Solutions Engineer (Contract to Hire)

San Francisco, CA
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The company

The future of data lies in decentralization, and the concept of a data mesh is the proven approach for implementing this at Enterprise scale. We’re here to make it a reality. Nextdata OS is a data-mesh-native platform built to meet the challenge of decentralizing data at scale. We are inventing a new way for developers to work with data and share it responsibly via data product containers.
Our vision is to build a world where AI/ML and analytics are powered by decentralized, responsible, and equitable data ownership, across boundaries of organizations, technology, and most importantly boundaries of trust.
Our purpose is to change the experience of creating, sharing, discovering, and using data forever, to be connected, fast, and fair based on data mesh principles.
Our technology is designed to empower data developers, users and owners with a delightful experience where data products are a first-class primitive, with trust built-in.
We are here to accept the reality that the world of data is complex and messy; data models are out-of-date the moment they are created; data is owned across trust boundaries; data is stored on different platforms; data is used in many different modes and most importantly data can't protect itself. We recognize that past approaches to tackle these complexities with centralized data collection, modeling and governance are ineffective at best and pathologically unfair at worst. Our mission is to reimagine the world of data with you.

About The Role

As a Hands-on Solutions Engineer, you will build data products on top of the Nextdata OS. You will work with Nextdata’s initial customers to translate their business needs into PoC data products that you will then build on top of our OS. 
You will leverage your experience of the full lifecycle of analytics - translating business requirements to data models, to data pipelines, to analytics dashboards and even machine learning pipelines - to build data products and then provide feedback that will help us improve the Nextdata OS and tooling.
You will manage the full lifecycle of the PoC data products from ideation around business use cases to successful deployment, including synthesizing realistic data for testing before deploying into production.

You Are The Right Fit If You Have

- 7+ years of experience as a Data Engineer, Product Developer, Field Solutions Engineer or Solutions Architect
- Experience with data modeling and dashboard development with Looker, PowerBI, etc. for demonstration purposes
- Experience with data processing pipeline development; proficiency in data pipeline tools like airflow, dagster, prefect, dbt and ML development environments like PySpark and Panda
- Experience working on complex data pipelines in large data organizations
- Software engineering best practices and tooling, CI/CD, git, etc. 
- A curiosity, passion and experience in application of data in ML and Analytics applications
- An understanding and experience with data mesh
- Experience contributing to big data / analytics OSS projects or internal data infra products
- Experience in taking undefined business problems and building end-to-end data solutions for a variety of stakeholders and clients 
- Experience helping the business quantify the value of your analyses, articulating, and presenting your findings in a compelling manner 
- Experience with continuous integration and deployment to reduce software lead time, and have contributed to optimizing build and release processes as needed
- Shown evidence that you aspire to test-first data pipeline development

Travel:  In general, travel is not anticipated for this role with exception to regular company-wide events/meetings.

Our Benefits
We are an early stage company, but we don't subsist on ramen! We are an experienced team with families. We provide $2,000 for your home workspace setup, company laptop, premium health, vision, and dental insurance coverage for you and your family. As an early stage start up, you will receive a compensation package that includes a competitive salary and equity in Nextdata.