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Lead DevOps Engineer

Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

Software Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2023


Descartes was born out of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolutionary approach in insurance to better protect corporations, governments, and vulnerable communities. We offer a new generation of parametric insurance that builds resilience against the full spectrum of climate and emerging risks. Utilizing Machine Learning and real-time monitoring from satellite imagery & IoT, our state-of-the-art climate tech provides innovative coverage for all trade sectors in all regions of the world. After a successful Series B raise of $120M USD, Descartes Underwriting is proud to be recognized among the French Tech Next40 and launched Descartes Insurance, a ‘full stack’ insurer licensed to underwrite risk by the French Regulator (ACPR). With a growing corporate client base (350+ and counting) - our diverse team is headquartered in Paris and operates out of our 13 global offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.



Due our consistent growth, we are seeking to expand our Data, Software and DevOps team. We are searching for a Lead DevOps/Sysadmin to manage a team of 2. As team lead, you will oversee:

  •  The development environment used to develop our code base
  • The integration of third party tools towards full automation
  • The processes to make each individual DevOps/Sysadmin excel at their work


  • Work closely with underwriting and R&D managers to define key targets and roadmap
  • Provide a strong technical direction and support to the engineering team
  • Ensure best practice and compliance to internal standards and practices
  • Frequently present the progress and goalsto both engineering and wider teams
  • Set up a cyber roadmap with a reachable Business Continuation Plan and Incidence response plan
  • Contribute to the technical roadmap through architecture meetings, design documents
  • Lead & coach your engineering team to consistently deliver according to their roadmap
  • Share your expertise to help your team:
    • Setup, automate, maintain and update:
      • Secured connection to third party tools
      • CI/CD pipelines
      • Data storage process
      • Package versioning and releasing pipeline
      • Docker environment
      • Modularization of code base
      • VM and compute instances
      • Connections to external and internal APIs
      • Notification process with chat tools
      • Website hosting
    • Assess and evaluate the cost and the security of software architecture and implementation
    • Participate in:
      • Tech stack selection
      • Discussions with tech partners
      • Training of tech and underwriting teams
      • Support and debug of internal users
      • Management of IAM policies, groups and users


  • Cloud provider: GCP
  • Code versioning tool: Git + Gitlab
  • OS: Linux
  • Container: Docker
  • Code base: Python
  • Notification tool: Slack


  • Laptop: Dell Latitude 7530
  • OS: you decide



[Management skills]

  • 5+ years’ experience in DevOps position(s)
  • At least 1 year of experience in team or project management
  • Tech roadmap and MVP critical path definition
  • Scoping and identifying solutions with business team
  • Ability to handle human interactions between tech and business

[Hard skills]

  • Knowledge of the tech stack or equivalent tools
  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience automating a CI/CD pipeline
  • Good knowledge in English and fluency in French


  • Experience in HPC
  • Experience releasing python package
  • Experience working data science project or scientific code
  • Contribution to an open source project


  • 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.



    At Descartes Underwriting, we are committed to fighting against all forms of discrimination and for equal opportunities. We foster an inclusive work environment that respects all differences.With equal skills, all our positions are open to people with disabilities.


    If you want to develop your skills and work in a friendly start-up atmosphere, don't hesitate and send us your application!

    If you don’t check all the requirements in the description, don’t worry. We can try to make some room for you within the company if you’re motivated to work on climate risk.


    • Step 1: Call and HR Interview with our Talent Recruiter
    • Step 2: Technical project submitted via GitHub
    • Step 3: Technical interview
    • Step 4: Manager interview
    • Step 5: Final round interview with the team
      (Candidates can opt to have the manager interview before the technical project and interview)