Product Engineering Lead

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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6 days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.


About the program:


The Data Lab is WRI’s core data innovation and delivery unit. We are a team of over 35 engineers, product managers and data scientists with experience setting data strategy, doing quantitative research and building data tools and products. Our mission is to use advances in data and technology to help our community improve lives, protect nature and ensure just transitions.

Job Highlight:


As a Product Engineering Lead you will work as a member of the Data Lab to build high quality, reliable, and impactful data products in support of WRI’s mission.

In this role, you will develop deep expertise in the architecture, technology, and functional requirements of WRI’s data products, with an initial focus on GFW Pro, and lead the technical strategy for product development at WRI.

You will be supported by teams of full stack engineers, product managers, data scientists and product specialists. You will report to the Head of Engineering, Data Lab.


What you will do:

Technical Leadership and Strategy (25% time)

  • Develop deep expertise in the architecture, technology, and functional requirements of WRI’s data products, and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Develop deep expertise in WRI’s internal API’s in order to ensure consistent use and integration across products and help shape the API roadmap.
  • Support, mentor, advise, and supervise internal and external software engineering efforts to ensure code quality, consistent CI/CD processes, and consistent use of WRI’s API’s, software libraries, and standards across products.
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in full-stack software engineering and geospatial technologies, tools, and techniques, and support product engineering teams in adoption as needed.

Product Engineering (45% time)
  • Lead product engineering teams, with an initial focus on GFW Pro, to write, review, and deploy code to deliver product features, reduce technical debt, and improve software architecture, reliability, and performance.
  • Apply cloud engineering best practices to ensure reliable, scalable infrastructure to meet product performance, operational, and maintenance needs.
  • Work closely with product managers to turn user stories and feature requests into technical requirements, and ensure a consistent approach to building, testing, and QC of new features.

Solution Architecture (20% time)
  • Work with product engineering teams, with an initial focus on GFW Pro, to identify common needs across products, identify potential open-source solutions, and develop internal software libraries, API features, application scaffolds, toolkits, and guidance documentation to support those needs, improve product development efficiency, and ensure integration and consistency across product
  • In collaboration with the Head of Engineering, develop technical processes, standards, and documentation to assist in onboarding new engineers and external vendors, ensure consistent software quality, and improve process efficiency and developer experience
  • Support the Data Lab Product Studio by participating in diagnostic reviews of product proposals, understanding the technical stack of existing products, and advising on solution architecture and technical requirements of new products and product features.

What you will need:
  • Education: You have a completed BA or BS degree in a relevant field
  • Experience: You have 8+ years of relevant professional work experience. You have experience with mentoring and/or managing more junior developers. You also have served as technical lead on a project and provided advice and counsel to research and programmatic teams
  • Experience with building software and following the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Experience working with designers and UX experts to implement designs and advising projects on technical and architectural best practices
  • Experience in a past role deploying code in cloud environments, preferably AWS, using infrastructure-as-code such as Terraform
  • Using version control tools such as Git and IDE software such as VS Code, IntelliJ, etc
  • Writing code in Javascript
  • Using development frameworks such as NodeJS, NextJS, and React o Knowledge of API standards and best practices (REST, GraphQL). You have also worked with open source geospatial processing software, such as PostGIS, GDAL, and MapBoxGL
  • Writing code in Scala and working with the Spark big data framework
  • Languages: Verbal and written English fluency is required, Knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese desirable
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

Potential Salary:
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by December 16, 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:
  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organisation with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.


About Us:

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organisation that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.



Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.


Our culture:


WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organisational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognising our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.