Hugo is a Future-of-Work company. We build and manage remote teams in West Africa for some of the world’s largest technology and media companies. We specialize in end-to-end machine learning data annotation and customer support solutions that ultimately yield more inclusive outcomes for our clients and their customers. 

Our “Why?” is simple. Outsourcing generates over $430 Billion USD in revenue globally and less than 2% of that money reaches black communities. We’re changing that. 

As a company, we’re obsessed with excellence. We ask smart questions to build a thorough understanding of our customer's needs; then pour ourselves into delivering not just great work, but also a perfect user experience so that we stand out in what is a very crowded market. 

The only commitment greater than the one we have to our customers is the one we have to our people. We are dedicated to carving out a place in the digital economy for young Africans, so we work tirelessly to equip them with the skills needed to build meaningful careers.  

As a culture, we’re Silicon Valley meets ECOWAS. We’re youthful, sharp, dynamic and fresh. We’re Lagos and Dakar, in English et en français, and we’re on a mission to win for our communities and our clients. Join us!

Role Overview

Over the last two years, Hugo has experienced tremendous growth. We’ve grown to a community of 1,200 FTEs, expanded into four new countries, and evolved our client base from just unregulated start-ups to publicly listed tech behemoths. To maintain this trajectory, we need to “level up” our IT operations and IT infrastructure, and we are looking for an experienced IT enthusiast to build and own our IT operations and administration org., as we prepare for the next stage of growth. The ideal candidate is an exceptionally organized, methodical and hands-on leader with extensive experience and deep expertise in IT operations.

As part of your role helping lead IT Operations, you will work closely with the Information Security, Governance and Risk team, and Operations team. This role requires physical presence in one of our operating markets/offices. Travel to other operating markets will be required.

Key Responsibilities

Manage and lead Hugo’s IT Operations and Networking teams to: 

  • Implement, manage and constantly improve a secure, stable, cost-effective, scalable and high-performing IT infrastructure (hardware, software, network and processes) for both WFH (work-from-home) and secure-site service delivery teams.
  • Build and manage an efficient IT assets management system: end-to-end process of planning, selecting, purchasing, maintaining, tracking and retiring of IT assets and devices.
  • Lead the implementation of an effective IT helpdesk ticketing and support function.
  • Develop and implement business continuity processes to minimize disruption to operations.
  • Coordinate the enterprise-wide IT Operations planning and financial management  to ensure that the network is maximizing its assets/capabilities and minimizing disruptions in service. This includes preparation of business cases and accurate reporting and forecasting of IT spend (budgeting).
  • Develop a system of KPIs and metrics to measure and monitor the effectiveness of IT operations through a single dashboard and drive continuous improvement of these metrics.
  • Effectively communicate and maintain visibility of key activities, events, and requirements impacting IT infrastructure.
  • Develop policies, procedures, standards and guidelines for IT operations, lead their approval, dissemination, maintenance, and full compliance.
  • Select and manage vendors and IT partners. Leverage industry knowledge and negotiation skills to secure cost-effective and innovative solutions that help us achieve our business goals.
  • Ensure all IT infrastructure is fully compliant with industry standards and best practices. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or a related field from a globally recognized institution.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • A combination of relevant experience and qualifications would be accepted in lieu of a university degree in the listed fields.
  • 10+ years in progressively responsible technology roles with accountability for complex IT infrastructure and IT Operations projects at an enterprise scale.  
  • 3+ years in a senior leadership role, supervising IT Operations teams.
  • Operational IT experience with a user base of 1,000+ employees would be a plus.
  • Experience at a growth-stage company/environment is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of technology deployments including: automation and workflows, identity management, IT systems architectures, process optimization, networks and network solutions, etc.
  • Knowledge of the latest technological advances that could benefit the company, including information security best practices, industry trends, tools, and change management.

About You

  • Business-minded IT leader with a proven track record.
  • A perfectionist at heart with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Builder with demonstrable people management and systems leadership experience.
  • Can convey highly technical concepts to non-technical people (employees, management team, board members, etc.).
  • Passionate about your field / industry.
  • Passionate about our mission (or a connection to Africa).


What We Offer

  • A competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • A business model that makes sense for Africa. Hugo provides clear value to both our clients and the people we employ; we are insulated from local currency fluctuations; and we are growing. 
  • Opportunity to apply corporate finance experience in a fast-growing entrepreneurial environment.
  • A high-caliber, fun team committed to the continent.
  • Opportunity to have a large-scale impact.

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