Principal Data Engineer

Rapid7

Rapid7

Data Science
Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2023

Principal Data Engineer


Rapid7 seeks an experienced, highly driven, and dynamic Principal Data Engineer to take our data engineering function to the next level. Come and join our efforts in unlocking the value of data through industry-leading innovation, cutting edge modern tooling, democratization at scale and building exceptional and trusted data products for the company!

About the Team

As we spearhead a cultural shift to a data-driven business, Data Engineering serves as the Hub for all teams at Rapid7 from ML Ops, to Sales and Operations to Platform and Engineering. Our team is a highly skilled yet egoless group of data magicians (and humorists) with a penchant for innovation and a knack for problem solving.

About the Role

As a Principal Data Engineer, you will be responsible for the technical advancement of our data engineering function tackling our most complex challenges, mentoring our highly motivated core of data engineers and senior data engineers, and building strong partnerships with data consumers across the organization. You’ll have the liberty to drive business value through thought leadership and innovation as we continue to work towards the high standard we’ve set for ourselves - a best-in-class data platform.

In this role, you will:

  • Scope and stage larger scale initiatives into well-defined milestones to avoid a monolithic deliverables

  • Provide thought leadership and contribute to the vision of our data engineering function

  • Lead team processes such as on-call rotations, bug triage, technical direction, standards, and execution

  • Own delivery architecture/execution of major component(s) from conception to release

  • Looked up to for technical mentorship within the data engineering team. Make others better through code reviews, focus on documentation, and technical guidance

  • Act as a resource sought for technical advice and weigh in on technical decisions that impact other teams as well

  • Understand the tradeoffs between technical and business needs, interact and negotiate with key stakeholders, and deliver solutions that take all of these needs into account

  • Regularly take complex designs / codebases and simplify them without being asked

  • Regularly contribute improvements to team’s existing SDLC (ie: CICD) or other methods, programs, etc

The skills you’ll bring include:

  • 8+ years of hands on data engineering experience and at least 4 years in a senior-level data engineering role

  • 8+ years of experience in at least one programming language such as Python, Java, Scala is required (Python is our most commonly used language); Advanced SQL expertise is required

  • Experience working in a modern lakehouse is required (Snowflake is preferred); Modern warehousing best practices should be second nature

  • Cloud experience is required (AWS is strongly preferred); Terraform is highly preferred

  • Knowledge and ideally hands on experience working with container services is required (ECS, Kubernetes, etc)

  • Experience working in a mature SDLC environment (ie: CICD) is required

  • Modern tech stack experience is a plus (dbt, Fivetran, Snowflake. Airflow)

  • Experience as a leader within a data engineering team and ability to mentor teammates

  • Strong work ethic, resiliency, persistence, and urgency; Data Engineering holds itself to a high standard so you’ll need to keep up!

  • Sharp business and interpersonal skills; ability to influence at senior levels across business units to drive change and achieve common goals

  • BS or MS in Computer Science, Analytics, Statistics, Informatics, Information Systems or
    another quantitative field or equivalent experience


We know that the best ideas and solutions come from multi-dimensional teams. That’s because these teams reflect a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences. If you are excited about this role and feel your experience can make an impact, please don’t be shy - apply today.

About Rapid7

At Rapid7, we are on a mission to create a secure digital world for our customers, our industry, and our communities. We do this by embracing tenacity, passion, and collaboration to challenge what’s possible and drive extraordinary impact.

Here, we’re building a dynamic workplace where everyone can have the career experience of a lifetime. We challenge ourselves to grow to our full potential. We learn from our missteps and celebrate our victories. We come to work every day to push boundaries in cybersecurity and keep our 10,000 global customers ahead of whatever’s next.

Join us and bring your unique experiences and perspectives to tackle some of the world’s biggest security challenges.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.