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Date posted:  Nov 22, 2021

Madrid, M, ES Milano, Milan, IT York, ENG, GB

Job Function:  Information Technology
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  6176

Senior Solutions Architect

About Varda (formerly ODX - Open Farm and Field Data Exchange)


Over the past decade, the agriculture industry has witnessed a dramatic surge in investment towards the digitization of farming by large incumbents, tech multinationals and innovative start-ups across the world. This development has caused the proliferation of data-based services aimed at improving farmers productivity and agricultural efficiency at large. However, to this date no company has achieved the sufficient depth and breadth of information required to offer transformative, field-specific services, and many challenges prohibit farm and field data sharing at scale.

Overcoming these challenges requires a truly collaborative, industry-wide approach for data management. In this context, Yara have issued a “call for action” to bring together institutions from across the world and jointly build an ‘Open Farm and Field Data Exchange’ modelled along the lines of similar data sharing schemes that have emerged in other industries recently.

At Varda, our goal is to accelerate food systems transformation through field connectivity and data collaboration, to digitally connect farms and fields to enable end-to-end transparency and reward positive farming practices. Varda’s primary purpose is to act as a “clearing house” and neutral broker between data providers (including farmers) and data users.

About the role


We are currently seeking a Senior Solutions Architect to join our brand-new growing technology team at the core of our data competency. Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, you will create and own the architecture assets necessary to implement our core data platform and services. You will work closely with Technical Product Managers to define implementation roadmaps for our internal- and customer-facing products.



Our products & projects include:


  1. A modern, cloud-based data platform. This is a complex data fabric with a technical userbase, having the capability to rapidly integrate, clean and normalise new data sources. Data is continually ingested, transformed and exposed through multiple mechanisms including APIs, web applications, analytics, knowledge graph, and reporting interfaces. Whilst some components of the platform are internal facing, the platform is conceived as a customer-facing product.
  2. Experiments, proof-of-concepts and new concrete data services targeting specific use cases in sustainability, traceability and data-driven insights. These projects and products leverage our platform and data science expertise to deliver data infrastructure, datasets and insights.


The Agri sector has a uniquely diverse range of data across climate science, biology & agronomy, soil chemistry, earth observation, IoT, blockchain and more. This presents a stimulating technical environment working on problems with societal benefit.


This role is 100% remote and open in the following location: UK, Italy and Spain. 

Our Tech Stack


Our tech stack is currently principally AWS-based though we may also use some Azure and GCP services. We employ a mix of modern data engineering, data science and knowledge engineering practices and cloud-based technologies. Choosing technology is a key part of your role.


We cover the gamut of event-driven architecture (e.g. Kafka), ELT (e.g. S3, Redshift, DBT), ETL (e.g. AWS Glue), APIs (e.g. Cassandra, GraphQL, REST, AsyncAPI, Tyk), knowledge graph (e.g. OWL, Dgraph) data science (e.g. Kubeflow, Jupyter), BI/Analytics (e.g. Tableau, PowerBI), UI (e.g. React, Mapbox), and the DevOps infrastructure required to operate a robust and secure platform (Kubernetes, CI/CD, secret management, logging/monitoring/alerting). We adopt Agile development practices.

What you will be doing


  • Work closely with CTO and product/project managers to define the architectural components supporting the product roadmap
  • Producing architectural assets including principles, design patterns, and solution designs covering logical, physical and security views
  • Validate your design hypotheses by conducting experiments with new technologies
  • Work cross functionally between Business, Data and Engineering domains to facilitate solution delivery.
  • Work with data and engineering teams to define a scalable architecture that not just meets current needs but considers future growth scenarios

What you will bring


  • Previous experience designing solutions for a cloud-based data-centric product/project, e.g. gained as a Solutions Architect, Enterprise Architect or Technical Architect
  • Experience with AWS plus some exposure to at least one other cloud platform provider (e.g. Azure, GCP)
  • Background in software engineering
  • Good verbal and written English language communication skills
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to work with business owners and engineering and data teams to translate key business questions to technical solutions
  • Experience with iterative design building roadmaps, project/release plans with a strong understanding of dependency management
  • Experience working on data marketplace or data platform products is a strong plus

Why us?


  • Be a key member of a fully cross functional team, along with engineers, product managers and data scientists from around the globe. 
  • You and your team define your own objectives, which align with your mission and the business strategy, shape your own roadmap and work to deliver value each step along the way 
  • Be a key contributor in sustainable global change, reducing carbon emissions while financially supporting growers and enabling the global transformation of farming and its impact on the environment. 
  • You would be working with a globally dispersed and diverse team.  We adopt a virtual-first approach, where we encourage face-to-face collaboration, but are focused on recruiting the best talent. 
  • Support for personal development with internal knowledge sharing, Data Science/engineering, Agronomy, Software engineering practices and external courses via a Udemy subscription to support learning and continuous improvement. 

A bit about Yara


For over a century, Yara has worked to feed the world and protect the planet, and our mission is to do so in a responsible and sustainable way. Yara Crop & Digital Solutions will lead the transformation towards more sustainable and efficient food production through innovative approaches in digital farming and agricultural transparency that lead to the overall reduction of the carbon footprint of crop nutrition.

Additional Information


Please note: This recruitment process will be managed by Korn Ferry, and by submitting your application you acknowledge and confirm that your application details can be shared with them. Korn Ferry will manage your data according to their privacy policy (https://www.kornferry.com/privacy) and Data Processing Agreement entered into with Yara. 


As a global organization we actively strive to reflect the diversity in society. We therefore encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to creating a work environment that fits gender equality and allows combining career progress with the needs of a family or other personal circumstances.  


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