Lead API Developer



Software Engineering
Ashburn, VA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Unacast is a global location intelligence and insights company transforming our understanding of human activity in the physical world. Using state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence, Unacast extracts valuable information from location data, delivering trustworthy, reliable, and privacy-friendly location intelligence. Companies across industries, at every stage of growth, rely on Unacast’s actionable human mobility insights to make more informed decisions that better align with the world around them.

Are you a leader that loves all things APIs?

At Unacast, we believe in agile, self-organizing teams that create valuable products, innovate and use the latest proven technologies. As the Lead API Developer for one of our most important product teams, you will play a vital role in one of our agile, fast-moving teams being the voice of our APIs!

If you are a strong team lead experienced with all things APIs that loves making your team and team members succeed while also keeping your hands dirty, this might be a job for you!

We are hiring for a Lead Developer with experience in APIs

At Unacast, we are on a mission to revolutionize location-based insights, exploring how people interact with the physical world. Privacy is baked into everything we do so we have partnered with highly-trusted, privacy friendly data providers. Within the industry of location data we have taken a customer-first approach, teaming up with highly-trusted, privacy friendly data providers. Unacast’s APIs are built to provide valuable analytics across very large data sets, enlightening our customers to the “needle in a haystack” of big data. Our aim is to be the go-to leaders in location data and we are now looking for a team leader to join our effort.

The position is for our API team, which is responsible for building the infrastructure that our customers utilize to harness the power of Unacast’s products. This is a team of extremely competent developers and needs a leader that guides the work and ensures quality and value in the products we build. The APIs built and maintained by the API team are the core building blocks of our data offering.

What you will be doing

  • Lead the API development team
  • Plan, execute, iterate and challenge assumptions to ensure the teams deliverable are timely and solving for the value needed
  • Continuously improve the team's ability to ship client and product value
  • Manage a set of talented professionals and their career growth

Who we think you are

  • Minimum 2 years of lead or project management experience.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience working with REST APIs.
  • Experience in software or engineering projects from ideation, through development and into production.
  • Demonstrate excellent SQL database skills ranging from database initial creation and design, table design, automated load and maintenance processes, and efficient querying.
  • Proficiency working in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and utilizing its many services.
  • Experience processing data efficiently in JSON and GeoJSON.
  • A positive and adaptable attitude, with a collaborative approach to teamwork.
  • Excellent organizational and progress-tracking skills.
  • You are comfortable with Java 8 and higher, Scala, Kotlin, Python, SQL or similar programming languages
  • Proficiency in Agile methodologies.
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in English.

... and it is a positive if

  • You are familiar with AWS Elastic Container Service for application deployment or AWS X-Ray for debugging.
  • Experience working with Snowflake SQL.
  • Experience with data analytics and data visualization.
  • You have experience working with geospatial data.
  • You are team and customer service oriented, innovative, open-minded to the solution set, and driven to deliver solutions that meet or exceed requirements.
  • You believe that simple approaches are better than complex, whenever possible.

Most relevant technologies

We are first and foremost looking for a leader, but we are expecting you to get your hands dirty and have experience in building REST APIs. The ability to adapt and learn new technologies quickly is important. Familiarity with technologies such as Java, Scala, Kotlin, Gomy nam, Python, Git, Apache Airflow, Snowflake SQL, and other services in Amazon Web Services (AWS) would be beneficial.

What we expect of you

  • Demonstrate a proactive and entrepreneurial mindset
  • You have good leadership skills and are a good listener and mentor
  • Contribute to a positive and enjoyable work environment
  • We are a startup, so things change fast, you need to be agile and proactive on this journey
  • Work closely with Product, willingness to hear from customers, and translate that input into product value through our Unacast APIs

Other Info

This a remote position that may require occasional travel. Preference for candidates on EST or CST time zones who reside in the following states: CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MD, MI, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TX, VA, WV

We offer competitive salaries and benefits and unlimited PTO. The typical base salary range for this role is $150,000 to $170,000. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, job level, internal equity and budget. Exact salary offers will be determined by factors such as the candidate's skills, qualifications, experience and geographic location.

Unacast is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Unacast is committed to making the job application process accessible to everyone. If you are living with a disability (visible or not visible), we will provide a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process. To request an accommodation in connection with the application or recruiting process, please contact Human Resources at 703-840-8850. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations.

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