Data Engineer - Technical.ly

Data Engineer

Inspire |  Philadelphia, PA | Data Science

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ABOUT US

Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. For every year that a customer spends with Inspire Clean Energy, they have a greater impact on climate change than 10 years of strict recycling.

Our rapidly growing team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet.

POSITION SUMMARY

As a Data Engineer on Inspire’s Data & Analytics Engineering 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. In this position you will collaborate with partners across the business in a shared mission to achieve a clean energy future.

THE DATA ENGINEER HAS 4 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Shared ownership and accountability for Platform data services (fivetran, Airflow, dbt, Snowflake) through deep knowledge and proactive maintenance of those services
  • Guide and execute architectural improvements to our data services
  • Communication skills, and ability to translate between the domains of business problems and technical solutions
  • Team-oriented development: building modular & re-usable tools, writing maintainable code, team mentorship, owning technical and business documentation

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • Expand the capabilities of Inspire’s core data platform to support incremental business lines and product features
    • Productionizing our Operating Model and Machine Learning infrastructure
    • Refactoring Platform services for CNNG
    • Platform improvements to enhance digital and direct acquisition of customers
    • Improving data quality and observability within our data infrastructure
  • Partner with Technology and Member Operations 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

  • Challenge the status quo – we’re looking for someone with enough experience in data engineering to have begun forming strong opinions of data best practices. Those opinions should surface in their work and at times challenge Inspire’s data practices to raise them to new standards. In the process, their opinions should stimulate growth and learning throughout the team.

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • 3+ years of experience in a data engineering role
    • Strong SQL skills querying and transforming large datasets in cloud-based data warehouses (we use Snowflake)
    • Experience creating production-grade ELT pipelines with python-based data orchestration tools at scale (we use Airflow)
    • Software development lifecycle experience in GitHub (i.e. environment management, testing, deployment)
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience with real-time event stream data
    • Experience with dbt
    • Spark data processing
    • ML Flow infrastructure
    • Contextual work in the energy industry
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Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Community Service Programs
  • Pet Friendly Office
  • Pet Insurance
Parental Benefits
  • Childcare Assistance Programs
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Offsite Company Events
  • Snacks Provided
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Training & Development Budget
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Unlimited PTO

What makes Inspire an exciting place to work?

We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source.

Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire.

Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.

 

What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team?

Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life.

We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”

 

How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic?

Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.

 

What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire?

Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team.

From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.

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