Become a vector export developer at Datawrapper

Datawrapper is a web-based tool to create charts, maps and tables. It’s used by thousands of people every day, among them brands like The Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung or SPIEGEL ONLINE. Charts and maps created with Datawrapper get viewed millions of times every day.

This is only possible because Datawrapper supports a large variety of platforms. Whilst initially built as a solution for creating embeddable web graphics, we have since extended it with functionality for exporting graphics as SVG and PDF files.

Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper with printed chartSüddeutsche Zeitung front page with a Datawrapper chart in September 2019.

This allows customers to parallelize their chart creation processes for both web and print contexts. Our HTML charts can be responsively embedded directly in their websites or apps, as well as exported and further fine-tuned in tools like Adobe Illustrator for re-use in printed publications.

We are looking for a software developer to join our team in Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

to help us maintain, improve and extend this exporting functionality.

What you’ll be doing

  • You will take ownership of the SVG and PDF rendering process in Datawrapper. It’s a feature that is greatly valued by a lot of great teams around the world, and used by thousands of users.
  • You’ll improve the consistency, reliability, and performance of Datawrapper’s export functionalities. You will have the time and focus to take a long-term view on one particular project.
  • You will create and maintain a test suite to ensure reliable high-quality outputs and design software that can stand the test of time.

You might be a good fit if…

  • You’re experienced with JavaScript and have worked with web technologies before. You know software development best practices such as using git and writing tests.
  • You have high attention to detail and are the kind of person who doesn’t stop until everything lines up just right. Every millimeter matters.
  • You’re comfortable coming into a project with existing tools and technologies and are willing to learn and work with them.
  • You have good to great English skills. German skills are not a must, but a nice-to-have.
  • Bonus: You have prior experience with the SVG and PDF file formats.
  • Bonus: You’re interested in data visualization and design.

Exporting PDFs and SVGs is as simple as clicking a button in Datawrapper. You’ll make sure that our maps, charts, and tables look the same on the web as they do after clicking that button.

Company mission

Datawrapper wants to help the world create better charts and maps. Initially born out of frustration over how long it takes to create a simple bar chart in a fast-paced newsroom environment, Datawrapper has since grown in functionality to cover dozens of chart types, maps, and tables.

We aim to empower users to create both more and better charts and maps. Be it a journalist at a newspaper, an analyst at a bank or a public servant in a government department: we want to enable everyone to create beautiful and correct graphics - regardless of their skill level.

Life at Datawrapper

We’re a small team of 12 based in Berlin, with a shared passion for design and data visualization. We value a quiet, focused work environment and have a healthy disregard for distractions, unnecessary meetings, and open-office floor plans. Every employee gets 6 weeks of vacation per year and an education budget, e.g. to go to conferences or buy books.

You choose your tools: Whether you prefer Mac or Linux; like MacBooks or Dells, big screens or portable laptops (or both!): you shall have it. (And we’re trying to keep our plants alive.)

We’re a small team making a big impact. Through a focus on quality, design, and support we’ve been able to win leading brands worldwide with a team of just 12 people – 13 with you! No investors needed. Learn more about the team here.

We are proud to serve customers all around the world. Here’s a Datawrapper map in the print edition of the Los Angeles Times.

If you’re into data visualization, you will love our office: Between a large library of data viz classics, some great map and chart artwork on the walls and data-vis-centric lunch conversations, there’s enough to keep your mind occupied for days.

Once a year, you’ll find us on our annual company retreat in Perugia at the International Journalism Festival. It’s a great way for us to decompress as a team while having the chance to meet a lot of users and customers.

FAQs

Is this role only full-time?
For this role we are looking for someone who wants to work between 3 and 5 days per week. We don’t hold a preference there, whatever works best for you.

Can I work remotely?
We are considering remote applications for this role. Since our team is in Berlin and some amount of coordination will be required, please only apply if you’re within a 1-hour timezone difference at max to Berlin. Also, we do value face-to-face time at least occasionally. Visiting once or twice every three months shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for you.

How to apply

Does this job sound like a fit for you? Please e-mail [email protected]. Talk a bit about yourself and how your skills & experience could be a good fit for this job, and ask us all the questions you might have. We want you to apply especially if you’re from a group that’s underrepresented in our office. (That includes women, still, but we’re working on it!) Also: We care more about skills & attitude than about CVs. If you don’t find yourself 100% in the description, write us an email anyway.

If you we like your application, we’ll invite you to a video call or to our office. We’re located close to Helmholtzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin:

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The Datawrapper team

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