Lead Software Engineer Scientific Engine (Python)
Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

Lead Software Engineer Scientific Engine (Python)

  • Indefinido 
  • Paris
  • > 3 años

La empresa

Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

  • Inteligencia artificial/Aprendizaje automático, Seguros, FinTech/InsurTech
  • Entre 50 y 250 empleados

La oferta

Lead Software Engineer Scientific Engine (Python)

  • Indefinido 
  • Paris
  • > 3 años

Who are they?

Born out of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolutionary approach in insurance to better protect corporations and governments, Descartes was founded in 2018 to change the industry status quo.

Around the world, Descartes Underwriting offers a new generation of parametric insurance that builds resilience against natural catastrophes & climate risks. Unlike traditional insurance, which relies on lengthy loss adjustment procedures, Descartes’ parametric products pay out when a predefined event (i.e. flood, cyclone, earthquake, etc.) occurs as measured by a specified parameter or index.

Descartes’ innovative edge stems from their ability to handle massive new data sources and apply proprietary algorithms that extract value for their clients. The team utilizes machine learning and advanced algorithms to unlock valuable underwriting insights from a wide range of sources, including IoT, satellite imagery, stationary sensors, radar and third party data. Not limited to looking backwards at claims history, they model the underlying phenomenon directly, capturing trends and potential climate change impacts to better protect corporate and public sector clients.

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Job description

Due to our consistent growth, we are seeking to expand our Data, Software and DevOps team. We are searching for a Lead Software Engineer to manage a team of 4. As team lead, you will oversee:

  • The python scientific engine of a business use case
  • The processes to make each individual software engineer excel at their work


  • Contribute directly on the code base either individually, in pairs or more
  • Organize REX sessions to share the knowledge received with the rest of the team
  • Ensure compliance to internal standards and practices
  • Present the progress and goals
  • Contribute to the technical roadmap through architecture meetings, design documents
  • Lead & coach your engineer team to consistently deliver according to their roadmap
  • Provide expertise to help your team:
    • Develop, optimize and update software for:
      • Calculation of risk models
      • Data collection, preparation and visualization
      • Export of outputs adapted to users
      • Testing and validation of existing solutions
      • Monitoring of contracts and associated data
    • Support, test and correct the tools of:
      • Continuous development and continuous integration (CD/CI)
      • Data storage
      • Version management of scrips, codes, languages and computer systems
      • Modularization and containerization of IT solutions
      • Connection to external and internal API’s
    • To participate in:
      • The assessment and definition of user needs
      • Modeling the risks of underlying contracts
      • The choice of technical solutions
      • Discussions with IT partners
      • Improving the skills of your technical staff
      • Managing the access and rights of users of internal tools


  • Cloud provider: GCP
  • Code versioning tool: Git + Gitlab
  • OS: Linux
  • Code base: Python


  • Laptop: premium DELL XPS 15
  • OS: you decide



[Management skills]

  • 1 year of managing experience or project management
  • Tech roadmap and MVP critical path definition
  • Scoping and identifying solutions with business team
  • Handling human interactions between tech and business

[Hard skills]

  • 3 years of experiences as a software engineer or data scientist
  • Solid knowledge in Python
  • Solid engineering background
    • master in computer science, mathematics, physics or earth science
  • Experience optimizing and profiling python code
  • Experience in a microservices architecture
  • Good knowledge with Docker
  • Solid knowledge production development workflow (code reviews, fast forward git policy, TDD)
  • Fluent in English and in French


  • Strong interest with climate issue (it’s not a hoax, many people suffer from it)
  • Being comfortable to work alongside corporate insurers (some still wear suits)
  • You enjoy CI/CD automation (or at least appreciate the elegance of a well-crafted pipeline)
  • Willingness to help junior developers (remember how you were when you started)
  • Strong team spirit and ability to work (you’ll have to review code and have your code reviewed)
  • Rigorous, creative and meticulous mind (we handle large insurance, we take our time)
  • Strong desire to learn (there’s no limitation to the tech used, we’re happy to test and learn new tools)
  • Eagerness to work in a multi-cultural environment (policies and teams are from all around the world)


  • Join a company with a true purpose – help us help our clients be more resilient towards climate risks
  • A competitive salary, bonus and benefits (Premium Alan health insurance, Swile restaurant vouchers, Navigo reimbursement etc.) 
  • The opportunity to grow in your role, as the company does
  • Commitment from Descartes to it’s staff of continued learning and development (think annual seminars, training etc.)
  • Be part of a collaborative, diverse team where your ideas are heard 
  • A paid referral scheme for successfully referring peers
  • Frequent team events
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