Backend Software Developer Graduate Trainee

Smartfoundry | Deadline: 2024-02-24

About Smart Foundry:

Smart Foundry is a pioneering Venture Studio dedicated to creating and scaling startup companies that address African challenges through strategic partnerships and innovative solutions. With a focus on crafting digital wonders, Smart Foundry has a proven track record of launching successful ventures that make a meaningful impact in various industries. Leveraging its expertise and experience, Smart Foundry is constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and forging ahead with exciting new ventures such as Kwanza and Ishi, poised to revolutionize their respective industries.

Job Description:

Smart Foundry is seeking a talented and ambitious Backend Software Developer Graduate Trainee/Intern to join our team. This internship program offers a unique opportunity for recent graduates to gain hands-on experience in backend development, software engineering, and technology innovation within a dynamic startup environment. The successful candidate will work closely with our experienced team of developers to contribute to the development and implementation of cutting-edge software solutions for our startup ventures.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with the development team to design, develop, and deploy scalable backend solutions for Smart Foundry's startup ventures.
  2. Participate in the full software development lifecycle, including requirements analysis, design, coding, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
  3. Write clean, efficient, and well-documented code in languages such as Python, Java, or Node.js, adhering to coding standards and best practices.
  4. Contribute to the design and optimization of databases, data models, and APIs to ensure optimal performance, reliability, and scalability of backend systems.
  5. Work closely with frontend developers, designers, and product managers to integrate backend functionality seamlessly into web and mobile applications.
  6. Implement security best practices and protocols to protect sensitive data and ensure the integrity and confidentiality of backend systems.
  7. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and debug backend issues, identify root causes, and implement timely solutions.
  8. Stay informed about emerging technologies, industry trends, and best practices in backend development, and apply new knowledge and skills to enhance project outcomes.
  9. Document technical specifications, architectural designs, and development workflows to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration among team members.
  10. Demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, and a willingness to learn and grow within the organization.


  1. Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, or a related field. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
  2. Strong programming skills and proficiency in at least one backend programming language such as Python, Java, or Node.js.
  3. Familiarity with backend frameworks and libraries such as Django, Spring Boot, or Express.js is advantageous but not required.
  4. Understanding of database management systems (e.g., SQL, NoSQL) and experience with database design, optimization, and query optimization.
  5. Knowledge of RESTful API design principles and experience with API development and integration.
  6. Familiarity with version control systems such as Git and collaborative development workflows (e.g., GitFlow).
  7. Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyze complex technical issues and implement effective solutions.
  8. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  9. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, demonstrating initiative, creativity, and a proactive approach to learning.
  10. Adaptability and flexibility to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic startup environment, with the ability to multitask and prioritize effectively.
  11. Commitment to continuous learning and professional development, with a growth mindset and a passion for technology and innovation.

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