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Description

Greenpeace International has been campaigning against environmental degradation since it was founded in 1971, when a small boat of volunteers and journalists sailed into Amchitka, an area north of Alaska where the US Government was conducting underground nuclear tests. This tradition of ‘bearing witness’ in a non-violent manner continues today, and our ships are still an important part of our campaigns. Greenpeace is taking action all over the world for our planet’s future. Our volunteers, activists and staff come from all corners of the globe, cover the age spectrum and come from all walks of life. We have a positive vision, rooted in hope, and the conviction that when people in large numbers believe change is possible, change becomes possible. We believe that when we take Nature as our model, mentor, and measure, we can change the way we feed and fuel our world. We can live in harmony with the Earth and each other.

 

Greenpeace is seeking a hardworking Technical Architect to join our diverse international team, in building a data platform “Cosmos”, which is built on Google Cloud. You will join a team that is building a global data platform to enable the access to data in the organisation to better execute our job in our fight against the climate crisis. This position offers exposure to enterprise scale data problems, as a part of our central data team we support work across the Greenpeace network in 55 countries. You will help us to ensure that Greenpeace adopts secure data management practices that facilitate the transfer of data across systems and teams, always respecting the consent of our supporters. 

 

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience in data engineering or working in data platforms development. It’s a fast paced role that requires skill, passion, and initiative. You will be the lead person that sets technical direction and support to the Cosmos team, as well as a vision for how campaigning organisations can use data to achieve their goals and inspire change in the world. We are ideally looking for an innovative technologist, able to thrive in a culturally diverse and remote environment, who enjoys working collaboratively to achieve common goals. This is a full time 2 year position, working closely with our distributed team based in Australia, and Netherlands. You may be based in a country where one of the independent national/regional Greenpeace organisations (NROs) is located (subject to agreement). Greenpeace Africa HQ is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 

Role Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design and development of a technical strategy for Greenpeace International Data platform
  • Lead, manage and contribute to the development of the integration of major enterprise technology systems and platform projects, from conceptualisation through to evaluation and project closure
  • Conduct the technical implementation and maintenance of a data governance policy, to ensure compliance and protection of Greenpeace's data establishing organisational data flows to move data securely across departments
  • Provide direction and contribute in building an organisational data architecture framework, standards and principles including modelling, metadata, security, reference data and master data
  • Translate business requirements to technical specifications’ documentation about technical areas such as data streams, integrations, transformations, databases, and data warehouses
  • Collaborate with both the internal and distributed data teams across Greenpeace to provide experienced input, technological mentorship and a working framework underpinning the delivery of the data strategy
  • Steer, manage and support the work of a Data Engineering team by removing impediments and providing direction for consistent coding standards, development tools, agile working practices, quality assurance and technological innovations

Criteria

  • A track record (5 years +) of developing & delivering data engineering solutions, with experience specifically on Google Cloud Platform, including:
    • ETL/ELT models
    • Serverless compute, including Cloud Run and Google Cloud Functions,
    • PubSub, BigQuery, GCS, 
    • Google Data Catalog,
    • Spark and Hadoop via Dataproc,
    • Data Loss Prevention
  • Adept level understanding of advanced SQL
  • Proficiency in Python and NodeJS software development specifically focused in data and APIs
  • Experience developing Infrastructure as Code ideally via Terraform
  • Familiarity with data orchestration tooling, such as Airflow, Prefect, Argo or Dagster
  • Confidence in decision making and the ability to explain processes or choices as needed
  • Strong analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent technical and end-user documentation skills
  • Effective communication skills for non-technical audiences
  • Proficiency in English, both verbal and written

Benefits

  • A competitive annual salary in line with an NGO
  • Opportunities to work in different countries, to challenge yourself with new projects, learn new skills, and work with inspiring, passionate people committed to protecting the planet
  • Flexible working hours and opportunities to grow further through training and development 

About Greenpeace

Greenpeace uses non-violent creative action to pave the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our environment. Greenpeace has been campaigning against environmental degradation since it was founded in 1971, when a small boat of volunteers and journalists sailed into Amchitka, an area north of Alaska where the US Government was conducting underground nuclear tests. This tradition of ‘bearing witness’ in a non-violent manner continues today, and our ships are still an important part of our campaigns.

 

Greenpeace is taking action all over the world for our planet’s future. Our volunteers, activists and staff come from all corners of the globe, cover the age spectrum and come from all walks of life. We have a positive vision, rooted in hope, and the conviction that when people in large numbers believe change is possible, change becomes possible. We believe that when we take Nature as our model, mentor, and measure, we can change the way we feed and fuel our world. We can live in harmony with the Earth and each other. With 26 independent national / regional organisations, we work directly with communities on the frontlines as they protect the environments they call home.