Senior Data Engineer

New York City, NY, USA

Full time

Oct 23

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Better is redefining homeownership and making it simpler, faster—and most importantly—more accessible for everyone. We leverage technology and expertise to find ways that we can make the homebuying journey more approachable and understandable. 

  • Right now we’re funding over $2 billion in home loans per month
  • We’ve funded over $14 billion in loans and $3.5 billion in insurance 
  • We ranked #1 in the U.S. on LinkedIn's Top Startups 2020
  • We ranked #11 on Fortune’s Best Places to Work in Financial Services 2020
  • Our Founder and CEO was named in Comparably's Top 25 CEOs for Diversity
  • We were listed to Forbes’ FinTech 50 2020
  • And #15 on the 2020 CNBC Disruptor 50 
  • We’ve secured over $254 million from our investors to date 

Our company is made up of driven, passionate people who bring their unique backgrounds and perspectives to everything we do and we are committed to fostering diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. We see the perspectives that each person brings and a diverse workforce as essential for individual and collective success. We believe it’s important to foster a company culture that encourages curiosity and passion—from employee resource groups and learning opportunities to team outings and community outreach.

A Better opportunity:

Help us hack a thirteen trillion dollar industry by building a product that will allow more people to own a home and build wealth rather than rent for life. Our tech team is small, and you will be a big part of defining the technical direction and culture. We encourage proposals for projects off the beaten path, experimentation with different frameworks and libraries, and doing as you see fit to solve problems. We also offer above-market compensation and equity, as well as full benefits. 

What you'll work on:

  • Make sure our main Redshift cluster scales robustly, and evaluate other solutions we might use instead, or in addition.
  • Work closely with our Data Science team to evaluate and deploy a framework for developing and deploying machine learning models.
  • Improve our experimentation platform.
  • Build frameworks around our Airflow setup, to make it easy and robust to deploy both production and analysis workloads.
  • Build a solution for data cataloging, discovery and lineage.
  • Develop patterns for efficient use of dbt and Looker/LookML, to make it easy for anyone to do data modeling, while maintaining data quality.
  • Improve tooling for how we ingest data from internal and external data sources.

 Who you are:

  • You have at least 4 years of experience with data engineering, and data infrastructure/platform work.
  • You have strong software engineering skills, and 4+ years of experience with Python and SQL.
  • You have 2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design of new and existing data processing systems (architecture, reliability, monitoring, and scaling).
  • Experience in building complex data management and processing software systems.
  • You are business-driven, and care about getting to the bottom of how to make a startup successful.

Better Technology:

  • The data stack is all in Python 3.7, currently running on AWS Redshift, Airflow, dbt, Looker, etc.
  • We use Node.js, Python and Go for services, and Postgres for service databases.
  • We do continuous deployment and we ship code 50-100 times every day.
  • Everything is deployed on Kubernetes running on AWS, leveraging EC2, S3, SWF, CloudFront, Route53, and much more, managed with Terraform.

The team:

  • The tech team is currently 100+ engineers and growing quickly.
  • The data team is 30 people and aiming to continue growing considerably throughout the year.
  • Erik Bernhardsson (CTO) used to run the data team and the music recommendation team at Spotify. He is the open source author of a few popular projects like Annoy and Luigi and writes a blog about (mostly) data.

The Better mission is rooted in values that drive us.

  • We do what’s in the best interest of the consumer, not ourselves
  • We have growth mindsets, not fixed ones
  • We believe that success lies in execution, not credentials
  • We act like owners, not just employees
  • We work to find answers on our own, not wait for them to be given to us 
  • We optimize for mission, not ego

Our mission speaks for itself—we continue to outpace the industry at every turn. We’ve recently joined forces in partnership with Ally Bank, and our backers have helped build some of the most transformative tech and finance companies in history. Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, American Express, Citigroup, Activant Capital, Ally Bank, and others have invested in our vision for what homeownership can be.

Better is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, family or parental status, disability, military or veteran status, age, or any other basis protected by law. All employment decisions at Better are based on a person’s merit, business needs, and role requirements.

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