Itching to be part of something that changes an industry? Want to have your voice heard without having to wear a formal shirt? Okay, you still have to wear something but we are okay with hoodies.


We are a small team of techies that focus on great work and perfecting our crafts. We are a mix of designers, do-it-yourselfers, tinkerers, problem-solvers, programmers, otakus, potjiekos chefs, whiteboard artists and experts in random conversations.

We started with a simple goal of making fibre accessible to everyone and have now exploded in growth on the back of the fibre expansion in South Africa. In everything we do, we strive to build the best possible product. Our goal is to combine simplicity and power to deliver an awesome experience.

We don’t need an entire website, complete with stock images and staff testimonials, to sell our company culture. Our modus operandi is very simple: have fun, do exceptional work, build the best product in the business, experiment, pay attention to the details, treat people right, and keep learning.

Some of the things that makes working at AEx awesome:

  • Small, focused teams working with some of the biggest networks and service providers in South Africa
  • A relaxed environment with lots of coffee and conversations
  • People that know what they’re doing, and aren’t afraid to share their knowledge
  • It’s not uncommon to skip the board room and have meetings at a nearby coffee shop
  • We work in Ruby
  • We are amassing a number of coffee take-away cups to build something


Rock Star? Code ninja? NO THANK YOU! Can we now have an adult conversation?

We want thoughtful, considerate managers. It doesn’t hurt if you can code our entire API in 3 days either. Fitting in with the culture is more important than fitting in with a stereotype. Quirky and eccentric is not a negative but careless code and slowing progress is.

If you want your career to have a meaningful impact to an industry at its tipping point and not be a lemming in the corporate churn, then send your CV and a short cover letter to [email protected] . Be sure to include links to any online profiles you’re willing to share with us.


Head of Architecture and Development

Role title:         Head of Architecture and Development

Function:          All IT Domains

Reports to:      Chief Technology Officer

Location:          Gauteng

Role purpose:

  • Responsible for defining, maintaining and evolving the emerging architecture that enables the vision and business objectives, maximizing the value of technology disruptions into current and future capabilities with a strong focus on telecommunications and value-added services products
  • This role is responsible for identifying, analysing, and directing the execution of change towards the architecture vision and business vision, by providing and prioritizing epics with key stakeholders
  • The role is responsible for delivery across the entire lifecycle of development and migration programmes across a variety of IT domains
  • The role is responsible for the establishment of modern development practices and processes across a variety of internally and externally facing platforms

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

  • Architecture of platforms
  • Manage architecture vision and roadmap
  • Scout new technologies and vendors to enable innovation and identify technical enablers
  • Manage innovation and establish the capability to monitor new technology developments and trends in the industry
  • Build, recruit, retain, manage and develop a world-class architecture team and organization and a delivery team that can execute against this
  • Provide thought leadership on foundational digital architecture best practices and disruptive technology trajectory and implications
  • Management of delivery teams across different disparate platforms
  • Management of technology migration programmes where required
  • Delivery of new programmes and management of existing platforms
  • Management of IT initiatives from concept to production implementation
  • Capex and Opex budget management
  • Management of vendors and partners within the delivery lifecycle
  • Management of operations of accountable portfolio
  • Ongoing maturity of processes
  • Ongoing Cost optimisation
  • Agile solutions delivery for new business requirements
  • Providing support for all business change initiatives where IT support and guidance is required
  • Maintain and enhance Group-wide technical platforms
  • Accountable for the provision of cost effective, efficient, stable and secure application shared services for all participating businesses

Core competencies, knowledge and experience:

Job knowledge:

  • Definition of long-term business, data and IT architecture strategy and roadmap
  • Enterprise Architecture governance in agile software delivery
  • Definition of integration APIs and ecosystem strategy
  • Technology Innovation: scouting, screening and evaluation
  • Cost of ownership of technology, Application portfolio management
  • Estimation techniques for scaled agile
  • Web-scale cloud-native architectures including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
  • Design of delivery strategy and roadmap
  • Design of highly scalable architectures and systems of innovation and engagement
  • DevOps practices and automation tools
  • Digital, CRM, Provisioning platforms and broad knowledge of OSS/BSS systems


  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader and change agent who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders
  • Organizationally savvy, and understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics
  • Comfortable, experienced and accomplished at working with business executives, and able to push back in a professional and diplomatic way
  • Excellent analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills, with high-levels of creativity and a practical approach that is principle-driven
  • Ability to balance the long-term (“big picture”) and short-term implications of individual decisions and effective at driving short term actions that are consistent with long-term goals
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, able to distil complex technical concepts into simple terms, with strong persuasion skills to gain support for and establish principles, standards, and change
  • Excellent relationship building, teamwork, and collaboration skills that enables the provision of effective support and guidance across programs
  • Understanding of both the current Telecommunications and digital services market and emerging business and technology trends
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies, with natural intellectual curiosity and integrity
  • Vendor and technology neutral – driven primarily by long-term business outcomes rather than personal preferences

Must have technical / professional qualifications:

  • Very strong telecommunications services focus and background (+10 years)
  • Experience in digital and modern technologies
  • Experience in complex and large-scale systems migrations and implementations
  • High volume transactional platforms
  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Post Graduate Masters Business Administration or similar, or another related field
  • 10 or more years of business experience in strategic and operations planning, business analysis and software development
  • Experience in IT strategic planning, organization design and development
  • Experience in leading large architecture teams in an agile context, operating and influencing effectively across the organization and within complex contexts
  • Experience in business capability modelling and technical and solution architecture development in a digital business context
  • Professional experience and knowledge of digital and Telecommunications industries strongly preferred
  • Extensive infrastructure and application delivery experience and knowledge
  • Operational experience across complex technology platforms