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Principal Software Engineer - Data Lakes



Software Engineering
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

From Fivetran’s founding until now, our mission has remained the same: to make access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. With Fivetran, customer data arrives in their warehouses, canonical and ready to query, with no engineering or maintenance required. We’re proud that more organizations continue to leverage our technology every day to become truly data-driven.

About the Role
Fivetran is building data pipelines to power the modern data stack for thousands of companies.
We're seeking a Principal Software Engineer to lead the technical architecture, design, and development of Fivetran’s Data Lake product offering. Our Data Lake architecture ensures our customers have queryable data without any transformations. We strive to continuously improve our Data Lake solution for scalability, better performance, and ease of customer use.
This full-time position is based out of Toronto, Canada.
Technologies You’ll Use
  • Java, C++, Postgres, Temporal, gRPC
  • AWS, GCP, Azure, Kubernetes, New Relic
  • Iceberg, Delta Lake, Parquet, DuckDB
What You’ll Do
  • Partner closely with product teams to understand requirements and design cutting-edge new capabilities that go directly into customer’s hands.
  • Design, develop, implement, and operate highly reliable large-scale data lake systems in cooperation with a dedicated data lake engineering team.
  • Contribute to open-source projects such as DuckDB.
  • Embrace Fivetran innovations with open-source standards and toolsets.
  • Analyze fault-tolerance and high availability issues, performance and scale challenges, and solve them.
  • Ensure operational excellence of the services and meet the commitments to our customers regarding security, reliability, availability, and performance.
  • Set technical directions and influence cross-functional teams.
Skills We’re Looking For
  • 5+ years of hands-on or research experience with high-performance relational data management systems.
  • Deep understanding of infrastructure & software optimizations and performance engineering to drive significant performance, latency, and availability improvements.
  • Proven track record of leading and delivering large and complicated projects.
  • Strong development skills in Java and C++.
  • Solid experience with public clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of columnar storage formats.
  • Growth mindset and excitement about breaking the status quo by seeking innovative solutions.
  • Excellent team player who is consistent in making everyone around you better.
  • Strongly prefer an MS or PhD in Computer Science, ideally focusing on database management and/or storage engines.


Perks and Benefits

  • 100% employer-paid medical insurance*
  • Generous paid time-off policy (PTO), plus paid sick time, inclusive parental leave policy, holidays, and volunteer days off
  • RSU stock grants*
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Company virtual happy hours, free food, and fun team-building activities
  • Monthly cell phone stipend
  • Recharge, reenergize, and pursue personal and professional goals with a 30-day paid leave after 5 years*
  • Access to an innovative mental health support platform that offers personalized care and resources in areas such as: therapy, coaching, and self-guided mindfulness exercises for all covered employees and their covered dependents.

*May vary by country and worker type - please reach out to your recruiter for more information

Click here to learn more about Fivetran's Benefits by Region.

We’re honored to be valued at over $5.6 billion, but more importantly, we’re proud of our core values of Get Stuck In, Do the Right Thing, and One Team, One Dream. Read about us in Forbes.

Fivetran brings together high-quality talent across the globe to make data access as easy and reliable as electricity for our customers. We value and recognize that our customers benefit from having innovative teams made of people from many backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Fivetran promotes diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging through attracting, recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it helps us build a world-class company to better serve our customers, our people and our communities.

To learn more about Fivetran’s culture and what it’s like to be part of the team, click here and enjoy our video.

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