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Data Engineer

  • Location

    Philadelphia

  • Type

  • Category

    Dev / Eng

About Us

Disrupting the one-size-fits-all utility model, Inspire’s groundbreaking smart home subscription seamlessly combines personalized clean energy plans with best-in-class smart devices. Using the Inspire app, members can self-drive their smart homes from anywhere, and select automated settings to use less energy while earning rewards. Inspire strives to make every home a smart home, powered by clean energy. Inspire’s mission is to drive forward a brighter energy future by simplifying consumer adoption of clean energy and smart home technologies. Through continual innovation and scaling of connected device interoperability; clean energy supply, generation and storage; and intelligent, decentralized grid services, Inspire is building the world’s first fully-integrated clean energy company.

Launched in January 2014, Inspire homes have used the clean power production equivalent of 121 wind turbines since inception. Driven by a team of mission-driven Avengers in Philadelphia, and Santa Monica, Inspire prides itself on a culture of ownership, teamwork and stalwart obsession with “crushing it!”

About You

You are passionate about the potential for big data to solve big problems, and you want to work directly towards creating a better, greener energy future. You love learning about cutting-edge technologies, researching the best solutions, streamlining and automating repetitive work, and digging into datasets to uncover patterns and insights.
On Inspire’s Data Engineering team, you’ll expand, improve and optimize the data that fuels solutions to the ground-breaking problems we are solving as part of our product-driven organization.

Technologies we use

  • Languages: Python, SQL, R, Ruby
  • Frameworks: Airflow, DBT
  • Infrastructure: AWS, Heroku
  • Datastores: Redshift, PostgreSQL, S3

Responsibilities

  • Work with teams of engineers, product managers, and data scientists to understand requirements and formulate solutions
  • Break big data problems down into cases, patterns, component parts, and manageable steps
  • Build efficient and scalable data processing routines, working with files, APIs, and databases
  • Optimize storage and querying patterns to make the best use of space and time
  • Analyze large, relational datasets to understand patterns, troubleshoot issues and answer questions
  • Design, build and deploy new features, functions, structures, processing, analytics or data visualization.

Requirements

  • You are a highly analytical thinker, passionate about data, technology, research and the scientific method
  • You have a strong background in mathematics
  • You have 1+ years of experience with SQL and Python
  • Working knowledge of software architecture, development lifecycles, and agile methodologies

The Perks 

Located in Center City in the Graham building, Inspire is looking for team members who share our vision for a better future and who want to grow with a company that’s disrupting a massive industry.  Our workplace is designed to foster collaboration, creativity, and collective contributions

We offer competitive compensation and equity packages, plus benefits such as health, vision, life, and dental insurance.  And you want a standing desk? You got it!

How to Apply: 

In addition to uploading your resume, please write a few sentences in the Cover Letter field about why you’re excited by this opportunity and what you think you can contribute.

About Us

When people join Inspire, they’re not just another employee; they’re an Avenger. It has a lot more to do with protecting our planet than it does with a love for high-budget blockbusters. Inspire’s mission is to drive massive progress towards a brighter energy future. The company believes simplifying consumer adoption of clean energy and smart home technologies is the vehicle best-equipped to get us there.

Inspire is developing technology products that empower people to live smarter, and connect to power fit for the 21st century. The company’s flagship product is a Netflix-style subscription to wind power. Its proprietary operating system creates custom subscriptions for each home by analyzing data like energy use, occupancy, weather history and real estate trends. This model represents a fundamental shift in the traditional payment mechanism for energy. Many local Avengers become Inspire members, and every Inspire technologist tests new products before they’re released.

The company is in rapid growth mode, with approximately half of the team in its Center City, Philadelphia office and the other half in Santa Monica, California. Despite the distance, silos don’t exist at Inspire. Bi-coastal team members collaborate closely with company-wide Slack channels and both offices have live video streams to encourage interactions throughout the day. When the member support team (known internally as “member support Avengers”) said their CRM software was lackluster, the product and development teams fixed it by building an entirely new platform customized to their needs.  

Team members in Philadelphia have the opportunity to spend time working in Santa Monica, and vice versa. Santa Monica employees might have the luxury of working in beautiful Southern California, but Philadelphia-based staff are afforded an incredible view of City Hall from Inspire’s lofty perch across the street. All Inspire employees, however, share a passion for the environment and a perpetual thirst for learning — especially on the job. Just ask Inspire’s developers, who learned Angular 2 to build the company’s consumer technology platform.

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