Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Sparkle Nigeria is a bank and then more. Licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we are what most people would refer to as a digital bank. We offer financial, lifestyle and business support services to Nigerians across the globe.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Manager, Internal Audit

Location: Nigeria
Category: Strategy & Operations

Job Description

  • As the Internal Audit Manager, you will be responsible for managing an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve Sparkle’s operations by providing risk-based internal audit assurance and advisory services to support and improve the system of risk management, internal control and governance.
  • Reporting to the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, with functional reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and setting priorities for Sparkle’s Internal Audit function.
  • In this role, you will be responsible for developing and managing the internal audit function, assessing and reporting on the state and effectiveness of Sparkle’s internal controls and lastly managing financial, operational, and compliance audits and special investigations for Sparkle.

Roles & Responsibilities
Strategic Planning & Execution:

  • Leveraging Sparkle’s organization wide strategic, operational, financial and compliance targets and related risk profiles to effectively set the strategic direction and priorities of the Internal Audit function.
  • Provide specialized expertise to business operations and functional teams, to ensure business risks are managed appropriately and kept up to date with evolving business needs.
  • Identify and make recommendations to the Leadership Team on designing improvement opportunities to controls and operational processes to achieve Sparkle’s compliance objectives.

Governance, Risk & Control Frameworks:

  • Evaluate Management’s risk-taking posture and awareness of the risks associated with their area
  • Apply knowledge of internal audit methodology, and drive adherence to guidance to ensure quality
  • Challenge processes and procedures to reflect governance best practice
  • Communicate the results of audit work to specified standards, and use frequent communication and to ensure timely validation and remediation by Management
  • Perform risk assessments to conduct the appropriate type of engagement (assurance vs advisory) based on the risk assessment and business need

External Audit:

  • Work proactively with our External Auditors to determine areas where assistance and direct audit reliance can be provided by Internal Audit.
  • Regularly meet with the External Auditors to discuss the internal and external audit plans and to share knowledge of any issues. These meetings shall ensure that the roles of the two functions are coordinated, avoiding duplication of effort to the extent that the Auditing Standards allow it.

People Leadership:

  • Maintain a professional audit staff with proficient knowledge, skills, experience and professional certification to meet the requirement of the audit function.
  • Build, attract and retain team members through strong best in class talent acquisition, performance management through reviews and feedbacks, talent development, engagement.
  • Manage functional communications and cross departmental audit projects when appropriate.
  • Manage the team’s completion of the audit plan, ensuring that audits/projects progress as planned with respect to scope, budget and timetable.
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  • Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, and / or Economics is required
  • Professional Certification in internal or external audit
  • 7+ years’ progressive audit management experience (ideally in the financial services sector).
  • A hands-on, operationally oriented and value-added approach to audit operations.
  • Capable of developing excellent business relationships in all areas of the organization.
  • Expert in applying internal audit standards, procedures and techniques in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Information Technology general controls and IT security leading practices.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with governance of information management systems.
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant legislation, regulatory requirements and best practices. Keeps apprised of new or amendments to legislation and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact across all functions within the organization, to lead and affect process change and improvements.
  • Ability to form relationships based on trust with all internal colleagues and external stakeholders (e.g. Regulators).
  • High degree of integrity to handle confidential assignments.
  • Previous experience with PCIDSS, ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 22301:2019



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply






Job Title: Senior Android Engineer

Location: Nigeria
Category: Technology

About the Role

  • We are looking for an Android Developer who possesses a passion for pushing mobile technologies to the limits.
  • This Android App Developer will work with our team of talented engineers to design and build the next generation of our mobile applications.

What you’ll be doing

  • Deliver across the entire app life cycle –concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app and support.
  • Work with senior developers on the work package effort estimation.
  • Develop customized Mobile App.
  • Work with the web developers to create and maintain a robust framework to support the apps.
  • Work with the front end developers to build the interface with focus on usability features.
  • Create compelling device specific user interfaces and experiences.
  • Standardize the platform and in some cases apps to deliver across multiple brands with minimal duplication of effort.
  • Optimize performance for the apps Keep up to date on the latest industry trends in the mobile technologies.
  • Explain technologies and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Reverse engineer for debugging errors in code.
  • Design and build advanced applications for the Android platform.
  • Work closely with another mobile app developer leading the other platform development.
  • Work directly with developers and product managers to conceptualize, build, test and realize products.
  • Gather requirements around functionality and translate those requirements into elegant functional solutions.
  • Build prototypes at tech scoping stage of projects.

