Senior Android Engineer

Bridge International Academies, Hyderabad, India

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st December, 2018

Job Description

Who We Are

Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia. 

Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education.

Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing. Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all.

Bridge has been named as “One of the top 10 Employers” in Africa according to an annual survey.

The Bridge Approach

Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but  not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.

Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform  is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now — we work to bridge the gap.

We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.

With plans to enrol ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

Tech at Bridge

Technology plays a critical role at Bridge in enabling us to provide education at massive scale and low cost – it's one of the key elements that gives us the ability to deliver what no one else can. Tech spans Senior Android Engineer several key functions, from the hardware and software that our academies use to run all aspects of teaching and management, including mobile payments, to the systems that enable our country headquarters to manage massive local operations, to the data backbone that informs all of our strategic and tactical decision making. We've got a ridiculously ambitious mission at Bridge, and it's a place where passionate technologists have a chance to directly change the world. No kidding.

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced full time Android engineer to join our new Hyderabad-based cross functional software development team, which will build the software that powers and improves our ability to deliver massive learning gains – at scale. The Hyderabad team will have a special focus on the learning management platform and the rest of the tech running in our academies (which is all Android based). This person will join an elite, interdisciplinary team that will be building the technology that will take Bridge to the next level. It's a great opportunity to grow and learn, while working on developing software with a mission that few, if any, can compete with. We believe in innovation, fast feedback, and high impact. We have an existing portfolio of native Android applications that undergird our ability to support selfsufficient academy management, engage the local community, and deliver high-quality education to our pupils. However, we need someone that can drive the next generation of these platforms, ensuring high availability even in challenging conditions and generally driving innovation in the mobile space. It's all about rolling up one's sleeves to introduce best practices, deliver key functionality, and pave the way for exciting future possibilities, like adaptive curriculums and automated grading of tests (to name just a few).

What You Will Do

  • Gather requirements, build, test, and ship new Android functionality for our academy tech platform.
  • Collaborate with the server-side developers to design the APIs for specifically for the Android application (not just consuming APIs that were already developed for a web app)
  • Engage on all dimensions of the app, from UI and UX, to business logic, to storage and networking.
  • Introduce architectural patterns to improve scalability, stability, and maintainability.

What You Should Have

  • Bachelor's degree in related field with superior academic performance.
  • At least three years of professional Android development experience. Senior Android Engineer o Esp. published apps on Google Play.
  • Full lifecycle experience, from conceptualisation to deployment to feedback from production.
  • Experience with writing library projects that get reused across multiple android apps o Knowledge of Gradle and DI helpful
  • Experience architecting whole Android applications, not just adding features or porting existing apps.
  • Belief in the importance of automated unit, integration, and functional tests for Android apps.
  • Exposure to continuous integration and continuous delivery practices, especially in an environment of weekly (or even more frequent) releases to production.
  • Love for collaboration and working with driven stakeholders, including presenting work with confidence when interacting with business owners and users.
  • Openness and eagerness for learning new paradigms and practices.
  • Passion for Bridge's vision of democratising the right for all children to succeed.

You’re also

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand. Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for.
  • A customer advocate – Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
  • A life-long learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.


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