Our portfolio companies are always looking for great people. Apply to the opportunities below or send us your profile.

DevOps Engineer at Prodigy Finance
Cape Town, ZA

Prodigy Finance - who we are

Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$800 million through the platform to fund over 16,000 students from over 150 countries.

Our team of over 200 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, RMIH, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity

This role is perfect for an experienced DevOps engineer who wants to supercharge their career by experiencing first-hand what it is like to be part of an energetic, extremely fast-growing company.

The sense of impact and reward will be huge.  You will help to build a product which makes a very real difference in the world.  Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses; make it possible for students from more than 150 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools.

We are a small non-hierarchical team; this means that you are going to get exposure to all aspects of our business immediately.  You’ll gain as much accountability as you can handle and have a huge influence on scaling the company.

Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with the broader business on a regular basis. The position will be based in Cape Town.

One of our goals is to build one of the top FinTech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential and creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in FinTech, this would be a good fit.

Why join Prodigy Finance

    Be a part of a pioneering global growth company
    Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding – exponential growth. Happening right now
    Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it
    Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)
    We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop
    Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed FinTech startup, backed by top VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise
    Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world

What you will do in the role                                                  

As a DevOps Engineer, you will take a leading role in instilling a DevOps culture within the larger technology team, mentoring engineers and help to guide development teams adhere to best practice and evolving industry standards. You will lead by example, ensuring that the rest of the technology team is working with your vision. This is a specialized role; half trail-blazer, half coach.

Specific responsibilities are to:

    Build and prototype ideas into working solutions with longevity, scalability and stability in mind
    Document and explain DevOps best practices to the broader technology team and enable them to implement this in their daily work
    Teach and mentor DevOps to other engineers within the technology team

What you will be measured on

You’ll be measured on the following:

    Technical competence; you love coding and solving problems with the ability to learn new paradigms quickly
    Excellent critical judgement; able to make good decisions, be trusted, respected and dependable, be proactive and responsive, ask the right questions, raise flags at the right time
    Technical leadership and team spirit; we are all contributing to the same platform, so be a great individual contributor and motivate the team through leading to achieve our collective goals – we only win if the team wins – see the impact of your own work and positively influence and help the work of others
    Get stuck in, execute, generate ideas, have an impact, don’t just sit back and be a passenger
    Being level-headed; keeping your head when everyone around you is losing theirs

What you need to be great at

    Be a strong, balanced and flexible team player in an Agile context
    Ability to influence and mentor development teams and foster a DevOps culture from the ground up
    Excellent communication skills and a strong team working ethic
    Proven ability to automate provisioning and maintenance of infrastructure in a cloud environment
    Strong troubleshooting and problem solving ability
    Proficient with technologies used within the business such as Bash, Ruby on Rails, Python, Terraform, Jenkins and PostgreSQL
    Experience building and understanding microservices and service-oriented architecture (SOA and REST)
    Solid understanding of data integrity, security and continuity of business

 Who we are looking for; track record must haves

    2+ years’ experience in a Software Development environment
    3 - 5+ years of general DevOps experience
    Deep and broad experience with Amazon Web Services
    Extensive work experience with container orchestration in high volume, distributed systems
    Proficient in at least one object oriented language or one scripting language
    Experience with monitoring, logging and alerting solutions - the more the better
    Deep understanding of IPv4 networking, web protocols and Linux/Unix systems

 Experience that would be nice to have

    Enjoys optimising systems by investigating and diving deep (beyond speeding up build times)
    Experience with JIRA or another issue tracking product
    A solid track record of deploying and managing microservices
    Experience with online version control services such as Github or Bitbucket
    Experience with configuration management tools such as Chef, Puppet, Salt, or Ansible in production environments.

The Prodigy Finance fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy

To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess – in spades - the following attributes:

Innovative + Smart

Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.

International + Accountable

Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable. Encourage and celebrate each other.

Energetic + Fun

Sense of humour = survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.

Stay in touch with Balderton

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on news from Balderton, and our portfolio.