IoT & Connectivity Lead

South Africa

We believe in a world where independent endeavour thrives and there is no end to opportunity. A world where everyone can pursue business, participate and connect. That is why we strive to create unique products and experiences that delight people and increase wealth locally, making the world better through Open Commerce. If this excites you and you want to be part of something bigger than yourself, solving challenging problems that could make an actual difference in Emerging Markets, then Yoco is the company for you.  
In the next 3 to 4 years, Yoco will have at least a million payment devices under management on its payment platform. The majority of these payment devices will require SIM cards for connectivity and network access. This will be the largest install base of payment terminals in Africa and the Middle East. Yoco is looking for an IoT & Connectivity Lead, to help us guarantee that payments work for small businesses in South Africa and beyond. Our intention is to grow and manage this capability in-house, as this is core to the delivery of our market leading payments experience.
As the IoT & Connectivity Lead, you will work closely with our various hardware teams and provide strategic, tactical and operational support in this space.  You will be a part of our growing Cloud Engineering & ICT Team tasked with ensuring that we provide a high quality, cost effective and stable service for all our growing base of customers.



Key requirements to perform responsibilities:

  • Lead the Connectivity function in partnership with your counterparts in Engineering.
  • Build, and manage the IoT & Connectivity team.
  • Designing, managing and maintaining the device connectivity program for our new and existing products.
  • Collaborate across several company partners including engineering, product, design, finance, marketing, data science, legal, compliance, risk and support
  • Identify and influence the selection and onboarding of new partnerships in collaboration with the product and engineering functions.
  • Design solutions that cater for the evolving connectivity needs of our customers and products.
  • Ensuring that the path from where we are today to over 1 million connected devices is smooth.
  • Managing the end to end life cycle of sim cards from sourcing to termination in collaboration with our logistics function and other teams.
  • Own service and platform costs and drive partner negotiations and route optimisations.
  • You have comfort and experience managing large budgets and engaging with financial stakeholders.
Key requirements:
  • You have a technical and networking background and an ability to get into the details that others avoid to build solutions differently.
  • Candidates with experience at a networking vendor such as Nokia Networks, Ericsson and Huawei preferred.
  • You understand the fundamentals of radio and core network connectivity, and are able to balance your technical know how with operational and commercial skills to achieve business results.
  • Able to balance a long term view and pragmatic stage appropriate delivery.
  • You take responsibility.  The buck stops with you and you make sure that it works.
  • You escalate early, and create strategic options to mitigate issues that may arise in future by taking intelligent actions early.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to “stand his or her ground” when required
  • Entrepreneurial thinking; foremost result-oriented, able to think on a high level of  abstraction 
The Yoco formula is a validated approach to work and a set of behaviours that create maximum value for our customers and help us grow.
Core Values - Our way of working to create value & grow
  • Stay Connected
  • Make Space to Explore
  • Keep it Simple
  • Master your Craft
Leadership Principles - How we show up, engage & treat each other
  • Get to know each other personally
  • Say what you think and challenge me directly
  • Be courageous and focus forward
  • Don’t let ego get in the way
Join us on a meaningful journey at Yoco, and help enable our merchants to thrive through Open Commerce!
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