Staff Data Engineer


United States Remote

Full time

$133.2-200.6k (annually)


Nov 16

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. Ancestry®, the global leader in family history, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With our unparalleled collection of more than 40 billion records, over 3 million subscribers and over 23 million people in our growing DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Over the past 40 years, we’ve built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen us as the platform for discovering, preserving and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.

We are committed to our location flexible work approach, allowing you to choose to work in the nearest office, from your home, or a hybrid of both (subject to location restrictions and roles that are required to be in the office- see the full list of eligible US locations HERE). We will continue to hire and promote beyond the boundaries of our office locations, to enable broadened possibilities for employee diversity.

Together, we work every day to foster a work environment that's inclusive as well as diverse, and where our people can be themselves. Every idea and perspective is valued so that our products and services reflect the global and diverse clients we serve. 

Ancestry encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? Join the curious.

We are seeking a Staff Data Engineer to join our Enterprise Data Management (EDM) organization. The EDM team is the hub of data within Ancestry, ingesting data across the organization to process, transform, and deliver to our internal and external stakeholders.

What you will do…

  • Develop extract-transform-load (ETL) pipelines
  • Practice good coding techniques including writing unit and integration tests, doing commits and pull requests (Git), etc.
  • Mentor, train, and collaborate with other engineers to develop scalable, resilient, and maintainable ETL pipelines
  • Participate in an on-call rotation to ensure pipelines are successful and data meets quality requirements
  • Provide technical leadership to team and across the EDM organization
  • Ensure ETL pipelines meet quality standards and data quality requirements
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to identify and define data requirements, design solutions, and ensure timely delivery
  • Manage individual data projects, ensuring appropriate designs and stakeholder involvement

Who you are…

  • 10+ years of experience as a data engineer, with specific experience in developing ETL pipelines
  • 10+ years of industry experience programming in Python and SQL (or related languages) with significant experience in data warehouses, Spark, and other related technologies (experience with Airflow a plus)
  • Experience training and mentoring other engineers, leading teams, and coordinating with stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with agile software development
  • Familiarity with AWS technologies (specifically, EMR)
  • Bachelors or 4-year degree in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience

Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at

As a signatory of the ParityPledge in Support of Women and the ParityPledge in Support of People of Color, Ancestry values pay transparency and pay equity. We are pleased to share the base salary range for this position: $133,200 - $200,550 with eligibility for bonus, equity and comprehensive benefits including health, dental and vision. The actual salary will vary by geographic region and job experience. We will share detailed compensation data for a specific location during the recruiting process. Read more about our benefits HERE.


*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20) and sb1162(1-1-23)




Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law. For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

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