity to pursue your interests across several functions and geographies and greatly grow your network. You do not constrain yourself to job titles but are rather growth and outcome oriented. You bring the following competencies to a team:

  • a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for Africa’s growth;
  • resourcefulness and an ability to work in unclear environments that require adaptability;
  • a growing awareness of behaviour, technology, and business trends globally and in Africa;
  • an appreciation for technology, design, communication, and innovation and development in industries;
  • A passion for brainstorming, conceiving and creating new customer experiences for diverse markets.

 

Required Qualifications, Experience & Skills

  • A solid degree in Computer Science, Maths or a related discipline
  • Knowledge of Agile Delivery and best practices
  • A structured and transparent approach to delivering work, which can be picked up and understood by colleagues 
  • Solid problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated past initiatives and positions of leadership (at university, personally or professionally)
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • An ability to work in a team and receive constructive criticism and feedback on your work
  • A passion for the world of startups
  • A very strong work ethic

 

 Desired Qualifications, Experience & Skills

  • An advanced degree in Maths, Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical field
  • Previous application development experience (2 – 3 years)
  • Past entrepreneurial experience as a founder, co-founder or very early hire of a startup
  • Confident and enthusiastic with an ability to build rapport with virtually anyone
  • An ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team to great effect
  • Experience coding embedded systems
  • Cool under pressure

 

Location & details

This position will require you to work full-time at our central London offices in Holborn.

 

CV & Cover Letter

Please send your CV and statement to be considered for this role, based on which we may call you for an interview. In your statement, which should not be more than 600 words, you should write creatively to critique the De Charles mission, and discuss which two industries you think will have the biggest contribution to Africa’s next decade.

Work with us

We build award-winning products, compelling stories and growth-oriented brand strategies, for the new generation of Africa-focused companies.

Work with us

Media enquiries

We actively converse on next-gen brands, technology and the emerging consumer in Africa. Get in touch for interview or speaking requests.

Speak with us

Join the team

As a growing company we love to hear from great engineers, designers, communicators and Africa passion-isters,  whether or not we have an opening.

See openings

Work with us

We build award-winning products, compelling stories and growth-oriented brand strategies, for the new generation of Africa-focused companies.

Work with us

Media enquiries

We actively converse on next-gen brands, technology and the emerging consumer in Africa. Get in touch for interview or speaking requests.

Speak with us

Join the team

As a growing company we love to hear from great engineers, designers, communicators and Africa passion-isters,  whether or not we have an opening.

See openings