Python Engineer

Inspire

Remote Remote Only Jun 9
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In-office locations: Santa Monica, CA, USA and Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Remote location(s): United States.

As a certified B Corp, our mission is truly woven into the fabric of what we do. As you grow professionally, you are doing good for the planet by helping us to transform the way consumers access clean energy and accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

As a Sr. Software Engineer on our Operating Model Team, your work will help drive down costs, manage risk, accelerate growth and improve our member experience -- broadening access to clean energy as we grow to new markets, and enabling new products that accelerate a net zero carbon future. Inspire’s Operating Model is the heart and the brain of our clean energy platform -- tracking and forecasting costs and revenues as the source of truth for key stakeholders across the business to make decisions about growth, optimization and strategy.

You will work closely with machine learning and data engineers to build scalable and extensible APIs to integrate our ML models into the services used throughout our business. You will contribute to our pricing and offers service, which combines machine learning forecasts with a pricing experimentation platform to show customers the right plan at the right price to best meet their needs. By ensuring forecast accuracy and precision at the point of sale, we are able to effectively hedge risk and minimize costs, enabling innovative and consumer-friendly products including flat-price subscription billing. By actively experimenting with plan types, we continuously improve customer satisfaction and lifetime value, maximizing our collective impact on our mission to accelerate a net zero carbon future.

Here's how you'll help:

  1. Design and build REST APIs in ruby and/or python to support core business functionality such as pricing, offers, and load forecasts.
  2. Configure and maintain cloud infrastructure on AWS and Heroku
  3. Configure and manage applications on kubernetes
  4. Build and maintain CI/CD pipelines for applications using AWS and Github
  5. Team-oriented development: building modular & re-usable tools, writing maintainable code, owning technical and business documentation
  6. Working with our ML team to provide robust interfaces for our ML Models
  7. Communication with technical and non-technical audiences, and ability to translate between the domains of business problems and implementations

Some Year 1 Deliverables:

  • Extend current offer service APIs to support new features
  • Build new APIs to allow internal services to leverage our LTV and Load Forecasting APIs
  • Identify bottlenecks and improve scalability to support our growing customer base
  • Improve and maintain CI/CD pipelines for various services within the Operating Model infrastructure

Here's what you'll bring to the table:

  • Must Have
    • 3+ years experience working with Ruby and/or Python for a backend application in a production environment
    • 3+ years experience with the software development life cycle (git, Pull Requests, Code Reviews, Testing, etc)
    • Proficiency working with the command line
    • Proficiency with SQL
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience with key technologies: rails, flask, redis, kubernetes, streaming (kafka, kinesis, etc.), swagger
    • Experience with ORMs ActiveRecord, SQLAlchemy, etc
    • Experience with IaC tools Cloud Formation, Terraform, etc
    • Experience working in the energy industry
    • Experience working with financial data and complex financial models
    • Experience with technical communication to audiences of diverse backgrounds

Open to other technical backgrounds, but currently using the following data stack:

  • Loading & Orchestration: Airflow/Fivetran
  • Warehouse: Snowflake
  • Data Processing: dbt (SQL), Python, Spark
  • Cloud Provider: Amazon Web Services

Our Work Model: This position is eligible for remote work. Being bi-coastal, we have mastered the art of working collaboratively across different time zones and regions. Working from the comforts of our own homes, we don't mind the constant cameos from children and pets.

Health & Wellness:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision coverage starts from day one
  • Summer Fridays and Wellness days
  • Mental Health Benefits (Headspace, Ginger)
  • Company Paid Parental Leave

Life at Inspire:

  • Flexible Time Off
  • 401(K) up to 4% Matching
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Treks through GivePower and the opportunity to participate in service trip
  • Training, development, and growth opportunities for all employees

Perks:

  • Work from Home
  • Semi Annual Performance Bonuses
  • B Corporation Discounts
  • Open Office Floor Plan
  • Dog-friendly workplace
  • Fun Company Events

More About Who We Are:

Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. On average, one year of being an Inspire member can help avoid 9,639 pounds of carbon emissions - that is 7x more impactful than one year of recycling!

Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Snacks Provided
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Other
  • Fully Remote Options
  • Pet Friendly Office
PTO/Flexibility
  • Paid Holidays
  • Unlimited PTO
What makes Inspire an exciting place to work? We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source. Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire. Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.   What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team? Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life. We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”   How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic? Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.   What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire? Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team. From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.