Software Development Engineer II, Basemap



Software Engineering
Helsinki, Finland
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2023

Mapbox is the leading real-time location platform for a new generation of location-aware businesses. Mapbox is the only platform that equips organizations with the full set of tools to power the navigation of people, packages, and vehicles everywhere. More than 3.5 million registered developers have chosen Mapbox because of the platform’s flexibility, security and privacy compliance. Organizations use Mapbox applications, data, SDKs and APIs to create customized and immersive experiences that delight their customers. Whether you’re watching the delivery of your grocery order on Instacart, tracking your personal best mile on Strava, monitoring your gas budget on Metromile, or checking today’s forecast on The Weather Channel, Mapbox is the location and maps within those apps.

What We Are Working On

The Basemap team is responsible for the content and cartography of our Mapbox Streets visual map that is used by customers such as Toyota, Rivian, BMW, Y!Japan. The product you’ll be responsible for is seen by more than 700M monthly active users.

We're looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our team to create new maps for Automotive, Logistics, Consumer Applications, Outdoors and Gaming. Your team will work with the machine learning and data curation teams to create more detailed maps and process new data types such as points of interests, popular areas, outdoor and 3D features into maps.

Your technical skills and leadership will drive the feature development and operational excellence of these maps. You'll also bring your people management skills to ensure that the team is growing, while delivering on the roadmap. Our team uses a modern data processing stack using Python, Spark, Airflow to process datasets into map tiles using the Mapbox Tiling Service.

What You'll Do

In this role, expect to:

  • Collaborate with the team to identify and scope out well-defined tasks
  • Execute on the scope and be accountable for delivering on time with quality
  • Design systems and make decisions that will keep pace with the rapid growth of Mapbox’s customer base.
  • Promote a culture of operational excellence by meticulously testing and monitoring our systems and code, writing documentation, and being on-call to support the health of our services.
  • Reduce technical debt, share your knowledge, and invest in your teammates’ health and happiness, while optimizing application performance and accelerating feature velocity.
  • Uphold a culture of collaboration, transparency, creativity, inclusion, and data-driven decisions.

What We Believe are Important Traits for This Role

  • 3+ years of programming experience in building high-quality applications, data pipelines from ingestion to consumption within a big data architecture using Python
  • 3+ years of experience with Big Data technologies such as Apache Spark, AWS - EMR, Airflow and Athena
  • In-depth understanding of data structures and algorithms
  • Ability to engage, learn and contribute quickly to the initiatives
  • Able to perform independently all the development tasks, based on designs and specs
  • High quality mindset -- write unit tests, proactively remedy defects and follow through to production
  • A desire to share your expertise through documentation, mentorship, pairing and both written and verbal discussion
  • A desire to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.


  • Experience in Terraform/Cloud Formation scripts to develop or support Infrastructure as Code
  • Proficiency in our stack — Node.js, AWS Services
  • An empirical analytical approach. You develop strong hypotheses, conduct spikes, and clearly communicate your findings.

What We Value

In addition to our core values, which are not unique to this position and are necessary for Mapbox leaders:

  • We value high-performing creative individuals who dig into problems and opportunities.
  • We believe in individuals being their whole selves at work. We commit to this through supportive health care, parental leave, flexibility for the things that come up in life, and innovating on how we think about supporting our people.
  • We emphasize an environment of teaching and learning to equip employees with the tools needed to be successful in their function and the company.
  • We strongly believe in the value of growing a diverse team and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply.
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