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Lead Python developer

Lead Python developer

Sofia / Hybrid
Our esteemed partner, a top climate tech company, is expanding to Bulgaria and searching for their inaugural employee in the country!
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Appolica is a venture studio headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, on a mission to turn ambitious tech-driven ventures into market leaders. As a dependable tech partner, we focus on helping early-stage startups validate their ideas, construct MVPs, and scale their businesses effectively. With our comprehensive 360° approach, we stand by startups throughout their entire journey from ideation, validation, and development to scaling.

At Appolica, we are committed to delivering innovative, reliable, and scalable tech solutions that drive business growth. We prioritize iterative testing, refinement, and continuous improvement to ensure the product aligns seamlessly with business objectives and user needs. In addition to technical expertise, we offer business know-how to our clients, helping them manage resources better and respond more accurately to consumer demands.

A key partner of ours, a prominent climate tech company, is expanding to Bulgaria and seeking their FIRST employee in the country!


  • Infrastructure development: Enhance our backend APIs, adding new functionality and endpoints, optimizing database queries, and managing our cloud infrastructure
  • Database management: Oversee the central database, including maintenance of the ETL pipeline and schema expansion in line with our growing data requirements
  • Team leadership: Drive daily operations and strategic team expansion, ensuring alignment with our development goals
  • Product innovation: Collaborate with the management team to design and deliver product features that meet the needs of our clients to understand the evolving climate technology landscape
  • Leading the recruitment and management of a team of frontend, backend, and data engineers, overseeing the deployment of new features, and ensuring the robustness of our ongoing operations.


  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in software engineering, with at least 2 years in a leadership role
  • Proficiency in Python and PostgreSQL
  • Demonstrated experience in managing technical teams and projects
  • Strong commitment to tackling climate change through innovative data solutions
  • Experience with Django, DBT, AWS services (ECS, RDS, CloudFormation), and Bitbucket Pipelines
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies and Jira
  • Desire and willingness to 'wear many hats', with excitement for managing and mentoring less experienced developers
  • Solid written and verbal English communication skills.

Nice to have:

  • Working understanding of climate technology sectors
  • A strong advocate for unit testing, thorough documentation, and maintaining high standards of code quality

What our partner brings to the table:

  • A pivotal role at a rapidly growing climate tech startup
  • Working side-by-side with the teams in London and the US
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • 25 days of paid time off plus holidays
  • Stock Options
  • Unique opportunity to be the first employee, that will have the chance to build and lead a talented team, leaving a lasting mark on the company's success while contributing to meaningful change for our planet.

If you recognise yourself in the description above, send us your CV in English today!

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. All applications will be treated in strict confidentiality.

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