Who are we and what do we stand for?

1. 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 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.

    Since starting, we enabled over 50m$ of transactions in175 countries!

    2. 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, and 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 easily manage their businesses. Our new vision is clear: Export Africa by building the future of selling globally!

    In January 2023, we raised 15 million euros from top-tier investors (including the co-founder of Alibaba) and it’s the reason why we are looking for the right people to help us achieve this vision. Lately, we completed that round with a $5m extension from leading DFIs like the IFC and Proparco, setting us up for even higher raises and levels in the coming years !

    Few KPIs about Anka

    1. General KPIs

    • 20 000+ sellers in 46 African countries and 100 in total;
    • 50+ million $ of transactions in 175 countries;
    • Each month 1 200 000+ visits;
    • Each week 7 000+ new products;
    • Each day 1 200+ messages exchanged ;
    • In total, more than 300,000 users and over 1 million followers in 192 countries around the world;
    • A team of over 40+ members in 13 countries, passionate about this vision, diverse, experienced, working in full remote (since day 1), and very cool!

    2. Specific KPI for Engineering Team

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

    What are we looking for?

    1. Context of the team and vision of the role

    Under the responsibility of Luc, our CPTO (Chief Product and Technical Officer), you’ll work in a team of 4 smart and badass people. 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.

    2. Your challenges (if you accept them…)

      Your first mission:

      • 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 seller

      Few projects to develop:

      • Video update
      • Product scoring in Elasticsearch
      • Implement an existing ML python package to automatically detect specs on image upload

      What you will need to succeed

        1. Skills & qualifications

        • Ruby (Minimum 4+ years of experience)
        • Ruby on Rails (Minimum 4+ years of experience)
        • Elasticsearch (Minimum 2+ years of experience)
        • PostgreSQL (Minimum 4+ years of experience)
        • Redis (Minimum 4+ years of experience)
        • Docker (Minimum 2+ years of experience)

        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 to rituals, Sharing knowledge and friendly attitude
        • Startup Experience : Impact, flexibility, adaptation, reactivity and problem-solving attitude
        • Agile Mindset : Adhesion to principles & values

        What we have to offer

          1. A competitive salary alongside with a Ivorian Long-Term contract or consultancy contract

          2. A health insurance coverage for you and your family

          3. Employee Stock option plan

          4. 30 days paid holidays per year

          5. MacBookThe hardware of your choice

              6. Our culture “Teamwork, Determination, Accountability, Curiosity”

                • Teamwork - Alone you go fast, together we go far, empathy is key.
                • Determination - Keep trying until you deliver.
                • Accountability - Say it, own it, do it!
                • Exploration - Create the future you imagine.

                7. Our work-from home policy ( 100% remote since Day 1)

                You have the freedom and flexibility to work from everywhere which implies asynchronous and structured communication (thanks to Basecamp) but also flexibility, autonomy, and discipline.

                8. The possibility of growing quickly within the organisation, as this is a new role and you can build and set the foundation from the ground. There are plenty of opportunities for you to grow in different areas of your career.

                Key informations about this position

                Start date of this position : From Q1 2024 (at the latest)

                Our hiring process

                • Screening call: 30-minute with Marina, our Head of People & Culture to get to know you, discuss your motivation & fit for the role.
                • Technical interview: An 1H30 interview 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
                • Meet our CEO: 30-minute interview with Moulaye, our CEO to discuss the company goals, your career aspirations and your fit with our company culture.

                Our rituals


                • The AHOM: Our weekly company meeting
                • 1-week meet-up once a year in an African city all together

                Specific for the role

                • Daily Video Stand-ups at 11:00 UTC (10 to 15mn)
                • Bi-weekly Team retrospective
                • Monthly presentations to the Tribe

                Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy

                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!