Responsibilities Design and build advanced applications for the Android platform Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design, and ship new features Work with outside data sources and APIs Unit-test code for robustness, including edge cases, usability, and general reliability Work on bug fixing and improving application performance Continuously discover, evaluate, and implement new technologies to maximize development efficiency
Description Who We Are Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia. Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education. Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing. Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all. Bridge has been named as “One of the top 10 Employers” in Africa according to an annual survey. For more information look at the blog on the Bridge website. The Bridge Approach Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals. Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now — we work to bridge the gap. We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities. With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies. Tech at Bridge Technology plays a critical role at Bridge in enabling us to provide education at massive scale and low cost – it's one of the key elements that gives us the ability to deliver what no one else can. Tech spans several key functions, from the hardware and software that our academies use to run all aspects of teaching and management, including mobile payments, to the systems that enable our country headquarters to manage massive local operations, to the data backbone that informs all of our strategic and tactical decision making. It’s a lot of custom software development and a lot of back office systems. We've got a ridiculously ambitious mission at Bridge, and it's a place where passionate technologists have a chance to directly change the world. No kidding. About the role Tech at Bridge is a highly complex, vertically-integrated affair, with systems supporting an ever expanding range of functions and countries, and crossing between software development, IT operations, academy operations, and logistics/supply chain. At the same time, our teams run lean and things change fast – governments make policy decisions that affect us, launching new countries is a frenetic affair, and we still need to evolve our core technology offering. We are looking for team leads to spearhead our new Hyderabad-based, cross-functional software delivery teams. In addition to being technically excellent and an individual contributor, a team lead is responsible for the end-to-end progress and quality of her project (looking across all disciplines and technology stacks) and for ensuring that her team is following their agreed norms and processes. What You Will Do In addition to the responsibilities of a senior member of the delivery team, including being an individual contributor, the key additional responsibilities of a team lead include: Gather requirements, build, test, and ship new Android functionality for our academy tech platform. Collaborate with the server-side developers to design the APIs for specifically for the Android application (not just consuming APIs that were already developed for a web app) Engage on all dimensions of the app, from UI and UX, to business logic, to storage and networking. Introduce architectural patterns to improve scalability, stability, and maintainability. Ensure the overall quality of the product being delivered meets our standards for scalability and maintainability. You will be comfortable not only in your primary functional area, but also able to oversee excellence across all aspects of delivery and are accountable for keeping the project and team on track. Focus on continuous improvement, pushing the team to adopt new approaches and technologies, ensuring that we stay on top of emerging standards. Work with the software software engineering manager to ensure that the team is following well-defined processes. And where the processes need refining, to push for those changes. Set the culture and tone of the team - to push for business relevance, delivery excellence, and innovation. Find opportunities for team members to develop professionally and personally. Ensure that informal feedback mechanisms and retrospectives are happening. Communicate project status to key stakeholders. The focus should be on low-touch “information radiators” - but ultimately, the lead needs to What You Should Have Bachelor's degree in related field with superior academic performance. At least eight years of professional Android development experience. Preferably with published apps on Google Play. Full lifecycle experience, from conceptualisation to deployment to feedback from production. Experience with writing library projects that get reused across multiple android apps Knowledge of Gradle and DI helpful Belief in the importance of automated unit, integration, and functional tests for Android apps. Serious experience with formal pair-programming and other XP practices a major plus. Experience with running projects using a formal delivery methodology (not just “we do Agile”); experience with more than one and the ability to articulate their relative strengths and weaknesses a major plus. Belief in test-driven development (TDD) and/or behaviour driven development (BDD) is required. A proactive and confident approach, where you’re comfortable representing projects in front of the full range of project stakeholders, including senior leadership. You seek information actively and work through potential solutions to ensure the project stays on track. The drive, desire, and experience of managing across all delivery disciplines, including design, development, testing, and deployment, and not just overseeing your own area of expertise. You have to be comfortable outside your comfort zone. Strong facilitation, coaching, and conflict resolution skills. Ability to prioritise and carry out multiple tasks. Proactive mindset and comfortable working without constant supervision. Flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the business. You’re also A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company. A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand. Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for. A customer advocate – Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value. A life-long learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.