Senior Data Engineer

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Job Title: Senior Data Engineer
Reports To: VP Data Science

As a Senior Data Engineer at Ascent, you will build and evolve the AWS-based data infrastructure that powers our Machine Learning platforms as well as our Business Intelligence function. 

You will thrive at Ascent if you are a leader who enjoys taking initiative on a daily basis both to self-direct and lead others to create the best outcomes for our customers. You love working collaboratively and empathetically with your teammates. You are committed to mentorship and lifelong learning, and you desire autonomy and full ownership of your work.

Responsibilities

  • Design and implement data models, data storage layers, pipelines, and associated services that support our machine learning and business intelligence activities
  • Work with non-standard data scenarios including large amounts of text data, graph data structures, and event-driven data
  • Prioritize readable, maintainable, evolvable, resilient code using robust testing, Infrastructure-as-Code, containerization, modern CI/CD tools, and security best practices
  • Use creativity and independent thinking to solve hard technical problems
  • Proactively communicate clearly and effectively with technical and non-technical colleagues about our data engineering projects
  • Work closely with data scientists, machine learning engineers, and business intelligence analysts to understand their needs and processes
  • Work closely with our whole technology team to successfully maintain our data platform alongside the broader technology stack
  • Implement strong and consistent internal technical conventions and documentation
  • Debug and resolve technical issues as they arise, and regularly report on data system health

Minimum skills and experience

  • 5+ years building and maintaining back-end data services in production, preferably using container-based architectures
  • Experience using AWS tools and services
  • Experience with relational databases, data pipelines, data warehouses, and data lakes
  • Proficient in SQL, *nix CLI tools (grep/sed/awk/BASH, etc), and Python
  • Experience deploying and maintaining code using git-based tools and operating in a continuous deployment/integration environment
  • Experience writing thorough tests and documentation for maintainable code-bases
  • Experience maintaining infrastructure using containerization (e.g. Docker) and Infrastructure-as-Code frameworks (e.g. Terraform)
  • Ability to architect and design creative technical solutions given a set of business requirements using a strong understanding of modern data architectures
  • Ability to collaborate proactively on small teams and lead workstreams when needed
  • Ability to communicate technical ideas to non-technical colleagues

Bonus points for experience with:

  • Building and maintaining data pipelines that support machine learning models in a production environment
  • Serverless architectures on AWS
  • Graph data structure (e.g. Neo4J)
  • Container management solutions like Kubernetes
  • Storing and manipulating large amounts of text data and text transformations

Benefits

Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; premiums paid 95% for the individual 
  • Medical premiums paid 50% for covered dependents
  • Medical HSA/FSAs
  • Life insurance 
  • 401K 
  • Disability benefits
  • Commuter benefits
  • Dependent Care FSA 
  • Flexible PTO
  • Professional development stipend
  • Charitable matching gift program
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series B funding round of $19.3M in Fall 2019. Founded five years ago, the team has since grown to 40+ full time employees, led and supported by an executive team and board of directors with extensive experience in technology, regulatory compliance, sales and business operations. Ascent serves global financial institutions such as ING and CommBank, and is also working directly with regulators around the world in order to continually improve and advance our product.

A first mover in building proprietary RegulationAI™, Ascent delivers market leading regulatory knowledge as a groundbreaking new way for financial firms to manage compliance. It is our mission to help our customers protect their business from regulatory and reputational risk while reducing their overall cost to comply. 

We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results. Together, we are solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Ascent is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • Neo4jDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • HubSpotCRM

Location

Our neighborhood is your neighborhood! Ascent has embraced a remote culture with a collective commitment to virtual teamwork and open communication.

An Insider's view of Ascent

What are some social events your company does?

Our leadership really believes in building and strengthening our community here at Ascent. We have regular, non-work-related opportunities to connect virtually, including social breakout sessions, lunch & learns (including cooking demos and magic shows!) and games.

Shubhangi

Regulatory Intelligence Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team coordinates work that needs to be done by both people and machines. We do this by creating delightful interfaces/experiences for our users and by augmenting our workflows with machine learning to produce work that’s intuitive and efficient. This means my team gets to play with fun tech from the frontend all the way to the back.

Conrad

Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Prior to joining Ascent, I used to believe "brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not". Here at Ascent, irrespective of your gender, race or color, the opportunity to impact and change the world around you is evenly distributed and all anyone would require to succeed is the passion and desire to solve problems.

Sunkanmi

Software Developer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.

Chris

CTO

What are Ascent Perks + Benefits

Ascent Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.

Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

Competitive compensation
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance; premiums paid 95% for the individual
- Medical HSA/FSAs
- Life insurance
- 401K
- Disability benefits
- Commuter benefits
- Dependent Care FSA
- Flexible PTO
- Parental Care Leave
- Backup child/senior/pet care stipend
- Professional development stipend
- Charitable matching gift program
- The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Charitable Matching Gift Program - annual match of employee donations to organizations of their choice
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Employer-paid Long Term Disability provided, covering up to 60% of annual salary. Voluntary Short Term Disability is also available.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Ascent offers Dependent Care FSA
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Ascent also provides 3 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Ascent hosts bi-weekly lunch and learn meetings with internal and external speakers.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 95% of our employees' individual health premiums!

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