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Senior Data Engineer

Sodal, Inc.

Sodal, Inc.

Data Science · Full-time
90,000 – 120,000 USD per year
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

The Senior Data Engineer will design, deliver and enhance the open source graph data system underpinning Sodal’s core product. The chosen candidate will reference our Minimum Viable Product and incorporate our emerging customer use cases to launch the initial production system in 2024. Our graph is the heart of our product offering, and this position will own this critical component end-to-end. This position will be a core part of a small, fast-moving team and responsible for cross-functional duties. We are a fully remote workforce.


  • Dream in graphs
  • Are widely known for your expertise, and getting things done
  • Thrive in a small, highly collaborative team operating fully remote
  • Enjoy hard problems, and bring a positive, creative energy that inspires others to tackle those problems with you
  • Own challenges all the way through to delivered solutions
  • Deliver value fast, breaking down complex problems and solving for increased capabilities today
  • Receive and provide constructive, actionable feedback
  • See the big picture, partnering equally with customers, technologists, and business experts for mutual wins


  • Are a pre-seed funded startup located in the United States.
  • Are committed to open source development and positive-sum outcomes
  • Listen to all of our stakeholders, and not just the loudest ones. We balance needs objectively, and deliver at scale.
  • Maintain focus, and don’t albatross teams with distractions and unfounded opinions. You own the process and outcome, and we collaborate together.
  • Interview sincerely, working backwards from what you’ve already built. Our interview process isn’t a pop quiz or full of cheesy design scenarios.
  • Love the work we do, but we are also more than our jobs.


  • Drive Sodal’s fundamental product data strategy from day one
  • Own a novel graph-based identity solution end-to-end, and from the beginning
  • Lead data architecture, design, implementation and iterative improvement
  • Create a powerful open source solution that solves a critical, complex problem
  • Coach developers on graph theory, data analytics, and related mathematical concepts


  • Produce our graph data system for incorporation into other offerings
  • Lead the graph design process from initial requirements, through recommendations and design decisions
  • Work backwards from stakeholder needs by gathering customer, product, and system requirements
  • Architect the graph data system for accuracy, quality, robustness, scale, security, privacy, and performance
  • Orchestrate research, development, testing, and production deployments
  • Automate graph data system monitoring and alerting
  • Manage and optimize database queries and performance
  • Drive improvement in data engineering practices
  • Maintain easily understood documentation and FAQs for customer and developer consumption

Desired Work History

  • Led the analysis, design, and delivery of two or more end-to-end data graph solutions
  • Led qualitative improvements of underlying large-scale graph data
  • Experience thriving in a disciplined, iterative, fast-paced development environment
  • Experience productizing and commercializing innovations in the data science and graph theory domains
  • 5 or more years in hands-on, technical roles involving Data Engineering

Desired Skillsets

  • The right candidate will direct technology selection for the core product
  • Advanced proficiency using Cypher and SQL
  • Demonstrated expertise implementing graph data systems for data modeling, ETL processes, and large-scale data warehousing
  • Advanced analytics experience with a demonstrated ability to convert complex datasets into actionable insights
  • Proficiency integrating data systems into CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience designing and delivering SaaS products employing graph databases
  • Familiarity with identity and access management (IAM), and reputation concepts and solutions
  • Familiarity with Python, JavaScript / Typescript, Go, Java, Ruby, and related technologies
  • Exposure to large scale access control platforms such as Google Zanzibar, Auth0, and OpenFGA
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in the presentation of designs and recommendations

Compensation & Benefits

  • The target annual salary for this position can range from USD$90,000 to USD$125,000, plus generous equity in an early stage startup.
  • Full time offers also include medical, dental, and vision coverage as well as equipment, home office, and SaaS services stipends.
  • Work where you want to live; we are a fully remote team and hire globally.

Interview Process

  • Your time and skills are valuable. Our process consists of 3 focused interviews, 60 minutes each, covering role fit, technical fit, and organizational fit. You will receive timely updates from our recruiting team, and immediate feedback from our interviewers.
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law.
  • Applicable privacy law is dependent upon your location. Our applicant and candidate processes conform to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). By submitting your application, you are agreeing to our use and processing of your data.
  • No sponsorships or C2C candidates can be considered at this time.
  • Prospective hires must successfully pass a background check.
Sodal, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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