Senior API Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • TBD USD / Year
  • World Economic Forum profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Forum is building world-leading digital collaboration platforms, knowledge and data tools, and digital event experiences for our constituents. To support this development, we are looking for a qualified engineering deputy lead to take responsibility for our Forum Web Services (FWS) platform and work with our teams of engineers and product managers to help bring digital products and features from conception to launch and beyond.

As the API Deputy Lead, you will reporting to the API Development Lead and supporting them in managing, building and maintaining the forum APIs following the API Design-First strategy, as well as mentoring fellow engineers and assisting product managers to deliver on the organization’s strategic vision and provide digital products that are recognized as best in the industry.

Your expertise will drive efficiency and innovation within our backend systems, ensuring they align with our business strategies and goals.

We are seeking a candidate with a proven track record in API architecture, strong documentation and communication skills, and adaptability within an impactful and diverse organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist engineers and product managers in adopting an API Design First approach by providing guidance and needed resources, to help achieve the business objectives in alignment with a more efficient and effective development process.
  • Lead the design, implementation and continuous improvement of the overall FWS microservice architecture, sponsoring and supporting engineers with the right technologies, frameworks, and database structures
  • Actively seek opportunities for innovation, adopt new tools and practices, and enhance the technical capabilities of the backend systems to improve performance and scalability
  • Implement AI-driven features and capabilities to tailor user experiences with personalized content and recommendations
  • Maintain and update technical documentation for backend systems, including API documentation, architecture diagrams, and database schemas.
  • Collaborate with delivery teams, product owners and engineering leads to plan and prioritize backend development tasks, ensuring alignment with overall business strategies and platform design principles

Qualifications and Skills

  • University-level degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a related field
  • Relevant industry experience in a technical leadership role, showcasing your capacity to lead and inspire engineering teams
  • Proven experience in designing and managing large scale micro-service architectures
  • Software engineering experience specific to web APIs development preferably in Ruby (Python or NodeJS)
  • Dedicated to delivering optimized, performant and highly scalable services, with the right monitoring, alerting and error tracking tools
  • Proficient experience with relational databases: Postgres or similar
  • Familiarity leveraging message brokers (like RabbitMQ or Kafka) to synchronize data between services and data sources
  • Experience collaborating closely with engineering delivery teams and adhering to a structured development process, with a preference for experience in Agile environments
  • Fluency in English, with excellent written, digital and verbal communication skills
  • Valuable team player, challenging and analytical spirit with a willingness to learn

Additional skills:

  • Experience working with non-relational vector datastores like Elasticsearch
  • Experience with LLMs and transformer-based embeddings, and semantic retrieval techniques
  • Prior experience with Heroku for hosting applications
  • Familiarity with Salesforce and SOQL queries

If you meet these requirements, please apply online and provide us with your CV and a cover letter describing your motivations for applying.

Why work at the Forum:

The Forum believes that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas, and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change!

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