Principal Data Engineer

San Jose, CA, United States

Full Time Senior-level / Expert USD 107K - 165K


Zscaler, creator of the Zero Trust Exchange platform, helps you reduce business risk while enabling you to realize the promise of digital transformation.

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Company Description

Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) accelerates digital transformation so that customers can be more agile, efficient, resilient, and secure. The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange is the company’s cloud-native platform that protects thousands of customers from cyberattacks and data loss by securely connecting users, devices, and applications in any location. 

With more than 10 years of experience developing, operating, and scaling the cloud, Zscaler serves thousands of enterprise customers around the world, including 450 of the Forbes Global 2000 organizations. In addition to protecting customers from damaging threats, such as ransomware and data exfiltration, it helps them slash costs, reduce complexity, and improve the user experience by eliminating stacks of latency-creating gateway appliances. 

Zscaler was founded in 2007 with a mission to make the cloud a safe place to do business and a more enjoyable experience for enterprise users. Zscaler’s purpose-built security platform puts a company’s defenses and controls where the connections occur—the internet—so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications and workloads reside

Job Description

Position:  Principal Data Engineer
Location: Remote within United States

About the team: As part of the IT group, we are responsible for executing our enterprise data strategy which emphasizes data management maturity, fosters a robust data culture, and architects a best-in-class enterprise data platform.  We have the ultimate goal to provide trusted data and insights at scale which enable corporate and functional data-driven decision making. We are fueled by organic innovation, internal collaboration and adoption of data visualization, data management, reporting automation, AI/ML and integration tools. We leverage best practices and alignment through our Enterprise Data Community to deliver speed to insight, scale, control and enablement. The team is distributed across the United States and India and is composed of data engineers, data analysts, visualization developers, and infrastructure specialists. 

Must-Have Experience

  • Advanced SQL & python (API integration)
  • Knowledge on data integration tools & building modern data stack
  • Data model design for enterprise level data applications
  • Attitude to continuously explore, learn, & find ways to add value

Responsibilities/What You’ll Do:

  • Architect, design, and build large-scale data operations at Zscaler with a focus on scalability, latency, efficiency, standardization, interoperability and fault-tolerance
  • Work closely with senior leadership, business analysts, & engineering team to strategize and implement data initiatives
  • Drive technical architecture to accelerate solutions designs. Explore, learn, & recommend new tools & technologies that help the data platform to stay up to date and operate in an efficient way.
  • Improve, and implement data engineering & analytics engineering best practices
  • Lead a team of data Engineers and own the data integration components of data warehouse application
  • Hands on in designing & developing key initiative data pipelines to integrate various applications using supported APIs & model the data in cloud data warehouse to support the reporting requirements
  • Perform code reviews, manage code performance improvements and teach standards for code maintainability
  • Collaborate with Data Engineering, Analytic engineering & BI teams to define and implement scalable data models & security requirements.
  • Solve technical problems of the highest scope and complexity
  • Propose ideas to improve the scale, performance, and capabilities of the Data Platform


Qualifications/Your Background:

  • 12+ years of experience in data warehouse design & development
  • Proficiency in building data pipelines to integrate business applications (salesforce, Netsuite, Google Analytics etc) with Snowflake
  • Extensive experience in generating architecture recommendations with the ability to implement them
  • Strong hands-on experience in modern data stack tools like Keboola, Matillion,Airbyte, IICS, DBT
  • Must have proficiency in SQL and data modeling techniques (Dimensional) – able to write structured and efficient queries on large data sets
  • Must have hands-on experience in Python to extract data from APIs, build data pipelines.         
  • Solid understanding of advanced snowflake concepts like Streams, tasks, warehouse optimizations, SQL tuning/pruning
  • Must have the knowledge of data visualization tools such as Tableau, and/or Power BI
  • Familiarity with data mesh style architecture
  • Experience in using data orchestration workflows using open-source tools Apache Airflow, Prefect is a plus
  • Experience in using data catalog tools is a plus
  • Must demonstrate good analytical skills, should be detail-oriented, team-player and must have ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Additional Information

The base salary range for this full-time position is $107,250 to $165,000 + bonus + equity + benefits.

Zscaler’s salary ranges are benchmarked and are determined by role and level. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations and could be higher or lower based on a multitude of factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.



What You Can Expect From Us:

  • An environment where you will be working on cutting edge technologies and architectures
  • A fun, passionate and collaborative workplace
  • Competitive salary and benefits, including equity

Why Zscaler?

People who excel at Zscaler are smart, motivated and share our values. Ask yourself: Do you want to team with the best talent in the industry? Do you want to work on disruptive technology? Do you thrive in a fluid work environment? Do you appreciate a company culture that enables individual and group success and celebrates achievement? If you said yes, we’d love to talk to you about joining our award-winning team. 

Additional information about Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS ) is available at

Zscaler is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Zscaler is committed to providing reasonable support (called accommodations or adjustments) in our recruiting processes for candidates who are differently abled, have long term conditions, mental health conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs, or who are neurodivergent or require pregnancy-related support. If you need support, please contact us by sending an email to   This email address is used specifically for accommodation requests only, and resumes, CV's, or questions other than accommodations will not be replied to or accepted.


Tags: Agile Airflow APIs Data management DataOps Data pipelines Data strategy Data visualization Data warehouse Engineering Excel Machine Learning Matillion Model design Pipelines Power BI Python Security Snowflake SQL Tableau

Perks/benefits: Competitive pay Equity Health care Salary bonus

Regions: Remote/Anywhere North America
Country: United States
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