The Opportunity

Near is looking for Head of Places (GIS). Near ingests and houses several terabytes of data every day from various data partners in domains such payments, telecom, real-estate, retail, content publishing etc. Near specializes in blending, managing and analysing large quantities of data and capturing insights within a popular SaaS platform known as AllSpark. Head of Places will be focused on developing and enhancing Near’s suite of location intelligence products. The location insights are primarily used by Near clients for branding and marketing their products, making rational and strategic decisions for the company to maximize profitability and improve customer experience.

Tasks include

  • Head and manage the Near Places Organization with responsibilities including hiring and career management of direct reports.
  • Identify and evaluate potential GIS applications and tools to improve operational efficiency and integration of location-based information.
  • Research and test new data sources, software, and organizational tools.
  • Create and implement standards for quality of geographic data.
  • Analysing spatial data through the use of mapping software.
  • Identify and evaluate potential GIS applications and tools to improve operational efficiency and integration of location-based information.
  • Discovering patterns and trends through spatial mapping of data.
  • Designing digital maps with geographic data and other data sources.
  • Creating "spatial data" to merge topographical data with external data by layering external data over a topographical map.
  • Producing maps showing the spatial distribution of various kinds of data.
  • Designing and developing mapping applications and tools.
  • Performing data munging and cleaning to convert data into its desire form.
  • Produce reports on geographic data utilizing data visualizations.
  • Design, develop, and implement systems and databases for storing and accessing geospatial data.
  • Review project requirements and recommend appropriate hardware and/or software configurations.
  • Explore open source technologies to reduce work load and faster processing of data.
  • Spatial data Processing using python, R or java.


  • Good understanding of the SDLC processes including Agile methodology
  • Hands-on experience with QGIS, ArcGIS etc.
  • Experience with handling different vector formats (GeoJSON, shp, osm)
  • Experience with multi-processing spatial data using platforms like geospark, Feather etc.
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services environments – Elastic Cloud.
  • Computing (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Workspaces/Workdocs, Relational Database Service.
  • Clear understanding of IT infrastructure that supports the open source platform in a cloud-based deployment.
  • Experience with databases like mongo, sql, etc.


  • We are looking for a Sr GIS Architect/Manager with minimum of 6-8 years of industry experience in GIS data engineering.
  • Master’s Degree preferable in GIS and Bachelor's Degree in Engineering.

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