Who are we and what do we stand for?

Our story

Launched in 2013 by Moulaye and Kadry as a side-project to help a friend’s mother, they understood quickly that there was room for opportunity for distribution through the web for the African culture. With an outsourced MVP, they saw the first orders coming and they decided to dedicate themselves full time to this growing project. With the coming of Luc, in 2016 they focused on Tech and Product and then launched Afrikrea, the marketplace, and Boom… a growth of 8% per week doubling our revenue every quarter and multiplying our revenue 10 times every year!

After several fundraisings, a move to Abidjan, the coming of the first team members, and a strong partnership with DHL, Afrikrea became the number 1 African eCommerce exporter.

The current situation: the transition to Anka

In 2020, rich in these years of experience in direct contact with sellers and as entrepreneurs serving entrepreneurs, we understood that the challenges of the sellers were deeper than those solved by the marketplace, Afrikrea. The sellers faced specific African issues such as the lack of visibility globally, the difficulty of shipping products worldwide from Africa, the complexity of payments between international and local ways. To resolve these needs that exceed the perimeter of a simple marketplace, they decided to create Anka.

Anka, powered by Afrikrea, is the all-in-one solution for sellers of products « Made of Africa » (fashion, art, food, or beauty…) to sell from anywhere, ship worldwide, get paid faster on international or local African payment methods, and manage easily their businesses. Our new vision is clear: Export Africa by building the future of selling globally!

In January 2022, we raised 5,4 million euros from top-tier investors (including the founder of Alibaba) and it’s the reason why we are looking for 6 Ruby on Rails Engineers to help us achieve this vision.

Few KPIs about Anka

General KPIs

  • 13000+ sellers in 46 African countries
  • 35+ million dollars of transactions in 172 countries
  • 750 000+ visits each month
  • 3000+ new products each week
  • 1200+ messages exchanged each day
  • A team of 30 team members passionate about this vision, diverse, experienced, working in full remote (since day 1), and very cool!

Specific KPIs for the Engineering Team

  • Code Rework Ratio
  • Code Quality
  • Code Coverage
  • Lead Time

What are we looking for?

Context of the team and vision of the job

Under the responsibility of Luc, our CPTO (Chief Product and Technical Officer, you’ll work in a small but smart and badass team (7 people currently). The vision of this team is to deliver the best experience to our sellers through our different services (Marketplace, Payment, Storefront, Logistics, Duty)

In regular contact with the Community Operations, Services, Product, and Infrastructure Teams, your role will be to maintain, optimize our services and develop new functionalities according to our seller’s needs.

Your future challenges and projects (if you accept them…)

Your 1st missions :

  • Maintain our services (Marketplace, Payment, Storefront, Logistics, Duty)
  • Optimize them
  • Develop new features
  • Collaborate with the different services to provide the best experience to our sellers

With the full-remote and distributed Agile Engineering Team, craft from scratch the new Anka platform with Rails 7, Stimulus, Turbo on Web, iOS, and Android to help our users sell and export from Africa. This includes:

  • A "Pay-by-link" feature with custom checkout and many payment options (e.g., donation, recurring, on-shot).
  • A "Wallet" to manage Pay-ins and Pay-outs with many international and continental payment providers.
  • A "Shipping" section with many providers to help users ship from their homes with a click.
  • A "Catalog management system" to push on many sales channels (E.g., Afrikrea, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy).
  • A customizable "Storefront" to sell directly on a user-owned domain name.
  • Sales management "as a todo" with insights (AI/ML) on what to do next to improve sales.

What you will need to succeed

In terms of hard skills (Mandatory):

  • Ruby (Minimum 8+ years of experience)
  • Ruby on Rails (Minimum 8+ years of experience)
  • Elasticsearch (Minimum 8+ years of experience)
  • PostgreSQL (Minimum 8+ years of experience)
  • Redis (Minimum 8+ years of experience)
  • Docker (Minimum 8+ years of experience)

In terms of soft skills (Mandatory):

  • Remote experience: Written documentation, Autonomy, daily rituals, and good management of asynchronicity
  • Organization: Good Time Management, Reliability and Commitment
  • Team Playing: Active Listening and participation in rituals, Sharing knowledge, and friendly attitude
  • Startup Experience: Impact, flexibility, adaptation, reactivity, and problem-solving attitude
  • Agile Mindset: Adhesion to principles & values



Your recruitment process

  • A 45-minutes interview on Zoom with Laetitia, our Senior HR Manager, to validate the fit with our needs and your fit with Anka
  • A 120-minutes interview on Zoom with Luc, our CPTO, and your future manager to deep dive into your technical skills and validate your agile/startup mindset
  • A quick quiz (10 minutes maximum) to know your drivers at work
  • A 30-minutes interview on Zoom with Moulaye, our CEO, to validate your fit with our culture

Key information about this position

  • Start date of this position: The 6th of June 2022 (at the latest)
  • Salary: Between 5 000 and 8 000 euros net per month (according to the experience)

What we can offer you

Our culture “We craft, we care, we share”

  • We craft: Lean working which means iteration, the will to learn, continuous improvement, the hands-on aspect, the problem-solving attitude, and humility
  • We care: Crazy ambition, the will to be the best, commitment, and hardworking
  • We share: Authenticity, Transparency, Curiosity, Generosity, and active listening

Our work from home Policy (100% remote since Day 1)

Liberty and flexibility to work from everywhere which implies asynchronous and structured communication (thanks to Basecamp) but also flexibility, autonomy, and discipline

The possibility of growing quickly within the organization

As a small startup, there is room for opportunities at Anka! Thanks to our quarterly feedback, you’ll know easily what are areas you’ll have to improve and what you succeed in. If you meet or exceed our expectations, there'll be the possibility in 6 months to evolve horizontally or vertically with a salary increase.

For example, for this position as Ruby on Rails, you could evolve as Lead Tech Engineer or Engineering Manager

Our perks

  • Company Goodies
  • International health Coverage
  • The hardware of your choice
  • Paid Holidays: 25 days per year
  • Budget for learning (100 euros per month per employee)
  • Employee Stocks Option Plan
  • The hardware of your choice OR BYOC (Bring your own Computer) coming with a 100 euros per month cumulable as hardware perk

Our rituals

General:

  • The AHOM
  • 1-week meet up once a year in an African city all together

Specific to your future team:

  • Morning Written Daily (Team shared)
  • Daily Video Stand-ups at 13:00 UTC (10 to 15mn)
  • Friday 2 to 4 hours challenges (Software engineers tackling a challenge together over Zoom)
  • Bi-weekly Team retrospective
  • Monthly presentations to the Tribe

Our policy about diversity and inclusion

We're Anka. We truly embrace diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to color, religion, sex, national origin, sexuality, disability, or any other characteristic.

If you want to be truly yourself, work from where you want but also work in an organization with an international impact, Anka is the right place for you!