What you should have

  • BS / MS Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject
  • Proven software development experience and Android skills development
  • Experience working with remote data via REST and JSON
  • Experience with third-party libraries and APIs
  • Working knowledge of the general mobile landscape, architectures, trends, and emerging technologies
  • Solid understanding of the full mobile develoment life cycle.
  • Proven working experience in Android app development and
  • Have published at least one original Android app in production
  • Experience with Android SDK
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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply




Job Title: Compliance Assurance Lead

Location: Nigeria
Category: Strategy & Operations

About the Role

  • Sparkle is looking for a Compliance Assurance Lead to ensure that compliance measures and frameworks are fully embedded within our operations and technologies.
  • This position is critical to support the growth of Sparkle’s business and will require the development and maintenance of Sparkle’s compliance strategies and ensure the rigorous implementation across all functions within the company, while guaranteeing sustained regulatory compliance.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills is a must as is experience with regulators.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • In still a positive, proactive culture towards regulation and legislation across Sparkle.
  • Draft and maintain Sparkle’s compliance policies and processes.
  • Work together with relevant team members to scope out and implement new systems, procedures and initiatives that enhance compliance within Sparkle
  • Ensure prompt communication of management reporting and Compliance matters to core internal and external stakeholders.
  • Design and implement effective regulatory training initiatives to the business.
  • Support the Products team to ensure the Sparkle platform meets all regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain awareness of new and relevant legislation and ensure internal operations are aligned with these requirements.
  • Work closely with the Sparkle team to identify, assess, update and mitigate the regulatory compliance risks posed to Sparkle.
  • Determine the identification and verification standards for customer take-on and AML compliance by:
    • Managing the suspicious activity reporting process, internally and externally .
    • Communicating with all necessary staff to ensure they understand their responsibilities.
    • Escalate suspicious activity to the relevant internal and external authorities.
    • Manage filings to regulatory bodies

Job Requirements
Do Apply If:

  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field.
  • You have 5+ years of experience in senior compliance roles within a regulated financial services firm.
  • You have deep knowledge of the Nigerian banking and payments regulatory environment including control assessment procedures.
  • You have an understanding of payment systems and markets with a focus on technology and mobile applications.
  • You have strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written, and ability to create as well as deliver effective presentations
  • You can manage self and others to provide exceptional client service by responding with a sense of urgency, practicality, accountability, and integrity
  • You are a strategic thinker and self-starter.
  • You have knowledge and experience of best practice in financial services regulation, fraud detection methodologies, and emerging practice in financial crime and money laundering typologies.
  • You have problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to analyse complex information to identify the key issue/action and drive resolution



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply




Job Title: Senior Software Engineer (Java)

Location: Nigeria
Category: Technology

About the Role

  • We are currently seeking a specialist who understands the Card Services business such as debit, credit, ISO 8583. Experience in Java and Linux is required.
  • Must have experience supporting, leading, and training in software management use with little or no direction.
  • This would include all aspects such as logical / physical design, defining, implementing, monitoring,and reporting. No matter the challenge, you know you can find a solution and encourage others to think the same.
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What Are We Looking For

  • You must be familiar with ISO8583, Experience working on Transaction Authorization, Settlement. You must have experience with Rest API.
  • You should have experience supporting Java based applications within a global production support environment.
  • You should have experience supporting Java based applications within a global production support environment.
  • You should have the ability to work outside of normal hours including participating in a changing, rotational on-call schedule including weekends week per business needs.
  • You should have the ability to work collaboratively in teams and develop meaningful relationships to achieve common goals.

Do Apply If

  • You are active in the technology ecosystem in your city ex: you organize meet ups, speak at conferences and are active on GitHub.
  • Expert level in Java Programming using Java 8 and above.
  • An understand how to develop Enterprise Solutions.
  • Hands on experience with BDD Testing Framework.
  • Hands on experience with Junit, Mockito, Hamcrest and AssertJ.
  • Experience in development of Payment Solutions.
  • Understanding of Domain Driven Architecture.
  • An understanding of Microservices Architecture.
  • Hands on experience using Spring Boot Framework.
  • Hands On experience using Ci/CD•Hands on experience with building cloud solutions.
  • Experience using ISO 8583.
  • Experience using ISO 20022.

The role is not for you if:

  • You’re not open to the pressures of building at a startup – For this role, we need someone who’s a self-starter and extremely passionate about innovating and building new products in a fast paced -high pressured environment.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply




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• We reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement
• We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements
• Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
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