Data Collection Engineer

Global – Client Services Operations /
Project - Regular Full-time /
About Appen

Appen is a leader in AI enablement for critical tasks such as model improvement, supervision, and evaluation. To do this we leverage our global crowd of over one million skilled contractors, speaking over 180 languages and dialects, representing 130 countries. In addition, we utilize the industry's most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform to collect and label various types of data like images, text, speech, audio, and video.

Our data is crucial for building and continuously improving the world's most innovative artificial intelligence systems and Appen is already trusted by the world's largest technology companies. Now with the explosion of interest in generative AI, Appen is helping leaders in automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to deploy world-class AI products.

At Appen, we are purpose driven. Our fundamental role in AI is to ensure all models are helpful, honest, and harmless, so we firmly believe in unlocking the power of AI to build a better world. We have a learn-it-all culture that values perspective, growth, and innovation. We are customer-obsessed, action-oriented, and celebrate winning together.

At Appen, we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Position Summary 
The Data Collection Engineer will be required to work as part of the Data Collection team for a fixed term until project completion, ensuring that the data required for the project is collected to the required quality standards. This person will engage with the client on a daily basis to review data. They will also manage and track the data that has been collected, ensuring it is backed up correctly and packaged for upload to the client. The project will require some troubleshooting and repairs on hardware and software including Windows, electrical and electronic components, basic networking skills, software installation and configuration, and managing Docker environments. The project requires participants to perform prompted actions that are recorded on video whilst in a stationary or moving car, for sessions ranging from 30 to 90 minutes. The required working hours are approximately 40 hours a week. There may be the possibility of some overtime (evening or weekend sessions) if required and not encumbering the minimum rest time of one and a half uninterrupted days per week. 
Sensitive data handling 
Data entry of participant information 
Reporting to program manager and project managers 
Monitoring and tracking data collected by other members of the team
Troubleshooting any software/hardware issues with the help of colleagues and technical support if required 
Setting up the camera equipment in different vehicles based on training provided 
Setting up the vehicles as per project requirements with a variety of objects loaded into the vehicles
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 
Fluent in English 
Good Microsoft Excel skills 
Good technical/software skills e.g. MS Office, Windows, and comfortable with troubleshooting software/hardware
Electrical and Electronic components
Software Installation and Configuration
Basic Networking skills including IP and port configurations
Working experience with Docker environments
Logical thinking
(Good to have) knowledge of camera calibration and computer vision

Qualifications and Experience
A Bachelors in Engineering/Computer Engineering/Software Engineering, or similar
Experience with interacting with members of the public (adults and children) 
Experience with managing your own time and schedule to meet project deadlines 
Comfortable working independently
Good to have:
A full driving licence (manual and automatic) with zero endorsements or penalties
€16 - €16 an hour
Appen is the global leader in data for the AI Lifecycle with more than 25 years’ experience in data sourcing, annotation, and model evaluation. Through our expertise, platform, and global crowd, we enable organizations to launch the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence products with speed and at scale. Appen maintains the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform and boasts a global crowd of more than 1 million contributors worldwide, speaking more than 235 languages. Our products and services make Appen a trusted partner to leaders in technology, automotive, finance, retail, healthcare, and government. Appen has customers and offices globally.