Staff Data Engineer

Headspace (View all Jobs)

Remote - United States

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Interview Process

1. Realistic coding exercise 2. Take-home project 3. Virtual onsite (system design, experience, and culture)


$131,414 - $197,100

Programming Languages Mentioned


About the Staff Data Engineer at Headspace:

At Headspace, we are on a mission to revolutionize mental healthcare by harnessing the power of data to deliver personalized care to our members. As a Staff Data Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in architecting and developing our modern data product and data platform to not only provide the most business value to cross functional partners, but also to meet the highest standards of security, privacy, and compliance required in the healthcare industry. This is a unique opportunity to guide the evolution of our data engineer team, working alongside a dynamic team of software engineers, data scientists, machine learning engineers, and analysts to empower our organization in delivering mental health and wellness solutions to our members.

What you will do:

  • Lead the design and development of robust data pipelines to ingest, aggregate, and index diverse data sources into our organization's data lake.
  • Spearhead the development of a cutting-edge data warehousing platform, ensuring it meets stringent security and compliance requirements.
  • Collaborate closely with the data analytics team to ensure the data platform effectively supports reporting and analysis of key business metrics.
  • Partner with the data science and machine learning team to build scalable capabilities for rapid experimentation and insight generation.
  • Mentor and coach engineers on the data team, fostering a culture of data excellence and innovation throughout the organization.

What you will bring:

Required Skills:

  • 10+ years of experience architecting and implementing large-scale enterprise data solutions.
  • 7+ years of proficient experience in modern data platforms such as Databricks, Snowflake, and Redshift, with a strong understanding of their architectural principles.
  • 7+ years of demonstrated expertise in designing and optimizing high-volume, real-time, and batch ETL pipelines.
  • 5+ years of experience in coaching and mentoring team members to foster professional growth and development, with a focus on cultivating a growth mindset through constructive feedback and support.
  • Proven track record of thriving in fast-paced startup environments, with a self-starting attitude and a passion for driving impactful change. Thrive in a fast-paced environment, and see yourself as a partner with the business with the shared goal of moving the business forward
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with a demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • You collaborate seamlessly with functional partners to connect the dots across business needs and independently drive projects forward. Your dedicated partnerships are with Source System Engineers, Data Scientists, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Security, and Machine Learning practitioners.
  • Advanced degree in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field or relevant industry industry experience

Pay & Benefits:

The base salary range for this role is determined by a number of factors, including but not limited to skills and scope required, relevant licensure and certifications, and unique relevant experience and job-related skills. The base salary range for this role is $131,414 - $197,100.

At Headspace, cash salary is but one component of our Total Rewards package. We’re proud of our robust package inclusive of: base salary, stock awards, comprehensive healthcare coverage, monthly wellness stipend, retirement savings match, lifetime Headspace membership, unlimited, free mental health coaching, generous parental leave, and much more. Paid performance incentives are also included for those in eligible roles. Additional details about our Total Rewards package will be provided during the recruitment process.

How we feel about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging:

Headspace is committed to bringing together humans from different backgrounds and perspectives, providing employees with a safe and welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We strive to create a diverse & inclusive environment where everyone can thrive, feel a sense of belonging, and do impactful work together. 

As an equal opportunity employer, we prohibit any unlawful discrimination against a job applicant on the basis of their race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, family or parental status, disability*, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We respect the laws enforced by the EEOC and are dedicated to going above and beyond in fostering diversity across our workplace. 

*Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Headspace Health. Please inform our Talent team by filling out this form if you need any assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application or interview process.

Headspace participates in the E-Verify Program.

Privacy Statement

All member records are protected according to our Privacy Policy. Further, while employees of Headspace (formerly Ginger) cannot access Headspace products/services, they will be offered benefits according to the company's benefit plan. To ensure we are adhering to best practice and ethical guidelines in the field of mental health, we take care to avoid dual relationships. A dual relationship occurs when a mental health care provider has a second, significantly different relationship with their client in addition to the traditional client-therapist relationship—including, for example, a managerial relationship.  

As such, Headspace requests that individuals who have received coaching or clinical services at Headspace wait until their care with Headspace is complete before applying for a position. If someone with a Headspace account is hired for a position, please note their account will be deactivated and they will not be able to use Headspace services for the duration of their employment. 

Further, if Headspace cannot find a role that fails to resolve an ethical issue associated with a dual relationship, Headspace may need to take steps to ensure ethical obligations are being adhered to, including a delayed start date or a potential leave of absence. Such steps would be taken to protect both the former member, as well as any relevant individuals from their care team, from impairment, risk of exploitation, or harm.

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