Data Team Manager

Data Team Manager

Dwolla is one of the fastest growing financial technology companies in the United States and has been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies. We believe in challenging the status quo and building teams with diverse experiences, ideas and people. Joining the team at Dwolla means entering an always evolving, fast-paced, remote-first work environment. Your unique skills and talents will help build a world that can move money simply and securely, giving businesses the tools they need to access the ACH or RTP® Networks and improve their payment processes. At Dwolla, we are never done.

Dwolla, a fast-growing, leading provider of secure and reliable payment processing technologies, is currently at a very exciting time in its growth -- entering new markets and deploying new technologies to existing ones.

We are seeking a curious, passionate, and determined individual to join the team as a Data Team Manager. This individual will optimize the achievement of business objectives through owning the development and execution of a technical vision for cutting-edge AWS-based data pipelines supporting new product offerings and data science efforts, and ensuring deployed systems uphold required levels of performance.

This individual will manage a team of data engineers and scientists, including recruitment, mentorship, and day-to-day tasking.

This individual will partner with related roles such as product managers, project managers, technical leads, and stakeholders.

Responsibilities focused on Leadership & Mentoring:

    • Partner with other technical leaders to develop strategies for rolling out new technologies, sunsetting old technologies, or optimizing existing technologies.
    • Supervise the work of team members to ensure it is completed to acceptable standards of efficiency, quality, security, and privacy.
    • Mentor and manage performance of a high-performing team of data scientists and engineers and display continued growth of the skillset of the entire team.
    • Excels at getting the team to focus on the highest-impact projects and milestones.
    • Able to lead hiring efforts and determine headcount for their team.
    • Leads team in work breakdown and planning.
    • Leads delivery of major initiatives on clear timelines.
    • Manages independently; communicates context to the team and surfaces requirements to upper management.
    • Sets clear expectations for team members; solicits, synthesizes and delivers feedback.
    • Comfortable managing team members with different skill sets and technical areas of focus.

This role will lead the team in:

    • Proactively developing and executing data strategies to move the business forward.
    • Successfully executing on quarterly team and individual goals.
    • Engaging with key stakeholders to maintain expertise on current business challenges and open questions.
    • Understanding how Dwolla compares to similar companies in the FinTech space, and areas where we are ahead or behind and the impact of those differences.
    • Communicating timeline, scope and technical concerns; proactively identifying and clearing roadblocks.
    • Successful completion of required security, privacy, and compliance trainings on an annual basis, and reinforcement of these requirements with members of the team.

Skill And Experience Criteria:

    • Experience with software engineering best practices as they apply to data extraction, conditioning, and analysis in a production infrastructure-as-code, CI/CD environment.
    • Experience with Agile principles and ceremonies.
    • Experience with AWS data-related services (such as RDS, Aurora, Glue, S3, Athena, RedShift, SageMaker, and Quicksight).
    • Experience with relational databases and SQL queries, performing complex queries across multiple tables to extract information. 
    • Experience with Python and common data science-related libraries and tools such as Jupyter Notebooks.
    • Basic knowledge of statistical concepts (regressions, statistical tests, distributions, etc), application of the scientific method, and experience with machine learning libraries is a plus.
    • High capacity to be autonomously proactive, forward-looking, and curious.
    • Able to work collaboratively with internal partners and stakeholders to solve problems, executive complex projects, and deliver value to Dwolla’s competitive advantage.
    • Strong analytical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Typically requires 5+ years of experience in a closely-related role, with 2+ years in a management role. Education and certifications are valued and may contribute towards this criteria as applicable.
Why is Dwolla such a great place to work?
We believe our success is directly related to providing a positive, inclusive culture that leads to great customer experiences. 

We’re a hard-working team who believes that we are never done.  We value our most precious resource - the team of amazing humans that makes this all happen (currently just over 100 Dwollans on the team, and growing!). 

When you join the Dwolla team, you get these great perks: 
⭐ Remote-first work environment (our employees can work from anywhere in the US or from our Des Moines office)
❗❗**Please note:  While we support a remote-first work environment, we are currently only able to offer employment or sponsorship to candidates who live in the United States**
⭐ Remote-first home office stipend (and paid parking for our office-loving employees)
⭐ Stock options
⭐ 401k (with 4% company match)
⭐ Unlimited Paid Time Off (with a mandatory PTO minimum of 5 days every 4 months)
⭐ 12 weeks paid parental leave
⭐ Medical, dental and vision insurance (Health plan options include a free Peloton and Apple Fitness membership)
⭐ Long-term disability insurance
⭐ Life insurance
⭐ Flexible Spending Account
⭐ Dedication to supporting mental health via paid subscription to Headspace
⭐ Casual dress 

But wait… what does Dwolla actually do?
Dwolla was founded in 2008 on the simple idea that moving money should be affordable, easy and fast. 
Today, businesses are using Dwolla to facilitate the movement of billions of dollars with a flexible, reliable and easy-to-use payments platform. 

Our vision is a world that can move money simply and securely.

Dwolla is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Midwest and has been recognized nationally by Fast Company as one of the ‘world’s most innovative companies’ and Inc 5000s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. 

Joining the Dwolla team means you will be entering a unique, open, inclusive and fast-paced working environment.

Some Fine Print
At Dwolla, we value diversity and hold the core belief that the best teams are built by the inclusion of diverse ideas, experiences, and people.
If you require reasonable accommodations or assistance for any part of the interview and employment process, please contact Katie Spellman (Talent Recruiter) at  and let us know the nature of your request.

If offered this position, you will be asked to complete an employment and credit verification authorization form (which allows us to run a background check) as part of our employment process. 
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