Data Engineering Manager at Wasoko: Revolutionizing African Communities

Full Time


About Wasoko: Transforming Access to Essential Goods and Services

Wasoko (“people of the market” in Swahili) is a dynamic force in Africa, reshaping access to vital goods and services. Our platform is East Africa’s premier digitized retail distribution hub, fueled by our dedicated logistics network. We empower tens of thousands of informal retailers across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia to effortlessly order everyday essentials and access working capital financing.

Seizing the Opportunity: Building the Digital Backbone for African Commerce

The informal retail landscape in Africa represents a monumental channel for consumer goods, accounting for a staggering $600 billion annually. Given the region’s unique challenges of geography, population distribution, and spending habits, large-scale retail or mass e-commerce face limitations. Wasoko is poised to capitalize on this distinctive context. Our brand, scale, and logistical prowess position us to construct technology-driven pathways that cater to over 1 billion African consumers through informal retailers. We’re crafting a digital-first ecosystem that equips these retailers, beginning with B2B distribution and expanding into a comprehensive suite of tools and services, enhancing value across the African continent.

Expert Data Engineering Manager: Enabling Informed Business Decisions


Join us as a Data Engineering Manager in our Business Intelligence team. This is an opportunity to drive data-powered decision-making and generate actionable insights, optimizing our operations. As the leader of the analytics engineering division, you’ll collaborate extensively with cross-functional teams, delivering top-tier analytics solutions.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Strategize for Impact: Partner with stakeholders to comprehend business needs and convert them into actionable analytics initiatives.
  • Lead and Empower: Manage a proficient team of two skilled data engineers.
  • Efficiency Enhancement: Identify avenues for process refinement and automation within the analytics domain, bolstering scalability and effectiveness.
  • Data Integrity Champion: Uphold data precision, reliability, and security by implementing best practices and data governance standards.
  • Data Warehouse Evolution: Strengthen our Data Warehouse by constructing analytical data models and data marts.
  • Seamless Data Flow: Forge resilient data pipelines using graphical ETL/ELT tools like Dataform, Talend, or Dbt.
  • Code Excellence: Develop code that adheres to our high standards for style, maintainability, and best practices.
  • Optimize Performance: Fine-tune and optimize analytics processes for maximum efficiency.
  • Security and Compliance: Ensure robust implementation of data security and compliance protocols.
  • Documentation Dynamo: Create and maintain architecture and systems documentation.
  • Empower through Catalog: Establish a data catalog that empowers self-service analytics and fosters a single source of truth.


To succeed in this role, you should:

  • Embrace Our Mission: Share our commitment to transforming access to essential goods and services across Africa.
  • Thrive on Challenge: Embrace the complexities of e-commerce, from demand forecasting to inventory management.
  • Bring Positivity: Carry a proactive, can-do attitude.
  • Showcase Experience: Boast 8+ years of expertise in building data marts and analytical data models, preferably in a dynamic startup environment.
  • Version Control Savvy: Possess 8+ years of experience working with version control systems.
  • Graphical ETL/ELT Expert: Demonstrate 8+ years of proficiency in graphical ETL/ELT tools like Dataform, Talend, GCP Composer, GCP Datastream, GCP Dataflow, and DBT.
  • Leadership Pro: Command 3+ years of experience leading data engineering and data science teams.
  • Cloud Warehouse Wizardry: Have hands-on experience with Cloud Data Warehouses such as BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, or Snowflake.
  • Fast-Paced Dynamo: Excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Automation Aficionado: Familiarity with DevOps and automation practices, including containerization (e.g., Docker) and orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes).
  • Security Sentinel: Understand data security and compliance measures.
  • Cloud Literate: Possess working knowledge of cloud infrastructure and networking.
  • Streaming Savant: Familiarity with streaming technologies like Apache Kafka or Google Cloud Datastream.
  • Tech-Savvy & Python Proficient: Python skills and Apache Airflow experience are highly desirable.
  • Visualization Virtuoso: Experience with data visualization tools like Looker, Tableau, or Power BI is a plus.
  • B2B E-commerce Insight: Knowledge of B2B e-commerce or similar industries is an advantage.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant:

As you consider joining the Wasoko family, keep these pointers in mind to stand out:

  • Mission Alignment: Demonstrate your passion for reshaping access to goods and services in African communities.
  • E-commerce Enthusiasm: Embrace the unique challenges and opportunities of the e-commerce landscape.
  • Positive Attitude: Let your can-do attitude shine through in your application.
  • Showcase Leadership: Highlight your experience leading data teams and driving impactful results.
  • Tool Proficiency: Detail your expertise with the tools and technologies mentioned in the description.
  • Technical Excellence: Emphasize your coding, data modeling, and performance optimization skills.
  • Holistic Understanding: Illustrate your familiarity with various aspects of the tech ecosystem, from cloud infrastructure to data security.
  • Innovation Inclination: Share instances where you’ve innovated and streamlined processes.
  • Domain Diversity: If you have experience in B2B e-commerce or related fields, highlight this knowledge.

We look forward to receiving your application and learning how you can contribute to our mission at Wasoko. Apply today and become a part of transforming African commerce!

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