Inspire | Data Engineer - Technical.ly

Data Engineer

Inspire |  Philadelphia | Dev / Eng

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POSITION SUMMARY

As a Data Engineer on Inspire’s Data Platforms and Services team, you will build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure and architecture that flows critical data from internal and external sources to where it creates value for the business. We take a product-driven, agile approach to our platform, driving measurable growth and meaningful outcomes every single sprint. We build efficient, scalable processes in a service-oriented ecosystem leveraging powerful code frameworks and repeatable patterns to solve real problems for stakeholders and customers. 

THE DATA ENGINEER HAS FOUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Data querying and processing in SQL
  2. Data processing and task management in Python
  3. Communication skills, and ability to translate between the domains of business problems and technical implementations
  4. Team-oriented development: building modular & re-usable tools, writing maintainable code, owning technical and business documentation

SOME EXPECTED 2020 DELIVERABLES

  • Refactor operating model code into scalable, transparent processes leveraging Airflow and DBT as core frameworks
  • Expand the capabilities of Inspire’s core data platform to support incremental product lines and product features
  • Partner with Analytics to systematize and scale high-integrity value-oriented analysis
  • Partner with Sales, Operations, and other business stakeholders to design and deliver new data-driven integrations
  • Partner with other engineering teams to guide refactors of existing data infrastructure to improve data quality and features.

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Cultivated familiarity with Inspire’s frameworks & operating model
  • Delivery of high-quality pull requests in DBT and Airflow, evidencing strong code standards & testing practices
  • Comfort with self-directed project management: requires minimal oversight to assess a problem, formulate a solution, deliver code, and document changes.
  • Positive interactions with department stakeholders: can offer guidance and input that creates business value for non-technical personnel.

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Technical competency – comfort on a command line, a good grasp on the fundamentals of programming, a general understanding of Git/source control, and a willingness to read the docs, search stack overflow, and test it until it works
  • Problem-Solving Mentalitygets excited about digging into complexity, wants to ask questions and learn more, and isn’t put off by problems they’ve never been explicitly told how to solve. Especially troubleshooting: ability to break down a chain of steps to narrow and locate a problem.
  • Number Sense – Strong background in mathematics or physics, comfort with quantitative measurement and estimation. Ability to work in establishing boundaries and orders-of-magnitude to make informed judgements without fussing over exactitude.
  • Big-picture awareness – Understanding of the importance of context, and willingness to understand the business problem in addition to the technical one. Focus on people & impact. 

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • 1 or more years in a data analytics, engineering or science role, or equivalent academic experience
    • Strong SQL experience working with large datasets, ideally in cloud-based data warehouses
    • Software development in Python3
    • Experience automating data processing, cleaning and/or preparation
    • Software development lifecycle familiarity in GitHub (ie environment management, testing, deployment)
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience with key frameworks: Apache Airflow, DBT, AWS services, Docker, Kubernetes
    • Experience at a similar scale of data processing (Multi-TB/billions of rows)
    • Work with real-time event stream data
    • Contextual work in the energy industry
    • Data consultancy experience a plus
    • Proven ability to break down a chain of steps to narrow and locate a problem
    • Strategic approach to problem solving and understand the why behind a problem
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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision
Other
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
  • Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What are some examples of projects Inspire employees are working on?

Everyone is or becomes a full-stack developer. The company is very product-focused. Technologists are tasked with developing next generation consumer products that are easy to use and help members better understand their energy consumption. The team is currently working on Inspire’s consumer technology platform, which is written with a mix of Ruby and Angular 2, and using Ionic to create native mobile apps. Inspire’s tech team is constantly unlocking data that helps members optimize their energy usage, increase their home's value and decrease their carbon footprint.

How does Inspire encourage learning on the job?

Developers at Inspire love technology and are driven by their curiosity. It’s not a requirement to be an expert in the languages and tools we use, but it is a requirement to strive to get better at technology every day. At Inspire, coders get to learn and work with new technologies throughout the stack, whether it’s on the front-end, building API’s or working with our data scientists.

How does the company’s mission impact its technologists?

In the best way. Coders have opinions, and those opinions are welcomed at Inspire. While technical skills are important, Inspire is looking for technologists who want to feel a sense of purpose when they go to work everyday. Inspire’s dev team brings the company’s mission to life in everything it builds. At the end of the day, developers are asking themselves the same question their colleagues in other departments are asking: Is this going to help us achieve our mission?

What does the company do to loosen things up?

The drive to create a larger impact on this world is very real, but employees don’t take themselves too seriously. Every employee is an Avenger fighting climate change. Every employee also has his or her own story about their first “Cupcake Smash,” an internal birthday tradition that features an Avenger cape and a cupcake eating competition (could you eat a cupcake in one bite?). That is, unless you’re CEO and founder Patrick Maloney, who donned a pair of goggles and plunged his head into a bucket of water to bob for his birthday cupcake.

What is every-day company culture like?

Avengers will tell you that company culture is a big draw, and like everything else about Inspire, the company mission is a big part of it. The team is driven by the collective desire to create something new — to test, learn and solve the tough problems. Inspire’s staff is young, energized, and motivated by purpose-driven work. Avengers are encouraged to learn new skills and put them to the test. Outside of work, team members can often be found together, whether it be at a happy hour or office yoga session. Side projects are encouraged, and several employees use their free time to build something unrelated to work or engage with environmental justice organizations.

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