Data Engineer

Kitchener, ON

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ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad process by connecting students, recruitment partners, and partner schools on a single platform.

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We’re building a movement - an education revolution.
We’re building a world where anyone, anywhere can have access to the best education regardless of where they were born. At our core, we believe education is a right, not a privilege. To that end, we’re building a company and a suite of products to lead the charge in transforming access to education. 
ApplyBoard is an online platform that empowers students around the world to access the best education by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and academic institutions. We simplify the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process. Not only do we help students with their study abroad journey, but we also help academic institutions to find the best students globally. Our goal is to help enable better, more diverse, schools that are enriched with cultures from all over the world.
The Opportunity:
 As a Data Engineer, you value collaboration and nurture innovation while working in an energetic team. Your strong foundation in software engineering, database design, and data analysis will be valuable in enabling a data-driven culture company-wide. You are expected to work on continuous improvement of our best practices for data storage and retrieval and ensuring that our data is reliable and accessible.

What you’ll be doing every day:

  • Actively contribute to shaping the direction of data architecture in the engineering team
  • Designing data models, data warehouse, data synchronization pipelines across services, as well as building and maintaining ETL/ELT workflows
  • Gather and understand data requirements by working with stakeholders across multiple teams
  • Working closely with IT, Data Science, and Security to build processes and standards around data integrations, communication of schema changes, consistency and integrity of data across the company
  • Building schema management tools for automating schema documentation
  • Building monitoring tools for monitoring the growth of our production databases
  • Maintaining and monitoring data synchronization pipelines
  • Providing consultation to engineering teams for datastore selection, schema design, schema migration, data migration, data synchronization, and query optimization
  • Owning the data schema, data flow, and data dependency documentation and making sure they are up-to-date
  • Building prototypes and performing feasibility studies before the adaptation of new data store technologies by the engineering team

What you bring to the table:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related technical discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in data engineering or back-end engineering
  • In-depth understanding of data modeling, schema design, normalization, and denormalization
  • In-depth knowledge of RDBMS internals and experience in tuning and optimization of database engine parameters
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL
  • Familiarity with NoSQL solutions
  • Experience in ETL Development, Data Workflows, and Data Warehousing
  • Experience in MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB
  • Experience in AWS computing (eg. EC2, Lambda) and data storage technologies (eg. RDS, Aurora, DynamoDB, DocumentDB, Redshift)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people who are both highly technical, and non-technical alike
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Driven, passionate and creative, and thrives in a fast-paced environment

Ideally, you also have experience with many of:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related technical discipline
  • Experience with meta-data management solutions
  • Experience with Python, Ruby on Rails, and NodeJS
  • Experience with NewRelic, Amazon CloudWatch, or other observability platforms
  • Experience with FreshPaint
  • Experience with big data infrastructure
  • Experience with Terraform
  • Knowledge of distributed SQL query engines (Eg. Presto)
  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes (Specifically Helm charts)
  • Experience with Elasticsearch
  • Experience with data modeling of high traffic applications with complex business logic

What We Offer:

  • The opportunity to have a huge impact on a product that is positively changing the lives of thousands of students every day
  • Working alongside a brilliant and globally diverse team based in Waterloo and Toronto
  • Great compensation and benefits package to keep you healthy and happy!
Life at ApplyBoard: By joining our team, you have the opportunity to be part of one of the fastest-growing technology companies, not only in Canada but the world. With that, you will have many opportunities for professional growth and advancement. Work alongside a globally diverse team of more than 1,000 team members from 25+ countries, representing 30+ nationalities, and speaking 50+ languages.Make a difference in the lives of thousands of students as they explore educational opportunities.
About ApplyBoard: ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education by simplifying the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process to more than 1,500 institutions across Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. ApplyBoard, headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has helped more than 200,000 students from more than 125 countries along their educational journeys since 2015.
ApplyBoard was named the fastest-growing technology company in Canada by Deloitte, ranking #1 on the Technology Fast 50™ list in 2019 and #2 in 2020. ApplyBoard was also been named to LinkedIn’s list of Top Startups in 2020 and TechTO’s list of top Canadian Rocketship companies to accelerate your career in the Tech Industry. 
In 2021, ApplyBoard announced a C$375M Series D funding on a C$4B valuation. This funding will allow us to further invest in our technology, grow our team around the world, and serve more students on our mission to educate the world. Thank you for your interest in ApplyBoard. Please note that only qualified applicants that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
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