hyperiondev Cape Town | Remote Full-time 2024-02-05

ABOUT US

HyperionDev is one of the largest providers of accelerated tech education in EMEA and one of the oldest providers of 'coding bootcamps' in the world. We work with top universities such as Imperial College London, The London School of Economics, The University of Edinburgh, and Stellenbosch University to deliver structured technical courses and bootcamps that accelerate people into fulfilling tech careers. We have been recognised as one of the top education technology startups in the world and gained the financial backing of Meta (previously Facebook) which recognised us as  the most socially impactful startup operating in Africa, where we initially started our work.

We are dedicated to closing the global tech skills gap and we achieve this by integrating tech education with human mentorship and expert code review powered by a workforce in Southern Africa, which lowers the cost of an accessible education in technology. This model has been successful, allowing us to reach millions of learners a year from over 60 countries. We have also partnered with government bodies such as the UK's Department for Education who provide scholarships for students to study on our bootcamps and gain employment at companies such as AstraZeneca and the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS).

We're backed by nearly 2000 investors, having raised the largest crowdfunding round of funding for an ed-tech company in history. As a primarily bootstrapped, profitable, and scale up tech business join us as we play our part in making the world a more stable, safer, and fair place.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE 

As the Engineering Project Manager at HyperionDev you will ensure the successful delivery of the company’s products or services to its customers, on time and within budget, while meeting or exceeding expectations in terms of quality. 

You will be responsible for the timely delivery on all aspects of our bespoke software platforms, including but not limited to: 

  • Our student portal
  • Our mentor portals
  • Our placements portal
  • Our website and payment gateways
  • Our sign up flows
  • Our data analysis platforms

Our tech stack consists primarily of Python, Django, AWS (EC2, RDS, S3, Lambda, SQS, SNS, CloudWatch, Route53), Postgres, and a little bit of Ubuntu. We don’t require a perfect match with our tech stack, so a solid background in similar languages like Java, and frameworks like Spring, will transfer easily into our environment.

To make a success of this position you will need to be a creative problem solver, have advanced technical skills, be adaptive, have high standards and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders – technical and non-technical.  You will report to the Head of Product & Engineering.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Project Management: Plan, organise, and monitor progress to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. Own the Release Management lifecycle which includes scheduling, coordinating and the management of releases across the teams. The releases can be inclusive of application updates, operating system patches, security improvements, hardware upgrades, features and new integrations
  • Team Coordination: Work closely with various teams within the company, such as Engineering, Marketing, Admissions, Learning Design to ensure that all components of a product or service are ready for delivery.
  • Stakeholder Management: Communicate with stakeholders about the status of deliveries, dealing with any issues or concerns that may arise. This could include both internal stakeholders (like product managers or engineers) and external stakeholders (like HD teams or integration partners). 
  • Risk Management: Identifies potential risks to the release scope, delivery schedule and quality of the product or service and implement strategies to mitigate those risks. 
    • Conduct Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, and Business Go/No-Go reviews. 
    • Work with Engineering to understand impacts of branches and code merges
  • Quality Assurance: Works with the QA, Product and Business teams to ensure that the product or service meets the company’s quality standards and expectations.
  • Release Management: Work closely with the Product Managers overseeing the process of managing, planning, scheduling and controlling a software build through different stages and environments; including testing and deploying software releases. 
    • Lead and co-ordinate the Go-Live activities including the execution of the deployment Plans and checklists.

 

QUALITIES WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Exceptional communication skills

A Head of Engineering Delivery has to communicate with many individuals  in the course of their duties. Therefore, exceptional communication skills are a must. 

Detail-oriented

A Head of Engineering Delivery has to ensure all the tasks are completed without making mistakes. Making mistakes humanely, however, is crucial that you make as few of them as possible.

Time management

Time management is essential for almost every job role. It is the ability to work efficiently by prioritising work properly. As a Head of Engineering Delivery, time is of utmost importance. On-time delivery is essential to maintain  the trust and customer satisfaction. You must use time management skills to conclude  your work on time. 

Organisation

As a Head of Engineering Delivery, you must be organised. You must have a stellar ability to plan, structure, and do tasks according to your priorities. 

Problem-solving

A Head of Engineering Delivery has the primary responsibility of maintaining good relationships with stakeholders. This involves understanding their demands, listening to their problems, and finding effective solutions to them. Therefore, you must have stellar problem-solving skills. 

Collaboration

A Head of Engineering Delivery does not work in isolation. They have to work in collaboration with their team members and stakeholders and reach their goals. Therefore, you must have good collaboration  skills.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum:

  • At least 2 year of experience delivering or acquiring learnership partnerships/training in South Africa
  • At least 2 years leading a team acquiring and delivering employer partnerships to deliver learnerships in South Africa at the scale of at least >R20mil a year
  • At least 4 years of business development experience as a partnership manager or equivalent 
  • A deep understanding of the employer training and learning & development space in South Africa and demonstrable track record of working with companies to scale training operations.
  • A deep understanding of the BEE ecosystem in South Africa in relation to learning and development 
  • Extremely strong business acumen
  • Highly skilled at strategic analysis, problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Undergraduate degree in business, management, law or a relevant field

Preferred: 

  • Experience working in Jobs Fund or similar government/employer led impact projects in South Africa 
  • Experience working with employers that fund or co-fund tech bootcamps 
  • At least 3 year of experience delivering or acquiring learnership partnerships in South Africa
  • At least 2 years leading a team acquiring and delivering corprorate partnerships to deliver apprenticeships, executive education, or training for businesses at scale specifically for training tech skills 
  • At least 4 years of business development experience as a partnership manager or equivalent in the tech education vertical 
  • A deep understanding of the employer training and development space in multiple countries in EMEA and demonstrable track record of working with employers in partnerships to scale education 
  • Extremely strong business acumen
  • Highly skilled at strategic analysis, problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Undergraduate degree in business, management, law or a relevant field
  • Prior experience in a high-growth, tech-focused environment
  • Prior experience in education or education technology

 

BENEFITS

Equity: As a senior leadership role within the company, you may be eligible for direct ownership in the business through our stock option scheme.  The company has been approached for acquisition by a number of billion dollar leaders in the tech education space, is backed by investors from the US, UK and South Africa, and we want you to directly share in the success of the business.

Flexible & remote working: We are a remote-friendly organisation and offer flexible work options.

Bootcamp: We offer our employees the opportunity to enrol part-time in our Coding Bootcamps.

Annual leave, life cover and medical benefits: We provide 19 annual leave days as part of our leave policy along with two half-days that can be taken at your discretion. We also provide health insurance/medical aid contribution and group life cover for our team.

Join the heart of tech in Africa, the US, and Europe: You'll work with the best of the best in edtech and developer education. Join one of the most ambitious and highest performing tech companies in the space, with a founding team that draws their former experience from companies such as Google, Amazon, GetSmarter/2U, and Yoco. 

Life-changing work: Solve real problems that make education and tech careers accessible to those who need it most: you're allowed to brag about it.

 

OUR VALUES

We're a people-forward company with a purpose that underlines everything we do. We're obsessed with the potential in people and challenge them to do their best work. We embrace a culture of growth and learning to deliver on our vision and ours is a relentless quest for improvement.