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Mobile Development Lead: Android (Hybrid after 6 months probation)

IT – Software Development
Pretoria/Centurion – Gauteng

A Health Tech Solution Company based in Pretoria is currently looking for a dynamic Mobile Development Lead. This role will involve managing the team and sprints, taking charge of communication, team health, and culture. The Mobile Development Lead will have authority over process, structure, scheduling, task assignment, and documentation.
The candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining their innovative hearing health platforms on the native Android platform. It’s crucial that the code is written in accordance with specifications, is neat, accurate, well-architected, and scalable.  The ideal candidate should have a BSc in Computer Science, Engineering, or another applicable technical discipline. They should also have hands-on experience as an Android software developer and have been responsible for the development and maintenance of one or more projects.
Team Management :
  • Increase team’s effectiveness with the following:
  • Recruitment, selection and orientation
  • Training and development
  • Assign accountabilities and plan
  • Monitor and appraise job and project results
  • Develop a climate for offering information and opinions
  • Ensure conformity of products and documentation to product and company requirements in terms of the the company’s Quality Objectives
  • Provide technical leadership to the team through coaching and mentorship where appropriate
  • Develop the expertise within the team, ensuring continued development and best practice
  • Package and support deployment of releases
  • Assist with managing team priorities and development schedules
  • Provide feedback to Line Manager regarding the efficiency and output of the team
  • Build team morale and keep the team motivated to work at a high pace and at the desired quality.
  • Ensure the team meets specification and timescales as appropriate
  • Drive documentation completion and quality within the team
  • Ensure development is completed within the Quality Management framework
Application Planning and Development:
  • Be involved in the planning, design and development of assigned applications
  • Research, consult, analyse and evaluate application needs and designs
  • Write and maintain efficient, reusable and reliable code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards
  • Work from wireframes and/or designs to develop high quality applications
  • Following best practice design and development methodologies in sustaining a high quality, clean, auditable and manageable applications
  • Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of applications
  • Identify issues, bugs, and bottlenecks and devise solutions to these problems
  • Identifying technology limitations and deficiencies in applications and associated processes, procedures and methods
  • Testing, debugging, diagnosing and correcting errors and faults in an application within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform to specification
  • Project Planning and Capacity Management 20%
  • Estimate accurate completion timelines for projects for use by the project lead in capacity planning
  • Provide input into the requirements documentation and assist in work breakdown to draft a proper timeline to plan the schedule and what is required
  • Manage time and tasks effectively in order to complete tasks in the correct order of priority
  • Manage time and tasks effectively in order to complete tasks on time
  • Liaise effectively with other team members and backend engineers to ensure timeous completion of integration and the coming together of mobile applications and the required back-end system
  • Track tasks and timing on JIRA
Team Work:
  • Lead peer-reviews of solution designs and related code
  • Communicate and collaborate with the team to solve problems and discuss best programming practices
  • Contribute to team development efforts towards successful project delivery
  • Communicate effectively with team members and internal stakeholders, using communications channels appropriately
  • Take personal ownership of projects and products
Quality Management and Compliance:
  • Ensure continued improvement and upkeep on existing applications
  • Ensure compliance with QMS frameworks for CE certification
  • Ensure products are developed accurately (i.e. according to specifications and end user requirements)
  • Ensure products are developed efficiently (i.e. according to best practice and on time)
  • Ensure testing is completed according to specification
  • Manage release schedule and communicate deployment details
  • Ensure development is completed within the Quality Management framework
Minimum education (essential):
  • BSc in Computer Science / Engineering or other applicable technical discipline
Minimum education (desirable):
  • Honors / MSc in computer science / engineering or other applicable technical discipline
Minimum applicable experience (years):
  • 7+ years working experience
  • 2+ years of managing a team
Required nature of experience:
  • Hands on Android software developer having been responsible for the development and maintenance of 1 or more projects
  • Line management of Android developers (and iOS devs a plus)
  • Team culture, coaching and development
  • System development coordination
  • Project management
  • Project implementation management.
  • Documentation
  • Use sound engineering practices to build a solid product while iterating quickly.
  • Experience with using Firebase
Skills and Knowledge (essential):
  • Development of mobile software for a hardware product (check out lexiehearing.com)
  • Android (Java / Kotlin)
  • Reactive programming
  • Modular code design principles, familiarity with different software architectures: MVP, MVVM, Clean Architecture
  • Restful API integration
  • GIT
  • Development architecture
  • MySQL
  • Git
  • Agile knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of Atlassian Suite (Jira and Confluence)
  • Knowledge of development pipelines
  • Main development language for role: Kotlin
  • Experience with ISO, CE or FDA compliance for software would be advantageous
  • Medical device software development experience would be advantageous
  • Experience with BLE would be advantageous
  • Experience with Firebase would be advantageous
Essential Competencies:
  • Examining Information
  • Developing Expertise
  • Adopting Practical Approaches
  • Providing Insights
  • Thinking Positively
  • Inviting Feedback
  • Upholding Standards
  • Taking Action
Important Competencies:
  • Interpreting Data
  • Generating Ideas
  • Exploring Possibilities
  • Convincing People
  • Articulating Information
  • Embracing Change
  • Valuing Individuals
  • Showing Composure
  • Meeting Timescales
  • Checking Things
  • Following Procedures 
  • Pursuing Goals 

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