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Are you passionate about creating good user experiences on the web? So are we! In the past few years, Esri has put a large effort into making design tools accessible and powerful. We are dedicated to continually pushing the boundaries of urban design and planning, and you can play a key role in our mission.

At the Esri R&D Center-Zurich, we develop ArcGIS Urban, CityEngine, as well as Esri’s core 3D web technologies. As a software engineer at Esri, you will be solving challenges that make a difference in the world. We are looking for creative, smart engineers to help us build the next generation of urban planning tools.

What we offer

  • Dynamic, fast-growing, international team that is driven by the pursuit of excellent results 
  • Passionate and supportive working culture 
  • Emphasis on team and personal growth through training and team development events 
  • Strong focus on company culture: appreciative, compassionate communication, enabling and embracing diversity 
  • 40-hour work week with flexible working hours
  • Competitive salary
  • Free lunches, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and soft drinks
  • Fun team activities
  • Part of Esri, a global organization based in California focused on GIS and spatial analytics to enable global change 
  • Help design and implement the back end for ArcGIS Urban using cutting-edge technologies (GraphQL, WebAssembly, Rust, Elixir)
  • Develop a scalable, testable, maintainable architecture
  • Advise in matters of software architecture and database design
  • Apply and promote software engineering best practices
  • Work in a small and dynamic team of people passionate about what they do
  • Help shape the future of urban planning
  • Excellent programming skills in any modern programming language
  • 2+ years of industry experience in web application development
  • Excellent communication skills: you can clearly articulate the reasons behind design decisions
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Master’s or PhD in computer science or equivalent experience working with web technologies
  • Existing work authorization for Switzerland
Recommended Qualifications
  • Strong problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Attention to detail and focus on maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Experience with ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, and/or ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Interest in (learning all about) urban design and planning as well as 3D mapping, 3D GIS, and BIM

Our Zurich team enjoys:

  • Free lunches and fresh fruit
  • Free coffee, tea, and soft drinks
  • Fun team activities
  • Competitive salary
  • 40-hour work week
  • Flexible working hours
  • Dynamic, fast-growing international team



About Esri

At Esri, diversity is more than just a word on a map. When employees of different experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures come together, we are more innovative and ultimately a better place to work. We believe in having a diverse workforce that is unified under our mission of creating positive global change. We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a destination but an ongoing process. We are committed to the continuation of learning, growing, and changing our workplace so every employee can contribute to their life’s best work. Our commitment to these principles extends to the global communities we serve by creating positive change with GIS technology. For more information on Esri’s Racial Equity and Social Justice initiatives, please visit our website here.

If you don’t meet all of the preferred qualifications for this position, we encourage you to still apply!

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Backend Software Engineer II - ArcGIS Urban
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