Staff Data Engineer


San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Data Science
  • Post Date: 01/06/2021
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  • Company Address: 888 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Job Description

Quality data is fundamental to Airbnb’s success. As a rapidly growing pre-IPO company, we are preparing for a future of tremendous growth and transformation. We are rebuilding our Data Engineering practice to enable the company’s success by building a solid data foundation. We are seeking stunning Staff Data Engineers to help us define and realize our vision for trustworthy data across the company. This is a unique opportunity to shape Data Engineering for a strong, but high potential, company early in its lifecycle.

Like all teams at Airbnb, we value and promote the diversity of our workforce, our guests, our hosts, our marketplace platform, and the world. Simply put, you belong at Airbnb.

What is Data Engineering at Airbnb? 

We need to ensure every area of the business has trustworthy data to fuel insight and innovation. Understanding the business need, securing the right data sources, designing usable data models, and building robust & dependable data pipelines are essential skills to meet this goal.

At the same time, the technology used to create great data is continually evolving. We are moving to a reality where both batch & stream processing are leveraged to meet the latency requirements for the business. The Data Engineering paved path is still taking shape, and we want to collaboratively develop this to support the entire company. We need senior engineers who are passionate not only about the data, but also about improving the technology we leverage for Data Engineering.

We are looking for talented senior Data Engineers who are excited about redefining what it means to do Data Engineering. Data Engineering is part of our Engineering org as we believe great Data Engineering depends on solid Software Engineering fundamentals. However, we also recognize that each Data Engineer has a unique blend of skills. Whether your strength is in data modeling or in stream processing, we want to talk to you.


Develop and automate large scale, high-performance data processing systems (batch and/or streaming) to drive Airbnb business growth and improve the product experience.

Evangelize high quality software engineering practices towards building data infrastructure and pipelines at scale. 

Lead data engineering projects to ensure pipelines are reliable, efficient, testable, & maintainable

Design our data models for optimal storage and retrieval and to meet critical product and business requirements.

Understand and influence logging to support our data flow, architecting logging best practices where needed

Contribute to shared Data Engineering tooling & standards to improve the productivity and quality of output for Data Engineers across the company

Minimum Requirements: 

8+ years of relevant industry experience.

Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in CS/EE, or equivalent experience.

Working with data at the petabyte scale.

Experience designing, building and operating robust distributed systems.

Experience designing and deploying high performance systems with reliable monitoring and logging practices.

Effectively work across team boundaries to establish overarching data architecture, and provide guidance to individual teams.

Working knowledge of relational databases and query authoring (SQL).

Experience with Java / Scala / Spark is preferred

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.



Competitive salaries

Quarterly employee travel coupon

Paid time off

Medical, dental, & vision insurance

Life insurance and disability benefits

Fitness Discounts


Flexible Spending Accounts

Apple equipment

Commuter Subsidies

Community Involvement (4 hours per month to give back to the community)

Company sponsored tech talks and happy hours

Much more…


Airbnb has Engineering offices along the West Coast in the U.S. and our teams are growing quickly! Contact us to find out which office works best for you.

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