Lead BI Engineer at RealSelf

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About the Role: 

Do you have a passion for building efficient and scalable systems and processes for taking raw data from production systems and massaging it into user-friendly datasets for business use? 

The Platform Operations Team at RealSelf works with thousands of tables in our BigQuery data warehouse. We manage an advanced tech stack using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).  We have unique data of all types (large, textual, image), and with that comes unique and exciting challenges.

This role comes with the opportunity to continue to evolve a Data Platform for the business that is robust to failure and proactively identifies data quality issues by architecting and implementing resilient data pipelines and alerting.

Does being agile and solving business problems by architecting systems, modeling data, building microservices with AWS, crafting great user experiences, writing efficient and readable Python, maintaining Google Tag Manager, and using advanced SQL queries excite you?

We’d love to hear from you!

In this role you will:

  • Work as part of the Platform team to maintain and develop all BI platforms components such as dbt (SQL Transformation), Looker, BigQuery, and AWS.
  • Design and build tools and pipelines that our Data Science team can use to prototype, train, deploy, and monitor consumer-facing and internal ML models
  • Expand the BI platform to support business goals and enable our customers to self-service their needs.
  • Collaborate with analysts, data scientists, and business stakeholders to scope requirements and implement solutions that provide value to the business
  • Thoughtfully develop solutions with a DRY (“Don’t Repeat Yourself”) approach that minimizes technical debt
  • Ensure high data quality by developing and maintaining rigorous alerting, so our team is aware of data issues long before anyone one else is impacted.
  • Design and architect platforms for machine learning efforts, such as feature gathering, model training, prediction pipelines, and advanced capabilities like continuous training and delivery in collaboration with data science partners. 
  • Choose work with autonomy, respecting team, and company priorities. Completes work independently and seeks clarification or guidance when needed.
  • Provide operational support in all functional areas
  • Take responsibility for simple and complex enhancements across functional areas, including gathering requirements for new features, adding requested functionality, gaining user acceptance, etc. 
  • Develop on the BI platform's back end (meaning the architecture behind ETL processes, Looker, etc.). An example would be developing an interface with which people outside the BI team can write, schedule, launch, and monitor their own ETL jobs.
  • Devise and evangelize best practices in their functional area(s).
  • Write code that is efficient, well-documented, and easily readable, and maintainable.

About You:

You love turning quantitative measurements into business change and making an immediate impact in a fast-growing organization. This team is collaborative, bold, dynamic, and lots of fun. Below are some of the qualifications we’d love for you to have.

You may be the right fit if you have: 

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Math, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics) or equivalent experience
  • You thrive in ambiguity and love opportunities to test your own ideas to bring value to the business
  • You’ve learned to thoughtfully scope work and consider what failure might look like ahead of time
  • Your code is efficient, well-documented, easily readable, and maintainable. You are proud of how clean your code is and enjoy helping others do the same
  • You effortlessly translate between business and technical speak
  • Data inconsistencies drive you crazy, and you love to find their root cause
  • You have experience with at least two of the following, and a desire to learn the others: Python, SQL, dbt, Dimensional Modeling, Google Tag Manager, JavaScript, AWS

Travel: Travel is not expected for this role.

Work Environment:

This role is open to fully remote candidates in most states. 

About RealSelf:
RealSelf.com is the leading consumer destination in the $32B US medical aesthetics market. We make it easy to get the information and deep support needed to make confident purchase decisions. Since 2006 our authentic stories, unbiased ratings, and expert answers from board-certified doctors have helped millions of people explore treatments and decisions that range from laser skin resurfacing to highly considered cosmetic surgery. With the backing of world-class investors we’re growing RealSelf into a global business with a broad range of services. Come join our super talented and passionate team!

Check out our realselflife Instagram account to keep up on company updates and learn more about life at RealSelf.

RealSelf is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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We are in Seattle's original neighborhood that boasts trendy coffee shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Easy to commute to via public transit.

An Insider's view of RealSelf

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Work life balance is important at RS - we offer a very flexible work schedule with the option to work remotely when ever needed, with two dedicated wfh days. This helps employees save time on commutes, ability to make appointments during the week, and spend more time with your family. We also offer 22 PTO days per year + 8 company paid holidays.


Sr. Recruiter

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We're increasing trust on our platform in a time where people are less trustful of what they read online. Our goal is to give everyone the information they need to make strong, confident decisions about their medical care.


Lead Trust & Safety Program Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Goal-tracking tools and resources at RealSelf keep me accountable and focused on results. The mentorship program and professional development grant also allowed me to learn new skills I can apply to my role. But nothing beats the amazing people at RealSelf–my manager truly cares about how I'm growing and how best she can support my ideas.


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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our People Team strives to support the understanding that work life balance should no longer be considered a benefit, but should be an expectation of a company. Not only do we stand behind this, we have recently created more opportunities for our people to work remote so that they can better balance life whether in or out of the office.


Sr. Director of People

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As Marketing Copywriter, I’ve got the unique privilege of partnering across our Email, Product, and Brand teams to help drive marketing initiatives forward. Each day I use the power of language to connect with our audience in interesting and impactful ways. Collaborating with such bright colleagues is a fun, challenging, and exhilarating experience


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What are RealSelf Perks + Benefits

RealSelf Benefits Overview

RealSelf offers a comprehensive benefits package that is very competitive when compared to other similar companies. Employees pay nothing out of pocket for full medical/dental/vision coverage and premiums for dependents are covered at 75%. Many employees take advantage of the health and wellness reimbursement benefit and professional development grant program where they can use the funds for courses, conferences or anything else that would further their career development.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
RealSelf's health insurance policy covers up to 100% of out of pocket expenses for employees. 75% for spouses and dependents.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
RealSelf's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
RealSelf provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 4% of contributions.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. RealSelf also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
RealSelf provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
RealSelf sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
RealSelf employees receive 22 paid days off per year.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
RealSelf's pet policy is dog friendly daily.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
RealSelf hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Customized development tracks
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