Data and AI Engineer

Data and AI Engineer

Orbisk Utrecht

What is required?

  • Background in Computer Science or a comparable study
  • Around 4-8 years of experience in a similar position
  • Experience in building and deploying data pipelines
  • Experience with Apache Beam, Python, SQL and Google Cloud Platform
  • Experience with cloud platforms and containerization technologies
  • Experience with data processing in production environments and API management
  • Familiarity with data warehousing, ETL processes, and data integration techniques
  • Expertise in building and deploying machine learning models and AI solutions would be an asset
  • Fluency in English
  • Interest in sustainability and fighting food waste

What will you get?

  • €4.000 - €6.000 gross p/m (depending on knowledge and experience)
  • 40-hour working week
  • 30 days of holiday (based on fulltime)
  • A close-knit team with smart, enthusiastic colleagues who are happy to share their expertise with you
  • Pension scheme
  • €250 netto home office budget per year
  • Education budget, fitness budget and travel allowance
  • Free office lunch and an office dog to keep you company
  • An office based in Utrecht and option to work partly remote
  • A young and creative startup work environment that invests in your development
  • Company laptop

What will you do?

  • 60% Performing development tasks
  • 20% Attending tech meetings
  • 10% Attending social meetings
  • 10% Attending business meetings

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Hannah Nesmith-Beck

Talent Acquisition Specialist


As a Data and AI Engineer at Orbisk, you are responsible for streamlining both internal and external data flows that power the AI and Data infrastructures. In this pivotal role, you are part of the AI and Data team and collaborate closely with the Developers team to deploy new data pipelines. This accelerates the pace of AI and Data development and eases the burden on Developers when rolling out these infrastructures. In addition, you'll consult with customers and Sales Managers to tailor data solutions to individual client needs.

In your role, you'll engage in a variety of tasks aimed at both technical development and client interaction. On the technical side, you'll be deeply involved in code creation and review, utilizing languages like Python, SQL, and Terraform. Additionally, you'll participate in technical and project sync meetings to ensure alignment across teams. On the business end, you'll liaise with Customer Success and Sales Managers to decode complex data needs of various clients, ensuring that our solutions are precisely tailored to meet individual requirements.

You'll be part of a tightly-knit AI and Data team, comprising of: four Data and AI Engineers, one Manager, one Working Student and several interns.

If you enjoy working with data and managing the pipelines/deployment and you find it challenging to adapt new features into the current infrastructures, then this is the job for you.

Working week

Data and AI Engineer

On a enjoyable day, you discuss your work with the AI & Data team and explain the progress to them. Everyone is eager to help and you've managed to solve some difficult issues.

On a less enjoyable day, your entire day consists of documentation. You need to review all the documentation to keep them up-to-date, which is very time consuming. However it's an important task which needs to be done.

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Firsthand experience

You are tasked with deploying a new AI data pipeline into the production environment. What do you do?

First, you'll start by understanding the data requirements that the new AI pipeline necessitates. At Orbisk, the goal is always to create solutions with the least disruption to existing systems, so you'll figure out how to add new functionalities while minimizing changes to the existing data infrastructure. After mapping out the requirements and changes, you'll proceed to test them in the development environment to ensure all elements are working seamlessly.

Once the preliminary testing is successful, you'll move onto the staging environment for a more rigorous assessment. Communication is key here; you'll need to liaise closely with the developers team to keep them in the loop. After verifying that everything is stable and optimized in the staging environment, you'll deploy the pipeline into the production environment. This thorough, step-by-step process ensures that the AI data pipelines are robust, efficient, and smoothly integrated into the existing architecture.


At Orbisk, there are various opportunities for growth as an employee. Several courses are offered, allowing you to develop yourself optimally. Since Orbisk is a start-up, you also learn a lot easily from colleagues with various specialisations. In the coming years, the organisation will also focus on international growth, which means more and more new positions will become available.

Data and AI Engineer

Working at Orbisk

Orbisk is a start-up with a clear mission: to make the global food system more sustainable. The start-up provides complete insights into the food flows of hospitality organizations. Orbisk does this by offering a smart camera and scale that uses image recognition to register which food is thrown away, when, and in what quantity. The customer can view this data in the dashboard, which provides insight into food wastage and can be used to reduce it.

  • Main office in Utrecht
  • 40% / 60%
  • Average age is 30 years
  • 40 employees
  • Working from home options


Sharon Reijmers - Head of Sales and Marketing

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I really wanted to work for a company 'doing good for the world'. In a role where I can use my commercial talents to increase the positive impact.

What was your previous job?
Sales Leader Chains at Unilever Food Solutions

What do you do in your spare time?
I am a real foodie: I love good food and drinks

Olaf van der Veen - Cofounder & CEO

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Because I wanted (and want) to use the abilities I have to solve for real and big world problems! As one of the founders, I never had to apply. Still, I apply a little bit every time I recruit new team members, because it has to be a mutual match, so we have just as much of a duty to tell our story well to you!

What was your previous job?
Data Consultant at AholdDelhaize.

What do you do in your spare time?
Listening to (live) music, going out with our home and office dog 'Koffie' and adrenaline sports (wakeboard, snowboard, kitesurf).

Pieter Marsman - AI engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
It is important to me to have a positive impact on society and the global environment. In my daily life and during working hours. Orbisk allows me to use my knowledge and apply my skills to the biggest challenge of our time.

What was your previous job?
ML Engineer - Dutch National Police 6

What do you do in your spare time?

Lola Slager - Business Development Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Before this, I worked in the retail and out-of-home segment for soft drinks. Here I discovered that I liked the out-of-home channel the most, but I missed not being able to deliver a positive impact for a better future. Then Orbisk came my way where I found sales, out-of-home and sustainability, the perfect combination for me.

What was your previous job?
Brand Manager

What do you do in your spare time?
Meeting up with family and friends and going out with my boyfriend

Alessandro Lombardo - Hardware and Operations Technician

Why did you decide to work for this company?
As a socially and environmentally conscious person Orbisk aligns well with my personal values.<br /> Before working here I didn't think that my job could impact sustainability and help contribute to a great cause, knowing that I am making a difference, not only locally but globally, doesn't just put a smile on my face but makes me proud to say "I'm working at Orbisk.

What was your previous job?
Technical Writer

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to do sports, program, cook and listen to music

Hannah Nesmith-Beck - Talent Acquisition Specialist

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I wanted to work at a company where I knew I could contribute to making a tangible positive impact on our planet. At Orbisk, no matter what role you have, you truly feel as though you are working together for this common goal. The mission combined with the amazing culture and great people makes it a real standout company!

What was your previous job?
Researcher at an Executive Search firm in the nonprofit sector

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to read, practice yoga, spend time in nature with my dog, and enjoy an evening out with great food and drinks!

Dominique Vogelzang - Customer Success Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At Orbisk I can make an impact in many ways. Not only by saving delicious food but we have a tangible positive environmental impact. Being a start-up, the responsibility I get allows me to really add value to the company on a strategic level. And of course the informal working environment allows me to happily go to work every day!

What was your previous job?
A junior employee specialized in health and nutrition at the FNLI (The Federation of the Dutch Food Industry)

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy travelling, running, cooking and especially being in nature.

Robbie Valkenburg - Software Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At Orbisk you can work in a fun, motivated and creative environment together with other people to fight against food waste by making innovative solutions.

What was your previous job?
I joined Orbisk after I finished my studies. During my bachelor's I worked in a sushi restaurant for delivery and I also did some volunteering work for a youth center.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to go out and see places, read books, listen to podcasts, do sports, have drinks with friends, enjoy a party and play a game once a while. Currently I am trying to teach myself some piano and taking lessons for driving motorbikes.

Application process

Screening call
First round interview with hiring manager and team member
Second round interview and possible tech assessment

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