Lead Data Engineer at Turo
San Francisco, CA, US
After recently closing our Series D, raising $92 million dollars, Turo is excited to welcome a Lead Data Engineer. You will help us enhance our infrastructure as we move from batch processing to stream-based processing, with an emphasis on robust testing. You will work cross functionally with product, engineering, marketing, finance, and analytics to ensure they have access to the data they need to make decisions and build our product.

Turo engineering believes there are three key dimensions that inform an engineer's contributions: technical excellence, people, and direction. Technical excellence speaks to how engineers approach problems, how they break them down, and how they execute. The People dimension illustrates how engineers work with others, and, over time, make others better. And finally, Direction focuses on prioritization, initiative, vision, goals, learning, and project management.
For a Lead Data Engineer, we expect candidates to have 5+ years of experience, and to posses these skills within each dimension:

Technical Excellence:

Expert in Python
Extensive experience in SQL, and database design & tuning (i.e. AWS Redshift, MySQL, Postgres)
Experience in building robust, scalable data pipelines and ETL systems (Jenkins, Airflow)
Experience with NoSQL data stores
Experience with modern data storage, messaging, and processing tools (Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Cassandra, etc.)
Can break down a project into well-defined and encapsulated features for themselves and their team
Has an understanding of architectural patterns and anti-patterns on their primary platform
Can make an obvious positive impact on the entire company's technical trajectory


Can mentor/train multiple people or a team in their area of expertise
Can explain technical concepts and trade-offs appropriately to people outside of data engineering
Code review feedback is highly insightful, addressing high-level thoughts and is trusted as both authoritative and helpful/kind/coaching
Proactively offers regular, constructive feedback to others
Maintains strong relationships with cross functional teams and leadership
Seen as a role model and mentor to every technical member of the team


Can introduce and define conventions, best practices, and technologies
Constantly learning new technologies; has knowledge of full technical landscape
Accountable for understanding business context of their work
Can recommend new projects, and articulates their technical and business value
Comfortable with ambiguity; relied on to remove it when necessary
Trusted to own large initiatives (or series of projects) from definition through execution with the successful outcome never seriously in doubt


Competitive salary and meaningful equity
Employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance
Apple equipment
Four weeks paid time off, 11 paid holidays, volunteer time off, generous parental leave
Weekly catered lunch
Stocked kitchen and beverages
Company-sponsored happy hours and team events
Turo owner matching and vehicle reimbursement program
Turo travel credit every month

We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We don't discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. When in doubt, please apply!