Senior Data Engineer, Science and Data Platforms

  • Boston, MA
  • Full Time
  • Engineering
  • Experienced

Who we are:

Join Embark on our mission to improve the life and longevity of dogs everywhere. Our canine DNA test — the highest-rated, most accurate on the market — enables us to make scientific advances in personalized pet care. Recently named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, Embark is the only canine genetics company using research-grade technology, which allows us to make new scientific discoveries.

Designed by world leaders in dog genetics in partnership with Cornell University, the Embark Dog DNA Test provides information on genetic health risks and breed make-up, allowing dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians to make personalized care plans based on a dog's unique genetic profile. Embark is also home to the world’s only canine DNA relative finder. No wonder The New York Times recently called Embark’s Breed and Health Kit the best dog DNA test available!

Interested in joining our pack? We are looking for highly motivated and mission-driven employees who will join us as Embark leads the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in the fast-growing consumer genetics space.

About the role:

Embark is growing rapidly, and data is at the center of what is a huge opportunity ahead. As a data engineer on the Science and Data Platforms team, you will be responsible for expanding and optimizing our data infrastructure to provide teams with seamless access to data.  We are looking for talented engineers who are excited to help shape the future of our data and analytical platforms, all of which are built to empower our business and accelerate our ability to provide more meaningful and actionable insights for our customers who are looking to better care for and extend the life of their dogs. If you love making sense of data and using it to make a positive impact, then we’d love to hear from you!

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and maintain scalable data pipelines to support increases in data volume and complexity
  • Build the infrastructure required for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from wide variety of sources 
  • Collaborate with engineering and business teams to improve data models, increase data accessibility, and enable data driven decision making across the organization
  • Assemble, curate, and normalize complex datasets that meet current and future business requirements
  • Identify, design and implement solutions that improve data acquisition, reliability, efficiency, and quality
  • Prepare, cleanse, and load data for ad hoc analysis 
  • Participate in daily scrum meetings and collaborate with other agile team members
  • Participate in code reviews and promote the adoption of best practices

What experience we’re looking for:

  • 5+ years of professional experience with modern data platform solutions
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline or equivalent professional experience
  • Hands-on experience building and optimizing data pipelines, architectures, and datasets
  • A successful history of acquiring, transforming, and extracting value from large disconnected datasets
  • Expert SQL knowledge and experience working with relational and NoSQL databases (ex: Postgres, Redshift, DocumentDB, etc)
  • Understanding of key database design concepts and how they impact and enhance data models
  • Proficient with one or more modern cloud data platform technologies (AWS, S3, EC2, RDS, Redshift, Glue, etc.) or other major cloud provider’s products
  • Experience with ETL/ELT workflows, patterns, and vendor tools
  • Knowledge of object-oriented or scripting languages (ex: Python, Java, etc.)
  • Knowledge of data pipeline and workflow management tools such as Airflow, Glue, Luigi, etc.
  • Experience with Agile software development practices (story grooming, sprint planning, and retrospectives)
  • Strong desire to and aptitude for learning new technologies and patterns
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to engage colleagues and stakeholders across all levels of the organization

What we can offer:

At Embark, we might be dog lovers, but we’re passionate about people too. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where all employees can belong and flourish. Here are some of our benefits and perks:

  • A flexible vacation policy so you can take off the time you need when you need it 
  • Paid maternal and paternal leave (plus paw-ternity leave for new pets)
  • Every other Friday off each summer
  • Dog-friendly office near South Station, Boston (when we get back to the office), with some flexibility (eg work from home at least 2 days a week, flexibility around child care needs, etc)
  • Perks tailored for dog lovers including subsidized pet insurance and dog-walking services
  • Startup perks with big-company benefits (401k match, a generous bonus structure, commuter benefits, top-of-the-line healthcare, HSA/FSA)
  • Competitive salaries and equity participation — every employee gets stock options
  • Fully-stocked office snack bar and regular office events
  • New iMacs and MacBook Pros, or laptops running Linux
  • Continuing education, including attending conferences and company-provided resources to help with individual growth and development

Embark is an equal opportunity workplace and values diversity at our company. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws. See also EEO is the Law.

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