Backend Systems Engineer | ISP | Tygervalley

Our client, a multi award winning company based in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, offers various hosting solutions to over 40,000 customers. Voted on more than one occasion as a Best Employer in South Africa, our clients is both customer and employee centric, priding themselves on operating with integrity and delivering on promises. Rapidly expanding they are looking for a Backend Systems Engineer.

Job description

Our clients’ backend systems engineers make sure that when a customer hits a button in Web application, magic happens on hosting infrastructure in a data centre somewhere in the world.  They make sure it does this fast, reliably and securely.

A large scale, mass-market hosting infrastructure is a complex beast requiring quality automation and processes to make sure it can scale and perform optimally, 24x7x365.
The engineering of the backend infrastructure is a vital component to our client being able to delight their customers - by being part of transforming complexity into click-of-a-button simplicity.

They are passionate about frequent, iterative delivery of high-quality software and aim to build lasting solutions using Agile principles and the latest technology available.  They work together in autonomous teams that take full responsibility for their own part of our clients’ ecosystem and require commitment to and understanding of the Agile (Scrum) development philosophy. 

What you’ll do

Solve interesting and large scale backend technical challenges

Be part of figuring out how our client can get better at what they do

Look for opportunities to innovate and optimise

In collaboration with the Product Owner and stakeholders, understand the needs of the customer in order to deliver innovative, robust solutions

In return for your expertise they offer free web hosting, a fantastic office environment, 18 days paid leave, life insurance disability cover, funeral benefits, a retirement plan and medical aid. In addition you’ll enjoy flexible working hours, and 4 months maternity leave.


• A high level of proficiency in the following:
- Backend and API software design and development
- Ruby (language currently in use), Java, Python or PHP (we’re happy for you to transition to Ruby)
- Database design and performance tuning (MySQL, Redis, Mongodb, etc.)
- Software development within the Linux/Unix environment
- Agile development practices (team focus, continual improvement, automated tests, refactoring, continuous integration, pair programming)
- Object-oriented programming
• BSc or BTech majoring in Computer Science will be advantageous, however your ability to demonstrate your track record of writing quality backend software is what ultimately counts.
• 3+ years software development experience



Tygervalley, Cape Town


Interested in this position?

If you feel you are a good fit for this role, kindly send your CV to In your email, please feel free to tell us why you are an excellent fit for the role and also include your current earnings and notice period. We look forward to chatting with you.