Senior Data Engineer


What is the Role?

Place Exchange is looking for a Senior Data Engineer driven to solve hard problems in novel, elegant ways, and grow highly scalable systems. You will work on scaling out an out-of-home digital ad exchange that is capable of handling billions of transactions. Some of the things you'll do:

Ship small to large features independently

Pair with other senior engineers on the team to help deliver key initiatives

Work with and mentor fellow software engineers to enhance our platform.

Play a key role in shaping our team, our roadmap and our technical strategy.

Operate in a team that follows best practices for shipping good software, including documentation, comprehensive testing, CI/CD hygiene and code instrumentation

We’d love to hear from you if you:

Have 4-6 years of full-stack software engineering experience with a track record of building clear, maintainable code, and engineering large-scale systems

Have strong experience with Python or comparable server-side languages, like Java or Node

Have experience in building out well-thought functional and unit tests

Have experience using metrics and monitoring tools/frameworks to handle performance optimization or to provide visibility into the systems

Have experience with architecture and development of business solutions and acting as a thought leader in cloud-based technical solutions

Have experience of mentoring, educating and motivating young developers.

Have strong problem solving, analytical and critical thinking skills

Are a strong communicator who communicates effectively across groups, locations and cultures, in-person and virtually

Have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, or a similar field or applicable experience in the industry.

Some technology and tools we use:

Python, Django, Javascript, React, gRPC as the main languages and frameworks of choice

Spark, Airflow for ETL, DAG management

AWS Lambda, Kubernetes for running our applications

Postgres, S3, Elasticsearch, Dynamo, Snowflake as data stores


For those based in New York City, the expected compensation for this role at time of hire is a salary range of $150,000 - $165,000, plus bonus (based on level and performance), and stock options. Exact compensation is determined during our interview process by assessing a candidate’s experience and skills relative to internal peers as well as market benchmarks evaluated for the scope and responsibilities of the position and the location of the candidate. A candidate’s compensation will be based on the role and level they are hired for, which may be different than the role they applied for.

Interview Process

1 or 2 preliminary phone screens of 45 min each

Virtual onsite that consists of 4-5 rounds (45 mins each) spread across 1 or 2 days meeting:

Stakeholders (like Product, Operations, Technical Account Management)

Development team (to gauge problem solving skills)

Infrastructure team (to gauge technical architectural skills)

Hiring Manager / VP of Engineering

CTO round (optional)

Your first 30 days:

Learn and understand Place Exchange’s corporate, departmental and team goals

Work with the Product team to have a clear understanding of the product roadmap

Identify and incorporate tools needed for working on the transaction processing platform

Diagnose and troubleshoot production application issues

Your first 60 days:

Gain a good understanding of the Place Exchange landscape

Pair with team members on committed initiatives

Work collaboratively with other engineering teams and incorporate best practices

Work with stakeholders and formulate delivery plans for key initiatives

Your first 90 days:

Provide hands-on technical leadership in the development team

Drive architecture for the team, consistently designing code that is aligned with the overall service architecture

Promote and drive innovation in technologies, processes, and tools

Deliver projects on time and budget, ensuring quality standards are met

Mentor and develop team members, provide constructive feedback on design and code quality and build an inclusive culture with high performing teams

Help define and enforce development practices, including unit tests and code reviews.

Develop a deep understanding of the business environment and strategy

Benefits of working at Place Exchange:

Startup culture, focused on developing innovative solutions at a fast pace

Direct access to work with and learn from an experienced management team, passionate about the business and the development of our employees

The opportunity to own meaningful work streams and drive real impact for the business

Comprehensive health benefits

Commuter benefits

401k with match

Equity incentives

Generous time off: 20 PTO days, sick days, and Summer Fridays

Monthly cell phone and quarterly work-from-home stipends

Place Exchange Gives Back program with charity donation matching

Flexible hybrid work environment

Ability to work remotely or work from the NYC office (or both!)

The opportunity to grow, have fun, and be part of fast-growing company changing the face of an industry

Who are we?

Place Exchange is on a mission to transform the entire OOH channel to be truly programmatic for buyers and sellers. We're rethinking how media works in public space, and building the technology to make it happen. The average American spends 70% of their time outside of the home, and thanks to rapid proliferation of digital displays in cities, on roads, and in venues around the world, Digital OOH is one of the fastest-growing media channels

Join our growing team as we apply our unique vision and patented technology to reshape media and advertising in the physical world around us. When you join Place Exchange, you will become a member of an industry-leading team, with a proven track-record of success, that is working on the transformation of an entire category. You will work directly with and learn from experienced leaders who will empower you to own initiatives, solve problems, and deliver real impact. This is a chance for you to be a part of an innovative, dynamic environment while also being a part of a team that cares about its community and employees.

At Place Exchange, we celebrate diversity because we believe differences drive learning, growth, and success. We strive to create an environment with equitable experiences and inclusive opportunities for all, where everyone can show up with their true self knowing they will be valued. Our products shape the experience of the physical world, and we want our culture and organization to mirror what we would like that world to be. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

Place Exchange is headquartered in New York City, where most of our employees live and work. We encourage New York City area based applicants to apply. This role is also eligible for full-time remote status: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin. We are currently only recruiting for remote-eligible positions in the states listed above. If you are applying from another state, you may not be eligible for consideration. Eligible remote-work states and associated details are subject to change as our staffing needs evolve.

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