Auckland, NZ
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Data Science
  • Post Date: 01/08/2021
  • Website: halter.co.nz
  • Company Address: , Auckland

About Halter

Halter is an AgTech startup designing and building advanced technology to remotely guide animals. The team is working rapidly to push the boundaries of what it is possible for our technology to achieve, and has the support of a range of world class investors including DCVC, Founders Fund, Promus Ventures, K1W1, Ubiquity, Ice Angels and Rocketlab CEO, Peter Beck.

Job Description

We are looking for someone hungry to make an impact on the world to join us as our Head of Data. We want to talk to people from all backgrounds who can continue to make our team greater than the sum of its parts. We’re looking for people who are comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where they will be challenged on a daily basis. To succeed you will need to be able to learn quickly and use your own initiative while working under pressure and to tight deadlines. We embrace learning, we strive to help each other succeed, and will help you make this the best job you’ll ever have.

What will you be working on?

Our GPS enabled, solar powered IoT devices are designed to remotely guide cows and gather millions of points of telemetry data. These require robust, long-range wireless communication and conservative power consumption. They also depend on our cloud based SaaS and industrial IoT platform which is what you will be helping to design and build. This system is used to monitor stock health, feed, behaviour and emotion so that farmers can better understand and treat the needs of each animal.

There are many fascinating challenges to be solved, from handling intermittent connectivity to on-farm devices, to designing a highly scalable multi-tenanted system that will grow to support hundreds of thousands of connected devices. We are always pushing to use the latest advancements in technology and want you to be a part of this process. Being a young, dynamic company, there is potential for all our engineers to play a significant part in Halter’s future direction. 

Core Duties

  • Lead the Data team, growing the team members both professionally and personally to achieve their own goals and the goals of the company.

  • Champion high quality, robust data and governance throughout the company from diverse applications and datasets.

  • Guru of achieving a balance between a rigorous, pure process and dealing with unstructured, noisy data with the caveats and constraints imposed by real world contexts.

  • Work closely with product teams to understand data requirements and applications .

  • Liaising and collaborating with customers during discovery workshops and demonstrations.

  • Maintain high levels of communication with your team and others about product requirements, timelines, risks, and priorities

  • Stay up-to-date with your area of expertise and ensure the team is aware of new technological advances and better ways of working

Desired Skills

  • Have real life experience in, and a passion for understanding and dealing with all phases of the entire data science process; from data collection to production.

  • Experience working in a fast-paced startup environment, and prepared to fail fast. 

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to work with a wide variety of teams, from hardware to sales.

  • Understands and has experience with how data should function within the context of real world products.

  • Strong foundational statistical background

    • Statistical Inference and understanding of distributions

    • Experimental design

    • A/B testing

    • Hypothesis testing

  • Analytical mindset

    • Critical thinking in the context of real world data

    • Evidenced based reasoning and decision making (but balanced against real world constraints)

    • Data visualisation skills (Tableau preferred)

  • Experience with Python

  • Experience working with modern cloud based distributed systems (especially in the AWS context)

  • Experience working with agile development practices and methodologies, in a cross-functional development team

  • Understanding of common development processes such as version control, continuous integration / delivery, code reviews, and pair programming

Preferred Background

  • Mathematical and practical understanding of the operation and data collected from inertial measurement units.

  • BE(Hons)/BSc or higher degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer (Systems) Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Data Science, or a related field.

  • Experience in the agricultural space

What we can offer you

  • An open and supportive environment where input from all members is encouraged

  • The opportunity to work with and grow alongside a dynamic, and highly talented team with diverse backgrounds

  • A fast-paced work environment that enables and encourages knowledge sharing and skill development

  • Opportunity for rapid development and career progression

  • Competitive package and perks

  • The excitement, risk, and reward of a high-growth technology start-up

  • A chance to define the future of farming and make the world a better place

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.