Perpay | Data Engineer - Technical.ly

Data Engineer

Perpay |  1217 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA | Dev / Eng

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Who We Are

Perpay, a leading technology start-up in Philadelphia, is a FinTech company focused on bringing healthier credit options to consumers. We combine lending and payments into an e-commerce platform that challenges the typical channels of credit. We strive to solve a complex problem – the lack of affordable and accessible credit – as efficiently as possible, because we believe that everyone should have the ability to build a healthy financial life. Located in a loft-style office at the heart of Midtown Village, Philadelphia, Perpay represents a space for creative and collaborative problem-solving.

 

Position Overview

We are searching for a Data Engineer who is a quantitative, critical thinker with a passion for data and the capacity to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. We are looking for an individual who desires experience in serving data-driven solutions at scale, crossing multiple functional areas and driving organizational efficiency. Applicants should be highly motivated and comfortable with taking on and adapting to a diverse array of subject matter. This opportunity is both unique and pivotal, as it provides the chance to contribute greatly to a rapidly-growing team.

 

Initial Responsibilities

  • Analyze and resolve complex challenges around data and tools. Optimize analytical workflows by identifying opportunities and automating them
  • Implement solutions to bring together application data generated by distributed systems, third-party data, and real-time user data needed to make key business decisions
  • Work within the Data Science team to serve machine learning solutions at scale
  • Work on projects of growing responsibility, both individually and as part of a team, to build experience and skills at a pace matched to your shown ability
  • Learn more about the industry and Perpay, establishing a solid foundation to be better positioned for long-term career success

 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a quantitative/technical field (Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering)
  • Working knowledge of data design, architecture and warehousing
  • Understanding of  data management fundamentals and data storage principles
  • Knowledge of distributed systems as it pertains to data storage and cloud computing
  • Understanding and administration of AWS, Docker and Linux-based systems
  • Experience in custom ETL design, implementation and maintenance
  • Experience in large scale data processing using traditional and distributed systems like Hadoop, Spark, Dataflow, and Airflow.
  • Strong working knowledge of SQL/NoSQL, relational databases and Python is required (2+ years experience)

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and practical experience in machine learning and AI fundamentals
  • Experience implementing machine learning solutions at scale
  • Experience working with both Batch and Real Time data processing systems
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with stakeholders.
  • Effective project management, problem solving, analytical and troubleshooting skills.

 

Benefits:

      • Opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing financial startups
      • Competitive salary + equity
      • Health/dental/vision insurance + 401K
      • Gym + public transportation subsidy
      • Relocation assistance
      • Centrally located in downtown Philadelphia

 

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What’s unique about the Perpay brand?

Perpay’s mission is to help people better manage their financial situations. They do this by providing a financially healthy option for consumers to access products or engage in experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them.

Perpay is solving broad issues of financial access and inclusion that affect a large number of people through the pathways of microlending, consumer finance, and e-commerce. Their focus is purely on their customers.

What is the team dynamic within the office?

At Perpay, they try to foster collaboration whenever possible, and do that by keeping their organizational structure flat and cross-disciplinary. Anyone can have a conversation or introduce an idea at any time, there are no silos.

Perpay also works to foster an entrepreneurial spirit at the individual level. At the end of the day, they’re a product-focused company, and like to say that everyone on team is a product owner. They’re building a tool that makes an impact on so many people, and believe the best way to do that is to get input from every one of their team members — from the ones who talk to their customers to the ones writing the code. Everyone’s perspective is important.

What qualities does Perpay look for in technical candidates?

While most of their systems and microservices are written in Python, they truly prefer talented polyglots that have an insatiable will to learn and create. At Perpay, they’re not afraid of trying new things and are more concerned with finding great problem solvers that will find the right tools for the job.

They’re most interested in a candidate’s mentality and experience — especially if it is one of delivering solutions that are well designed, reliable, and highly scalable. They work in a fast-paced startup environment where efficiency and iterative approaches are critical. This makes it extremely important to find candidates who communicate well and understand the theory, design patterns and implementation details that go into delivering a solution.

How about candidates overall?

They’re looking for people who are naturally curious, self-directed and interested in self-improvement. Everyone on the team is eager to learn, excited about what their working on and is doing their own research about the industry, like reading up on consumer credit and the greater microlending environment.

One thing they value about their team is diversity of experience. Perpay has built a team with all kinds of different backgrounds: finance, engineering, operations, non-profit... even chemistry.

Additionally, because of the work they do, candidates need to have a sense of empathy. A team member can be an amazing problem solver, but in order to be a good fit they need to keep a human element to everything they do. Data can certainly help find an answer, but empathy will often lead to deeper insights.

What is special about the office space itself:

The Perpay team found an empty warehouse space and completely designed it from scratch themselves. They sourced the materials, designed the layout, picked the desks, etc.

The aesthetic was inspired in part by the Navy Yard: brick walls, lots of metal, glass, lush plants, colorful rugs and cool lamps. It’s a really unique space: comfortable work areas, full of light, with unexpected textures and accents.

It really speaks to way Perpay approaches things as a company in general: they’d never designed an office before but that didn’t stop them from taking it on with enthusiasm.

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