Software Development Engineer, Big Data at Zillow
Seattle, WA, US

About the team

Join our industry-leading Economic Research team bringing innovative analysis, creativity and excellence to the U.S. housing market. We create, productionalize, analyze, and share a full collection of housing metrics and analysis for an audience outside of Zillow itself. Our work contextualizes Zillow’s unparalleled living database of all homes and hundreds of millions of customers to provide insight to everyday consumers and open data to hundreds of researchers and policy makers across the country. You’ll work in an informal, fun, collaborative atmosphere with a dynamic team with a diverse range of interests and skills.


Your work will be highly impactful. Research we do and data we create ends up in the nation’s most reputable publications, used by government institutions in policy making and official reports, in public-facing tools used by millions of Zillow consumers, and in the work of hundreds of academic researchers.


Small team = big impact. Engineering teams are highly decentralized in order to create the small team speed and autonomy of a start-up environment but backed by big company resources.


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About the role

Our mission at Zillow Research is to empower increasingly sophisticated data users – including engaged consumers, civic hackers, elected leaders and government policymakers, journalists, scientists and university researchers – to reliably access Zillow’s comprehensive open data platform. Since our founding in 2006, Zillow has been at the cutting edge of turning on the lights for consumers by making housing data available at an unprecedented scale.


We are looking for a strong technical contributor and civically-engaged engineer to help shape the future of our open data platform. You will:


Build systems to bridge between raw data and actionable economic insights, from data sourcing/cleaning, transformations, to forecasting and publishing.

Architect, build, and maintain a scalable data production and delivery pipeline built for speed, accuracy, and consistency that will scale as our needs and those of our users grow.

Develop tools that many scientists and economists, will use to create new data products

Work with multiple teams – including our AI (think Zestimates) and Zillow Offers ML teams – to efficiently source Zillow’s proprietary datasets in the creation of industry leading housing metrics.

Who you are

Enthusiasm for building and orchestrating the processes that keep our millions of data series up to date at all times and experience building and shipping data production pipelines sourcing data from a diverse array of data sources.

Have a deep understanding of measuring and ensuring data quality at scale, and the required tooling to monitor and optimize the performance of all our data and model pipelines.

Experience working with scientists/economists on data and model platforms

Experience coding with Python, SQL etc.

Familiarity with cloud computing platforms (AWS/Azure/GCP).

Experience with the Big Data ecosystem (Spark, Hive, Hadoop, Presto, Airflow, Kubernetes, Docker).

Passion for building data products, particularly in the real estate/financial space

2+ years in software development roles.

Have a CS Degree or equivalent experience.

Get to know us

Zillow Group houses the largest portfolio of real estate brands on mobile and the web. We are on a mission to rewire the real estate transaction and are building transformational tools and services that make it easier for everyone to find and get into a home they love. We are working to create an on-demand real estate transaction experience for every stage of the home lifecycle -- for buyers, sellers, renters and borrowers - and we're well on our way. No matter what job you're in, you will play a critical role in making this vision a reality for millions of people.

At Zillow Group, we're powered by our inclusive work culture, where everyone has the support and resources to do the best work of their careers. Our efforts to streamline the real estate transaction is supported by our passion to empower people and enrich lives around everything home, a deep-rooted culture of innovation, a fundamental commitment to Equity and Belonging, and world-class benefits. But, don't just take our word for it. Read our reviews on Glassdoor and recent recognition from multiple organizations, including: Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For (#69), Fortune Best Workplaces for Diversity (#38), Fortune Best Workplaces for Parents (#31), Fortune Best Workplaces for Women (#20), Fatherly's Best Workplaces for New Dads (#37), JUST Capital 100 Company (#69), Bloomberg Gender Equality Index constituent.


Zillow Group is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.