Principal Data Platform Engineer

Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, Scottsdale, AZ

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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About Us

Venmo was founded on the principles of breaking down the intimidating barriers around financial transactions to make them intuitive, friendly, and even fun. And it worked: people love sending money with Venmo, and we’re growing by leaps and bounds!

But we’re only just getting started. We want to take that magic of sending money with Venmo and cascade it into every place where people use money. That means connecting people to their money in the most intuitive and fun way possible, then connecting people with each other. Users already love Venmo, but we know there are lots of things we haven’t thought of to make the experience of using Venmo even more delightful and valuable. All that’s going to take a lot of figuring out. Let’s figure it out together!


Engineering at Venmo

At Venmo, we are creating a product that people love. We strive to create a delightful user experience while connecting the world and empowering people through payments. We are looking for intellectually curious people who want to be inspired and inspire others to change the world.

Engineering is a craft, and at Venmo we want the internals of our software to be as elegant as the end user experience we are designing. We spend our days scaling our infrastructure and building new features to meet and exceed our users’ needs and wants. We work with a product team that is data-driven and human-centered in its design principles. We teach and learn from one another and push each other to be at our creative and analytical bests.


Data Platforms at Venmo

The Venmo Data Platforms team supports Venmo’s internal and customer-facing production data store engineering and operations. As a Principal SRE in the Data Platforms team, you will work directly with engineering leadership to prioritize efforts to align services operations with business goals. This individual will be a hands-on contributor that teaches by example and mentors other SRE and product owners how to improve services availability, reliability and scalability by driving best practices.


What You’ll Do

Partner with SRE, Infrastructure and Product leadership to understand overarching business objectives and help SRE team translate those into actionable plans.

Help the Data Platform and SRE teams define technology and business strategies that deliver iterative enhancements to the tools and processes that improve availability, observability and scalability.

Recognize, validate and evangelize emerging technologies and architectures that align with business objectives.

Collaborate with product owners to establish SLOs for the database platforms.

Influence and Lead by doing and meaningfully contributing to engineering teams’ production operations improvements.

Develop frameworks, tools and automation to manage infrastructure and application configuration via code.

Coach/mentor technical leads/engineers on design principles and database engineering best practices.

Demonstrate ability to learn new technologies and process practices.


What We’re Looking For

Bachelors and/or Master's in computer science or related field of study

12+ years' experience in software development or a related field

12+ years' experience operating distributed applications 24x7x365

Deep hands-on experience with designing and implementing highly available infrastructure to support global-scale services

Hands-on experience with IaaS and PaaS solutions from AWS (or similar cloud provider)

Infrastructure as code (AWS CLI, AWS CloudFormation, Terraform, Ansible, Puppet)

Expertise with programming and scripting (Lambda, API GW, Python, Java, Bash)

Expertise with database design for relational and non-relational data stores.

Expertise with database operations: AWS DynamoDB, AWS DocumentDB, Cassandra, MySQL, AWS Aurora, Redis, Elasticsearch

Experience mentoring and developing leads and engineers

Strong communication skills with the ability to understand and explain technical issues to a non-technical audience

AWS Solutions Architect preferred

We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates. Please don't hesitate to apply.

Job tags: Ansible AWS Bash CloudFormation Elasticsearch Java Lambda MySQL Puppet Python Redis Terraform
Job region(s): North America
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