Software Engineer

Apollo Agriculture

Apollo Agriculture

Software Engineering
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Saturday, December 9, 2023
About Apollo Agriculture:
Apollo Agriculture is the commercial farming platform that helps small-scale farmers maximize their profits. Our credit models and automated operations technology unlock the massive, untapped small-scale farming market, starting in Kenya and Zambia. With optimized financing, high-quality farm products, and digital advice, Apollo farmers are already more than doubling their farm profitability. Apollo’s team brings together technology, credit and operations experience from The Climate Corporation (acquired for USD $1 Billion), Google, Capital One, One Acre Fund, MessageBird and We value evangelical pursuit of mission with a pragmatic approach, humility in the face of challenge, active discussion of disagreements, and considerate listening.
About the Role:
Apollo is seeking an exceptional Software Engineer to join our Amsterdam-based Engineering team and help us develop and improve the technology that drives our operations. In this role, you will be implementing practical and pragmatic solutions to real-world problems. Apollo is active in some of the most remote and underserved areas on earth, and we are often required to innovate to handle unusual challenges… truly engineering at the edge! We are a small but motivated team, where everyone has considerable ownership and responsibility. In this role, you will work directly with Product, Data Science, and Operations teams to enable the distribution of high quality agricultural inputs to tens of thousands of smallholder farmers annually.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Management: This role reports to the Engineering Manager

Your Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain effective, scalable systems using Scala, Play Framework, and Cats
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure timely delivery of impactful features.
  • Embrace a "product engineer" mindset, balancing ideal architecture with the realities of a fast-paced startup environment.
  • Mentor peers in software development best practices.
  • Be part of an on-call rotation, responding to outages as necessary.
  • Actively participate in creating a positive impact on the lives of smallholder farmers through technology.


  • Are excited about the mission of transforming the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
  • Are a creative problem solver, and are excited to innovate where technology doesn’t work as usual. Our challenges include poor or non-existent cell phone coverage, limited quality mobile phone hardware, and so on.
  • Have a solid background in writing software at scale, preferably using Scala or another high-level, statically typed language. This typically means you have 5+ years of professional software development experience at a fast growing technology company.
  • Have knowledge of cloud computing fundamentals, preferably AWS.
  • Have production experience with SQL databases including data modeling, writing performant queries, etc.
  • Are an exceptional writer and communicator. You can turn technical challenges and solutions into digestible technical documents and proposals to seek alignment and enable efficient technical decision making.
  • Are a tireless problem solver who can roll up your sleeves to tackle whatever challenges need urgent attention, no matter when they arise. You have a “whatever it takes” attitude and are comfortable engaging peers across different teams to get the job done.


  • Are a collaborative team of smart and ambitious people who are dedicated to serving our customers.
  • Make magic happen to solve hard problems and always come with solutions when challenges arise.
  • Are comfortable taking risks that can result in radical scale, and understand that failures are opportunities to learn and improve.
  • Are considerate listeners and take the time to deeply understand and seek out ideas from the people around us, even when we disagree.
  • Offer a dynamic environment that fosters talent, collaboration and growth.
  • Take pride in our work and share the responsibility to see it through from conception to deployment.
  • Back up our talk with a competitive compensation and benefits package and challenging projects.
  • Value autonomy, honesty, transparency, and respect.
  • Are excited to hear from you!
Apollo Agriculture does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Apollo Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
Apollo Agriculture is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Apollo Agriculture does not charge money or any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process.