Staff Data Engineer, Centralized Team (Remote, America)
Location: Remote - Global
Job Type: Full time
Opportunity is not evenly distributed. Shopify puts independence within reach for anyone with a dream to start a business. We propel entrepreneurs and enterprises to scale the heights of their potential. Since 2006, we’ve grown to 10,000 employees and generated over $496 billion in sales for millions of merchants in 175 countries.
This is life-defining work that directly impacts people’s lives as much as it transforms your own. This is putting the power of the few in the hands of the many, is a future with more voices rather than fewer, and is creating more choices instead of an elite option.
Moving at our pace brings a lot of change, complexity, and ambiguity—and a little bit of chaos. Shopifolk thrive on that and are comfortable being uncomfortable. That means Shopify is not the right place for everyone.
Before you apply, consider if you can:
Care deeply about what you do and about making commerce better for everyone
Excel by seeking professional and personal hypergrowth
Keep up with an unrelenting pace (the week, not the quarter)
Be resilient and resourceful in face of ambiguity and thrive on (rather than endure) change
Bring critical thought and opinion
Embrace differences and disagreement to get shit done and move forward
Work digital-first for your daily work
Data is a crucial part of Shopify’s mission to make commerce better for everyone. We organize and interpret petabytes of data to provide solutions for our merchants and stakeholders across the organization.
As a Data Engineer at Shopify, your primary responsibility will be to contribute to Shopify’s Data Warehouse. Your work will unlock powerful insights to guide the development and improvement of Shopify’s products.
As a central Data Engineer, you will sit amongst a team of Data Engineers focused on defining and upleveling the craft and product of Data Engineering across all of Shopify. Your impact is seen at scale when you ship high quality data assets to Shopify’s Data Warehouse, which get used by thousands of people to perform product analysis, make decisions to support our merchants, and steer strategic decisions of the business. You also achieve with others as you partner with Data Engineers embedded in product teams to share and gather standards and best practices, and perform data architecture duties to uplevel and maintain the high quality of Data Engineering at Shopify.
Example day to day responsibilities include:
Partnering as a member of the Analytics Engineering founding team to influence and create this greenfield space at Shopify
Working with business partners to understand requirements
Working with developers to understand and influence how data is produced
Collaborating with data engineers on tooling for automated tasks around consuming, validating raw/modeled data, updating modeled data
Designing, building, profiling, and documenting our datasets and the jobs that build them
Profiling raw data sets
Writing data transformations using dbt or Spark
Shipping data pipelines including real-time streaming and batch processing
Optimizing data transformation pipelines to increase freshness or reduce computational time/cost
Controlling data quality
Debating whether leading or trailing commas are better
Fixing jobs that are broken in production (wrong data types returned, granularity not as expected, resourcing issues)
Creating and implementing architecture and standards for analytics and data engineers
Collaborate with sister disciplines (Engineering, Data Science) to establish best practices
Commercial experience in Data Engineering, and/or Analytics Engineering, building scalable data warehouses
Dimensional Modeling (Star Schema, Kimball, Inmon)
Advanced SQL skills (ease with window functions, defining UDFs)
Exposure to Data Engineering tooling: ingesting, testing transformations, lineage, orchestration, publishing data, metric layers
Hands-on experience implementing real-time and batch data pipelines with tight SLOs and complex transformation requirements
Fantastic collaboration and communication skills, demonstrated by successful large-scale projects spanning multiple teams
Technical thought leader, comfortable navigating ambiguity and mentoring various level of team members
Fluent in data architecture and modeling concepts, able to coach and influence others to uplevel the craft of Data Engineering