Senior Software Developer (Java)


Cape Town, ZA
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 02/18/2021
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  • Company Address: 900 Island Dr #202, Redwood City, CA, 94065

About Clickatell

Clickatell is a cutting-edge technology company and global leader in mobile messaging that enables effortless, personalized, and contextual digital interactions between businesses and their customers.

Job Description

Are you excited to work for a tech company on the front lines of innovation for some of the biggest brands in the world? Do you thrive in environments where challenging the status quo is the daily norm? If you’re an A-player with energy, initiative, and focus on delivering top results, or as we refer to our colleagues at Clickatell – a Champion – then read on.

At Clickatell, we’re upending the way companies connect, engage, and transact with their customers in chat. Chat is something you do every day with your friends, but it’s also a simple technology that we’ve helped our customers to use to accomplish pretty amazing things. Clickatell helps businesses power customer support, customer engagement, and payments all through chat apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Our customers are some of the most admired and recognizable companies in the world and our communications technology is used to reach more than 15,000 global brands every year. Our jobs offer you a chance to grow your career and work with global teams on technology that is quite simply changing the world.

We could tell you about our great coffee, cool digs, super flexible work-life integration, and amazing benefits, but these won’t convince you to come work with us. If you want to test yourself, work on meaningful projects in a fast-paced environment, and be where every day presents new possibilities, come join one of the greatest global tech companies. We want you!

We’ve grown by combining curious minds and quick smiles with a collaborative company culture where we never quit or settle, and always strive to create solutions that will change the world. It’s a big proposition, but it’s a mission our team takes on every day in an environment that provides you with the freedom to create and innovate, while having fun at the same time. We’re a fanatically friendly group that listens and puts each other first to accomplish great things together for our customers, our communities, and Clickatell



Are you interested in building products used by millions of people? Do you wish you could launch code daily? Are you looking to work on an enterprise grade transactions platform hosted in cloud environments?

You will be joining an agile team of developers who are passionate about the products they build. We enable our clients to seamlessly transact and engage with their customers (on a global scale via channels like WhatsApp, Google RCS, etc). Clickatell is looking for a talented and ambitious developers that are passionate about building high performance (low latency, high transaction volumes) across multiple platforms.


The role of our Champion:

  • Work with an awesome geographically distributed team of engineers and product designers to implement the next generation of products and/or features
  • Work independently and collaborate on projects developing applications from scratch
  • Build applications that can scale (millions of transactions/requests per day)
  • Develop software iteratively and deliver working code each iteration, including authoring relevant documentation and test cases
  • Be responsible for:
    • implementing, debugging and testing of new product features, or enhancements on existing features, or assisting customers and vendors with implementing and troubleshooting end-to-end solutions
    • Implementing a test driven development using unit tests and integration tests in an agile environment
    • sustaining implemented features once delivered into production, including maintenance and support
    • accurate and detailed documentation of relevant design artefacts (use cases, user stories, sequence diagrams etc)
    • working closely with key stakeholders in particular with team leads and technical managers
  • Partake in discussion of architecture, design recommendations and implementations
  • Adhere to policies and standards as applied by the team and directed by the technical manager
  • Provide scheduled standby/on-call support of production software


The capabilities of our Champion:

  • Having worked in and has a deep level of understanding in the following:
    • Java 8/11, Spring Boot, Tomcat, Gradle/Maven
    • Apache Kafka, Redis, Drools
    • Databases SQL language and scripting (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Hibernate)
    • Unit Testing (Mockito), Integration Testing, and Continuous Delivery
    • Containerization (Docker / other), Kubernetes or other container orchestration frameworks
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services) or other cloud-based infrastructures & services
    • End to end perspective on development tasks, ability to develop and troubleshoot both front-end and backend components.
    • Has proven behavioural characteristics in the following:
      • Assertiveness: ability to convince others of right course of action and to explain a point of view convincingly
      • Verbal Communication: good interpersonal skills, verbal communication skills and able to communicate clearly
      • Written Communication: ability to write clear and concise documents, etc.
      • Customer Focus: identify and effectively respond to the diverse needs of development department’s customers
      • Team Working: able to work reliably and responsibly with internal and external colleagues to achieve development and organisational goals as a member of a team
      • Individual Working: able to work alone and to reliably and responsibly achieve development and organisational goals
      • Work Style: Foresight, analysis and logic, systematic and orderly planning, attention to detail
      • Strong troubleshooting and analytical skills
      • Mentoring and coaching skills

Our Champion's journey thus far:

  • Computer Science degree or equivalent diploma from a reputable school (or 10+ years relevant experience if no degree)
  • Has a proven track record of working in relevant software developer roles of 8 years or more
  • Proven industry experience in Financial or banking, or telecommunications an advantage
  • Process experience in
    • Hybrid waterfall/agile environments
    • Agile environments including attendant tools and steps
  • Proven technology experience in
    • high volumes transactional/low latency solutions
    • multi-tiered, multi-threaded Java applications with a focus on high transaction/low latency communication tier
    • integration with 3rd party platforms such as those belonging to telecommunications service providers and banks/financial institutions
    • implementation of solutions as micro services, in the cloud an advantage
    • incorporation and utilisation of native cloud services


Why you will love being here:

  • Competitive salary paid monthly
  • Medical aid contributions
  • Quarterly performance incentives
  • Pension fund contribution
  • Group life cover
  • Communication allowances
  • Undercover parking
  • Half day off on your birthday
  • 5 “personal” days leave a year, over and above your normal annual leave.
  • Staff events, daily popcorn, snacks, cool offices. All the things that make Clickatell a fantastic place to work


To all Recruitment Agencies, we thank you for your willingness to assist us with this vacancy. As a company we have our own Technical Talent Specialists that has deep knowledge of what our company values in every employee and therefore are able to headhunt themselves. Furthermore we do not accept unsolicited CV’s, terms & conditions associated with the use of such CVs will be considered null and void.

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