About Flat Rock Solutions & STAR IT


Tijger Park 4, 55 Willie van Schoor Avenue, Tygervalley

Company Size


What we do

Flat Rock Solutions has been a mobile software pioneer in the entry-level Android smartphone space since 2014 with its work on ground breaking devices like the MTN Steppa and Airtel Red. Our OS embedded platform called Mobila is specifically optimised for affordable smartphones and focused on the needs of low income African users. Now in partnership with Steinhoff Africa Retail (STAR) we are building out our platform to provide STAR's customers with a mobile gateway to localised and trusted financial and content services, as well as features that enhance the experience of using a low cost smartphone. STAR is one of Africa’s leading retail groups focused on the value market with more than 4,800 stores in 12 countries across Africa including PEP Stores and Ackermans. It is also the largest retailer of mobile devices in Southern Africa selling over 12 milion devices in these markets every year.

Why Work For Us

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to build services and features on a mobile platform that is aimed, not at the affluent or developed world, but at the base of the pyramid, at millions of people whose lives could be transformed by the responsible and ethical application of modern digital technology and platforms. Any career risk you may be concerned about in joining a young, ambitious mobile start-up is also mitigated because while you will be working exclusively for and reporting to us, you will be formally employed by STAR IT and therefore enjoy the job security and perks of a large coporate employer. Come and join us on this exciting journey! What have you got to lose?

Our Culture

We believe in individual integrity and are passionate about respecting our end users and delivering genuine value to them. We are excited by the opportunity to build a platform that is focused on improving the lives of millions of our people. We are passionately curious and fascinated with the potential for technology to improve the way we live and work. We are ambitious, like taking risks and seeking novel and unexpected solutions to problems. While we have high standards when it comes to work ethic and professionalism our office environment is relaxed and informal and we have a strong culture of collaboration to solve problems. And having said all that its a pretty fun place to work too - and we like to work with people who are fun to work with as well.

Our Engineering Processes

We are a believer in agile methodology and use Kanban to structure our workflow.

Our Hiring Process

Our hiring process is straightforward. The first interview will probably be a quick Skype interview with one of the founders, followed by a face-to-face interview that would look at both fit and technical skills. We may then ask you to deliver some code which we would discuss with you.

Flexible working hours
Fussbal, table tennis & pool table
Subsidised cafeteria
Plentiful parking
Easy access from the N1 / Tygervalley location
An introduction to Dora, STAR's bona fide Italian expresso machine!
Shower facilities
Competitive salaries
Security of a large corporate employer while working in a start-up, with the usual corporate benefits
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Amazon S3
Amazon EC2
Amazon VPC


Android Studio


Amazon Route 53

Business Tools


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