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Careers at Vaayu

Careers at Vaayu

If you are an innovator, want to work at a purpose-driven
startup, and be part of a team driving down carbon
emissions at scale, we’d love to hear from you.
Open Positions

Join our mission to

decelerate climate change

Careers at Vaayu

With just eight years to significantly lower global emissions,
we have developed the world’s first automated carbon tracking
and calculation tool to help businesses reduce in
real-time, and at scale. Using proprietary AI and
machine learning technologies, we provide retailers with
meaningful reduction scenarios to drive down emissions.
scenarios to drive down emissions.

Want to Join Us?

We believe in the power of

technology as a force for good,

and know we need to bring the

best people together to work on

this world-defining problem. We

are looking for game-changers

from across Europe or equivalent

time zones, who share our vision

to create a better future for people

and planet.

If you are an innovator, want to

work at a purpose-driven startup,

and be part of a team defining

state-of-the-art technology that

will drive down carbon emissions

at scale, we’d love to hear from

you.

Information on Vaayu

Our Founders
Our Values
Our Benefits
Our Founders
Vaayu was created in 2020 by Namrata Sandhu and Luca Schmid, having experienced first-hand the lack of retail-focussed carbon software and platforms to help drive carbon reduction at scale. Together they have unrivalled experience in retail, technology, sustainability and climate science.

Nam has worked in sustainability for over 18 years, including holding Head of Sustainability roles at the leading retailers Zalando and Arcadia Group. Luca is a data science expert and self-taught Full-Stack Engineer who previously led the development team as Lead Developer at Vimcar. Their shared vision is to change the narrative, using Vaayu to pave the way for retail’s positive impact on the planet.
Our Values
  • Environmental. The Earth is our protagonist. Protecting it is at the center of everything we do.

  • Collaborative. We believe in people. The bigger our network, the bigger our impact. Climate change affects us all, but by working collaboratively we know we can make a difference within retail, and beyond.

  • Honest. Our voice is informative and authentic. We want to share what we are working on, be open about the challenges, and build an ecosystem that creates change.

Our Benefits

Vaayu provides the opportunity to:

  • Work at a mission-driven start-up with sustainability experts

  • Receive equity in a fast-growing business with an exciting journey ahead

  • Be flexible and remote-first, working when and from wherever you feel most inspired

  • Collaborate with a diverse, open-minded and international team

  • Grow and develop within an expanding team of entrepreneurial experts

  • Join our quarterly offsite where we come together in a European destination

  • Enjoy 26 days paid leave with an additional day for every year of employment

  • Opt into pension and health policies available within your region of work

Vaayu is an equal opportunity employer. We do not believe in discrimination of any kind and are proud to have an international team from over 17 different countries. We nurture an inclusive and collaborative environment for all and are committed to reflecting a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and thinking.

Open Positions

If you're ready to make a real impact, join the Vaayu team. Contact jobs@vaayu.tech with your CV today.

We are always on the lookout for new talent. If you don’t immediately see a role for you, feel free to email us and let us know what you can do and why you would like to work with us at Vaayu.

Vaayu was created in 2020 by Namrata Sandhu and Luca Schmid, having experienced first-hand the lack of a retail focused carbon software platform to help drive carbon reduction at scale.Together they have extensive experience in retail, technology and climate science.  

Nam has worked in sustainability for over 18 years, holding senior positions at Arcadia and Zalando while Luca previously led the development team at Vimcar.
Life Cycle Assessment Specialist (remote)
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About the role

We are looking for an LCA specialist to help support our Data Science team to build the most comprehensive data set for retail carbon footprints. This role is perfect for someone with experience in assessing the life-cycle impact of products.

What this looks like (responsibilities)

  • Review LCA literature to find the most relevant data and create highly detailed LCA models.
  • Perform detailed calculations to understand material flows and their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Help develop our internal life cycle assessment tooling.
  • Support with building internal tools that improve our ability to analyze and validate customer carbon footprints.

Who we are looking for (qualifications)

  • Academic background in a related field
  • 1 - 2 years relevant experience in LCAs but fresh Graduates are welcome to apply
  • Previous experience with LCA software or databases: GaBi, Simapro, Ecoinvent. etc.
  • Works collaboratively within a team as well as autonomously
  • A passion for solving climate change
  • Fluent in English

Benefits

You will be working with sustainability experts and professionals passionate about solving the climate crisis by leveraging technology

Data Analyst- Working Student -remote
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Role: Primarily develop and maintain dashboards for internal and external needs. The role could include other ad-hoc tasks. This is a part-time position with a 20-hour a week commitment.

