Senior Software Engineer, Data Science Infrastructure

| Seattle

About the team:

Every day, thousands of websites and apps rely on Sift’s cloud-based machine learning to understand which users and actions they can trust. With this knowledge companies can prevent fraud, grow revenue, and build better user experiences based on trust.

The Data Science Infrastructure team owns the tools that empower the development of new machine learning models and data intelligence at Sift. Experimentation is the lifeblood of machine learning. Our tools simplify the processes for experimentation in the face of greater complexity and scale. They also make it easier to find and analyze the data needed to make decisions.

What we’re looking for:

As an engineer on the Data Science Infrastructure team, you will design and build infrastructure and tooling to make it fast, easy, and cost effective to perform machine learning experimentation and data analysis. Ensuring data and batch processing pipeline availability, stability, and access at production scale is critical to our mission.

What you’ll do:

  • Design and build tooling to enable data scientists and ML engineers to quickly iterate on experiments
  • Motivate, teach, listen and empathize with a variety of engineering and analytical roles
  • Lead architecture discussions to meet the requirements of machine learning teams at the scale of thousands of models and hundreds of terabytes of data
  • Implement scalable, high-throughput, fault-tolerant, extensible, and easily maintainable batch processing workflows
  • Champion and deliver cross-company data engineering initiatives

What would make you a strong fit:

  • Designed and built scalable, fault-tolerant batch services for production data
  • Experience iterating on large, complex ETL data pipelines that stretch the limits of available tools and services
  • Strong software engineering fundamentals
  • Strong communication & collaboration skills, and a belief that team output is more important than individual output
  • Experience with big data and related systems

Bonus points:

  • Experience building backend systems using Java / Python
  • Familiar with distributed backend data stores (HBase, Cassandra, etc.) and CAP theorem
  • Knowledge of container technologies / AWS
  • Experience working with large datasets using Spark / MapReduce

A little about us:

Sift is the leading innovator in Digital Trust & Safety. Hundreds of disruptive, forward-thinking companies like Airbnb, Zillow, and Twitter trust Sift to deliver outstanding customer experience while preventing fraud and abuse.

The Sift engine powers Digital Trust & Safety by helping companies stop fraud before it happens. But it’s not just another anti-fraud platform: Sift enables businesses to tailor experiences to each customer according to the risk they pose. That means fraudsters experience friction, but honest users do not. By drawing on insights from our global network of customers, Sift allows businesses to scale, win, and thrive in the digital era.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Competitive total compensation package
  • 401k plan
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Wellness reimbursement
  • Education reimbursement
  • Flexible time off
  • Catered meals

Sift is an equal opportunity employer. We make better decisions as a business when we can harness diversity in thought, experience, data, and background. Sift is working toward building a team that represents the worldwide customers that we serve, inclusive of people from all walks of life who can bring their full selves to work every day, so we can Win as One Team.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • HBaseDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

In the heart of downtown, within walking distance of Pike Place Market, Belltown, and the waterfront overlooking Elliott Bay.

An Insider's view of Sift

What are some social events your company does?

We want to connect with coworkers and build lasting relationships. From the Great Siftish Bake-Off to Tabletop Tuesdays, we celebrate getting to know each other. When connections thrive, our work thrives.

Sift

Life at Sift

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Here, we’re applying machine learning and analyzing data that is far outside the realm of academic algorithms. I think many engineers dream about seeing their work make an impact; at Sift, the opportunity to solve ML problems with data and explore deep learning applications brings that dream within reach.

Jun Qian

Director of Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Urgency and agency have empowered Vera to grow from Senior Machine Learning Engineer to the role of Engineering Manager in a little over 2 years at Sift. “It came down to persistence, regular, communication, demonstrating my readiness to jump into the role, building a track record within the company, and leveraging the resources that Sift provided"

Vera Dadok

Engineering Manager

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Laura balances a full-time job as a Solutions Engineer while also competing at the 2019 Touch Rugby World Cup in Malaysia. Her manager and team trusted her to get her work done and build a strategy that would keep her customers happy but also allow her to follow her dreams of compete with the US team at the World Cup.

Laura Milanez

Solutions Engineer

What are Sift Perks + Benefits

Sift Benefits Overview

Sifties are protected with best-in-class benefits so we can focus on growing professionally, committing time to self-care, and being our best selves every day.

• Take-it-as-you-need-it PTO policy
• Medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance at very affordable premiums (free for individuals)
• Family leave policy
• Commuter benefits
• Mental health support app (ginger.io)
• 401k plan
• Gym reimbursement
• Daily catered lunch & dinner

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Sift offers employees professional development opportunities like an annual individual budget for training.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Sift hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
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