Head of Data Engineering

444 De Haro St

Full Time Executive-level / Director
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Discord is looking for an experienced senior leader to build out our Data Engineering function! Data Engineers at Discord build and support foundational high-leverage data sets that power tools, analyses, and models. As Head of Data Engineering, you will establish and drive a vision for data architecture and data quality across the complete suite of company verticals. If you're passionate about data, impact, and leading an amazing team, read on!

You will

  • Develop and execute a roadmap to build and optimize foundational data sets to ensure delivery of high-quality, trustworthy, ergonomic data across all company verticals
  • Develop and execute a roadmap to establish data quality as a given, at scale
  • Partner closely with data platform teams to identify opportunities to improve infrastructure and influence their roadmaps accordingly
  • Inform architectural decisions, establish best practices, develop lean scalable processes, and contribute to the overall direction of the Data organization at Discord!;
  • Build and mentor a world-class team, expanding the impact and reach of data at Discord.
  • Establish a collaborative culture that thrives on innovation and impact

You have

  • 10+ years experience in data engineering, analytics engineering, or data architecture
  • 5+ years experience as a data engineering leader and have successfully managed multiple other managers and individual data engineers
  • You have experience hiring and growing senior leaders and managers 
  • 4+ years of experience in designing, developing, and maintaining robust data models based off of structured and unstructured sources at massive scale 
  • Excellent communication skills across technical and non-technical audiences, with an ability to explain complex concepts in easy-to-understand ways and navigate ambiguous environments where problems are not well-defined (and evolve quickly) 
  • Experience proactively identifying opportunities to improve ETL & dashboard performance and cost 
  • 4+ years experience writing excellent Python 
  • Experience leveraging your excellent communication skills to thrive in ambiguous environments where problems are not well-defined and evolve quickly
  • A desire to work with amazing, passionate people who care deeply bout solving challenging problems to improve Discord
  • Last but not least - a collaborative attitude and a healthy dose of natural curiosity! 

Bonus Points

  • Passion for Discord or online communities
  • Experience woning and proactively improving the data models, implementing best practices and influencing large-scale change
  • Experience collaborating directly with data science and product engineering teams
  • Experience with BigQuery SQL, Looker, Airflow, and DBT or similar
  • Experience with designing data architecture to power a variety of uses cases, including experimentation 

Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive medical insurance including Health, Dental, and Vision (Plus up to $20,000 for gender affirmation procedures)
  • Mental health resources and quarterly wellness stipends
  • 19+ paid holidays, 4 weeks of PTO, use-what-you-need sick days and volunteer time off
  • Paid parental leave (plus fertility, adoption and other family planning benefits)
  • Generous stipends for headphones, your remote work setup, and lunch on a daily basis (while we're all remote)
  • Flexible long-term work options (remote and hybrid)
  • A diverse slate of Employee Resource Groups
  • Plus commuter contributions and other perks for office-based employees 

About Us

Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests — from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

In a world of polarization, social curation, and loneliness, Discord is working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider. We believe in the value of genuine human connection, which can so easily be lost online. So we’re building a space where everyone can find belonging from the inside out. If this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!


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