Tasks:

  • Write Python scripts to improve the data extraction or load processes
  • Test and validate the data in our datalake
  • Write SQL queries primarily in Google Bigquery but probably also in postgreSQL
  • Develop dashboard and data visualizations that address the customers’ needs and business requirements
  • Maintain dashboards already created
  • Support the team in ad-hoc requests, possibly involving other programming languages

Who we are looking for:

  • Preferably someone with prior experience in the form of internship or part-time work in data environments or with a portfolio of projects developed independently (Github, Kaggle, etc)
  • Strong social skills and the ability to work in a team
  • A very organized person, able to work independently 
  • Ability to work and communicate in English, both written and spoken
  • Proactive mindset and readiness to take ownership from day one
Data Extraction Engineer- Working Student (all genders)
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Tasks:

  • To calculate carbon emissions, our platform needs to understand the content of certain websites.
  • Our homemade service accomplishes this task by using modules, one per website.
  • Your job will be to write and maintain those modules.
  • General programming knowledge, in any language
  • Bonus: Experience in web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON)
  • Understanding of DOM and CSS selectors
  • Understanding of web scrapping concepts
  • Unix/Linux command-line interface knowledge

Who we are looking for:

  • Experience working in an data/tech related environment, managing relationships with staff, contractors, and service providers
  • Strong social skills and the ability to work in a team
  • A very organized person, able to work independently 
  • Ability to work and communicate in English, both written and spoken
  • Proactive mindset and readiness to take ownership from day one

 

Working Student - Team Assistant (all genders)
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Tasks

  • Act as the first point of contact for the team and external stakeholders 
  • Assist the Operations Manager with day-to-day tasks 
  • Keeping several systems up to date with employee information
  • Record employee absences and maintain team calendars
  • Provide information for monthly payroll, including new starters and leavers
  • Manage, file and upload supplier invoices, expense receipts and any other relevant documents in the accounts system
  • Any other administrative duties as required

Who we are looking for:

  • Experience working in an office environment, managing relationships with staff, contractors, and service providers
  • Strong social skills and the ability to work in a team
  • A very organized person, able to work independently 
  • Native or Fluent German and Fluent in English
  • A good understanding of employment regulations in Germany (desirable)
  • Proactive mindset and readiness to take ownership from day one
IT Manager (all genders)
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  • Managing all hardware and software assets for the team
  • IT set up and onboarding for new joiners
  • Supporting the team with any tech issues (e.g. troubleshooting bad internet connections, software not working)
  • Assisting in the process of systems backup and recovery procedures
  • Implementing best practices and security protocols, including data protection (e.g. ensuring everyone encrypts their hard drive)
  • Track system lifecycles and plan on refreshes, decommissions, etc. while staying aligned with budgets
  • Administrating accounts (incl. Google and 1Password)

Experience

  • 4+ years’ experience in IT
  • Experience administrating all operating systems commonly used by us: Mac OS and Windows (Linux – nice to have)
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with IT Infrastructures including connectivity, networks and security (including remote access)
  • Demonstrable past experience in a hands-on IT role
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
Engineering Manager (all genders)
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We are looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to play an important role as a people lead for our engineers in the development of our carbon software, used by our online retail customers to help them measure, monitor and reduce their carbon footprint. You will be joining Vaayu as one of the first employees in a fast growing start-up and have the opportunity to help shape everything that comes next. This role is perfect for someone with an intuition for data and who also enjoys leading a team. We value entrepreneurial minded people, who always think ‘customer first’.

Reporting to our Co-founder / CTO, you will provide day-to-day oversight of the engineering teams and will help Vaayu to establish a clear management structure, tightly defined processes, and a positive culture.

This role will require a growth mindset, as we’ll rely on your leadership and guidance r as the team  grows from 7 to 20 engineering staff in the next 12-18 months.

