Data Scientist - Engineering


Mountain View, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Data Science
  • Post Date: 04/04/2021
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  • Company Address: 101 University Avenue Suite 111, Palo Alto, CA, 94301

About Confluent

Confluent, founded by the original creators of Apache Kafka®, pioneered the enterprise-ready event streaming platform. With Confluent, organizations benefit from the first event streaming platform built for the enterprise with the ease-of-use, scalability, security and flexibility required by the most discerning global companies to run their business in real time. Companies leading their respective industries have realized success with this new platform paradigm to transform their architectures to streaming from batch processing, spanning on-premises and multi-cloud environments. Backed by Benchmark, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital, Confluent is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. and London with offices globally.

Job Description

Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.
We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.
About The Team
The mission of the Data team at Confluent is to serve as the central nervous system of all things data for the company: we build analytics infrastructures, metrics, insights, and models, to empower data-driven thinking, and optimize every part of the business. There are limitless opportunities for an ambitious data scientist to make an immediate and meaningful impact within a hyper growth start-up.
About The Role 
As a thought partner to our engineering and product team, you will work closely with product managers, engineers, and finance to design analytics, and attribution for cost, pricing, operations and margins of the fastest growing growing part of the business: Confluent Cloud. You will have an opportunity to work with infrastructure, billing and telemetry data of thousands of clusters across all major cloud providers. You will also have the opportunity to interact with Executives and other cross functional teams to develop and deliver actionable recommendations to drive better and faster decisions. Successful candidates will exhibit technical acumen and business savvy, with a passion for making an impact, through creative storytelling and timely actions.


    • Partner with Engineering to define cost models for different product architectures
    • Design instrumentation and build data foundations for estimating costs from the cost models using infrastructure and billing data
    • Define product success metrics, build/maintain dashboards to monitor the health of our products and understand changes to our KPIs
    • Design monitoring for KPIs and leading indicators
    • Partner with Product and Engineering teams to solve problems and identify trends and opportunities for improving margins by mining massive amounts of data and extracting useful product insightsDeveloping forecasts for long term cost commitments
    • Collaborate with other data scientists across our organization to share best practices, learn new analytical techniques, and champion an organizational culture where data is central to decision making

What We're Looking For

    • Bachelor or advanced degree in a quantitative discipline: statistics, operations research, computer science, informatics, engineering, applied mathematics, economics, etc.
    • 1+ years of experience in data science and analytics
    • Excellent data manipulation skills, proficiency in SQL and Python
    • Experience visualizing data and building dashboards. (eg. Tableau, Metabase, Looker, etc.)
    • Strong problem solving skills and ability to translate business requirements into analytical questions
    • A team player who can collaborate with engineers, product managers, marketers and other cross-functional teams
    • Effectively communicate insights and recommendations to cross-functional partners; ability to synthesize, simplify and explain complex problems to different types of audiences, including executives

What Gives You An Edge

    • Experience and/or knowledge in experimental design and applied statistics (i.e. A/B testing) in an industry setting
    • Experience with machine learning
    • Experience with developing operational or cost analytics
    • Experience in a engineering-focused role at a technology company
    • Experience identifying, scoping and driving data science projects with cross-functional partners and high business impact
Come As You Are
At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact.

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