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Senior Backend Engineer (m/f/x)

  • Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Job description

UP42 was founded in 2019 with a clear purpose: to provide quick and easy access to geospatial data and analytics. The developer-first platform grants access to the world’s leading providers of optical, radar, elevation, and aerial data, all in one place, and offers flexible APIs and a Python SDK to help build and scale solutions. Users can search the catalog for existing imagery, or task a satellite to capture a desired area. Whatever the use case, UP42 is the one-stop-shop for all geospatial data needs.

We are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer (m/f/x) to join our motivated team. The new team member will be a part of our Data Platform & Tasking team and take part in developing the reliable and scalable data ordering platform powering UP42. While we welcome applications from talented Java developers, our primary tech stack revolves around Kotlin. If you're a passionate developer with experience in Java and familiarity with Kotlin, doubled with a willingness to master Kotlin, this is an exceptional opportunity to join a motivated team driving technological excellence.

What you will do:

  • You will design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, secure, and reliable code (primarily in Kotlin, with occasional use of other languages).

  • Collaborating closely with product, geospatial backend engineers, UX, and front-end development teams, you will design and implement new product features.

  • You will be ensuring code quality, organization, and automation as core principles within our development processes.

  • You will contribute to continuous delivery and test-driven development.

  • You will participate and help refine our Agile processes, fostering team synergy and efficiency.

  • You will have the opportunity to influence engineering best practices, refine processes, and foster a collaborative learning environment through mentoring and pairing with fellow engineers.

  • Contributing to daily tech-related operations, you will be evolving the platform architecture (Spring Boot, Kubernetes, Terraform, Google Cloud Platform).

  • You will play a pivotal role in ensuring seamless application deployments and optimizing infrastructure.

Job requirements

Here is a good summary of what we are looking for:

  • You bring several years of experience within a company or organizational setting, specializing in software design and backend development, preferably using JVM languages like Java or Kotlin.

  • You possess an excellent knowledge of designing and building public API solutions.

  • You demonstrate a proven track record delivering high-availability architectures, including load balancing, fault-tolerance, and cloud computing (infrastructure as code, configuration management systems).

  • You have experience in designing, deploying, and maintaining cloud-based environments, particularly on Google Cloud Platform.

  • You enjoy collaborating with your team and constantly strive to improve the ways of working.

  • You embrace the power of adaptability in hybrid work environments by confidently demonstrating your proficiency in both asynchronous and online collaboration methods.

  • Last but not least, you are fully business fluent in English.

Bonus points if you bring:

  • Experience working in an Agile environment.

  • Knowledge of the Spring ecosystem is a plus.

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes.

  • Experience with Python.

  • Exposure to the geospatial industry.

Let us tell you why UP42 is a good choice:

  • Let’s disrupt the industry: You get the chance to shape the state-of-the-art geospatial processing platform and create a completely new planetary perspective.

  • Let’s stay flexible: We practice a hybrid working model - you can choose when to work from the comfort of your home or join your colleagues in our modern office in the heart of Kreuzberg, or even from a global place of your choice up to 90 days per year.

  • Let’s win as a team: We’re an inspiring international team working in a fun and productive environment. 

  • Let’s be fair: We offer a competitive salary package and other perks such as well-being initiatives, sponsored fitness subscriptions, free Cousera access from the first day on as well as an additional educational budget for your personal development and public transportation discount - just to name a few.

  • Let’s enjoy the good side of life: Gather in regular team events as well as our global company parties twice a year.

  • Let’s think outside of the box: There are challenges and enough space for creativity and taking ownership.

Does this sound like a good next step in your geospatial career? If so, we look forward to receiving your application in English.

Our culture is one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated. We seek to recruit the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background and/or belief—and strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. We also value more than the skills and experiences outlined in this job description. Even if you think you only fill 60% of the requirements for this role - we would still like to consider your application.


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