What this looks like (Responsibilities):

  • Line manage the engineers in your team, by helping them set individual and team goals, and coaching them to bring out the best in one another;
  • Contribute to product strategy, set project goals and continue to support and mentor your team as it grows and evolves;
  • As an engaged supporter for your team, you’ll proactively evaluate technical feasibility, participate in functional projects definition and be able to suggest technical solutions to complex situations;
  • You’ll work in an agile environment and ensure and help your team continuously improve their methodologies;
  • Support with assessment and hiring of new team members, in close collaboration with our talent acquisition specialists;
  • Grow a diverse, highly-accomplished group of engineers, gaining fantastic exposure to scaling a tech team at a unique pace;
  • Create a learning environment for your team and act as a mentor for engineers and up-and-coming leaders;
  • Become instrumental in improving and implementing processes and values that scale with Vaayu as a business, ensuring that the team remains motivated, empowered, and capable of working autonomously; and
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams including product, design, operations.

Who we’re looking for (Qualifications)

  • Your style is collaborative, to encourage your team to continually improve their code;
  • You set goals and offer advice, setting your team up for success;
  • You're a natural recruiter, passionate about building your team;
  • You have at least four years experience as a Engineering Manager or Team Lead, leading a team of at least10 people;
  • You have a background in a technical role (engineering, data analytics, data science, product ownership, system architecture, DevOps work, etc.);
  • Familiar with best practices on software testing, code quality and designing scalable systems;
  • You can analyze the big picture and help the team find the solution that best fits the requirements;
  • Ability to manage conflict in an open and positive way;
  • Experience working in a team environment, collaborating with Design, Product and Business to deliver measurable data products;
  • We currently use the following technologies:
    • Programming languages: Golang, Python, JavaScript, TCL, TypeScript
    • Databases: Postgresql (Cloud SQL), Neo4j, Redis
    • Infrastructure: Google Cloud Platform, Google Kubernetes Engine, Docker
    • Other key technologies: Kafka, JSON REST APIs, Vue.js, D3.js
  • You’re comfortable working with a remote team and manager;
  • A proactive passion for solving climate change; and Fluent in English.
Senior Product Designer (all genders)
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We're looking for...

... a Product Designer to join a newly formed remote multi-disciplinary team to lead the building of a SaaS web tool that analyses the Carbon Footprint of any given physical product and identifies ways to reduce it.

We imagine someone senior (4+ years of relevant experience in digital product design) with an end-to-end design skillset and a passion for reducing complex problems down to the right balance of flexibility and ease of use. Someone that has experience applying best practices while knowing when to adjust them to the reality of a scaling, fast-paced start-up. Bonus points if you have worked on a B2B SaaS product before.

Being a Product Designer at Vaayu means...

  • Full-stack design. As a member of a small team, you're ready to wear many hats. You're comfortable with all stages of the design process, from discovery to delivery: problem definition, user research, concept ideation, prototyping, visual deliverables, evaluation and feature release.
  • Systems thinking. Solving climate change requires us to envision the big picture. You have the ability to understand and visualise complex systems, such as a product's lifecycle, and translate it into actionable self-service software.
  • Deliberate design. You are data-driven and base your designs on user research and analytics insights. You are able to explain your work, process and decision making to cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Data Visualisation. We believe in the power of data to tell a story and prompt to action. You are well versed in telling stories through interactive, clear and usable graphs.

As a start-up, we need people with...

  • Entrepreneurial mindset. You're thriving in ambiguity and comfortable working in early start-up, fast-paced environments with evolving priorities.
  • Work efficiently. You move fast and allocate your time strategically, weighing the priorities of the design discipline and that of the company.
  • Collaborate easily. You combine strong convictions with the willingness to compromise. You enjoy working with other disciplines and empathise with their point of view.
  • English fluency. We're a diverse international team from over 17 countries living in Europe (or equivalent time zones) and working fully remote.

Hiring process:

  1. A screening interview with HR
  2. Interview with a Product Designer and a Product Manager
  3. Case study review (existing work in your portfolio)
  4. Culture-fit interview
  5. Interview with a Co-founder
Life Cycle Assessment Specialist (remote)

About the role

We are looking for an LCA specialist to help support our Data Science team to build the most comprehensive data set for retail carbon footprints. This role is perfect for someone with experience in assessing the life-cycle impact of products.

What this looks like (responsibilities)

  • Review LCA literature to find the most relevant data and create highly detailed LCA models.
  • Perform detailed calculations to understand material flows and their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Help develop our internal life cycle assessment tooling.
  • Support with building internal tools that improve our ability to analyze and validate customer carbon footprints.

