Lead Backend Engineer (CMS)

London
Engineering /
Full-time /
Hybrid
What is Sylvera anyway? ‍👩‍👨🌳
Sylvera provides carbon data for genuine climate impact. Our mission is to incentivize investment in real climate action. 

Purchasing credits through the carbon markets is one of the most established and scalable ways to channel finance from the private sector to effective climate solutions and work toward societal net zero. Unfortunately, the voluntary carbon markets have been plagued with mistrust and a lack of effectiveness since they’ve emerged – until Sylvera. 

To help organizations ensure they're making the most effective investments, Sylvera builds software that independently and accurately automates the evaluation of carbon projects that capture, remove, or avoid emissions. With Sylvera's data and tools, businesses and governments can confidently invest in, benchmark, deliver, and report real climate impact. 

Our team is made up of leading minds in climate change from scientists to policy, finance and carbon market experts. We work in partnership with scientific organisations, universities, governments and think tanks to develop and test rigorous and holistic ratings methodologies, leveraging the latest technology. Founded in 2020, Sylvera has 150+ employees across the world with offices in London, New York, Belgrade and Singapore. We’ve raised over $96million from leading VCs like Balderton Capital, Index Ventures and Insight Partners to date. 

What will I be doing? ‍‍👩‍💻👨‍💻
The Assessment Platform team is critical to ensure Sylvera can scale. Assessment Platform enables efficient and compliant ratings creation through technology-driven solutions. Working with internal teams, you will be building systems to help automate how we create ratings of carbon offset projects. 

We’re in the process of improving our current CMS technologies and are looking for someone who can help continue the vision of improving both user experience and developer experience. Right now, this looks like our WordPress CMS & Retool systems, but a large part of this role is in driving the architecture and tooling forwards, transforming our CMS to be fit for purpose in ensuring we can scale for the future.

This position is ideal for someone who’s looking to make a large impact and empower engineers to make sure we can scale our Ratings product and technology. 

Specific responsibilities will include:
- Understanding & driving the strategy for improving our current systems and executing our vision for the future
- Leading other engineers to help them understand issues and pain points for customers and engineers and how to best address them going forward
- Mentoring more junior team members and implementing best practices
- Working closely with internal stakeholders to understand their needs and how best to build solutions accordingly
- Building underlying infrastructure to ensure all data created goes into our data platform so that it can be shown to customers within our app

We’re looking for someone who: 🧠💚
- Wants to work closely with stakeholders to understand their needs and balance this with engineering best practices
- Loves to learn and bring that knowledge to other team members, through mentorship or leadership
- Has demonstrable experience in building backend systems, is excited about improving systems and creating great developer and user experiences
- Cares deeply about the climate and ecosystems of the earthIs a self-starter who thrives in constantly evolving environments, ideally with early-stage experience
- Has a background in PHP, and also Python OR Typescript.

In case you’re interested, our current tech stack is as follows (not necessary for you to have experience in all of these, but experience in a few is highly useful. Note that we want to improve this and your role will be helping to create the path forward here):
- WordPress & ACF
- WordPress plugin development using modern techniques (PHP8+)
- Retool
- JavaScript (vanilla JS & jQuery)
- Docker
- Snowflake via PDO
- MySQL
- AWS
- Terraform
We’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 💰
- Equity in a rapidly growing startup
- Private Health Insurance and Life Assurance 
- Unlimited annual leave - and encouragement to actually use it!
- Enhanced parental leave 
- Up to 20 days paid sick leave 
- £500 WFH allowance 
- No corners cut in having the best tech to do your job
- Access to Mental Health support via Spill
- Monthly team socials

Location 🌍 
UK (with access to an office in London if you wanted to come in) 

Our Values 🙌
Own it: We make new mistakes. We build on the momentum of our wins and reflect on and learn from our failures.
Stay curious: We keep our focus on the long-term, even if that means short-term challenges.
Do what’s right - even when it’s hard: We take a growth mindset to our work, our customers, our market and the opportunities ahead of us. 
Collaborate and challenge with empathy: Our teams deliver through active collaboration. We invest in each others’ success and make the company stronger in the long-run.
Empower Customers: Make extraordinary efforts to exceed our customer expectations. If we’re serving our customers to the fullest, we can help direct more investment into real climate impact.

What if you’re a partial fit? 🌱
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 🌈
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.