Director, Engineer Growth and Development

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About Andela

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz wrote: “software is eating the world.” That statement is just as true today as it was eight years ago.  Software is embedded in our day-to-day, and few industries are immune.  Peek behind the code and you will find brilliant engineers pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Talk to any engineering leader and they will tell you that access to talent is their number one barrier to building software and growing their business.  Research the industry and you read about the 1 million computer-programming jobs that will go unfilled in 2020.

That is where Andela comes in. We help engineering leaders at companies big and small bridge that gap. We are building tools, systems and processes to connect talent, no matter where they live, with the opportunities to do great things. To date, we have identified 1,000+ software engineers from Africa and placed them as full-time, embedded members of development teams at over 200 tech companies. Along the way, we have raised $180M from Al Gore’s venture fund, Generation Partners, Google Ventures, Spark Capital, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and Serena Ventures.

And we are just getting started.

Our People

All of our people live and breathe our E.P.I.C values:

  • Excellence: We are lifelong learners who strive for mastery of our craft
  • Passion: We believe we are going to change the world and act accordingly
  • Integrity: We choose extraordinary people and then trust them to do the right thing
  • Collaboration: We know our sum is greater than our parts

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced learning professional to develop our world-class engineering talent.  You will be responsible for designing, implementing and executing the learning and development of our engineers based on our engineering competency framework. This includes focusing on the moments that matter for example onboarding distributed engineers at scale to be customer-ready, and a professional development program with tailored pathways to continually develop our world-class talent for our customers, as well as providing a transformative once in a lifetime career for our engineers.

You will be part of the Growth & Development team within the People function. You will lead a small but mighty team, and partner closely with your other colleagues in the Growth & Development team and Engineering HR Business Partners. Your key business stakeholder is the Partner Engineering organization, responsible for delivery of engineering services to our customers, and you will also be expected to collaborate with many other teams. The key metrics you will focus on are both customer and engineer satisfaction and retention.

The ideal candidate is excited by a fast-paced growing environment with a background in learning, specifically for engineering or technical teams. You are structured and organized in your approach with the ability to design programs easily understood and digested by our engineers. Your stakeholder leadership skills are exemplary, you can navigate challenges and influence others. You are lastly and most importantly, passionate about making a difference to the learning and development of thousands of brilliant engineers and helping Andela reach its mission of connecting brilliant talent with opportunity.


  • Continually assess and define learning requirements: Understand business objectives specifically the need to deliver brilliant engineering services to our customers and define the associated learning requirement based on our engineering competency framework.
  • Design end to end program: Define a holistic program along all touchpoints of an engineer’s journey to deliver value to our customers and transformative career experience to engineers.
  • Launch programs: Execute the programs with comprehensive change management to ensure awareness and engagement of the program to all stakeholders.
  • Continually measure impact of programs: Measure programs based on business objectives and strive for continual improvement, never settling for just ok.
  • Stakeholder collaboration: Work with multiple stakeholders across the business to design, deliver, measure and improve the learning offering. Andela is a matrixed organization and the ability to collaborate is key to success.
  • Leverage external tech communities: As required bring in experts in the tech ecosystem to supplement the program.
  • Inspire engineers with learning programs: Focus on the marketing and branding of programs to inspire success from our engineers and a world-class program for world-class talent.
  • Lead and develop your team: Guide, coach and support your teams to deliver impact for Andela and for themselves.
  • Retention: Understand moments that matter and engagement strategies for employee and customer retention and align program to support retention.


  • 10+ years experience in Learning & Development role, ideally working with technical teams
  • 3+ years experience leading teams and or a function
  • The willingness to travel up to 10% of the time
  • A Growth Mindset; the openness to learn new things to continually improve and the ability to learn from your mistakes and failures
  • Openness to change and adaptability or experience working in a high-growth fast paced changing organization
  • Able to thrive in a diverse, globally distributed team, ideally with experience working in a global organization

At Andela, we outcompete through diversity. We know that our strengths lies in the multiplicity of talents, perspectives, backgrounds & orientations resident in our community and we take pride in that. Andela is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. Andela provides equal employment opportunities and workplace to all employees and applicants without regard to factors including but not limited to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy (including breastfeeding), genetic information, HIV/AIDS or any other medical status, family or parental status, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Our policies expressly prohibit any form of harassment and/or discrimination as stated above.

Andela is home for all, come as you are.

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