Senior Software Engineer, Data Platform

Samsara (View all Jobs)

Remote - US

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Interview Process

1. Phone interview 2. Onsite interview (technical challenges based on real problems we've faced at Samsara)

Programming Languages Mentioned

SQL, Python

Who we are

Samsara (NYSE: IOT) is the pioneer of the Connected Operations Cloud, which allows businesses that depend on physical operations to harness IoT (Internet of Things) data to develop actionable business insights and improve their operations. Founded in San Francisco in 2015, we now employ more than 1,800 people globally and have over 1.5 million active devices. Samsara also went public in December 2021 and we’re just getting started. 

Recent awards we’ve won include: 

  • #2 in the Financial Times’ Fastest Growing Companies in Americas list 2021
  • Named as a Best Place to Work in Built In 2022 
  • #19 in the Forbes Cloud 100 2021  
  • IoT Analytics Company of the Year in 2022’s IoT Breakthrough Winners 
  • Forbes Advisor named us the Best Solution for Large Companies - Fleet management software for 2022!

We're driving change in industries that are yet to fully embrace digital transformation. Physical operations make up a massive slice of the global economy but haven’t benefited from innovation and actionable information in the way that other sectors have. The potential for scale and impact is huge.

About the role:

Samsara is seeking an experienced senior software engineer to join our Data Platform team. The Data Platform team’s goal is to ensure we have a scalable and reliable data platform to meet the data needs of everyone at Samsara - engineers, data scientists, product managers, and more.

Samsara has hundreds of thousands of devices deployed throughout the world and over 20,000 customers using our cloud based products. This results in a vast amount of data that we need to bring in to our Data Platform every day.

Our overall goal on the Data Platform team is to make sure the rest of the company can succeed in accessing and analyzing our rich Samsara product data. This is used for both internal and direct customer facing use cases.

The team is responsible for the big data cloud infrastructure that enables Samsara to make critical business decisions and enables us to explore new product directions. This includes:

  • Building pipelines in Go and Spark to replicate product data from primary data stores (e.g RDS MySQL, S3) to our central data lake
  • Scaling our data lake storage layer (delta/parquet on S3)
  • Optimizing our compute layer for reliability and performance (Spark/Databricks on EC2)
  • Building tools (e.g orchestration frameworks, metadata catalogs) that democratize the use of data for the whole business, including software engineers, data engineers, and data scientists

This team also works on building internal data products & frameworks for other software engineers, data engineers, and data scientists to use.

The team works closely with the following teams:

  • Data Engineering: a team focused on building data assets in our data lake that are easy to use
  • Data Analytics: a team who helps translate product related questions from across the company into internal dashboards.
  • Product engineers and Product Managers: teams across the company building the features directly into our web and mobile applications; they use the Data Platform as part of their live customer facing features, as well as using it for analysis such as how features are being used or outage investigations.

Past projects from the team include:

  • Developing a reliable pipeline for ingesting data from our RDS databases into our Data Lake
  • Building a data pipeline framework to allow engineers to build Spark workflows that produce output tables for customer facing reports
  • Designing an easy to use library and corresponding infrastructure for developers to stream large volumes of data from Go microservices into the data lake
  • Deploying the infrastructure for our data cataloging service, Amundsen, and ingesting our Spark data lake metadata to it

Looking ahead, while we have several projects in mind, we are looking for someone interested in identifying our biggest needs and driving our roadmap. Some ideas we have are:

  • Tapping into Spark execution plans to identify query optimizations
  • Data lake storage improvements (e.g looking at our partitioning strategy)
  • Better data access controls framework

We’re just starting to scratch the surface of what we can do with Samsara’s rich data.  We are looking for someone who is excited to have a big influence in our data platform both in terms of technology and processes.

In this role, you will: 

  • Develop software to reliably ingest vast amounts of data into our data lake
  • Explore new infrastructure needed to support the growing needs of our data platform
  • Build libraries and data management tooling for other software engineers, product managers and data scientists to use the data platform effectively
  • Expand our ability to stream data into the data lake to support near real time access
  • Be responsible for the uptime, reliability, and monitoring of our data platform
  • Work with stakeholders across the company to use the data platform in new areas
  • Champion, role model, and embed Samsara’s cultural principles (Focus on Customer Success, Build for the Long Term, Adopt a Growth Mindset, Be Inclusive, Win as a Team) as we scale globally and across new offices

Minimum requirements for the role:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent practical experience.
  • 4+ years experience on data platform focused teams
  • Strong programming skills (experience with Go, Python, or SQL is a plus)
  • Experience working with Spark or related data processing technologies
  • AWS knowledge and expertise (S3, Lambda, SQS, Kinesis)

An ideal candidate also has:

  • 8+ years experience on data platform focused teams
  • Experience with Databricks
  • AWS knowledge and expertise (S3, Lambda, SQS, Kinesis, Step Functions)
  • Familiarity using Terraform


At Samsara, we welcome everyone regardless of their background, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, etc. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.


Samsara is an inclusive work environment, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. Please email or click here if you require any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruiting process.

US Only: Please note that Samsara’s COVID-19 vaccination policy requires all team members who will be meeting in person for business or working from one of our offices to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit regular testing. People who cannot be vaccinated for qualifying medical conditions, sincerely held religious beliefs, and other legally protected categories, may request an accommodation.


Our target total compensation market position is in the top 25% of all software and hardware companies. Our full time employees receive an above market-rate salary, an outstanding equity offering, employee-led remote and flexible working, health benefits, personal development, Samsara for Good charity fund, and much, much more. Take a look at our Benefits site to learn more.  

Flexible Working 

At Samsara, we have adopted a flexible way of working, enabling teams and individuals to do their best work, regardless of where they’re based. We value in-person collaboration and know a change of scenery and quiet space to work is welcomed from time to time, but also appreciate that the world of work has changed. Our offices remain open for those who prefer to collaborate or work in-office, but we also encourage fully remote applicants. As most roles are not required to be in the office, we are able to hire remotely where Samsara has an established presence. If a role is required to be in a certain location and candidates do not have work authorization for that location, Samsara will conduct an immigration assessment. If the role is not required to be in a specific location, Samsara will move forward with the remote location that works best for the business. All offers of employment are contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure and maintain the legal right to work at the company. 

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