Cellulant Corporation Group Head: Platform Engineering Jobs in Zambia

Cellulant Corporation Group Head: Platform Engineering Jobs in Zambia

Job Description:

  • Primary Responsibility: Ensure the end-to-end health of shared infrastructure and platforms for Cellulant products and services.

  • Collaboration: Work with other technology teams to drive operations and automation. Accelerate product delivery. Ensure consistent and stable services.

  • Technology Oversight: Oversee the correct operation of technologies across environments (security, DevOps, Observability, data engineering) using in-house and third-party teams and services.

  • Platform Resilience and Availability: Provide a resilient, secure, and highly available platform for products and services.

  • Strategy and Implementation: Define, get approval for, and implement the overall strategy for platform delivery.

  • Environment Oversight: Oversee all pre-production and production environments outside of application software. Manage systems for SCM, CI, testing (functional, integration, end-to-end, performance, security), and CD in a hybrid cloud environment.

  • Cloud Provisioning and Security: Principal officer for automated cloud provisioning (virtualized and containerized workloads) and security/network setup.

  • Capacity and Demand Management: Lead capacity and demand management for the hybrid cloud.

  • Cost Management: Oversee cost management within the functional area.

  • Adjacent Cloud Engineering Systems: Lead and oversee observability systems and security monitoring systems. Liaise with Site Reliability Engineering and Information Security teams.

    Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement Cellulants platform engineering management strategies and vision aligned with company goals, optimizing technology platforms to meet internal and customer needs.

  • Establish, deliver, and refine a platform engineering roadmap ensuring current platforms deliver value, scalability, resilience, security, and operational efficiency.

  • Recruit, empower, and retain a high-performance platform engineering team comprising Cloud, Network, DevOps Engineers, Observability Specialists, and Data Architects, meeting business expectations.

  • Define a technology roadmap fostering a DevOps culture through automated platform capabilities, supporting customer-focused product development.

  • Create tools for software engineering teams to test and deploy code efficiently across environments.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to automate manual tasks, enhancing platform performance.

  • Anticipate product features by tracking market trends and collecting stakeholder input.

  • Develop infrastructure supporting services across multiple platforms with resilience and performance.

  • Ensure a common, consistent, and flexible platform supporting product development.

  • Ensure the various systems built on the platform by the business are coherent, and actively identify and deliver common elements.

  • Provide technology expertise across the company, supporting software engineering activities.

  • Build an effective cloud function to leverage infrastructure as code, and enforce standards across the platform estate.

  • Develop and build a well-documented and centralized API estate, promoting reuse, and supporting API versioning and end-to-end lifecycle management.

  • Oversee platform service design with a focus on security and swift response to threats.

  • Implement policies for secure platform management including access control and disaster recovery.

  • Manage data usage promoting robust engineering for operational and analytical purposes.

  • Working with Software Engineering, Architecture, and Operations teams, provide an in-depth evaluation of evolving and mature technologies, and help shape the customer technology roadmap.

  • Participate in the Technology leadership team, driving company strategy and coordinating support for platform engineering issues as the primary contact.

  • Keep abreast of emerging trends in platform engineering, such as cloud, CI/CD, Infrastructure as Code, Observability, and Data, identify best practices, and participate in developing or setting standards to improve the overall platform engineering practice.

  • Proactively reassess platform engineering activities and manage stakeholder expectations.

  • Analyze platform security strengths, weaknesses, and risks, establishing contingency plans.

  • Resolve cross-functional issues and coordinate working groups.

  • Provide mentorship, career development, performance feedback, and complete
    performance evaluations for team members.

  • Maintain platform engineering documentation, escalate risks promptly, and drive continuous improvement through root cause analysis and project documentation.

    Qualifications & Experience

    Must-Have Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of working experience driving platform engineering strategy development, and implementation within the FinTech and or Financial Services environment.

  • Prior experience working in a payment services provider environment.

  • Past working experience as a Software Engineer, Cloud Engineer, DevOps Engineer, and Cloud Architect would be advantageous but not mandatory

  • Depth and breadth of experience in cloud engineering including automated provision (also known as Infrastructure as Code -using Terraform / Ansible / AWS Cloud formation) of virtual machines, Kubernetes environments, load balancers, firewall appliances, etc.

  • Depth and breadth of experience in Observability solutions using ELK/EFK stacks, Prometheus, Jaeger, Grafana, or equivalent

  • Depth and breadth of experience working with SCM (Bitbucket / Gitlab), delivery pipelines (CI/CD - Jenkins / Circle CI, Gitlab) with automated testing in a cloud-native environment.

  • Working experience with data systems such as data lakes (AWS S3), data warehouse (AWS Redshift / Click house, Apache Hadoop), relational (MySQL / PostgreSQL) and non-relational databases (Mongo / Cassandra)

  • Working experience with common data pipeline tools such as Apache Kafka, AWS Kinesis, or equivalent.

    Must-Have Experience:

  • Strong and demonstrable experience in managing platform security and emerging security threats and vulnerabilities.

  • Ability to clearly articulate data engineering concepts, and can demonstrate these through a deep level of experience and knowledge.

  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience with modern complex development tool chains, bug tracking systems, continuous integration, and version control systems in both commercial and open source/agile settings.

  • Excellent at building rapport with Software, SRE teams, and other stakeholders to ensure their platform needs are met.

  • Excellent at building and retaining high-performance teams.

  • Working experience with agile delivery using Scrum, Kanban, or equivalent.

  • Experience in building and retaining high-performance teams.

  • Ability to build rapport with delivery stakeholders to ensure software development outcomes are met.

  • Above-average communication, negotiation, and consensus-building skills.

  • Execution-oriented - a pathfinder or pathmaker to ensure timely product delivery.

  • Experience in building and retaining high-performance teams with proven team management skills including the ability to develop staff by identifying and fulfilling gaps in skills and knowledge

  • Experience in partner selection and management and contract negotiation with 3rd parties and other service providers

  • An open mind towards innovative ways of solving problems and creating solutions for staff through the appropriate use of technology.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Computer Sciences, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology, Software Development, or any other relevant and related field.

  • Certification in Linux system administration, Windows system administration, Cloud computing, and Containerization.

  • Certifications in scripting, network engineering, database administration, or web development.

    How to Apply

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