Andela says the move will help it double its global talent pool and connect an even greater number of specialised engineers with opportunities. The company is accepting pan-African applications for senior engineers with in-demand stack experience such as Node, React, Python and Ruby.
In a statement, Jeremy Johnson, Andela co-founder and CEO said, “Over the past five years, we have become experts at identifying engineering excellence from nontraditional backgrounds. We know that there are extremely talented engineers across Africa and we believe that opportunity should not be limited by proximity to a major tech hub. Being a remote-first engineering organization allows us to open up access to Andela for engineers across the continent.”
The firm says going fully remote will further enable it to have better teams with diversity of experiences and technology stacks.
“By removing restrictions on location, we will double our pool of potential talent to the roughly 500,000 engineers in Africa who can now leverage Andela to work with top international engineering teams. Ultimately, our goal is to break down the barriers that prevent talent and opportunity from connecting by providing an easier, more efficient way for companies to scale global engineering teams.”
Launched in 2014, Andela operated physical operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Today the firm shifted to be fully-remote, which began with pilots in Ghana in 2018 and Egypt in 2019.
Accepting engineers from outside the capital cities in these countries allowed Andela to select and work with a broader range of top tier technical talent, with no reduction in productivity. The company will continue to maintain its rigorous application process, in order to build the strongest talent pool of software engineers on the continent.
In the US, high growth companies continue to need more senior engineering talent, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, are increasingly open to hiring remote.
According to Johnson, the world is going fully remote and engineering leaders already know that remote work works if you have the right processes and systems in place, and are at the forefront of this change. By doubling its talent pool, Andela is proud to help accelerate its critical work of building the future.
In addition to enabling experienced engineers to build global careers, Andela continues to invest in the Andela Learning Community, a program that has introduced over 100,000 learners from across the continent to software engineering.