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Technical Delivery Lead

Overstory

Overstory

IT
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Posted on Friday, March 29, 2024

Working to solve our climate crisis is the most important mission of our time, and the most exciting problem to be working on. Overstory’s mission is to help solve our climate crisis by providing real-time intelligence about the planet’s vegetation. In our first step toward this mission, we are applying machine learning to satellite imagery to track forests and vegetation. Today, we proudly partner with 40+ leading utilities worldwide, including 4 of the top 10 US utilities, to help reduce wildfire risk and increase grid reliability to prevent power outages.

We have already proven our business model and we’re all united behind our ambitious vision to scale up this model to help humanity and the planet. We recently closed a $14 million Series A, led by B Capital and welcoming The Nature Conservancy to our collective of climate-minded investors. This milestone includes additional investment and continued support from Convective Capital, Semapa Next, Bentley iTwin Ventures, Pale blue dot, CapitalT, Moxxie Ventures, and Overwater Ventures

If you want to have a real impact and solve some of the world's most complex challenges with advanced technology, come work with our talented and passionate team. Overstory is a remote-first company, with people living all over the U.S. and Europe.

As a Technical Delivery Lead in Overstory, you will be responsible for defining the technical direction of delivery projects, and delivering the results of our vegetation analyses to our customers. Your focus will be to understand the needs of the customer and plan the technical work to deliver successfully and in the timeline proposed, flagging any challenges early on. To execute on your plan, you will collaborate with teams of Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, Data Engineers, and Full-Stack Developers to implement the technical parts of the project together. You will be in sync with the Business team to make sure the tech team is delivering value to the customers, as well as communicating any struggles and challenges. You will work in an agile manner, learning from our customers, iterating quickly, and deciding when to build for a scalable future and when to hack it together.

It’s a challenging and fascinating role, with real impact on how Overstory’s customers manage vegetation at scale. You’ll be working and learning in a diverse technical team, finding ways to solve problems together using a mix of cutting edge technology and straightforward data engineering.

In detail…

You’ll spend most of your time working within a small team, using Overstory’s latest data processing and machine learning pipelines to analyze satellite imagery sets and other geographical datasets.

We have models and pipelines at various stages of maturity and we would expect you to use and apply the results of the stable ones, and collaborate with other technical teams to enable them to improve and validate the ones still in early development.

A big part of the role is using Overstory’s product and our analyses to solve customer needs. You will work closely with our Customer Success team to understand the customers’ problems, and then work with other Technical Delivery Leads and the rest of the tech team to develop solutions to those problems.

On a typical day you could be: running a satellite image through a pipeline, checking the quality of the output, and working with a specialist team to tweak the input parameters; writing Python code to explore, process and analyze GIS data; reviewing data accuracy and finding ways to improve it; updating a technical project plan; preparing images and statistics for a customer presentation.

You will have responsibility for your own projects, and we’ll expect you to take initiative to deliver a great product to our customers, and help us improve overall. Whether the work is about forest damage detection, tree species identification or biodiversity monitoring, you are up for the challenge!

Skills

You are proficient in Python.

Your written and verbal English communications skills are excellent, and you have empathy and understanding of different roles and business priorities, including for companies outside your sector.

You have diverse and rich experiences communicating with both deeply technical and specialist colleagues, and with sales, business and customer success teams, and directly with customers.

You manage your own time effectively, across multiple projects and occasionally under pressure, able to prioritize short and long term activities with a strategic approach.

Experience

You have worked in a startup environment, ideally for at least 2-3 years, or have very similar experience of dynamic, innovative work. You have experience working in an uncertain environment where there is no clear “right” answer, and where you have multiple stakeholders to work with.

You have demonstrated the ability to successfully lead technical projects and customer deliveries from inception through to shipping and integration feedback, in a commercial environment.

Your experiences have given you a strong capacity to work through trade-offs, to make decisions, to prioritize, and to choose and implement practical solutions. You will face challenges with pragmatism, balancing technical and business perspectives, finding creative ways forward, and putting them into practice.

Nice-to-haves

  • Geospatial data engineering/data science experience, or remote sensing experience
  • Experience in a remote team
  • Experience delivering B2B data/digital products and solutions

About you

  • You are creative and curious
  • You are flexible and ready and able to learn new things, and able to quickly adapt to new working practices and technologies
  • You are pragmatic, you know when a simple solution is sufficient or when new development is required
  • You are a strong communicator, able to express your ideas succinctly. You make complex ideas accessible to others
  • You have an eye for quality, your work is thorough, and you pay attention to both the small details and the larger picture
  • Teamwork is at your core, and you like to help others grow and succeed
  • You’re in a time zone +/- 1 hour from CET

What you get

  • To be part of truly mission-driven work that reduces wildfires, protects earth’s natural resources and helps solve our climate crisis.
  • Flexible working environment with a lot of autonomy. We build our work days around our lives, not the other way around.
  • Other benefits like a remote working budget, an educational budget and time to develop new skills.
  • To be surrounded by an excellent, vibrant, smart team who have each other's back and believe in a culture of openness, tolerance and respect.
  • Equity and a competitive salary.

About our team

We are a group of 70 people from all over the world. Twelve nationalities are represented in our team. We work remotely from nine different countries and we are looking for candidates that are also living and working in one of these countries: United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Estonia, Portugal, France, Sweden and Canada. We meet up once a year in-person for our unforgettable team gathering event. We also offer the option to occasionally meet up for in-person collaboration.

Diversity & Inclusion

We place enormous value on diversity and inclusion and strive to continually bring in people of all genders, races, creeds, ethnicities, abilities and backgrounds. We believe that the best ideas emerge when people with different perspectives and approaches work together on a problem.

We’re always looking to diversify our team further, but we’re proud of the fact that four out of the eight people on our leadership team are female or non-white males, 47% of the overall team are female and 20% of the team are people of color. Our team speaks thirteen languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Luxembourgish, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Indonesian and Cantonese.

Our values

Tackling the climate crisis is our greatest mission.

We act with urgency.

Our curiosity fuels our growth.

We recognize that change is constant, and we find joy and power in exploration.

We’re rooted in diversity.

Just as ecosystems need biodiversity to thrive, our resiliency comes from our differences.

We care for each other.

We love the power of machines but we nurture each other as humans.

Trust is fundamental.

We assume the best in everyone, and we share ideas openly so that we have a positive impact.