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VP, Engineering

Engineering | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Join the A.I. company tackling some of the most consequential problems facing the world today. Gro Intelligence is a fast-growing, mission-driven data and analytics company dedicated to understanding the interconnected global markets for all agricultural products. From the food we eat to the clothing we wear and the gasoline in millions of cars across the globe, agriculture touches our daily existence like few other industries.  And it’s being completely upended by climate change, trade wars, finite global resources, fickle public policies, a growing population and ever-changing human tastes (e.g. organic produce, plant-based proteins, etc).  Come help us understand the complex interplay of these various forces and their ripple effect on global markets. 

With offices in both New York and Nairobi, and the financial backing of prominent investors including TPG Growth and Data Collective, Gro is a diverse team of more than 70 technologists, scientists, and business professionals.  Our team is growing rapidly and we’re looking for highly motivated, intellectually curious individuals with a shared commitment to building software that impacts the world on the most basic level. 

Gro has been featured prominently alongside the company’s founder and CEO in several recent outlets including Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, Fast Company’s Most Creative People, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business, and Vanity Fair’s Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton.  


  • Lead a team of remarkably skilled engineers in the development of high quality, high performance software.

  • Work directly with CTO, leadership and other team members to ensure engineering goals align to overall company goals.

  • Advocate for the engineering team both internally and externally, as a thought leader at tech meetups, industry panels, and conferences.

  • Drive the Engineering recruitment process, inspiring the best engineers to join our team.

  • Significant Individual contributions in some or all of: 

    • Data API design and service implementation

    • Data storage architecture and optimization

    • Data visualizations and interactions

    • Large scale data harvesting and transformation systems


  • 8+ years Technical leadership experience

  • 10+ years software engineering experience

  • Bachelor's level degree in computer science, engineering, math or related field; or relevant work experience 

  • Very strong computer science fundamentals (data structures and algorithms)

  • Strong understanding of statistics and mathematics

  • Strong system design experience

  • Very proficient in at least two of: Javascript, Python, Java, C++

  • Experience with large scale systems, parallel computing, distributed storage

Bonus Points:

  • Familiarity with statistical modeling tools (R, MatLab)

  • Experience with natural language processing (NLP)

  • Experience using RESTful APIs

  • Understanding of relational databases and distributed databases (e.g. Postgres, Cassandra, Bigtable)

  • Basic knowledge of Node.js

  • Understanding of HTML, CSS, Javascript

  • Graduate degree / Research experience

Gro Intelligence is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.