Software Engineer – Launchpad

January 4, 2023

Job Description

  • Lagos

Canonical Nigeria

Canonical is a growing, international software company that works with the open-source community to deliver Ubuntu – the world’s #1 cloud operating system. Our mission is to realise the potential of free software in the lives of people and organisations. Our services are helping businesses worldwide to reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance security with Ubuntu.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Software Engineer – Launchpad
Location: Lagos

Drive the future of collaborative open source development tooling as part of the Launchpad team. This is an opportunity for a motivated engineer with a passion for open source software, Linux, and web services to join our distributed team.
Launchpad is a platform for managing open source development projects. It includes code hosting and review, bug tracking, package building, translations, and other facilities used by free and open source software developers.  It provides essential development and collaboration infrastructure for major projects such as Ubuntu.
Launchpad is a mature project, mainly written in Python (primarily Zope, with some Flask).  You'll be striking a balance between keeping our business-critical services running and expanding our feature set: among other things, we are currently working on expanding our package building capabilities, improving the development flows provided to our users, and modernising our web UI.  
If you love keeping large projects well-organised and well-maintained, care about supporting developers, and believe that continuous improvement is the key to innovation, higher velocity, and reliability, you'll fit right in.
Build a rewarding, meaningful career working with the best and brightest people in technology at Canonical, a growing international software company.

What you’ll do

Proactively collaborate within and contribute to design, architecture, and feature-selection for solutions across distributed teams
Write high-quality, API-first Python code with unit tests
Debug issues and produce high-quality fixes
Review code produced by other engineers
Work from home with global travel 2 to 4 times a year  for internal and external events

Who you are:

You have a Bachelor's or equivalent in Computer Science, STEM or similar degree
You love technology, working with brilliant people, and solving interesting problems
You are a strategic thinker
You are curious, flexible, articulate, and accountable
You value soft skills and are passionate, enterprising, thoughtful, and self-motivated
You have proficiency delivering robust code to production, preferably written in Python.
You have experience and enjoy maintaining and improving large and mature web applications.
You have experience with databases, ORMs (PostgreSQL a plus), data management, and data modelling.
You have an interest in, or experience with, integration, infrastructure and operations.
You believe that robust security requires conscious efforts at every stage of delivery.
You have familiarity with Ubuntu as a development and deployment platform.
You have a solid understanding of the structure of various software packaging systems, including Debian/Ubuntu packages.

We Offer

Remote first: 100% remote working with the opportunity to travel to Sprints. We meet a couple of times a year in interesting places all around the world to come together to collaborate. These Sprints see circa 300 people come together. This year we have travelled to Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Montreal and Prague!
Personal development: Annual budget allowance and time to focus on areas you want to improve.
Compensation: eligibility for annual pay review including bonuses.
Recognition: The ability to possibly be rewarded and recognised by others for the work you do.
Travel: Priority Pass for lounge access when flying to sprints. International SOS membership to support you whilst travelling.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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