Senior Data Engineer

Senior Data Engineer

About us:

Based in New York but fully distributed, Shortcut builds project management software for software and product teams that people actually want to use - just ask an engineer how they feel about Jira. Thousands of the fastest-growing software companies use Shortcut to plan and build software, including Glossier, Venmo, Dataiku, Scale AI, FullStory, LaunchDarkly, and others. At Shortcut, you'll be joining a small but quickly growing team that values kindness, dedication, collaboration, and transparency across all of our work.

Your role:

The Senior Data Engineer will help lead and grow our Data Engineering team. As a founding member of our Data Engineering team you'll have large sway over the technical design of additions to our current Data platform, as well as our substantial greenfield development. Contributing to almost everything from Vendor selection, Large system design, setting best practices, hiring, foundational technical decisions, and understanding the costs of our platform. This role will report to our Head of Data.

Our Data team is made up of various Internal and External teams. Our skillsets and functions range from Data Engineering, Analysis, Science to others as well! We're responsible for supporting our exponential Product Lead Growth (PLG) through the power of data. 

Shortcut is a data driven company, and our role is to surface data, dashboards, and insights for functions across Shortcut, driving a direct impact on strategy and decision making across our high growth organization. We frequently work directly with Executives, Senior Leadership, and Individual contributors to perform analysis that drives our adaptive strategy. Everyone is our stakeholder.

What you'll do:

  • Own, build, and maintain our Data Pipelines + Platform that supports a state of the art Business Intelligence function.
  • Help drive and lead our architectural planning and rollout of various technical initiatives, including but not limited to; Data Lakes, Spark Clustering, Batch Processing, Real Time streaming, and Data Lakehouses.
  • Perform Code Reviews of Data Team's code, ensuring built in quality and adherence to our best practices.
  • Be a founding member of our Data team who will help establish, mentor, and scale a high quality data organization.
  • Collaborate with our Engineering Department on planning various technical initiatives.
  • Collaborate with our various Data teams, to support various Data Ingestion, Modeling, Integration, and Visualization tasks.

You should have:

  • Strong experience with Big Data technologies, their uses, pros, cons, and tradeoffs.
  • Strong experience with technologies like DBT, Spark, Snowflake, Pandas, Python, SQL 🐍
  • Strong knowledge and working experience with architectural concepts within the Data space. Batch, Streaming, Lakehouses, Clustering, 12 Factor.
  • Experience working with end users, and demonstrable experience optimizing your communication style for audiences from various backgrounds + skillsets.
  • Have strong opinions that are weakly held, previous experience with Technical Leadership.
  • Experience with Devops, CI/CD, Terraform, and the control of state.
  • Strong Professional skills, Ethics, and Communication skills.

Extra credit (nice to have):

  • People Management experience.
  • Experience with Looker, Airflow, or other visualization/ orchestration tools.
  • Experience in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience in tuning machine learning models.
  • Experience with Koalas! 🐨

Even if you don't meet all of the requirements listed, we still encourage you to apply. Job requirements are a wishlist, not a checklist, and we're happy to help the right candidate grow into this role - if you're excited about Shortcut, we're excited about you!

What we offer:

  • Compensation: A competitive salary in addition to meaningful equity in the company - you should be able to take ownership of what you’re helping to build.
  • Benefits: Health, Dental, and Vision insurance, FSA, OneMedical, Teladoc, Health Advocate, 401(k), commuter benefits
  • Work-life balance: A flexible open vacation policy, in addition to 10 company holidays, 5 sick days, and 3 “Dot Days” (our term for bonus days off), community (volunteer) PTO, 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave. We also observe 40 hour work weeks without the expectation of after-hours or weekend work.
  • Learning and development: A $2,000 annual stipend to use toward conferences, educational courses, books, membership fees and more
  • WFH: We are a fully remote company, and we provide all the equipment you need to work from home in addition to an annual WFH stipend.

Target base salary for this role based on experience: $145,000-$160,000 annually + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k))

At Shortcut, we embrace the different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences our team members bring to the table.  As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome all applicants and teammates regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at

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