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Senior Data Engineer

Remote - United States

Senior Data Engineer
HQ: Columbus, Ohio

Engineering at Root.

The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way an industry works by leveraging technology and data to build the best products possible. Even with our significant growth, we operate in small teams that are given ownership over projects and results. We’ve found that the people closest to the problems are the best at solving them. We’re actively hiring Engineers remotely and excited to announce that Root is a “work where it works best” company. Meaning we will support you working in whatever location that works best for you across the US. We will continue to have our headquarters in Columbus and offices in other locations to give more flexibility and more choice about how we live and work.

Our Data Warehouse team has become a central part of the analytics process.  We gather data from across the organization and from third party vendors to help answer critical business questions.  Our team prides itself on being able to blend software engineering with fundamental Data Warehousing concepts. We often take advantage of tools that aren’t typically found in Root’s software stack, but we approach these tools with the same solid engineering principals. Our goals include simplifying complex data, offering high performance, and ensuring that we deliver data on time to our analysts.

The Root Engineering tech stack includes:

  • Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing
  • Javascript / React Native frontend, Jest for testing
  • Small amounts of native iOS and Android
  • Small amounts of Rust for high performance use cases
  • Deployment to AWS ECS using containers
  • Buildkite for CI

The Data Engineering team tech stack includes:

  • AWS Redshift
  • AWS Glue, Athena, Kinesis, Step Functions, Sagemaker, Lambda, and other Cloud Technologies
  • Cloud infrastructure management through Terraform
  • Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing

Our team excels at delivering software to solve the problems in front of us at Root: presently, a suite of world-class mobile, web, and server-based products obsessed with the customer experience. We’ve shaped our team and process around this; we know that constant iteration and experimentation produce the best results.

We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:
Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.
Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute assigned work beyond basic technical solutions.
Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.

What you’ll achieve.

  • Work with product, actuarial, and engineering teams to understand and scope new features for our environment
  • Design & develop data structures that support downstream analysis
  • Design & develop sustainable, fast ETL processes using SQL
  • Provide peer review for teammates on their change requests
  • Create processes to identify, prioritize, and illustrate data quality issues and remediation efforts.
  • Design solutions which help us to reach our overall goals
  • Help to ensure data quality and meet data delivery SLA’s

What we’re looking for.

  • 5+ years of experience
  • Experience with Root’s Data Engineering tech stack
  • Excellent SQL skills. Ability to transform data without the use of an ETL tool
  • Experience using version control tools like Git
  • Familiarity with programming languages like Ruby or Python
  • Familiarity with DevOps & Agile processes
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Can complete large pre-planned tasks in an efficient manner
  • Able to take on medium unplanned feature work and bugfixes

Get In Touch

Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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Join us

At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. If you are passionate about what this role entails and solving real problems, we encourage you to apply. We want to learn about you and what you can add to our team.

Who we are

We’re harnessing the power of technology to revolutionize insurance. Using machine learning and mobile telematic platforms, we’ve built one of the most innovative FinTech companies in the world. And we’re just getting started.

What draws people to Root

Our success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our products are only as good as the people building and promoting them. We want individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and an analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

Autonomy—for assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless. Impact—by challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business. Collaboration—we encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn. People—we are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us.

The people of Root

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