Tech Team Lead

at Locarta GmbH (view profile)
Location Berlin, Germany
Date Posted May 21, 2019
Category European Union - EU Blue Card Jobs
Germany - Residence Permit Visa Jobs
Job Type python


If you’re looking to play a leading role in a well-run startup with meaty tech where machine learning actually earns money, this could be the job for you.

What we do

Locarta is a location analytics startup based in Berlin. Every day more than a million mobile panelists send us over a billion data points about where they go in the real world (all in accordance with data privacy law, of course).  We use this data to produce reports on how groups of people behave. We answer questions such as, “Do IKEA ads really send people to IKEA?” or, “Should Lidl open a new store next to the Aldi one?” The market is just waking up to the potential of location analytics and our products are taking off. The challenge is to scale and refine them while developing new ones to take advantage of the market opportunity. We are a team of ten people, five of which are on the tech/data side.

What you’ll be doing

Helping to set the tech vision 

      that enables us to deliver the products our strategy calls for

Overseeing development processes 

      (CI/CD, releases) — getting your hands dirty where required

Providing direction for our data science team

       (both research and its hard outputs), maintaining our high quality bar

Delivering our products reliably 

      and at low cost (maintaining robust infrastructure with a high degree of automation, monitoring)

Building and leading a team

       of tech and data science aces. We’ve been good at recruiting top talent so far, and the challenge is to maintain that standard

Contributing to company strategy

      , shaping its priorities and direction

You should

Have 5+ years of coding experience

      : you’re seriously good at big data processing, managing and monitoring cloud infrastructure, Scala and Python. You are knowledgeable in most if not all of our tech stack (see below)

Know how to run a tight ship

      , and have spent at least 2 years leading tech teams (including participating in hiring decisions)

Still enjoy writing code occasionally

      : you are a warrior king who isn’t afraid to swing a sword now and then if the situation calls for it

Be practical and realistic

       — you want real-world results you can point to. The thought of failing to deliver sends a shiver down your spine

Be curious and have broad interests

       — you keep up with developments in tech and are always thirsty for more knowledge

Have a strong mathematical background

       and can hold your own in data science discussions. Ideally you should be able to understand research papers

Speak fluent English 

      (German is a plus, but not required)

Our tech

Our infrastructure is already in a good shape with Kubernetes, Spark clusters running on AWS EMR, 100% dockerisation and a high degree of automation. Our stack: Scala, Python, Spark, Luigi, YARN, Jupyter, Docker, Kubernetes, Kafka, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, AWS, Data Science: Sklearn, Keras, TF, Pymc3

How we’re different

Tech and data insights are our core business

      , not just a fashionable side project

We go out of our way to keep people happy

      , which in our experience takes two things: giving you as much responsibility as you can take and making sure you have opportunities to learn new skills and technologies

We’re a relatively early-stage startup

      , which is honestly the most fun time. It’s when the big decisions get made and the most interesting problems need to be solved. It also means things stay varied and interesting

We’re experienced

      : between us we’ve founded a Y Combinator startup, founded a tech hedge fund and worked at the UN and McKinsey

We are all applied scientists

       – everything we do is data-driven

We have a world-class team of advisors

     and angels to help us on our mission

Visa Assistance

Open to assisting the right candidate with the following Visa(s) / Work Permit(s)

1) European Union - EU Blue Card Jobs
2) Germany - Residence Permit Visa Jobs

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