Principal Scala Engineer

Tech · Cape Town, Western Cape
Department Tech
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Would you consider yourself an expert in the Scala engineering space? Would you enjoy forming a part of an innovative team who use their technical skills to make a positive impact? Then this role could be for you!

The Company
We are a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise with offices in the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa,  India, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Triggerise builds digital platforms that motivate users - primarily young women and adolescent girls - to make positive choices. We work together with local communities and use nudges like reminders, discounts and reward points to encourage our users to access and use health products and services. We also support our users in becoming entrepreneurs and adding value to their economies.

All of our Triggerise offices are comfortable, open spaces filled with enthusiastic, international colleagues. Whether you are working from our biggest office in Nairobi, the fast-growing office in Addis, or from home, our people are young and our culture is global and dynamic. Our work environment is fast-paced, informal, and friendly. 

We are open to remote work for this position and will happily accept applicants from any Triggerise Location (Kenya, Portugal and South Africa).

The Job

As the Principal Engineer at Triggerise, you will create and maintain the software that enables our system to function. You'll advise on the implementation and delivery of software, and ensure that the technical principals and standards are followed across teams. You will also be responsible for: 

  • Influencing and applying the principals of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing and evaluation of our software. 
  • Working closely with the architect and engineering teams to maintain and develop new features on our software platform.
  • Using your coding expertise to mentor and coach other engineers with complex problems.

About You

You’re a logical thinker and a natural problem-solver who wants to use your technical expertise to make an impact.


  • You hold a minimum of  6 years of experience in a technical software development role.
  • You have worked extensively with Scala tools and frameworks.
  • You don’t want to just write code, you want to make it with quality and scalable.
  • Experience within Microservices, AWS, and fraud will be an advantage. 
  • You are willing to learn. We use Cats, FS2, ScalaTest, Testcontainers, Flyway, among others (you don't need to have experience with the tools we are currently using, we can help you).

Recruitment Process
Introductory call with recruiter | First Interview with Tech Team | Technical Challenge | Final interview with the Tech Team

The Rewards

At Triggerise we believe in being open, also when it comes to salaries. The salary bracket for this position, excluding benefits, is R60 000 - R88 000 per month in South Africa, KSH 292 000 - KSH 439 000 per month in Kenya and €2 700 - €4 149 in Portugal. We will offer you a salary in this bracket depending on your level of experience and how it relates to your future colleagues. If you would like to know more about the salaries in our other locations, please contact us.


In addition to your monthly salary, we offer you:

  • Great secondary benefits 
  • A personal development budget.
  • Unlimited holidays, if you can make it work with your team you’re good to go.
  • Growth opportunities.
  • A product to help shape as we grow, to leave your mark on how we do things.
  • A vision that we trust that you will do your job without us having to invent unnecessary rules and regulations.

The Details

Interested? Click Apply for This Job! Want more information? Check out our website or contact our Global Recruiter. We only accept applications through the apply links, not by email.

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  • Location
    Cape Town, Western Cape
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