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Senior Data Engineer



Data Science
San Francisco, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Data Team delivers data products that empower NerdWallet. By focusing on user-centric delivery, we ensure our data and tools are trustworthy and designed to address the needs of our internal stakeholders. As a Senior Data Engineer on the team, you will design, develop and maintain data pipelines and data models to provide valuable business insights. You will develop and maintain data quality standards while troubleshooting and addressing any data issues. You will collaborate with other Data Engineers, Product Managers and Analytics counterparts to understand and address data needs. Managing and developing critical datasets to power corporate reporting will be a vital part of your responsibilities.

These are some things you might work on in this role:

  • Leading the integration of technologies like DBT into our stack, setting guidelines and best practices
  • Integrating new data sources into a modern data stack to enhance our high-fidelity central data repository for corporate reporting
  • Shaping a holistic data quality strategy that ensures accuracy, consistency, and reliability across our organization's data landscape

Where you can make an impact:

  • Drive design, development, and maintenance of critical datasets for corporate reporting, ensuring timely availability, accuracy, and reliable data sets that support informed decision-making, organizational reporting needs, and align with business outcomes
  • Analyze and prioritize complex technical issues, using the application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software, or system functional specifications. Monitor based on factors such as scalability, security, and performance
  • Monitor data pipelines: investigate anomalies to ensure data integrity and reliability. Implement proactive monitoring and collaborate with teams to resolve issues and minimize business disruptions

You will:

  • Lead process enhancements and innovation in data engineering practices
  • Identify new technologies for efficiency, propose and implement solutions to streamline data pipelines, and cultivate a culture of continuous improvement within the team resulting in increased efficiency, effectiveness, and agility in data processing and analysis
  • Communicate resolutions effectively and collaborate with teams to implement aligned technical solutions
  • Maintain a culture of understanding, trust, and innovation by actively listening, articulating ideas clearly, providing constructive feedback, and openly sharing knowledge and diverse perspectives
  • Foster trust, inclusivity, and cooperation within the immediate team through effective communication and collaboration skills
  • Take initiative in starting or adapting to new endeavors; actively engage in decision-making by contributing to brainstorming sessions and asking relevant questions to drive innovation and accountability
  • Demonstrate accountability by admitting mistakes and taking corrective actions to ensure project success
  • Act as a strategic thought partner to Product Managers and your Manager

Your experience:

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience
  • 3+ years of experience with AWS, Snowflake, DBT, and Airflow
  • Experience designing, building and operating robust data systems with reliable monitoring and logging practices
  • Advanced level of proficiency in Python and SQL
  • Working knowledge of relational databases and query performance tuning (SQL)
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong proficiency in the theoretical and practical application of highly specialized information to computer systems analysis, programming, or software engineering


  • This role will be based in San Francisco, CA or remote (based in the U.S.).
  • We believe great work can be done anywhere. No matter where you are based, NerdWallet offers benefits and perks to support the physical, financial, and emotional well being of you and your family.

What we offer:

Work Hard, Stay Balanced (Life’s a series of balancing acts, eh?)

  • Industry-leading medical, dental, and vision health care plans for employees and their dependents
  • Rejuvenation Policy – Flexible Time Off + 13 holidays + 4 Mental Health Days Off
  • New Parent Leave for employees with a newborn child or a child placed with them for adoption or foster care
  • Mental health support through Headspace
  • Financial wellness, guidance, and unlimited access to a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) through Northstar
  • Paid sabbatical for Nerds to recharge, gain knowledge and pursue their interests
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA and HSA Plan with monthly NerdWallet contribution
  • Weekly Virtual Bootcamp, Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation sessions
  • Monthly Wellness Stipend, Cell Phone Stipend, and Wifi Stipend

Have Some Fun! (Nerds are fun, too)

  • Nerd-led group initiatives – Intramural Sports, Employee Resource Groups for Parents, Diversity and Inclusion, Women, LGBTQIA, and other communities
  • Hackathons, Happy Hours, and team events across all teams and departments
  • Company-wide events like Little Nerds Day (aka bring your kids to work day, even if you're remote!) and our annual Charity Auction

Lifestyle (Be your best self - we’ll take care of the details)

  • Our Nerds love to make an impact by paying it forward – Donate to your favorite causes with a company match
  • Work from home equipment stipend and co-working space subsidy
  • Anniversary recognition program – choose from different items and experiences
  • Commuting stipend

Plan for your future (And when you retire on your island, remember the little people)

  • 401K with company match
  • Annual Enrichment Stipend for learning and development
  • Be the first to test and benefit from our new financial products and tools
  • Access to Rocket Lawyer for online legal support and resources

If you are based in California, we encourage you to read this important information for California residents linked here.

NerdWallet is committed to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, so all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

NerdWallet participates in the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services E-Verify program for all US locations. For more information, please see:

  1. E-Verify Participation Poster (English+Spanish/Español)
  2. Right to Work Poster (English) / (Spanish/Español)


Base pay offered may vary within the posted range based on several factors, including but not limited to education, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and location.

The pay range for this role is
$136,000$252,000 USD