Head of PlatformSylvera

Londo 21-03-2024
What is Sylvera anyway? ‍👩‍👨🌳
Sylvera provides carbon data for genuine climate impact. Our mission is to incentivize investment in real climate action. 

Purchasing credits through the carbon markets is one of the most established and scalable ways to channel finance from the private sector to effective climate solutions and work toward societal net zero. Unfortunately, the voluntary carbon markets have been plagued with mistrust and a lack of effectiveness since they’ve emerged – until Sylvera. 

To help organizations ensure they're making the most effective investments, Sylvera builds software that independently and accurately automates the evaluation of carbon projects that capture, remove, or avoid emissions. With Sylvera's data and tools, businesses and governments can confidently invest in, benchmark, deliver, and report real climate impact. 

Our team is made up of leading minds in climate change from scientists to policy, finance and carbon market experts. We work in partnership with scientific organisations, universities, governments and think tanks to develop and test rigorous and holistic ratings methodologies, leveraging the latest technology. Founded in 2020, Sylvera has 150+ employees across the world with offices in London, New York, Belgrade and Singapore. We’ve raised over $96million from leading VCs like Balderton Capital, Index Ventures and Insight Partners to date. 

What will I be doing? ‍‍👩‍💻👨‍💻
We’re looking for a mission-driven Head of Platform to join our Tech function, reporting directly to our CTO. You will play a vital role in shaping our SRE, Security, and DevEx organisation and practices, as well as ensuring we are delivering best-in-class infrastructure in the cloud and on-premises for our Tech teams.

Specific responsibilities will include:
- Leading our awesome Site Reliability and Developer Experience team of 3 engineers
- Contributing hands on to the design and development of our cloud infrastructure 
- Devising our observability strategy and implementing monitoring to empower teams to achieve operational excellence via metrics, dashboards, alerts, etc.
- Assessing the effectiveness of our on-prem infrastructure and associated developer environment with a view to unlock its full potential while remaining cost-effective
- Raising the bar in terms of infrastructure change management and integrity, developing processes for testing infrastructure changes in partnership with the engineering team
- Designing and implementing a strategic plan for a secure platform, across APIs, and operational security (requirements for ISO27001/SOC2 process, when and how to pentest etc.). 
- Building out an integrated DexEx strategy, defining the core set of developer tools, and best practices to maximise developer happiness and productivity
- Being an internal champion for security - empowering the wider teams in terms of security best practices. 
- Guiding the whole Tech organisation on the adoption of healthy cost management practices so that teams can optimise their compute, storage and tooling spend
- Doubling down on reliability, scaling up our incident management process so as to better serve our customers

We’re looking for someone who: 🧠💚
- Has significant experience with Terraform within an AWS infrastructure environment (ECS/EKS/K8s) with an interest in crafting a simple yet scalable platform 
- Has experience with monitoring solutions - e.g. Cloudwatch, Datadog, Prometheus
- Has experience scaling up a startup data and API platforms with no negative customer impactExperience having owned and driven improvements of, DevOps/SRE processes (i.e., on-call, incident management)
- Has knowledge about AWS/Cloud/Security to drive best practices, with insight both from an API security perspective, and from an operational security perspective (e.g. having experienced ISO27001/SOC2/Pen testing before). 
- Is experienced defining DevEx strategy and best practices
- Has rolled out tracking of DevEx metrics like DORA using JIRA and Github dataIs a “doer” who is comfortable taking ownership of deliverables when needed
- Enjoys partnering with the wider engineering function and is able to communicate technical considerations with extreme clarity
- Cares deeply about the climate and ecosystems of the earthIs a self-starter who thrives in constantly evolving environments, with startup experience
We’d like someone highly ambitious, motivated and eager to propel their career forward. We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description

Benefits 💰
- Equity in a rapidly growing startup
- Private Health Insurance and Life Assurance 
- Unlimited annual leave - and encouragement to actually use it!
- Enhanced parental leave 
- Up to 20 days paid sick leave 
- £500 WFH allowance 
- No corners cut in having the best tech to do your job
- Access to Mental Health support via Spill
- Monthly team socials

Location 🌍 
UK (with access to an office in London if you wanted to come in) 

Our Values 🙌
Own it: We make new mistakes. We build on the momentum of our wins and reflect on and learn from our failures.
Stay curious: We keep our focus on the long-term, even if that means short-term challenges.
Do what’s right - even when it’s hard: We take a growth mindset to our work, our customers, our market and the opportunities ahead of us. 
Collaborate and challenge with empathy: Our teams deliver through active collaboration. We invest in each others’ success and make the company stronger in the long-run.
Empower Customers: Make extraordinary efforts to exceed our customer expectations. If we’re serving our customers to the fullest, we can help direct more investment into real climate impact.

What if you’re a partial fit? 🌱
We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description. 

Equal employment opportunity 🌈
Sylvera is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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