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Chief Technology Officer / Lead Architect

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Our work is grounded in sustainable business principles and aims toempower the emerging middle class and those on the margins of the formal financial system inmeaningful and durable ways. Our collaborative model is unique in the industry: Blue Marble isowned by eight global insurance companies that share financial investment, sector knowledge,project risks and contribute talent and expertise. We work across Latin America, Africa and Asia tomanage weather risks imperiling food security and agricultural incomes, and to expand affordableaccess to personal insurance that is affordable and effective.
Blue Marble has two core technology platforms:
● AgSuite for the customized design and automated operation of turn-key parametricweather-risk schemes for agriculture applications. The platform consists of a cloud-hostedpolicy admin system, interactive design & pricing software and other modules and apps forcustomer enrollment, climate data ingestion, customer education and performancevisualization
● DataSuite a multi-tenant cloud-hosted configurable API creation engine for data exchangebetween distributor and insurance CRM / policy administration systems. The engine allowsusers to define their own data models via a declarative configuration for standard personallines’ insurance products
Desirable knowledge and experience
Individually, or across the developer team you will be building and managing, ensure there is:
● Deep knowledge of Agile methodologies, software development cycles with modern DevOpspractices and CI/CD automation
● Experience with cloud services especially Google Cloud. Google Cloud services we currentlyuse: Apigee, Firestore, Cloud PubSub, Cloud Scheduler, Cloud Functions (Python and Nodejs),Cloud Run, Compute Engine, App Engine, Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, Cloud Identity and AccessManagement
● Expert knowledge of both scripting and compiled languages
● Familiarity with both relational and non-relational databases
● Experience in building large scale internet APIs and platforms natively in the cloud, handlingmillions of requests per month
● Experience building event-driven and asynchronous microservices. Familiarity with pub/sub andtask queues
● Knowledge of web app frameworks like Flask, Django, NodeJS etc.
● Familiarity with mobile technologies: Android, USSD
● Experience working on infrastructure & network automation utilizing scripting
● Knowledge of at least one container orchestration system, preferably Kubernetes. Experiencebuilding auto scaling infrastructure
● Familiarity with front-end frameworks: React, Angular, Vue, Ember or similar
● Acquaintance with data science techniques and tools like R, Shiny, ML, GISProfile and general skills
● Enjoys problem solving
● Comfort working in a dynamic, fast-changing startup environment across multiple geographies,time zones, languages and cultures
● Analytically incisive, comfortable with ambiguity and ability to rapidly size up the bigger picture
● Some understanding of insurance operations
● Clear communicator and persuasiveness in aligning organization around complex ideas
● Passionate about social impact in underserved communities


Lead the developer team to deliver the Blue Marble technology strategy, support businessobjectives, as well as manage day-to-day operations:
● Provide thought leadership, drive technical innovation and coordinate product development
● Develop a modular and scalable architecture for both core platforms, own the implementationroadmap and oversee maintenance
● Lead all technical operations:o set up agile delivery processes and define roles in partnership with product ownerso own the project work calendaro support knowledge transfero seek continuous improvement to increase delivery speed, improve product quality andstreamline processes
● Maintain adequate documentation including user guides
● Stay ahead of resource and skill needs: be responsible for recruitment and management oftechnical talent, project onboarding and engagement of freelancers

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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