Senior Software Engineer (Learning Moonshot)

Learning – Engineering
Alpha is an innovation startup based in Barcelona, established by Telefonica in early 2016.  Alpha’s mission is to create Moonshots: audacious projects that use radical ideas and breakthrough technology to address some of the biggest challenges in society.  Moonshots are designed to affect 100 Million people or more, be a force for good on the planet, and grow into impactful businesses.

We are building a team to work on ground-breaking and life-changing projects in the health and learning sectors.  More Moonshots are to come in a range of exciting domains.

Alpha Learning Moonshot 
Alpha Learning is the factory’s third Moonshot. We want to create a high quality, optimal learning system to enable humans to reach their full potential in an increasingly uncertain future.

The world has changed dramatically in the last 100 years, but the education system has not kept up. Children starting school now will likely be doing jobs that don’t exist today. Yet they aren’t being equipped with the skills they need. Meanwhile, rapid population growth coupled with a worldwide shortage of teachers, has created issues for the education system on a global scale. 

 At Alpha, we believe that advances in artificial intelligence coupled with better scientific insights into the way humans learn will allow us to create engaging, optimal learning experiences. To bring these experiences to scale, we are partnering with the best academics, technologists, companies, and professionals around the world.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to lead the design and implementation of early-stage product development. Someone that can define software requirements and take the lead on operational and technical projects, in an environment where speed of iteration needs to be balanced with delivery of quality work.

     Develop high-quality software design and architecture, incorporating cutting-edge web, sensing, and machine learning technologies
     Identify, prioritize and execute tasks in the software development life cycle
     Develop tools and applications by producing clean, efficient code
     Automate tasks through appropriate tools and scripting
     Review and debug code
     Perform validation and verification testing
     Collaborate with internal teams and vendors to fix and improve products
     Lead and mentor a small team of developers
     Document development phases and monitor systems
     Ensure software is up-to-date with the latest technologies

We are looking for someone with 8+ years' experience in software development, scripting and project management. The ideal candidate has excellent software engineering skills and experience in managing the development process from project definition through to delivery of high quality product. You will be expected to lead and mentor a small team of developers through the process of delivering early-stage products aimed at validating initial assumptions about a long-term Learning Moonshot project.
Technical skills and experience
     Proven experience as a Senior Software Engineer or similar
     Academic credentials in computer science, computer engineering or equivalent experience
     Experience in professional web development
     Knowledge of a variety of programming languages
     Familiarity with various operating systems (Linux, Mac OS, Windows)
     Experience building cloud-based data engineering solutions (including AWS)
     Experience operating complex microservice environments
     In-depth knowledge of relational and NoSQL databases
     Experience using system monitoring tools and automated testing frameworks
     Experience working in Agile/Scrum methodologies and frameworks

Desirable skills
     Experience or demonstrated interest in Data Science/Engineering
     Experience with developing networked gaming systems
Other skills and experience
     Analytical mind with problem-solving aptitude
     Can adapt quickly to changes and new feature requirements
     Eagerness and willingness to learn new technologies
     Team player with strong motivational skills
     Excellent communication skills, fluency in English

Alpha Perks
We provide all the necessary help and perks to make your life at work and outside of work fun and comfortable all year round, like:
-      Benefits package (health, pension, life)
-      Casual dress code and open culture
-      Flexible work schedule
-      High social impact with world-wide reach
-      Free daily catering for lunch and large stocked kitchen
-      Weekly ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions with guests talking about the most varied world topics
-      Work and learn with some of the very best minds in innovation and ideation
-      A friendly and open environment
-      A democratic team culture that encourages everybody to contribute ideas and acquire new skills
-      Based in Barcelona, right by the beach!