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Role Description

Dropbox is looking for a Data Engineer to join our Finance Data Engineering (FDE) team to build out next generation Financial data pipelines that power crucial business decisions throughout the organization including metrics (ARR, Churn) that are reported externally to Wall St. The team is responsible for curating Gold Datasets (user, team, product etc) that are the source of truth for analytics and operations at Dropbox

  • Do you dream about Data and talk to your friends in SQL?
  • Do you want to inspire and be inspired by working with the best and brightest?
  • You’re friendly, positive, professional, and fun to work with!
  • You’re a creative thinker with excellent problem­ solving and decision ­making ability. 
  • You’re proactive, self­ starting, organized, and willing to take on difficult problems.
  • You have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • You’re self­ motivated, energetic, and passionate.

You’ll be the genius who understands data at Dropbox, knows where to find it and manages the process to make that data useful for Growth and Monetization at Dropbox. You love thinking about the ways the business can consume this data and then figuring out how to build it. On a typical day you may be consulted on the information architecture of our subscriptions / invoicing systems and help design the event collection infrastructure. You will also be responsible for understanding and curating Gold datasets associated to all Dropbox customers that will be used for marketing, segmentation and several other analytics and operational use cases. You’ll build the data models and ETL processes to provide this data for business use. You've got some practical experience working with large datasets. You are interested in reporting platforms and data visualization.

You may be interested in machine learning or statistics or one of several similar fields. But the most important factor is you have a strong foundation in test driven development and building scalable data pipelines. As part of the Dropbox’s FDE team, you'll own a problem end-to-end, so those skills will come in handy not just to collect, extract and clean the data, but also to understand the systems that generated it, and automate your processes to produce reliable and trustworthy data. On an on-going basis, you'll be responsible for improving the data by adding new sources, coding business rules and producing new metrics that support the business.

As a data engineer, you have experience spanning traditional DW and ETL architectures and big data ecosystems like Databricks / Snowflake / EMR / Airflow. You’ve probably been in the industry an engineer and have developed a passion for the data that drives businesses. You'll need to be technical at heart, comfortable with the idea of extending systems by writing code, rather than just relying on in-built functionality.

Our Engineering Career Framework is viewable by anyone outside the company and describes what’s expected for our engineers at each of our career levels. Check out our blog post on this topic and more here.


  • Build and manage data pipeline generating P0 (most critical) metrics for Dropbox
  • Pay meticulous attention to end-to-end data quality, validation, and consistency
  • Solve our most challenging data integration problems, utilizing optimal ETL patterns, frameworks, query techniques, sourcing from structured and unstructured data sources
  • Challenge status quo and adopt industry best practices
  • Work closely with Dropbox business and engineering teams and anticipate how they'd like to use the curated data sets
  • Excellent communication skills and comfortable with Agile software development methodologies 
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams, product managers, and data scientists to understand data needs, representing key data insights in a meaningful way
  • Define and manage SLA for all data sets in allocated areas of ownership
  • Build cost optimized and efficient data pipelines that are easy to govern and manage
  • Strong ownership to solve 0-1 problems with minimal guidance and being comfortable with ambiguities

Many teams at Dropbox run Services with on-call rotations, which entails being available for calls during both core and non-core business hours. If a team has an on-call rotation, all engineers on the team are expected to participate in the rotation as part of their employment. Applicants are encouraged to ask for more details of the rotations to which the applicant is applying.


  • Proficient in spark, sparkSQL and hiveSQL
  • Experience working with Snowflake / Databricks or similar distributed compute systems
  • Excellent understanding of scheduling and workflow frameworks. Prefer prior experience with Airflow
  • You've used version control systems like Git and have experience with test automation and CICD
  • 4+ years of SQL experience
  • 4+ years of experience with schema design and dimensional data modeling
  • Experience designing, building and maintaining data processing systems
  • BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field involving coding (e.g., physics or mathematics), or equivalent technical experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • 2+ years of Python or Java, Scala development experience

Total Rewards

US Zone 1

$158,100$213,900 USD

US Zone 2

$142,300$192,500 USD

US Zone 3

$126,500$171,100 USD

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What are Dropbox Perks + Benefits

Dropbox Benefits Overview

We’re proud to offer benefits that help all Dropboxers take care of their holistic selves, so they can keep flowing at work.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Restricted work hours
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
At Dropbox, this is called 'Recharge'
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

In order to be successful in our Virtual First environment we needed to make changes that would allow employees to have more control over both where and how they work. Therefore, we embrace “non-linear workdays” with defined core collaboration hours that overlap across time zones. Beyond that, we encourage employees to design their own schedules to balance collaboration with needs for individual focus. We’ve also moved from “all day syncs” to an “async by default” culture, reserving meetings for discussion, debate, and decision-making, and handling all other work in our deep focus hours.

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