Energy Impact Partners
Energy Impact Partners

Senior / Lead / Senior Lead Software Engineer (Backend - Python) - Poka Team

Clevest Solutions

Clevest Solutions

Software Engineering
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

Company Description

IFS is a billion-dollar revenue company with 6000+ employees on all continents. Our leading AI technology is the backbone of our award-winning enterprise software solutions, enabling our customers to be their best when it really matters–at the Moment of Service™. Our commitment to internal AI adoption has allowed us to stay at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring our colleagues can unlock their creativity and productivity, and our solutions are always cutting-edge.

At IFS, we’re flexible, we’re innovative, and we’re focused not only on how we can engage with our customers but on how we can make a real change and have a worldwide impact. We help solve some of society’s greatest challenges, fostering a better future through our agility, collaboration, and trust.

We celebrate diversity and understand our responsibility to reflect the diverse world we work in. We are committed to promoting an inclusive workforce that fully represents the many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our customers, our partners, and our communities. As a truly international company serving people from around the globe, we realize that our success is tantamount to the respect we have for those different points of view.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be part of a global, diverse environment; you will be joining a winning team with a commitment to sustainability; and a company where we get things done so that you can make a positive impact on the world.

We’re looking for innovative and original thinkers to work in an environment where you can #MakeYourMoment so that we can help others make theirs. With the power of our AI-driven solutions, we empower our team to change the status quo and make a real difference.

If you want to change the status quo, we’ll help you make your moment. Join Team Purple. Join IFS.

Job Description

About Poka

Poka is an innovative app designed for manufacturing companies that empower frontline workers to learn continuously, solve problems and collaborate in support of continuous improvement. Imagine a combination of Facebook and YouTube designed for factory workers. Say goodbye to paper, make way for tablets!

Poka has become a catalyst for digital transformation and manufacturing leaders such as Nestlé, Bosch, Kraft and Danone trust us with their transition to Industry 4.0.

Poka was acquired by IFS on June 20, 2023.

Reporting directly to the head of engineering in Sri Lanka, the lead software engineer will be participating in building Poka’s engineering department in Sri Lanka. This is a unique opportunity to build a team from the ground up and have a direct impact on the global manufacturing landscape.

Initially, the lead software engineer will learn Poka product, architecture, software, best practices, and processes.

After couple of months, the team will expand with software engineers and senior engineers. Our goal is to create at least two engineering teams before the end of the first year. The lead software engineer will be responsible for training the team. Both engineering teams in Sri Lanka will start impacting Poka’s product.

During the second year, each engineering team will become the owner of a Poka module. They will own the development of new features, maintenance, technical improvement, and deployment of the module.


  • University degree or equivalent professional qualifications
  • 4 - 7 years of experience building backends for enterprise software
  • Professional experience with Python and Django is mandatory
  • 3 years or more of experience building applications in the cloud
  • Knowledge of iterative software development, including agile methodologies
  • Knowledge of modern software engineering principles, including but not limited to shift-left, testing pyramid, cloud computing, CI/CD, distributed architecture, and feature flags.
  • Professional experience with a modern cloud platform is required. Experience with AWS is a plus.
  • Professional experience with a modern RDBMS is required. Experience with Postgres is a plus.
  • Professional experience with containers and container orchestration systems
  • Experience making, presenting, debating, and documenting architectural decisions
  • Experience in participating in the interview process. You have a high bar for talent and you expect to work in a high-performance environment
  • Comfortable presenting to software engineers, managers, and senior engineering leadership

In addition:

  • Experience working with startups based in North America is a plus
  • Experience building an engineering department in Sri Lanka from scratch is a plus
  • Experience with asynchronous communication and queuing systems is a plus
  • Experience with serverless is a plus