Experienced Data Engineer - Data Engineering

San Francisco
Engineering – Engineering /
Full-time /
We believe that the way people interact with their finances will drastically improve in the next few years. We’re dedicated to empowering this transformation by building the tools and experiences that thousands of developers use to create their own products. Plaid powers the tools millions of people rely on to live a healthier financial life. We work with thousands of companies like Venmo, SoFi, several of the Fortune 500, and many of the largest banks to make it easy for people to connect their financial accounts to the apps and services they want to use. Plaid’s network covers 12,000 financial institutions across the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Washington D.C., London and Amsterdam. #LI-Hybrid

Making data-driven decisions is key to Plaid's culture. To support that, we need to scale our data systems while maintaining correct and complete data. We provide tooling and guidance to teams across engineering, product, and business and help them explore our data quickly and safely to get the data insights they need, which ultimately helps Plaid serve our customers more effectively. In addition, Plaid will not be successful if we can't move quickly. We build the data systems and tools that enable everyone at Plaid to be data-driven, making analytics easy, obvious, and proactive across the company.

Data Engineers heavily leverage SQL and Python to build data workflows that integrate with our Golang and Typescript applications. We use tools like DBT, Airflow, Redshift, ElasticSearch, Atlan, and Retool to orchestrate data pipelines and define workflows. We work with engineers, product managers, business intelligence, data analysts, and many other teams to build Plaid's data strategy and a data-first mindset. Our engineering culture is IC-driven -- we favor bottom-up ideation and empowerment of our incredibly talented team. We are looking for engineers who are motivated by creating impact for our consumers and customers, growing together as a team, shipping the MVP, and leaving things better than we found them.

You will be in a high impact role that will drive and define data standards and data culture across Plaid. You will have the opportunity to transition into the Tech Lead role on the team which will come with higher visibility and more stakeholder collaboration. You will collaborate with and have strong and cross functional partnerships with literally all teams at Plaid from Engineering to Product to Marketing/Finance. You will be responsible for mentoring junior engineers on the team and being closely involved in their  design and implementations. You will be able to provide guidance and build the technical culture on the team in the form of design reviews and PRs.


    • Defining the long-term technical roadmap for building a data-driven culture at Plaid.
    • Focus on data quality and privacy.
    • Leading key data engineering projects that drive collaboration across the company.
    • Mentoring engineers, operations, and data analysts on best practices for data organization and query performance.
    • Advocating for adopting industry tools and practices at the right time.
    • Owning core SQL and python data pipelines that power our data lake and data warehouse.
    • Well-documented data with defined dataset quality, uptime, and usefulness.


    • 6+ years of dedicated data engineering experience, solving complex data pipelines issues at scale.
    • You value SQL as a flexible and extensible tool, and are comfortable with modern SQL data orchestration tools like DBT, Mode, Hightouch, and Airflow.
    • Experience working both real-time systems like Kinesis, Kafka, Flink, and batch data pipelines in Redshift, Presto, and Data Lakes.
    • You appreciate the importance of schema design, and can evolve an analytics schema on top of unstructured data.
    • You are excited to try out new technologies. You like to produce proof-of-concepts that balance technical advancement and user experience and adoption.
    • You like to get deep in the weeds to manage, deploy, and improve low level data infrastructure.
    • You are empathetic working with stakeholders. You listen to them, ask the right questions, and collaboratively come up with the best solutions for their needs.
    • You are a champion for data privacy and integrity, and always act in the best interest of consumers.
$182,520 - $297,000 a year
Target base Salary for this role is $182,520- $297,000 per year. Additional compensation in the form(s) of equity and/or commission are dependent on the position offered. Plaid provides a comprehensive benefit plan, including medical, dental, vision, and 401(k). Pay is based on factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience and skillset, and location. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.
Our mission at Plaid is to unlock financial freedom for everyone. To support that mission, we seek to build a diverse team of driven individuals who care deeply about making the financial ecosystem more equitable. We recognize that strong qualifications can come from both prior work experiences and lived experiences. We encourage you to apply to a role even if your experience doesn't fully match the job description. We are always looking for team members that will bring something unique to Plaid!

Plaid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion or religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, military or veteran status, disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Plaid is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance with your application or interviews due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations@plaid.com.

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