Head of Data Engineering

Palo Alto, CA

Step is a next generation financial services company building the best banking experience to help teens and young adults achieve financial independence and knowledge at an earlier age.  Step’s mission is to create a bank that gives you the tools to become smarter with your money and reward you along your financial journey. Step is a well-funded Series A company focused on disrupting banking through a differentiated mobile-first consumer experience.  The founding team has extensive background in FinTech and building successful consumer products and brands. If you’re looking to join a fast-growing company with a strong mission and vision that puts people first, we want to meet you.


Step is looking for its first Data Engineer to help us define and implement how we organize and process data at the company. This is an opportunity to start as an individual contributor and help us build and lead the Data Engineering team.


  • Partner with various stakeholders within the business, understand their data and reporting requirements, and translate them into definitions and technical specifications
  • Be responsible for defining, developing and optimizing curated datasets and schemas with standardized metrics and definitions across the company
  • Develop, deploy and maintain ETL jobs and visualizations
  • Troubleshoot technical issues with platforms, data discrepancies, alerts etc
  • Perform ad hoc analysis, insight requests, and data extractions to resolve critical business issues
  • Build a Data Roadmap for the company and a hiring plan behind it. Execute on the hiring plan.

Must haves 

  • 10+ years working experience in a successful data engineering or business intelligence team
  • Experience leading an engineering team in a technical leadership or people management capacity
  • Expert knowledge in data modeling concepts and implementation
  • Strong technical accomplishments in SQL, ETLs and data analysis
  • Hands on experience in processing large data sets
  • Strong business intuition and ability to understand complex business systems

Core technologies we use

  • PostgreSQL
  • BigQuery
  • AirFlow
  • Apache Beam/Spark

Working at Step

  • Competitive salary based on experience, with full medical and dental benefits
  • Stock in an early stage startup that is growing
  • Flexible WFH and vacation policy
  • Free daily lunches
  • Free snacks & drinks 
  • Monthly team events outside the office
  • Monthly stipend for commuter benefits and card testing
  • Office right next to Caltrain

The team

Step was founded by financial industry veterans CJ MacDonald and Alexey Kalinichenko to provide teens and their families with financial tools for today’s modern-day banking needs and to promote financial literacy for the future. The founding team has 50+ years in combined financial technology experience across companies like Gyft, First Data, Square and Google.

About the team