Junior Python Developer: DevOps and Internal Tools

  • South Pole Group
  • 8005 Zürich, ZH, Switzerland
  • 18/01/2023
Full time Data Engineering Business Intelligence Statistics DevOps

Job Description

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions, we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

As a member of the DevOps team, you will develop and maintain internal tools in Python for various internal tasks. You will also work with software engineers, climate scientists, and others who perform calculations using Python, helping assure that their code follows best practices in terms of security and design and enabling their work to run automatically on our Kubernetes clusters.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Automate DevOps tasks
  • Maintain existing tools in Python and Google Apps Script that perform various tasks such as generating periodic emails based on database data, string-based name matching, visualizing data through a Django-based webapp, and making API calls to fetch, manipulate, and store data
  • Assist scientists and others in getting their code production-ready
  • Help provide training for scientists and others in how to use various Python libraries, providing example code when relevant
  • Assist the lead DevOps engineer in preparing new projects to be deployed on Kubernetes (using GitHub Actions)
  • Cooperate and assist the DevOps / Cloud Infrastructure Team in monitoring and maintaining all applications running on our (Google) Cloud Infrastructure


Essential -

  • Professional experience as a Python developer
  • Knowledge of SQL
  • Familiarity with CI/CD pipeline tools such as GitHub Actions
  • Familiarity with containerization (Docker images)
  • Structured, independent and accurate way of working
  • Commitment, flexibility and sense for quality
  • Pleasure in helping tech and non-tech people alike in ensuring the success of their projects
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Willingness to learn
  • Eager for change and optimisation
  • Interest in problem solving / troubleshooting

Desirable -

  • Knowledge of (or interest in learning) the following:
    • Django
    • Google Apps Script
    • Linux
    • Kubernetes
    • Cloud Computing

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation.

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.