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Staff Software Engineer, Experience

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$217k - $293k





  • Mission/Vision: dbt Labs aims to help analysts create and disseminate organizational knowledge by pioneering analytics engineering and developing essential tools.

  • Key Responsibilities: Continuously improve IDE backend architecture, manage trade-offs, define and track usage metrics, and mentor team members.

  • Growth Opportunities: Technical leadership, involvement in cutting-edge analytics tools, and collaboration with a diverse, distributed team.


About Us

Since 2016, dbt Labs has been on a mission to help analysts create and disseminate organizational knowledge. dbt Labs pioneered the practice of analytics engineering, built the primary tool in the analytics engineering toolbox, and has been fortunate enough to see a fantastic community coalesce to help push the boundaries of the analytics engineering workflow. Today there are 30,000 companies using dbt every week, 100,000 dbt Community members, and over 4,100 dbt Cloud customers. You can learn more about our values .

We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join the Experience group. In this role, you will partner with product and design to create delightful and powerful tools for analytics engineers. We are building a tailor-made IDE that is deeply-integrated with the dbt ecosystem (including other dbt Cloud products), aiming to put more context at the fingertips of our users than they're able to get in any other development environment. You will provide technical leadership to the team by doing. Data teams everywhere will use your work to create organizational knowledge and power their daily business decisions.

In this role, you can expect to

  • Continuously improve our IDE’s core backend architecture, performance, and scalability while relentlessly expanding its feature-set and capabilities

  • Manage trade-offs, priorities, and deliverables by applying your experience in bringing projects to successful completion

  • Work with product to define and instrument important usage metrics and KPIs for the Cloud IDE

  • Enable teammates to build confidently and quickly via high-leverage tooling, mentorship, and your experience and knowledge of industry trends and practices

  • Define quality standards and drive the overall reliability of our IDE

  • Support the career development of team members by providing mentorship and coaching on design patterns, backend architecture, and technical decision-making


  • Have 8+ years of experience as a software engineer

  • Minimum requirement of bachelor's degree in a related field (computer science, computer engineering, etc.) OR completed enrollment in engineering related bootcamp

You are a good fit if you

  • Have experience with using Python or Go to create scalable applications. For example, you have built services for applications with complicated workflows

  • Enjoy working closely with product and design

  • Value interacting with end-users and deeply understand their needs

  • Understand how to make tradeoffs to ship useful features today without sacrificing long-term quality

  • Prefer to work in the backend, but have experience with the frontend and can reason about the end-to-end system

  • Have experience collaborating with multiple teams (e.g,. infra, upstream services, etc.) to drive projects and features to completion

You have an edge if you

  • Have worked on an application similar to this one, such as a visual design tool, an analytics application, or an IDE

  • Have experience scaling applications, especially those with runtimes in Kubernetes and AWS

  • Have experience working in a distributed company

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: $217,000-$293,000

  • Equity Stake

  • Benefits - dbt Labs offers:

    • Unlimited vacation (and yes we use it!)

    • 401k w/3% guaranteed contribution

    • Excellent healthcare

    • Paid Parental Leave

    • Wellness stipend

    • Home office stipend, and more!

What to expect in the hiring process:

  • An introductory call with a member of our Talent team

  • A technical screen and meeting with the Hiring Manager

  • A panel interview including multiple members of the Engineering Team

  • A final interview with our CTO, Mark Porter


Who we are

At dbt Labs, we have developed strong opinions on how companies should practice analytics.

Specifically, we believe that:

  • Code, not graphical user interfaces, is the best abstraction to express complex analytic logic

  • Data analysts should adopt similar practices and tools to software developers

  • Critical analytics infrastructure should be controlled by its users as open source software

  • Analytic code itself — not just analytics tools — will increasingly be open source

It turns out that a lot of other people believe this too! Today, there are 30,000 companies using dbt every week, 100,000 dbt Community members, and 4,100 companies paying for dbt Cloud. Our customers include JetBlue, Hubspot, Vodafone New Zealand, and Dunelm. is synonymous with the practice of analytics engineering, defining an entire industry. We’re backed by top investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and Altimeter.

dbt Labs is an equal opportunity employer. We're committed to building an inclusive team that welcomes a diversity of perspectives, people, and backgrounds regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or any other protected status. We feel strongly that whether or not your experience exactly fits the job description, your passion and skills will stand out and set you apart even if your career has taken some twists and turns.  If you are on the fence about whether you meet our requirements, we encourage you to apply anyway! Please reach out to us directly at recruiting@ if you need assistance or an accommodation_._

Want to learn more about our focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at dbt Labs? Check out our DEI page .

dbt Labs reserves the right to amend or withdraw the posting at any time. For employees outside the United States, dbt Labs offers a competitive benefits package. Equity or comparable benefits may be offered depending on the legal or country limitations.


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