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Director of Engineering, Data Platform

Ripple Labs

This is a Contract position in Newmarket, ON posted September 14, 2023.

At Ripple, we’re building a world where value moves like information does today. It’s big, it’s bold, and we’re already doing it. Through our crypto solutions for financial institutions, businesses, governments and developers, we are improving the global financial system and creating greater economic fairness and opportunity for more people, in more places around the world. And we get to do the best work of our career and grow our skills surrounded by colleagues who have our backs. 

If you’re ready to see your impact and unlock incredible career growth opportunities, join us, and build real world value.

This position is for a director for multiple teams of engineers for Ripple’s central Data Platform! This team implements the data infrastructure for analytics, machine learning and powering various business functions with data at Ripple. Your team owns and solves problems related to scalable data ingestion, creation of a reliable , high quality data warehouse and cataloging system and deep observability within all parts of the data stack. You are experienced in hiring, coaching and growing a strong team of software engineers, engineering and technical program managers with a data engineering background. You are curious about the bottlenecks and failure modes of a system and look for opportunities to continually improve cost/performance characteristics. You are hands-on when needed in driving, reviewing and refining key technical architecture decisions, and ensuring the right tradeoffs are made to deliver high -quality results and deliver high, measurable customer value. You value operational excellence and cost efficiency highly and ensure adequate mechanisms to raise standards on these aspects. You lead from the front and work effectively across functions and teams, including data science, product, application engineering, compliance, finance and others. Your passion for good engineering and growing great teams is complemented by strong instincts to deliver customer value.

What you’ll do:

  • Provide technical leadership for multiple Data Platform initiatives and continually measure and improve the user experience
  • Drive the technical and strategic vision for our Data infrastructure to meet current and future needs for scale and interoperability.
  • Lead and manage engineering managers, program managers and principal engineers. Help the team make key technical decisions, unblock the team, and guide the team on execution.
  • Empower and delegating while continually being a force for continual progress and value delivery.
  • Own and deliver your roadmap while driving technical and operational excellence
  • Be a program owner, responsible for business outcomes and technological innovation
  • Mentor and guide the professional and technical development of your team
  • Instill a spirit of continuous improvement in the team’s inventions and processes so we can rapidly deliver innovations for customers
  • Build relationships with your internal customers and partners and leverage those to drive the right initiatives for the team

What you’ll bring:

  • Degree in computer science or other quantitative field
  • 15+ years of experience in software development
  • 8+ years of experience managing engineering teams
  • Prior experience as an engineer building and shipping large scale data systems
  • Track record of building, growing, and leading high performing engineering teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated through experience working with technical and non-technical teams
  • Familiarity with platforms like Databricks, Bigquery, Redshift, Athena or Presto are ideal
  • Good grasp of cloud services and technologies
  • High autonomy, ownership and responsibility.
  • Track record of recruiting and mentoring world-class teams


Do Your Best Work

  • The opportunity to build in a fast-paced start-up environment with experienced industry leaders
  • A learning environment where you can dive deep into the latest technologies and make an impact.  A professional development budget to support other modes of learning.
  • Thrive in an environment where no matter what race, ethnicity, gender, origin, or culture they identify with, every employee is a respected, valued, and empowered part of the team.
  • Ripple is Flexible First: you have the option to work from home, from our offices, or a combination of the two around our centers of gravity (15 global offices).
  • Weekly all-company meeting – business updates and ask me anything style discussion with our Leadership Team
  • We come together for moments that matter which include team offsites, team bonding activities, happy hours and more!

Take Control of Your Finances

  • Competitive salary, bonuses, and equity
  • Competitive benefits that cover physical and mental healthcare, retirement, family forming, and family support
  • Employee giving match
  • Mobile phone stipend

Take Care of Yourself

  • Twice a quarter R&R days so you can rest and recharge
  • Generous wellness reimbursement and weekly onsite & virtual programming
  • Generous vacation policy – work with your manager to take time off when you need it
  • Industry-leading parental leave policies. Family planning benefits.
  • Catered lunches, fully-stocked kitchens with premium snacks/beverages, and plenty of fun events

Benefits listed above are for full-time Ripple employees. For all Metaco roles, please discuss benefits with your recruiter. 

Ripple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We do not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military status, or any other characteristic protected by local law or ordinance.