We’re hiring!

Data engineer (scientist)

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Whom are we looking for?

To grow FutureproofedCities, we are looking for people who are the most talented, curious, fun dedicated, right across the organisation — from sales to customer support, from product development to accounts receivable. 

We don’t want to be hiring just the smartest people, it’s also about developing the most flexible people, to form the highest-performing teams. At Futureproofed we are also committed to creating an Asshole-Free-Zone . 

You have skills, knowledge, energy and time and we realize there's many offers to contemplate... So why should you devote these precious resources to FutureproofedCities? Here’s the deal we have to offer: you will have to work hard to catch up with a large and growing backlog of issues; things may be more chaotic than elsewhere; our plan might even fail. But the quid pro quo is that you will have more responsibility, it will be more fun, you will learn and grow more, you will do meaningful work, and if things go well, you might participate in the upside.

About Futureproofed

Why?

At Futureproofed we see climate change as one of the greatest threats to humanity  — on par with nuclear warfare, in fact — but also as an unprecedented opportunity for people, cities, and businesses to thrive.

We believe our ability to reverse the climate crisis and build a fossil-free, circular and biodiverse society will determine our fate in the coming decades. Either we become the fools who let the climate change tragedy unfold, or we become the superhero generation who speed up and scale the transformation to attractive cities and a fossil-free future.

Vision

When it comes to climate change, cities are where the action is. Yet whenever we talk to civil servants responsible for climate in municipalities, we realise it’s the same thing all over Europe: more often than not it’s a one-(wo)man show, with very little time available for helping drive climate action. And every municipality seems to be reinventing the wheel

FutureproofedCities is a web-app to help solve that. It helps cities develop, monitor and manage their climate action plan in order to implement climate action more effectively. Cities can learn from other cities and engage their citizens to better transform their climate plan into action.

Goals

We launched in early 2017 and have about 65 municipalities, or more than one municipality out of five in Flanders running on FutureproofedCities, including Antwerp, Ghent, Kortrijk, Hasselt, Ostend, Vilvoorde, Bonheiden. We also launched our first Walloon municipality (Pont-à-Celles) and our first international city (Valencia ,Spain). 

By the end of the year we’ll have launched a few more cities in Belgium and across Europe (probably in Spain and Estonia) and we’re just getting started!


Job description

Job responsibilities

FutureproofedCities helps cities and municipalities implement their climate action plan. To do so, we have calculated a set of standard measures, for both carbon reduction (mitigation) and climate adaptation. Your job will be to improve and increase this list of measures. 

Measures result in carbon savings or in a better adaptation to climate change, and in financial savings. For each measure, a tracking unit is defined (for example the number of households or the number of MWh). Per unit, an investment, a financial saving and (when applicable) expected carbon savings are calculated.

Examples: the installation of solar panels on houses; the construction of a dyke along the coast.

  • Build, test and maintain a scalable data architecture, parametric model and data pipeline to

    • collect data (for different regions or countries).

    • connect online data (data flow).

    • parameterise measures.

    • update or calculate new measures.

  • Collect data from disparate data sources: research, call suppliers, …

  • New measures’ calculations in the back-end; measures’ update.

  • Think about a systemic integration of measures.

Qualifications

Must have

  • Strong background in software engineering.

  • Master in data engineering or data science or equivalent previous experience (3 to 4 years).

  • Programming languages: Python, SQL. Our platform is built using MySQL, PHP and Vue.js.

  • User-centric approach: not lost in details (magnitude is the most useful).

  • Affinity with climate (JRC,…).

  • Self-reliant, autonomous.

  • Love to work in a team.

Bonus points for

  • Systems’ thinker.

  • Willing to challenge us in technology and process.

  • Speaking more than two languages.

  • A fun personality.

Our offer

  • A whole data architecture, parametric model and data pipeline to build in order to help cities implement climate action faster and better.

  • A meaningful work experience.

  • A very nice team!

  • The opportunity to grow and learn within a fast-growing startup.

  • Nice place to work in Leuven (literally next to the station).

  • A full-time and permanent contract.

  • A competitive salary package that is optimized to your individual needs.


Are you the superstar we are looking for? ⚡️
Quickly hand over your resume and cover letter to info@futureproofed.com.

Already looking forward to meeting you! ☕️