Who we are looking for (qualifications)

  • Academic background in a related field
  • 1 - 2 years relevant experience in LCAs but fresh Graduates are welcome to apply
  • Previous experience with LCA software or databases: GaBi, Simapro, Ecoinvent. etc.
  • Works collaboratively within a team as well as autonomously
  • A passion for solving climate change
  • Fluent in English

Benefits

You will be working with sustainability experts and professionals passionate about solving the climate crisis by leveraging technology

Data Analyst- Working Student -remote

Role: Primarily develop and maintain dashboards for internal and external needs. The role could include other ad-hoc tasks. This is a part-time position with a 20-hour a week commitment.

Tasks:

  • Write Python scripts to improve the data extraction or load processes
  • Test and validate the data in our datalake
  • Write SQL queries primarily in Google Bigquery but probably also in postgreSQL
  • Develop dashboard and data visualizations that address the customers’ needs and business requirements
  • Maintain dashboards already created
  • Support the team in ad-hoc requests, possibly involving other programming languages

Who we are looking for:

  • Preferably someone with prior experience in the form of internship or part-time work in data environments or with a portfolio of projects developed independently (Github, Kaggle, etc)
  • Strong social skills and the ability to work in a team
  • A very organized person, able to work independently 
  • Ability to work and communicate in English, both written and spoken
  • Proactive mindset and readiness to take ownership from day one
Data Extraction Engineer- Working Student (all genders)

Tasks:

  • To calculate carbon emissions, our platform needs to understand the content of certain websites.
  • Our homemade service accomplishes this task by using modules, one per website.
  • Your job will be to write and maintain those modules.
  • General programming knowledge, in any language
  • Bonus: Experience in web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON)
  • Understanding of DOM and CSS selectors
  • Understanding of web scrapping concepts
  • Unix/Linux command-line interface knowledge

Who we are looking for:

  • Experience working in an data/tech related environment, managing relationships with staff, contractors, and service providers
  • Strong social skills and the ability to work in a team
  • A very organized person, able to work independently 
  • Ability to work and communicate in English, both written and spoken
  • Proactive mindset and readiness to take ownership from day one

 

Working Student - Team Assistant (all genders)

Tasks

  • Act as the first point of contact for the team and external stakeholders 
  • Assist the Operations Manager with day-to-day tasks 
  • Keeping several systems up to date with employee information
  • Record employee absences and maintain team calendars
  • Provide information for monthly payroll, including new starters and leavers
  • Manage, file and upload supplier invoices, expense receipts and any other relevant documents in the accounts system
  • Any other administrative duties as required

Who we are looking for:

  • Experience working in an office environment, managing relationships with staff, contractors, and service providers
  • Strong social skills and the ability to work in a team
  • A very organized person, able to work independently 
  • Native or Fluent German and Fluent in English
  • A good understanding of employment regulations in Germany (desirable)
  • Proactive mindset and readiness to take ownership from day one
IT Manager (all genders)
  • Managing all hardware and software assets for the team
  • IT set up and onboarding for new joiners
  • Supporting the team with any tech issues (e.g. troubleshooting bad internet connections, software not working)
  • Assisting in the process of systems backup and recovery procedures
  • Implementing best practices and security protocols, including data protection (e.g. ensuring everyone encrypts their hard drive)
  • Track system lifecycles and plan on refreshes, decommissions, etc. while staying aligned with budgets
  • Administrating accounts (incl. Google and 1Password)

Experience

  • 4+ years’ experience in IT
  • Experience administrating all operating systems commonly used by us: Mac OS and Windows (Linux – nice to have)
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with IT Infrastructures including connectivity, networks and security (including remote access)
  • Demonstrable past experience in a hands-on IT role
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
Engineering Manager (all genders)

We are looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to play an important role as a people lead for our engineers in the development of our carbon software, used by our online retail customers to help them measure, monitor and reduce their carbon footprint. You will be joining Vaayu as one of the first employees in a fast growing start-up and have the opportunity to help shape everything that comes next. This role is perfect for someone with an intuition for data and who also enjoys leading a team. We value entrepreneurial minded people, who always think ‘customer first’.

Reporting to our Co-founder / CTO, you will provide day-to-day oversight of the engineering teams and will help Vaayu to establish a clear management structure, tightly defined processes, and a positive culture.

