Junior Software Engineer

Cape Town, South Africa
Main Location
New York City, NY, United States
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What We’re Looking For:

You will be part of a team of passionate engineers responsible for building and maintaining GetSmarter's marketing and e-commerce website. Your work will influence students' first impression of the company and will therefore have a significant impact on its success. In this role you will have the opportunity to engage business stakeholders, designing and architecting the future of our ecommerce solution.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:


  • Ensure that the integrity of the business domain products are maintained.
  • Follow and contribute to best practices when completing work.
  • Adhere to test-driven development practices.
  • Research and recommend technology to meet business requirements.
  • Define structure of new modules.


  • Work with team members to provide story points for upcoming work.
  • Provide timely feedback on work being done to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with the engineering lead to help grow more junior team members.
  • Participate in technical interviews.

Accountability for results

  • Communicate progress effectively with team members and business stakeholders.
  • Make sure best practices are followed by team members.
  • Drive solutions when maintenance issues arise.


  • Work with stakeholders to clarify and define requirements.
  • Provide business domain knowledge to help drive decision making by business.
  • Understand the roadmap and how current work relates to the strategic goals.
  • Contribute to developing product strategy.
  • Effectively communicate technological limitations to business.


  • Live the company's values.
  • Actively look for opportunities to improve and drive self-improvement.

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

  • Diploma or degree in relevant software development field.
  • 2 years web development experience.
  • Experience with the following technologies required:
  • JavaScript, CSS and HTML.
  • Ruby on Rails (or a similar MVC framework).
  • REST APIs.
  • Writing units tests.
  • Source control.
  • Familiarity with ecommerce solutions would be a bonus.

Other Attributes That Will Help You In This Role:

Working conditions

  • The candidate may be required to work after hours and be on support, if needed.
  • High stress fast paced environment.

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

2U is comprised of 3 lines of business: Graduate Degree Programs, Short Course, and Boot Camps. Going beyond traditional learning management systems, we use tech, people, and data to help top universities and enterprise organizations transform in the digital era—and eliminate the back row in higher ed. We support lifelong learning which means thinking beyond a single degree. It means finding ways for students to gain the skills they need to change careers, evolve their expertise, and meet the challenges of the changing world head-on. We help our partners fill those needs—developing new digital education technologies and offerings capable of supporting students at different points in their lives. Whether they need a simple refresher, to learn something new, or to change their career trajectories completely, our partners are there to help them succeed. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 275,000 students and lifelong learners. 

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

2U is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.

Why It’s Great to Work at 2U

2U Cape Town offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with coffee from our in-house barista. We have other in-house perks like subsidised healthy meals, a gym with free yoga sessions and social events all year round. We celebrate special milestones like birthdays and workaversaries, truly showing that #RelationshipsMatter.


2U Cape Town offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 2 complimentary Getsmarter short courses per year
  • Subsidised medical aid with Discovery
  • 4% 2U contribution towards Discovery Life Pension Fund and Group Risk Benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous leave policy including time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits and pay. 

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Junior Software Engineer
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