Lead Backend Engineer

London, England /
Engineering /
Full-time
/ Hybrid
What is Sylvera anyway? โ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐ŸŒณ
Sylvera is scaling carbon markets with software. We do this by applying advanced machine learning techniques to satellite data to quantify with unprecedented accuracy the amount of carbon stored in landscapes - and then we visualise that data to our customers.

We believe the transparency Sylvera provides will enable carbon markets to have a more positive impact on the world in a shorter space of time. This will be critical in keeping the planet under 2C of warming and provide huge wider benefits to  nature and society.

Founded just 2 years ago, Sylvera has now scaled to over 140 employees across the world and has raised over $30m from leading VCs like Index Ventures and Insight Partners. Weโ€™ve also collaborated with leading institutions - University College London and UCLA. 

We're on a super steep trajectory over the next couple of years - we want incredible people that are as passionate as we are about the mission and want to build an amazing organisation with us to achieve it.

What will I be doing? โ€โ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป
Having found early product-market fit in a nascent, rapidly growing space, weโ€™re now scaling our Application Engineering team at pace. Weโ€™re looking for a mission-driven, Lead Backend Engineer to join our Public API function and bring a strong ability to plan and pragmatically architect API solutions for both internal and external partners.

Specific responsibilities will include:
- Helping to shape and architect well-tested solutions for our public facing APIs with a focus on responsiveness and quality
- Eventually lead and mentor a team of Node.JS/Typescript engineers
- Gather and define feature requirements from multiple stakeholders
- Improving our current APIs to improve response times with a view towards scalability
- Leading team and organisational improvements in process, best practices and infrastructure

Weโ€™re looking for someone who: ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’š
- Has 4+ years experience building and delivering to externally facing APIs - preferably with the JSON:API specification - using Typescript, Node.js, PostgreSQL and AWS
- Has 2+ years experience mentoring and leading Backend EngineersHas experience balancing test coverage with delivery
- Has experience working with stakeholders to establish and define requirements
- Cares deeply about the climate and ecosystems of the earth
- Is a self-starter who thrives in constantly evolving environments, ideally with early-stage experience
Weโ€™d like someone highly ambitious, motivated and eager to propel their career forward. We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description

Benefits ๐Ÿ’ฐ
- Equity in a rapidly growing startup
- No corners cut in having the best tech to do your job
- Unlimited annual leave - and encouragement to actually use it!
- Half Day Fridays - 2pm finish every Friday
- Enhanced parental leave 
- Up to 20 days paid sick leave 
- ยฃ500 WFH allowance 
- Access to Mental Health support via Spill
- Monthly team socials


Location ๐ŸŒ 
- Remote GMT +/-3 (with access to an office in London/Belgrade if you wanted to come in)


Our Values ๐Ÿ™Œ
Own It 
We believe in giving people the autonomy to own their impact.

Stay Curious 
Our business is built on revealing truths and debunking misperceptions.

Do Whatโ€™s Right - Even When Itโ€™s Hard
The right path isnโ€™t always easy or obvious.

Collaborate With Kindness 
Great teams are built on open communication and respect.


What if youโ€™re a partial fit? ๐ŸŒฑ
- We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description. 

Equal employment opportunity ๐ŸŒˆ
- Sylvera is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.