Lead AI Software Engineer


Lead AI Software Engineer

We are looking for a Lead AI Software Engineer for our team in Leuven. As a Lead AI Software Engineer, you’ll help our team build AI-infused digital solutions that truly make an impact. You’ll get the opportunity to have a leading and guiding role in our projects and help our team develop solutions from conception to the final product.

You will play an important role in our architectural decision process, the development of easy-to-use deployment pipelines, and most importantly: coaching and helping a young team of talented developers to improve the quality of their results. You will not only help develop solutions, you will participate in the entire software development lifecycle, including deployment and maintenance.

In addition to overseeing our AI projects, our clients can count on you for longer consultancy-based assignments. This can vary from short assignments — 3 to 6 weeks — to longer assignments — 3 to 6 months — where you’ll be able to show your expertise.

Summarized: you’re open to new challenges and you’re a real team player who’s totally ready for their next career move.

Is this you?

  • Your goal is building AI-infused digital solutions
  • You have a strong technical background
  • You’re a true leader and enjoy coaching
  • You excel at translating business requirements to the best technical approach
  • You love a technical challenge and make things happen
  • You’re looking for a young, motivated, and talented team to thrive in!

Job requirements

  • 7 - 10 years of relevant work experience as a developer
  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
  • Familiarity with working on projects with AI components
  • Coaching experience — you love helping high-potential juniors to the next level
  • You can juggle (oversee) multiple projects at the same time
  • You have a knack for solving problems swiftly, without cutting unnecessary corners
  • You are comfortable with interacting with the customer directly and are able to explain progress to stakeholders clearly

Technical experience:

  • Hands-on experience with Docker and Kubernetes, preferably on a cloud platform (AWS, Azure, Google cloud)
  • Solid knowledge of JavaScript and a front-end framework like Next.js
  • Back-end experience, preferably building APIs with Spring boot and/or Python
  • Experience serving an AI model as an endpoint
  • Experience setting up CI/CD pipelines using Jenkins or Bitbucket pipelines
  • Database experience, preferably PostgreSQL and ElasticSearch

In return for your experience, enthusiasm, and motivation, we offer you:

  • A dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with a strong team of Data Scientists, Full-Stack Developers and AI Engineers
  • The opportunity to be a coach and a leader
  • A great company culture in a start-up environment with fun team events
  • Various exciting AI projects for which you can make a direct impact
  • An interesting salary package and everything you need to do an amazing job (Macbook Pro/Dell laptop, company car, insurances, meal compensation, mobile phone subscription, internet subscription…)
  • Flexible (remote) working hours
  • 20 days of leave + 12 ADV days

Apply today, and we’d be happy to get to know you over a cup of coffee!

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Or send your motivation and resume to apply@raccoons.be.

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Who we are

Raccoons is defined by talented people who can grow, think, dream, build and create.

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Sharing a proper culture is the most important thing in any organization. It can be an amazing accelerator or a blocker. We think it's extremely important to improve our culture, and we are all dedicated to working toward the same goal. It's hard to put our culture into words, but we tried. Check out our culture book and maybe, you'll get the vibe straight away.

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How does your hiring process work?


Everything starts with your application, of course! If you see an open position that seems like a match made in heaven, send us your resume. We'll review it and reach out to you to plan a introductory meeting if it seems like a match (on paper). If that first meeting goes well, we'll plan a technical test (if necessary) and an interview with some people on the team. This way, we'll know for sure if you'll fit in. If all goes well, we'll give you an offer you hopefully can't refuse.

Are you remote-friendly?


Yes! We value a hybrid work environment, which means you can work at home, at our offices, or in your favorite coffee shop. You decide where you want to work, but we do love it when our team comes together on our weekly "team days" (two times per week). We promise, you'll love it too.

What are your values?


Curiosity, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and inclusivity are the things we value most at Raccoons. We get energized when exploring new technologies, when people get behind the wheel and take action, and when the whole team works together to get the best results possible.

Is it all work at Raccoons, or also play?


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and "being dull" is the last thing we want to be. So, of course, we make time to have fun and strengthen our team atmosphere in teambuilding and afterwork activities. Each month, we have a drink 'n sync where our team comes together for some drinks and to catch up; we regularly have diverse teambuildings; and each year, we go on an amazing teamweekend (video proof above!).