Scala Backend Engineer

Tech · Johannesburg, South Africa
Department Tech
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

You’ve gained experience in the software development space, and want to continue working on innovative projects, whilst making an impact with your tech skills & knowledge.  Read on to find out more about our Backend Engineer position! 

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 and will happily accept applicants from anywhere in Portugal, South Africa & Kenya. 

The Job

Our Backend Engineer is responsible for creating and maintaining the software, to allow our platform to function.

  • You maintain and develop new features on our software platform.
  • Applying software engineering principles to the design, development, maintenance, testing, and evaluation of our software.
  • Working closely with team members, on development and other projects.
  • Responsible for security and data protection when developing our software.

About you

You have in-depth development experience using Scala 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 currently based in Portugal/Kenya/South Africa (Mandatory).
  • You hold a minimum of 1 year of working experience in a software development role.
  • You have worked with Scala backend tools and frameworks.
  • Experience within Microservices, and AWS will be an advantage.
  • You don’t want to just write code, you want to make it with quality and scalable.
  • Below are some of the technologies we use at Triggerise: Cats, FS2, ScalaTest, Testcontainers, and Flyway, among others (experience in these technologies will be an advantage).  
  • You have excellent English skills.

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 - €3.490 gross in Portugal, R52.500 - R78.750 gross in South Africa, and Ksh248.733 - Ksh373.100 gross in Kenya, 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. 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 now below! 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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