Software Engineering Manager - Platform

Descartes Labs, Remote

A data refinery, built to understand our planet

Duration: Full-Time

The Company:
Descartes Labs helps organizations whose success depends on scientific analysis of observable, physical world events. We are the leading provider of geospatial analytics that create actionable intelligence by strengthening our customers’ proprietary data with models of the earth. Our solutions create new sources of environmental sustainability and operational advantage and foresight for agriculture, CPG, mining, and government users by combining machine intelligence and domain expertise into a complete operational solution. Descartes Labs is proud to be a remote-first, deliberately distributed organization that recognizes that people have different needs and motivations for building a life and career that matters and works for them. For this reason, we are open to our employees working from any location, in a way that enhances their well-being, productivity, and role. We focus on helping our employees produce positive outcomes and we recognize that the path to getting there will look different for different people.

The Role:
Descartes Labs is looking for an Engineering Manager able to leverage a combination of exceptional people leadership and technical skills to lead, motivate, and grow our full-stack Platform team. You excel by challenging and supporting the team to do their best work.

Your Impact

  • Manage and develop an incredible team while fostering a healthy and collaborative culture
  • Translate the requirements presented by our product team into engineering priorities and planning, managing workloads and advocating for a  healthy, productive environment
  • Collaborate with our science, platform, infrastructure, and Federal teams to support immediate needs while balancing future vision 
  • Contribute your own software engineering expertise to our deliverables 
  • Active contributor to the Engineering management team, managing planning and resources to reliably deliver on OKRs 

What You Bring

  • 5 or more years of experience in a technical leadership position
  • Demonstrated experience leading diverse, distributed teams and creating engaging, inclusive environments to capably delivers results through others
  • Successful development and coaching of individuals to grow capabilities and excel in their role
  • Commitment to results, and consistent demonstration of high performance, challenging self and others to have a positive impact 
  • Influence and the ability to build relationships and credibility across the organization
  • Applied experience in Python is required; experience in other languages is also valuable
  • Production experience with highly scalable distributed systems and a cloud environment is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or related field

Our Tech Stack

  • Python, C++, Rust, Go
  • Tensorflow, Flask, NumPy, SciPy
  • Kubernetes, Istio
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Microservice architecture, GRPC
  • Firestore, Elasticsearch, Redis
  • Git, Bazel, Drone and Spinnaker
  • GDAL, S2, Proj4

Who You Are

  • Curious. You are always exploring and experimenting, interested in why and how, seeking not only to understand but to make work and the world better. You enthusiastically share your learning with others and actively seek information and knowledge. 
  • Conscientious. You are determined, always keep your promises, and are forward thinking. Principled and integrous, you take your commitments seriously.
  • Humble. Unpretentious and self-aware, you cultivate compassion for others and take responsibility for your mistakes. Egos are barriers to doing the best work and always learning. 
  • Open and Inclusive. You are receptive and interested in new ideas and perspectives, even when those perspectives don’t agree with your views. You value and respect difference and create ways for all people to contribute to the organization. 
  • Collaborative. You know it takes a team to get anything accomplished and you actively and inclusively work across the organization. You listen intently and openly and are always focused first on creating the best results. 
  • Adaptable. You are able to navigate changing circumstances and environments with ease and approach uncertainty with enthusiasm, while inspiring others towards effective goal setting and accomplishment.

Top Reasons To Work At Descartes Labs:

  • We pride collaboration over ownership, iteration over perfection, principles over rules, and discussion over directives
  • We’re using the world’s top technology to solve the world’s largest problems with a strong focus on sustainability, environment, and impact science
  • We look at Descartes Labs as a work environment where people are included, treat their colleagues with professional regard and respect, and thrive as a result
  • We’re a highly collaborative company that constantly promotes success through teamwork
  • We strongly encourage and enjoy a flexible work environment
  • Descartes Labs offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; a 401K plan; paid holidays and flexible paid time off
You belong here! Nobody checks every box and if your experience and interests match some of the above, we want you to apply. 

Descartes Labs is committed to building a diverse community, where employees feel they belong, even if they are different. Scientific discovery is in our DNA and the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be; diversity fuels innovation! 

Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates during all aspects of our interview process.

About Descartes Labs

Data will be the great enabler of new technologies, new products, and new businesses of our generation. Descartes Labs is building a data-refinery on a cloud-based supercomputer for the application of machine intelligence to massive data sets. By teaching computers to see, we create the infrastructure and services needed to model — and predict changes in — resources and the entire value chains in which they live. We enable businesses to better apply insights from data - both their own and external sources - across sectors ranging from energy and agriculture to large scale industrial and government. Our mission is to better understand the planet, for good and for profit, so our team of applied scientists also does impact science work around natural disasters, the spread of disease, and food security. Today, Descartes Labs is using its data refinery for satellite imagery. We currently process images from the major NASA and ESA satellite constellations at scale, creating a digital data twin of the entire planet that monitors the whole earth, in near real-time. We are headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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