This role will require a growth mindset, as we’ll rely on your leadership and guidance r as the team  grows from 7 to 20 engineering staff in the next 12-18 months.

What this looks like (Responsibilities):

  • Line manage the engineers in your team, by helping them set individual and team goals, and coaching them to bring out the best in one another;
  • Contribute to product strategy, set project goals and continue to support and mentor your team as it grows and evolves;
  • As an engaged supporter for your team, you’ll proactively evaluate technical feasibility, participate in functional projects definition and be able to suggest technical solutions to complex situations;
  • You’ll work in an agile environment and ensure and help your team continuously improve their methodologies;
  • Support with assessment and hiring of new team members, in close collaboration with our talent acquisition specialists;
  • Grow a diverse, highly-accomplished group of engineers, gaining fantastic exposure to scaling a tech team at a unique pace;
  • Create a learning environment for your team and act as a mentor for engineers and up-and-coming leaders;
  • Become instrumental in improving and implementing processes and values that scale with Vaayu as a business, ensuring that the team remains motivated, empowered, and capable of working autonomously; and
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams including product, design, operations.

Who we’re looking for (Qualifications)

  • Your style is collaborative, to encourage your team to continually improve their code;
  • You set goals and offer advice, setting your team up for success;
  • You're a natural recruiter, passionate about building your team;
  • You have at least four years experience as a Engineering Manager or Team Lead, leading a team of at least10 people;
  • You have a background in a technical role (engineering, data analytics, data science, product ownership, system architecture, DevOps work, etc.);
  • Familiar with best practices on software testing, code quality and designing scalable systems;
  • You can analyze the big picture and help the team find the solution that best fits the requirements;
  • Ability to manage conflict in an open and positive way;
  • Experience working in a team environment, collaborating with Design, Product and Business to deliver measurable data products;
  • We currently use the following technologies:
    • Programming languages: Golang, Python, JavaScript, TCL, TypeScript
    • Databases: Postgresql (Cloud SQL), Neo4j, Redis
    • Infrastructure: Google Cloud Platform, Google Kubernetes Engine, Docker
    • Other key technologies: Kafka, JSON REST APIs, Vue.js, D3.js
  • You’re comfortable working with a remote team and manager;
  • A proactive passion for solving climate change; and Fluent in English.
Senior Product Designer (all genders)

We're looking for...

... a Product Designer to join a newly formed remote multi-disciplinary team to lead the building of a SaaS web tool that analyses the Carbon Footprint of any given physical product and identifies ways to reduce it.

We imagine someone senior (4+ years of relevant experience in digital product design) with an end-to-end design skillset and a passion for reducing complex problems down to the right balance of flexibility and ease of use. Someone that has experience applying best practices while knowing when to adjust them to the reality of a scaling, fast-paced start-up. Bonus points if you have worked on a B2B SaaS product before.

Being a Product Designer at Vaayu means...

  • Full-stack design. As a member of a small team, you're ready to wear many hats. You're comfortable with all stages of the design process, from discovery to delivery: problem definition, user research, concept ideation, prototyping, visual deliverables, evaluation and feature release.
  • Systems thinking. Solving climate change requires us to envision the big picture. You have the ability to understand and visualise complex systems, such as a product's lifecycle, and translate it into actionable self-service software.
  • Deliberate design. You are data-driven and base your designs on user research and analytics insights. You are able to explain your work, process and decision making to cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Data Visualisation. We believe in the power of data to tell a story and prompt to action. You are well versed in telling stories through interactive, clear and usable graphs.

As a start-up, we need people with...

  • Entrepreneurial mindset. You're thriving in ambiguity and comfortable working in early start-up, fast-paced environments with evolving priorities.
  • Work efficiently. You move fast and allocate your time strategically, weighing the priorities of the design discipline and that of the company.
  • Collaborate easily. You combine strong convictions with the willingness to compromise. You enjoy working with other disciplines and empathise with their point of view.
  • English fluency. We're a diverse international team from over 17 countries living in Europe (or equivalent time zones) and working fully remote.

Hiring process:

  1. A screening interview with HR
  2. Interview with a Product Designer and a Product Manager
  3. Case study review (existing work in your portfolio)
  4. Culture-fit interview
  5. Interview with a Co-founder

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