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Senior Developer

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Sparkgeo
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Added: March 18, 2024
The Spark

At Sparkgeo, we aren't just another geospatial consultancy; we're the architects of a changing future. Powered by our talented and creative people, we're pioneering the next era of geospatial innovation. Supported by passion and grounded in agility, responsibility, and collaboration, we believe that geospatial isn't just a tool—it's a revolution that's reshaping industries. By blending the vast horizons of geospatial technology with acute product focus, we're helping businesses dodge the common pitfalls and truly harness the transformative capacity of geospatial solutions. In a world where geospatial is changing everything, Sparkgeo stands as a beacon of expertise, innovation, and dedicated partnership.


Originating in Prince George, British Columbia, Sparkgeo operates as a remote-first team, with our people located across Canada and the UK. We believe in creating spaces for our people to flourish within their work at Sparkgeo, so they can also flourish outside of work within their chosen communities.


The Job

A Senior Developer at Sparkgeo is instrumental in the software development lifecycle, leveraging their deep expertise in software technologies and methodologies. In the planning phase, you collaborate with business teams and clients to define requirements and software solutions. During execution, you write software and ensure the delivery of finished products or services. You uphold clean code standards, handle testing, ticket tracking, and source control. Your comprehensive knowledge equips you for roles such as technical lead, architect, or system design planner.


As a Senior Developer focused on backend development you will design and implement critical tools and APIs, formalise conceptual nuance through data modelling, and contribute to best practice DevOps configurations. Backend developers are often required to implement complex and computation-heavy processes, which are often geospatial in nature. With a focus on scalability and good design principles you will capitalise on the benefits of concurrency and parallelism. You will be instrumental in converting requirements to workable designs, realising client goals, and fulfilling real-world user journeys with robust and thoroughly tested solutions.

On occasion, as a member of the larger Technology team, you may be called to apply your skills in other development capacities beyond backend.


The Team

Working at Sparkgeo means you will belong to both a functional team and a project team(s). Your functional team will be like your “home-base”. You’ll be grouped with individuals with similar technical backgrounds to challenge domain standards, trade tips and ideas, and create community. On the other hand, in your day-to-day you will be working closely with your project team(s) to tackle our clients’ biggest geospatial challenges.


The Work
  • Design, develop, test, implement, maintain, and improve code in existing or novel complex applications or structures
  • Collaborate in cross-functional internal and client teams throughout discovery and planning stages to create proof-of-concept applications and define projects, including scope, feasibility, solutions, requirements, estimates, expectations etc.
  • Identify and communicate project risks and mitigation strategies regularly
  • Liaise directly with clients and effectively communicate complex technical concepts, including technical progress, limitations, and solutions
  • Deliver and implement the high-value units of work within a project, including resolution of non-routine, complex problems
  • Act as the project technical lead as required, including coordinating project activities, championing standards and alignment, and advising on technical aspects
  • Develop and design new instances of existing architecture, code strategy, and major new features, in collaboration with stakeholders, with no regular need for supervision
  • Collaborate and communicate regularly with stakeholders on the status of work, requirements, expectations, and blockers
  • Estimate time to complete designated project tasks in support of project manager and business development team
  • Write documentation according to best practices and standards
  • Pioneer best practices, processes, and latest trends and technologies
  • Identify and build reusable architectures
  • Coach junior colleagues formally and informally, such as through code reviews, pair programming, formal mentorship, and conversation
  • Pursue professional development opportunities when time and schedule permit


The Qualifications


What is not required for this role

  • Every skill set listed. If you find the work and team interesting, we encourage you to apply!


Education

Nice-to-have:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field
  • Technical school or coding bootcamp certification
  • AWS or other cloud certification
  • GIS related degree or certification


Experience & Knowledge

  • Minimum of 3 years of software development experience
  • Strong development cycle experience

Nice-to-have:

  • Development experience in a professional services or consulting environment
  • Understanding of geospatial science and technology


Skills & Attributes

  • Expert-level proficiency in multiple core and specialized programming languages and advanced computing concepts
  • Deep expertise within at least one programming environment
  • Expert-level proficiency in integrating complex systems, handling geospatial data in programming languages, and using a wide variety of geospatial libraries and tools
  • Ability to architect, design, and develop complex software systems
  • Fully capable of taking substantial complex features from concept to shipping as the sole programmer
  • Ability to optimize performance and solve complex programming challenges
  • Ability to identify and apply the correct tools, framework, and techniques for solving unique problems
  • Ability to think logically and critically
  • Open-minded and creative approach to projects and collaboration
  • Ability to work as the sole programmer and/or collaboratively in a team environment on large, significantly complex projects
  • Ability to deliver work completely autonomously without need for review from a senior or colleague
  • Efficient and comprehensive research skills
  • Effective and adaptive verbal and written communication, including ability to articulate technical decisions in their code
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize effectively
  • Collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, both technical and interpersonal
  • Ability to adapt approaches to tasks and situations in consideration of changing circumstances
  • Growth and learning mindset


Specifics for Backend Domain Focus

  • Working knowledge of the HTTP protocol
  • Working knowledge of the concurrency model in at least one programming environment
  • Experience with at least one HTTP/REST API development framework
  • Knowledge of the merits of relational and non-relational data stores, and working knowledge of at least one data store product
  • Knowledge of common security concepts around authentication and authorization
  • Experience with at least one containerization technology, such as Docker, Rancher, or Kubernetes

Nice-to-have:

  • Working knowledge of Entity-Relation modelling concepts
  • Experience working in AWS environments


Some other details


Compensation

  • $115,000 - $130,000 per annum base salary


Work-Life Supports

  • Work remotely and flexible scheduling
  • Vision, dental, EFAP, and extended health benefits for you and your dependents
  • Generous PTO, including starting 4 weeks of vacation per year and increasing at 3rd anniversary
  • Matching RRSP as you build your future
  • Yearly wellness & office allowance to support your lifestyle
  • Buddy bucks to foster connection
  • Professional development allotment
  • In-person company meet-up (to settle the score on who really is the tallest)


Visa Sponsorship

Available for exceptional candidates


More about Sparkgeo

Visit our Jobs page to learn more about who we are, and how we work.


Who and how we hire

We encourage all people, from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. You do not need to check every single one of these boxes. We hire anyone who is curious, willing to learn, and likes to work remotely and autonomously with a dispersed team.


Sparkgeo provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities; including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Should you need assistance, please contact People & Culture at people@sparkgeo.com. Applicants selected for an interview who require accommodation during the interview process are asked to advise accordingly upon the invitation for interview.

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