Software Developer

What We're Looking For 

We’re looking to expand our team, and that’s where you come in…

As a key early hire in our development team your focus will be on leading the web app software development aspect of Earth Blox. You will be responsible for designing and building new features, squashing bugs, cleaning up our code architecture, and as a senior member of the team we will expect you to contribute to the great team environment we have. You won’t have official line management duties, but as a small team with a few junior developers and occasional interns, the ambition is that you can help us out with supporting them and undertaking a mentor-like role. There will also be opportunities, if you’re interested, for you to get involved in the data science and Earth observation side of things. Where we are doing exciting things with satellite data; developing algorithms, exploring the benefits that AI and Machine Learning methods could bring to our customers, and helping people to improve the way the planet and its resources are cared for.

You’ll love this role if:
  • You thrive in a highly-collaborative, agile team.

  • You enjoy the flexibility to learn and work with new technologies to solve problems. • You work hard, but you know it’s important to enjoy the work while you do so, as well as to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

  • You’re happy to take full ownership and responsibility for your work and drive it through to an end solution.

  • But equally you would welcome the opportunity to collaborate on pieces of work.

  • You realise your first idea isn’t always your best idea and that great solutions come from iteration.You have great empathy for our end-users, and understand the value of good design.

  • You're keen to be an early member of a startup where you’ll get the rare opportunity to help shape the company and influence the overall direction of the product from the outset.

Some skills and experience you will need:
  • Experience frontend web development using component based frameworks such as Vue.js, Angular.js, React.js etc.

  • Experience web frontend technologies HTML5, CSS3, ES6, Material design.

  • Experience developing enterprise-grade web applications.

  • Demonstrable capacity to work in a team.

  • You must have the existing right to live and work in the UK, unfortunately we are not able to sponsor anybody.

Some skills and experience you may have (we’re not strict here):

  • A minimum of 3-5 years experience in software development.

  • A formal education in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or equivalent.

  • Vue.js, Vue-Material, Vuelidate.

  • Backend development experience using Node.js. Express. Python (Django, Tornado, webapp2), SQL, No-SQL

  • Jest. Mocha.

  • Python.

  • Google Earth Engine.

  • Google App Engine / Google Cloud.

  • Firebase Auth, Firebase Firestore DB, Firebase Storage.

  • Google Cloud Functions.

  • Experience using payment platforms such as Paypal, Stripe etc. to create Billing and subscription.

  • You are pragmatic and don't overdo on abstraction, testing, and processes, but you understand the value and trade-offs.

  • You are detail oriented, have great empathy for our end-users, and understand the value of good interaction patterns and design.

Some of our employee benefits include:
  • Remote working options (although this is non-negotiable at the moment with Covid 19).

  • Flexible work hours - we don’t focus on 9-5, you know when you work best (though we do have core hours and team meetings that we expect you to attend).

  • Full holiday allowance (24 days + bank holidays).

  • Salary range of £30,000 - £40,000, experience dependent.

  • Future share option opportunities.

  • Opportunities for personal development and promotion in a high growth venture.  

  • Company pension contribution.

  • Professional and personal development - we can support training, conferences, online tutorials and anything else that helps you progress.

You’ll also get:
  • Product, Design and Engineering all in one place for easy collaboration.

  • An enjoyable place to work! We pride ourselves on being a close knit team and having a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

  • No hierarchy or politics, just good work with passionate, smart people.

How to apply

If this sounds like a place where you can achieve your best work then we’d love to hear from you! In order to apply, please email your CV and cover letter to info@earthblox.io

DEADLINE: Monday 20th July 2020

NO RECRUITMENT AGENCIES, THANK YOU.

Our usual location is in the vibrant and beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland, although at the moment we are all working remotely.

If you don’t tick all of the points above but you’re passionate about the role then just let us know, we’re keen to hear from you and we recognise that your CV is only one small part of the picture. You’ll get bonus points for sending through links to prototypes, code, or links to apps you’ve built.

Earth Blox is devoted to building an inclusive and diverse company. Black, Indigenous, and people of colour; women, queer people, and all gender identities, and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.  We implement a strict protocol when making appointments to ensure that we minimise unconscious bias. This includes: non-gender-biased text in job descriptions, monitoring of numbers of applicants from under-represented groups, pro-actively sharing in wider groups than our own narrow circles, and gender-balanced interview panels. We also recognise that some people's path to success is more challenging than others and consider that in our choices.

About Us

Earth Blox is the trading name for Quosient Ltd. 

Quosient was founded in 2019 by Genevieve Patenaude (CEO), Sam Fleming and Iain Woodhouse. The team has previously been involved in other start-ups in the Scottish Space and Satellite sector. 

Our mission is to democratise access to Earth Observation data. With its unique, easy-to-use interface, Earth Blox simplifies access to terabytes of global satellite data, for decision-makers in every sector. Satellites and planetary-scale data are available at unprecedented rates of acquisition for deforestation, urban expansion and large-scale disasters mapping. Environmental consultancies, supply-chain managers, insurers, retail and decision- makers in public institutions want to access this information yet are hindered by the complexity, cost and skill levels required to exploit the data. Earth Blox removes these barriers: its patent pending innovation lies in the complete removal of coding skills, making space data accessible to the masses, globally.

We Focus on Culture First

As an experienced team that’s been through a few startups, we want to develop a great working culture, where above all else it’s a satisfying place to work.

We have a strong ethos of personal development and learning, with a focus on self improvement, building on our past experiences, and learning from our peers. We all bring unique views to the table and enjoy collaborating together to break new barriers.

We also have a strong ethical drive behind us, and we expect the highest ethical standards in carrying out our activities, with the overall aim of having a positive effect on people and the environmental globally.

How We Work

We're a small, close-knit team that moves quickly. The nature of the work that we do is bringing together the different worlds of web app software development with the data science of satellite earth observation. This means that there is a degree of experimentation towards our success, and we get there as a team. It’s a highly collaborative effort, with everyone having a voice that’s heard. Our developers are as comfortable having product vision discussions as they are diving into code.

Our development team is drawn from a range of backgrounds that reflects the diversity of our work. This means that our developers can get involved in all aspects of our work from delivering new features for our customers to helping come up with ideas that moves Earth Blox forward.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are working remotely from home (or in the garden if the weather is nice). The health and safety of our team is our top priority so we do not anticipate returning to an office setting in the short term future. Any planned move into an office would be done with full consultation of the whole team; nobody will be compelled to work in an office until they feel safe doing so.

However there are draw backs to being unable to work in an office setting, and we have put in place processes to help mitigate. We have twice weekly full team meetings, the development team meeting daily, we have a team group chats, and new staff are designated a buddy to help them find their feet in their first few weeks.

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