Principal Engineer, Data Engineering



Data Science
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 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.

Ripple is the world’s only enterprise blockchain solution for global payments. Today the world sends more than $155 trillion across borders. Yet, the underlying infrastructure is dated and flawed. Ripple connects banks, payment providers, corporates and digital asset exchanges via RippleNet to provide one frictionless experience to send money globally.

In this role, you will architect and implement the data infrastructure for analytics and data centric product feature at Ripple, which will include creating our complete data Platform for unified data Ingestion, distributed systems for processing, self serve data lakes and batch/stream ETL data pipeline for golden datasets for analytics etc. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate an ability and history of thoughtfulness and curiosity in data ingestion, generation, and pipelining, governance and data security at Ripple.

This is a senior, high-visibility role that requires a clear architectural vision, the desire to rapidly code, very fast shipping pace, exacting communication and leadership skills, and the ability to educate our firm on the technology we are developing and shipping. You will also represent Ripples Data Platform and Engineering as an expert member, responding to conversations, seeding ideas, and participating architectural discussions.

About The Role

  • This position is responsible for architecting, designing, implementing, and managing data platforms for Ripple on various hyper scale platforms (AWS, GCP).
  • You will partner with other engineers and product managers to translate data needs into critical information that can be used to implement scalable data platforms and self-service tools.
  • Collaborate and ensure business teams by providing technical input to Data Governance policies, standards, and processes related to data with clear data classification and data ownership, access, and security (privacy & protection) of sensitive data.
  • Work with service teams and other engineering and business partners on Data Infrastructure and Engineering roadmap planning to build the database infrastructure for future scale and volume.
  • Keeps observability as a focus for all database monitoring and improve/implement auto remediation techniques.
  • Partner with service and performance teams for continuous architecture improvements, resiliency, and performance.
  • Own the delivery, quality, and reliability of our Financial Data Hub
  • Develop data migration architecture for scale and strategy for data migration across clouds.
  • The ideal candidate will have strong hands-on experience in designing, developing, and managing enterprise level database systems with complex interdependencies and key focus on high-availability, clustering, cloud migration, security, performance, and scalability.

Key Responsibilities

  • At least 12+ years’ experience in designing and developing enterprise data architecture and engineering solutions that have supported massive workloads and data scale/volume.
  • Experience working with private and public clouds (AWS, GCP) and capacity management principles.
  • Design, and implement a scalable data lake, including data integration and curation
  • Build modular set of data services using Python/Scala,BigQuery/Presto SQL, API Gateway, Kafka, Apache Spark on EMR/data proc among others
  • Deep knowledge in Data Warehouse architecture and integration
  • Research, design, and experiment to execute fast proof of concepts to evaluate similar products.
  • Participate in the strategic development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for projects and programs. This will include assessment of build vs buy decisions at every stage, backed by proof of concepts, benchmarking, etc.
  • Experience working autonomously and taking ownership of projects.
  • Create data applications with ability to do searches, real time data alerts, APIs to pull the data on a large volume of data.
  • Design and implement innovative data services solutions using Microservices and other UI and API related technologies
  • Implement processes and systems to manage data quality, ensuring production data is always accurate and available for key partners and business processes that depend on it.
  • Writes unit/integration tests, contributes to engineering wiki, and documents work.
  • Work closely with a team of frontend and backend engineers, product managers, and analysts.
  • Coaching other engineers on best practices for designing and operating reliable systems at scale
  • Design data integrations and data quality framework.
  • Execute the migration of data and processes from legacy systems to new solutions.
  • Perform production support and deployment activities
  • Manage the system performance by performing regular tests, solving problems and integrating new features.
  • Offer support by responding to system problems in a timely manner.


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 employees.

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.