Senior Data Engineer

Seattle, WA
Data Engineering & Science /
Full-Time /
Opala is growing and we're seeking an experienced Data Engineer with a strong background in various databases, processes, and tools to join our team.  In this role, you will analyze, design, develop, deploy, and maintain our data-hub and associated integrations.   
Opala is a healthcare tech startup that improves the health care experience for patients by facilitating data exchange between health plans and providers. We combine data from medical bills, lab tests, imaging results, clinician notes, medical records, and pharmacies to transform data into information.  
If you want to directly impact transforming healthcare through data and technology and have a passion for this space, we'd love to hear from you.
Benefits: The Seattle base salary range for this full-time position is $163k-$192k. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, EAP, short-term and long-term disability, 16 days PTO, 9 paid holidays, fully paid holiday closure, parental and family medical leave, 401k, stock options and annual bonuses and salary increases based on merit.

Our HQ is based in downtown Seattle, offering amazing views of the Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympics. We're conveniently located next to major transit lines and a quick walk to Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum. Complimentary perks include onsite bike storage, a beautiful gym, a fully outfitted game room and more.


    • Performs data analysis and development tasks to support ELT/ETL data movement, database development.
    • Builds complex analytic visualizations around patient, payer, and provider data sets.
    • Build end-to-end ETL pipelines populating data for various data-marts, warehouses, exports.
    • Supports all SDLC activities in accordance with industry best practices, as well as the government's product lifecycle processes.
    • Researches and integrates design strategies, product specifications, development schedules, and user expectations into product capabilities.
    • Conducts investigations and tests of considerable complexity.
    • Troubleshoots complex problems and provides customer support for software operating systems and application issues.
    • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned.
    • Review and analyze existing data pipelines, and make recommendations on improvement, maintenance, or other factors to improve the system.
    • Train and mentor junior engineers.


    • 7+ years’ relevant experience.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or other related technical discipline, or equivalent relevant work experience.
    • 5+ years building ETL/ELT processes.
    • 5+ years developing with relational and non-relational databases, such as MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, SQL Server, Mongo DB, Dynamo, Cassandra.
    • 2+ years developing in a structured language (Python, Java, C#, etc..).
    • Experience with the ingestion and egestion of data in a variety of formats including: CSV, JSON, XML and HL7.
    • Advanced Knowledge of data structures, queries in both relational and no-relational dbs.

Preferred Qualifications

    • 3+ years building data flow processes in data bricks.
    • Experience in integration projects with healthcare-specific standards (HL7, CCD, C-CDA, X12, FHIR, etc.).
    • Experience with AWS and Azure storage/data platforms.

Opala is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  We are committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We celebrate the unique differences of our employees because that is what drives curiosity, innovation, and the success of our business. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information, political affiliation, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities.