Location: Cambridge / hybrid remote, 1-2 days p/w negotiable.
Salary: £40,000 – £60,000 + 12% pension and healthcare.
Global efforts and commitments to conservation and enhancing nature seem to have doubled in the last year. That’s good news but leaves a rather big question floating around.
How are we going to deliver on the promises and commitments made?
You can have all the will and enthusiasm in the world, but without the right people and skills-building the right tools and solutions, we won’t establish appropriate targets, never mind achieving them.
A global conservation organisation is looking for a Systems Architect, to help sure up and formalise some of their workflows and processes and design scalable, versatile software.
Their tech team has doubled in size in 2021. A similar level of growth is needed in 2022 and they need some additional leadership at a senior level.
Currently, the head of tech and two senior devs are divvying up tasks for the more junior members, which is fine in the short term. But long term with the volume increase to come, they need someone who can take a more considered and proactive approach to systems design and implementation.
They need someone who can mentor the more senior team members, so they feel their skills are continuing to advance. Giving them the confidence to take on more without becoming overburdened.
Data is a huge part of what they do. They manage a number of critical databases that are ever-growing, fed by research teams across the planet, which make the core of the services they offer. They’re seeing growth in interest for everything they deliver, this role is a key part of enabling that.
So, experience designing databases and a deep understanding of integrating data and APIs from multiple sources and 3rd parties into the back-end of complex systems would be great, as they collaborate heavily with entities from around the world, including governments.
You might be an engineering manager or technical architect, a senior dev or tester that happens to have a broader understanding than just within your discipline and wants a green-tech challenge.
You don’t need to have done everything, for example, they have people with a strong grasp of cloud technologies and DevOps, but an understanding across those and security will enable you to settle in quicker.
This role will be quite hands-off in the early days, but you’ll still get your hands dirty with the more complex problems, while hopefully showing others how to handle critical technical tasks and raising the level of the people around you.
A key project in 2022 will be overhauling a specific global database tracking high [scientific and cultural] value areas of nature, relating to the global movement “30 by 30”. That is; protecting 30% of land and the oceans by 2030.
They need more advanced data services and data science, to offer insights and provide historical context, not just a snapshot of a given situation. And all current data needs to be safely ported across to the new solution, it’ll be hosted in the cloud and integrated into dozens of partners systems.
Your specific background isn’t the critical thing but coming from environmental science or conservation background would help.
They’re open-minded but use a lot of Ruby on Rails, GIS and Geospatial technology and are increasingly using Python and Azure, building data pipelines and APIs, so if applying tech to improve biodiversity and *quite literally* save our planet sounds like your bag.
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