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Data Engineer

| Chicago
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Overview

At Ascent we are building an intelligent compliance platform that enables compliance professionals to easily track and understand their compliance obligations and related regulation. To support that platform, we are also building a premier data and machine-learning back-end; this back-end will house, coordinate, and route all of our data pipelines and machine learning models.

We are looking for experienced, passionate data engineers to join our team in Chicago. As a Data Engineer at Ascent, you will be working closely with Data Scientists and the broader tech team to build infrastructure that a) ingests and coordinates data (e.g. regulations, customer data, machine learning features, etc); b) deploys and runs data microservices such as machine learning models or other transformations; c) facilitates workflows across these microservices and data layers; and d) tests, monitors, and reports on itself.

We use both hosted solutions and open source tools. We have a strong bias towards containerization and internal transparency. We also place a high premium on our culture and values, both within the tech team and the company as a whole. We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives creates a stronger team and product, and we are committed to an equal opportunity hiring process.

Responsibilities

  • Design and build infrastructure to host machine learning models as microservices using modern conventions and coding practices
  • Help design and implement data models and database layers that support our data science activities
  • Use creativity and independent thinking to solve technical problems
  • Work closely with data scientists to understand their needs and processes
  • Work closely with our whole technology team to successfully grow our data platform alongside the broader technology stack
  • Craft strong and consistent internal API conventions and documentation
  • Implement with an emphasis on tests, maintainability, and clean coding practices to produce simple solutions and reduce technical debt

Minimum Skills and Experience

  • 3+ years developing and maintaining back-end services in production, preferably using container-based architectures
  • Experience with large data sets and modern tools for handling them such as Apache Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, Mesos, etc
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative technical solutions given a set of business requirements and a deep understanding of modern data architectures
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively on small teams and maintain workstreams independently if needed
  • Proficient in SQL, *nix CLI tools (grep/sed/awk/BASH, etc), and Python
  • Familiarity with Java and an understanding of the JVM ecosystem
  • 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

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years building and maintaining data science pipelines that incorporate machine learning models in a production environment behind an API
  • Experience working with data scientists in production roles
  • Experience with container management solutions like Kubernetes, Marathon, etc
  • Experience with solutions for “fast data” architectures like DC/OS or other similar architectures and tools
  • Experience working with and storing large amounts of text data and text transformations

Benefits

Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance - premiums fully paid by Ascent
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Walkable from all loop trains and many busses
  • As much RAM as you can fit in a Macbook Pro
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Technology we use

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

Location

Our office is convenient to all loop trains and many buses, and the pedway! We have a great selection of healthy lunch options nearby.
180 N Stetson, Chicago, IL 60601

An Insider's view of Ascent RegTech

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Ascent values collaboration between teams. Our open office layout facilitates impromptu brainstorming sessions, and bi-monthly update meetings help everyone stay informed of active projects. We believe that each department can benefit from the exchange of domain knowledge with another, and strive to create an environment where feedback is welcomed.

Eric

Senior Rails Developer

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Ascent dev team member is comfortable solving business and technical problems and isn't afraid to bring up new ideas, no matter how outside the box these may be. He/she also values work-life balance for everyone. This person keeps our company values in mind, has a strong sense of integrity, and prioritizes doing the right thing.

Dani

Data Engineer

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 RegTech Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

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 (stage-appropriate/responsible) ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 100% of our employees' health premiums!

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