Data Engineering Manager at Rover
Seattle, WA, US
Who we are:
Whether you need in-home dog boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, grooming or day care, Rover connects pet parents with dog people who’ll treat their pets like family. Rover sitters are your rainy-day-dog-walkers. Your every-day-belly-rubbers. Your tug-of-war players. Your middle-of-the-night-pee-breakers. Because we get it—your dog is family. And when you can’t be there, you can trust us to keep your dog happy, healthy, and sweet as ever.
But it’s not just about dog love. Rover is also an award-winning technology business committed to making pet care safe, easy, and affordable so that everyone can experience the unconditional love of a dog.
So for the frequent butt-sniffers, the sock-stealers, the table-side beggars and the clicker-trained champions: We’re your people. And for the world travelers, the long-day-at-work-ers, the business-trip jetsetters, the swing-shift survivors: We’re your people, too. Whatever you and your dog are into, we’re into it, too. And we’ve got your back. Anytime. Anywhere.
We're headquartered in downtown Seattle. We're an agile, fast-growing startup, and our leadership comes from some of the country's most respected tech companies. We've been named among Seattle's "Best Places to Work" in Seattle Met magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, and the Puget Sound Business Journal." We're also a recipient of Seattle Business Magazine's 2015 Tech Impact Awards and GeekWire’s 2019 Next Tech Titan Award. Needless to say (but we're going to say it anyway)—we love dogs, and we wouldn't dream of going to work without them by our sides.
What We Do:
The Data Infrastructure team leverages Redshift, RDS, Docker, Python, Kafka, and other technologies to ensure application databases are healthy and the data available to our business is fresh and correct with an eye towards enabling data self-service across the entire organization. We manage the performance and stability of our production databases for the web application, reporting needs of our data scientists, business analysts, and a cross-section of operations teams who want to better manage their operations with effective business insights. 
What does Infrastructure at Rover look like?
The infrastructure that powers Rover’s consumer facing web app runs in AWS. It is fully automated (IAC and CI/CD) with Kubernetes as its strategic platform. We release to production over thirty times per day. Rover’s data infrastructure that supports this consists of MySQL and Postgres RDS instances, data streaming and batch jobs using a combination of Luigi jobs, Alooma’s ETL pipelines, and Amazon’s MSK to move data to suit the needs of the business. We use AWS Redshift as our data-warehouse and together with an S3 based data lake we support various traditional and machine learning based applications.


    • Inspire, recruit, develop, and manage top tier talent to work on modern and exciting infrastructure systems across multiple layers, and continents.
    • Develop close relationships with stakeholders across the organization and impact our business by accelerating those teams roadmaps via technological decisions paying dividends over long time periods.
    • Define the future of Data at Rover as it dives into streaming datasets and near real time business insights.
    • Work with stakeholders across the organization to build out the data infrastructure strategy and how best to support and predict the needs of the business as it scales.
    • Extend our decision horizon and drive accountability by leading your team through a quarterly planning, goal setting, and retrospective effort.
    • Develop, maintain, and manage to metrics which demonstrate the health of our data infrastructure systems, teams, and projects.
    • Offer mentorship and direction around people management, vision, strategy, and technical design.

Your Qualifications:

    • 3 years of leadership experience managing data or software engineers.
    • Experience with large-scale consumer-facing web sites running in cloud infrastructure.
    • Experience with Rover’s data technology stack or similar: Amazon Web Services, Redshift, RDS, Kafka, Terraform, Docker, Python, Jupyter Notebooks, Luigi’s open source orchestration package for data pipelines, and others.
    • Experience in an internal customer support role providing the business solutions for their data needs to grow and scale the company.
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of progressive development practices and how to adapt them situationally.
    • Experience in scaling engineering teams and infrastructure design quickly and efficiently.
    • Ability to balance long term, strategic vision with the need to continually deliver on short-term SLAs and incremental feature requests
    • Your values align with Rover's Core Values.

Our Style:

    • Dogs in the office. Bring yours, too!
    • Lightweight, Agile processes constantly improved with retrospectives.
    • Fully automated testing and deployment system. Just merge your branch and it ships.
    • Integrated teams with developers and designers work side-by-side.
    • Data-driven decision making with A/B testing.
    • Contributions back into the open source community.
    • We are friendly, supportive and respectful, and we pay attention to the impact and quality of our work.
    • Work/Life balance

Benefits of Working at

    • Competitive compensation
    • 401k
    • Stock options
    • Flexible paid time off
    • Competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Commuter benefits
    • Bring your dog to work (and unlimited puppy time)
    • Doggy benefits, including $1000 toward adopting your first dog
    • Stocked fridges, coffee, soda, and lots of treats (for humans and dogs)
    • Free catered lunches semi-monthly
    • Regular team activities, including happy hours, snow tubing, game nights, and more
Rover is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse, inclusive and inventive environment with the best employees. We’re driven by seeing our people succeed and grow, and we work to ensure everyone contributes to their fullest potential.  We consider all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.