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Lead Engineer (App Platform)



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Join a pioneering climate-tech startup as a Lead Engineer and shape the future of carbon data analytics


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In-person- London United Kingdom

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Sylvera is a groundbreaking climate-tech company on a mission to drive real climate action through precise carbon data analytics. Since our inception in 2020, we’ve grown to over 150 employees globally, supported by significant investment from top VCs. We partner with scientific bodies and governments to create holistic ratings methodologies, leveraging state-of-the-art technology to ensure transparency and efficacy in carbon markets.

As a Lead Engineer for our App Platform Team, you’ll be:

  • Providing leadership for backend development, focusing on API components that bridge our data platform and user interfaces.
  • Strategizing to enhance our time-to-value in delivering customer solutions.
  • Implementing agile development practices for complex solutions.
  • Leading the development of our public GraphQL carbon data API.
  • Monitoring and scaling apps for optimal performance and reliability.
  • Coaching a team of skilled backend engineers.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Proven experience in designing and scaling public APIs, preferably with GraphQL.
  • A proactive approach to building, owning, and maintaining API platforms.
  • Agile development expertise for rapid iteration.
  • A background in Typescript/Node.js, with Python/Django being a plus.
  • A track record of strategic leadership within a dynamic team.

Benefits include:

  • Startup equity.
  • Comprehensive health insurance and life assurance.
  • Unlimited annual leave.
  • Generous parental and sick leave policies.
  • Remote work allowance.
  • Top-tier tech tools.
  • Access to mental health support.
  • Regular team socials.

Based in the UK, you’ll have access to our London office with the flexibility to work remotely. Sylvera champions diversity, valuing every individual, and encourages applications from all backgrounds. If you’re ambitious and ready to own your impact, apply to be part of our collaborative and kind team.

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? ‍‍👩‍💻👨‍💻

We’re looking for a mission-driven Lead Engineer to lead our App Platform Team, reporting directly to our CTO. You will play an essential role in providing leadership for the team building core API-related components that sit between our data platform, and front end. 

Specific responsibilities will include:

- Leading our Back End-focussed App Platform team. This team is dedicated to building common components that are reusable, minimising repetition of code, and facilitating best practices

- Devising and implementing clear strategies to shorten our time-to-value from data creation to customer deliverable, for the rapid creation of end to end solutions

- Applying an agile approach in terms of our development lifecycle, allowing us to build complex Back End solutions incrementally

- Playing a key role in the completion of the build and roll out of our public GraphQL carbon data API, ensuring compliance with non-functional requirements, as well as giving consideration for authentication and authorisation

- Longer term, as our apps continue to evolve, devising and implementing strategies for monitoring and scaling, to deliver industry leading reliability to our enterprise customers

- Mentoring and coaching our talented team of backend engineers in conjunction with our Principal Engineering function.

We’re looking for someone who: 🧠💚

- Can demonstrate extensive experience having designed and scaled public APIs (strong preference for GraphQL here)

- Embodies a ‘You build it you own it’ approach, with experience not just building out API platforms, but also ensuring these are reliable, secure, and performant. 

- Is experienced with implementing an agile approach for rapid and iterative development, breaking down complex work and deliverables to drive incremental gains

- Has a hands-on coding background in Typescript/Node.js (and who wishes to remain 40% to 60% hands on!). We're also interested in Python/Django, but some experience with Typescript would be extremely helpful.

- Can demonstrate a strong delivery track record, with proven experience driving the strategic direction of a small agile team, whether in a Lead, Senior or Staff Engineer capacity.

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 believe in giving people the autonomy to own their impact.

Stay curious: Our business is built on transparency and debunking misperceptions.

Do what’s right - even when it’s hard: The right path isn’t always easy or obvious.

Collaborate with kindness: Great teams are built on open communication and respect.

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.


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