Senior Geospatial Data Engineer


About the role

Strava is the leading digital community for active people with more than 120 million athletes, in more than 190 countries. The platform offers a holistic view of your active lifestyle, no matter where you live, which sport you love and/or what device you use. Everyone belongs on Strava when they are pursuing an active life. 

Strava is growing its mapping and data processing team. We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced geospatial software and data engineer to strengthen the team with their expertise.

This is a hybrid role based out of our Berlin, Germany office.

Our Mapping Stack

The Map Platform team you will be joining at Strava builds and maintains a broad range of data pipelines, APIs and services that make up the map platform, working at scale to bring a rich collection of geospatial data to our mobile and web clients. We employ a mix of Golang and Python depending on the context; in general we use Go for services and Python’s excellent geospatial data processing ecosystem in our pipelines. Our code is deployed in containers orchestrated by Kubernetes (AWS EKS); and our data layer is heavily based on PostgreSQL(PostGIS) and S3. 

Throughout our stack you will encounter a wide variety of geospatial data types, processing workflows and geospatial services including our own custom geospatial tile server written in Go. From raw satellite imagery pipelines to amazing winter mosaics and from global scale terrain processing to large scale ingestion of user tracked GPS traces – both vector and raster data are heavily represented throughout the stack.    

You’re excited about this opportunity because you will:

  • You don’t like Mapping but you love it.
  • You and your team will take end-to-end responsibility for developing new features, following the full feature lifecycle. 
  • You will work closely with your fellow engineers and also Map Design, Product Management, and colleagues from other departments. 
  • You will be encouraged to discuss and challenge so that together we can share knowledge and experiences, always bettering ourselves as engineers to build and maintain the highest quality stack.
  • You will directly impact the product experience by building a rich and informative map platform for over a hundred million of users.

You will be successful here by:

  • Developing and maintaining Strava’s mapping pipelines and geospatial service offering.
  • Work at scale in system and architecture level as well as in the weeds at an implementation and coding level.
  • Collaborating cross-functionally with other teams to solve business requirements.
  • Designing and implementing enhancements to current systems.
  • Identifying and delivering cost optimizations across our full map stack.
  • Maintaining high-availability services that report into monitoring and observability systems.

We’re excited about you because you:

  • Are highly proficient in geospatial pipeline orchestration, ideally have experience in Kubernetes, geospatial query development and spatial analysis as well as data storage, schema design and indexing.
  • Have proven Golang expertise.
  • Have experience with tooling for Geospatial data such as QGIS, GDAL, Rasterio, Shapely or other utilities in Python, Golang and shell scripting.
  • Have experience in working with relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL), use GIS extensions like PostGIS or similar.
  • Have experience with queue and/or DAG based data pipelines, ideally processing large volumes of data in the cloud.
  • Have a minimum of 6 years of working in the field.
  • Are well informed and frequently experiment with the latest geospatial technologies.

We’d love to talk to you about the future of Strava’s core technologies and your role in developing them. For more on Strava’s engineering team check out the Engineering Blog. It covers a wide range of topics, from how we rebuilt our leaderboard systems to personal perspectives on what it’s like to be an engineer at Strava. 


About Strava

Strava is Swedish for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do. We’re a passionate and committed team, unified by our mission to connect athletes to what motivates them and help them find their personal best. With billions of activity uploads from all over the world, we have a humbling and adventurous vision: to be the record of the world’s athletic activities and the technology that makes every effort count.

Strava builds software that makes the best part of our athletes’ days even better. Just as we’re deeply committed to unlocking their potential, we’re dedicated to providing a world-class, inclusive workplace where our employees can grow and thrive, too. We’re backed by Sequoia Capital, TCV, Madrone Partners and Jackson Square Ventures, and we’re expanding in order to exceed the needs of our growing community of global athletes. Our culture reflects our community. We are continuously striving to hire and engage diverse teammates from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we know we are a stronger team together.

Despite challenges in the world around us, we are continuing to grow camaraderie and positivity within our culture, and we are unified in our commitment to becoming an antiracist company. We are differentiated by our truly people-first approach, our compassionate leadership, and our belief that we can bring joy and inspiration to athletes’ lives — now more than ever. All to say, it’s a great time to join Strava!

Strava is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the values of Strava, we make all employment decisions including hiring, evaluation, termination, promotional and training opportunities, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical handicap, mental disability, medical condition, disability, gender or identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, marital status, height and/or weight.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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