Java Backend Engineer

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

Are you a problem-solver with a background in software development? Do you want to be a part of an innovative team that uses its 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, 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. You can learn more about the work we do here.

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 South Africa, or from home, our people are young and our culture is global and dynamic. Our work environment is fast-paced, informal, and friendly. You can hear more about being a part of the Triggerise team here. 


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

The Job

You will form an integral part of our Agile tech team who is responsible for creating and maintaining the software that allows our platform to function. You’ll also be responsible for:

  • You maintain and develop new features on our software platform. You apply the principles of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing, and evaluation of our software.
  • You make sure the software you develop is secure and safe with regards to information security & personal data.
  • We expect you to actively participate in meetings and projects and to coordinate with your team members. We also expect you to continue to develop yourself and keep abreast of new developments. 
  • You document your work and make sure that your documentation is clear and understandable for future use by others. 
  • Our team works in an agile way and you will be part of the rituals and practices. 


About you

You have in-depth development experience using Java and building software from the ground up. You’re a logical thinker and a natural problem solver who wants to use your technical skillset to make an impact.



  • You are based in Portugal/Kenya/South Africa.
  • You hold a minimum of 2 years of working experience in a software development role.
  • You have worked extensively with several Java backend tools and frameworks.
  • You don’t want to just write code, you want to make it with quality and scalable.
  • Experience within Microservices, and AWS will be an advantage. 
  • You are willing to learn. We use SpringBoot, JUnit, Testcontainers, Flyway, among others (You aren't required to have experience with the specific 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 monthly salary bracket for this position is €2.329 - €3.494 gross in Portugal, Ksh248.733 - Ksh373.100 gross in Kenya, and R52.500 - R78.750 gross in South Africa, plus benefits and allowances. We will offer you a salary in this bracket depending on your level of experience and how it relates to your future colleagues.


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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