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Data Engineering Co-op

North AmericaFull-Time
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We believe that small businesses are stronger together and we’re looking for people who are passionate about our mission. 

Alignable is a remote-first, mission-driven Series C (and profitable) growth stage startup on a mission to bring together small business owners from across the globe to help them gain competitive advantage so they can succeed in their business. 

Small businesses give our communities character -- generating local jobs and supporting local causes. They are the creators, the risk takers and the problem solvers. Each with a unique story. 

For business owners who depend on referrals for success, Alignable is the online community helping them initiate and build trusted relationships leading to quality referrals. Owners depend on quality referrals for all aspects of their business, and whether they’re looking for new customers, suppliers, or services needed to run their business – they’re finding them all here on our platform. Our highly engaged and supportive peer network plays a critical role in helping these businesses (our Members) succeed, especially within an ever-changing economic environment. 

Alignable is North America’s largest small business network with over 8 million businesses in 30,000+ communities. If you want to empower the small business owner through a networking platform unlike any other, let’s talk.

What you will be doing:

We’re looking for results-oriented, self-motivated, and curious data engineers who not only enjoy their craft and are passionate about building products at scale, but also want to see their work help small businesses be successful. 

Alignable’s Engineering department supports all Product teams, building velocity and quality into our core products. The department is divided into 3 main product pillars/squads: Networking, Groups, and Revenue. You will join one of these squads depending on interest and fit. 

As a Data Engineering Co-op at Alignable, you’ll have a unique opportunity to combine your experience in data analysis and engineering to drive key business decisions and support the growth of our platform. In this role, you will be responsible for working with our large and complex data sets to identify trends, patterns, and insights that can help inform and improve our product, marketing, and sales strategies. You will use your analytical skills to develop and implement data-driven models and algorithms, and your experience in data engineering to design, build, and maintain scalable data pipelines and infrastructure.

To be eligible for this position, you must currently be enrolled as a student at a nationally recognized college or university and live in the U.S. or Canada. You must also have authorization to work in the U.S. or Canada without a visa. 

Additionally, you must have at least one prior software engineering or data engineering co-op or internship experience. This position is full-time for a minimum of 6 months, with a potential for hire upon completion.

About our tech stack:

  • Languages & Databases: Ruby/Rails 2.7.6 with Postgres, Elixir/Phoenix, Redis, Elasticsearch, Memcached w/ React & Typescript on the frontend
  • Testing: Rspec and Enzyme with continuous integration via CircleCI
  • Deployment: AWS Alphabet soup
  • Analytics Pipeline: Kinesis, Python, Pandas, Redshift
  • Machine Learning: Pytorch, Tensorflow

What your first day at Alignable will look like:

  • You’ll have an introduction with your manager and meet your team and your engineering buddy. We’ll give you your new Macbook Pro and help you configure your dev environment. In your first few hours, you’ll have your dev environment set up with your favorite editor (which is VIM, naturally) and our CTO and his awesome beard will give you an overview of the product. Around 12pm EST, we’ll break for lunch.

  • After lunch, you’ll get started on your first JIRA ticket - a production bug chosen specifically to help familiarize you with the codebase. You put on your headphones and start cranking. After several minutes / hours, you have a solution. Your solution includes a unit test that replicates the bug. You push your branch to Github and create a pull request. Within a few minutes, our continuous integration software runs the test suite against your code and one of your insanely awesome fellow engineers will code review your solution. Once your code is reviewed with no outstanding issues and all tests pass, you can merge to master and push your code to production. 

  • As your CO-OP progresses, you’ll be tasked with larger projects with more responsibility. Several months into your CO-OP, the projects you’ll be implementing will make you indistinguishable from a full-time junior engineer.

What you will bring:

  • You have at least one prior software engineering or data engineering co-op or internship experience.
  • You have experience with or a willingness to learn Ruby/Javascript.
  • You have a knowledge and understanding of both data analysis and software engineering and experience working with complex data sets. 
  • You have a strong understanding of SQL, Pandas, and other data analysis and engineering tools. Familiarity with Amplitude, Looker, and other reporting systems is a plus. Familiarity with SEO tools (Google Analytics, SEM Rush) and large data cluster tools (Hadoop) is also a plus.
  • You want to be treated like a regular team member, not as an intern.
  • You like the constructive feedback provided by code reviews.
  • You enjoy the security provided by a comprehensive test suite.
  • You appreciate the delicate balance between writing “good” code and shipping.
  • You understand the performance implications of different algorithms and data-structures.
  • You grok Git and can explain: “Git gets easier once you understand branches are homeomorphic endofunctors mapping submanifolds of a Hilbert space”

Why Alignable?

  • Advocacy & Encouragement: They make our online communities great, but they also make Alignable a great place to work. Our culture is dynamic, supportive and offers tremendous opportunities to grow your career together with the business. We offer autonomy, ownership, mentoring and flexibility. Every one of our employees and co-ops can directly point to how they’ve made a major impact on the business.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: At Alignable, we celebrate the diversity of the small business community - and in our team. We value the unique perspective you’ll bring to strengthen our mission of helping small businesses thrive and are committed to maintaining an inclusive and respectful culture that fosters creativity and innovation from everyone.
  • A remote-first organization, Alignable launched in 2014 and is venture-backed by Mayfield fund, Recruit Strategic Partners, Saturn Partners, NextView Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, and KIC ventures. Our leadership team also consists of startup veterans from Invisalign, Constant Contact, Vistaprint, and Audible.

What we offer:

  • Smart, supportive co-workers
  • Virtual working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • A collaborative and fun working environment with challenging and interesting projects!

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