Senior Staff Data Platform Engineer


United States Remote

Full time

$151-252k (annually)


May 19

About us

At Udemy, we’re on a mission to improve lives through the power of learning. We’re a leading global learning company and one of the world’s largest education platforms, with more than 57 million learners. Our goal is to provide flexible, effective skill development to empower organizations and individuals. 

Talented people are everywhere, and the right opportunity can be hard to come by. That’s why we’re focused on revolutionizing learning, using our skills and expertise to help others develop theirs and reach their full potential. Individually, we bring our unique perspective to reimagine the way we share knowledge. Together, we can improve lives by making learning more accessible for our learners, our instructors, and businesses around the world.

Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco with global offices in Australia, India, Ireland, Türkiye, and the US. Learn more on our company page.

About you

You’re an analytical problem-solver ready to put your skills toward purposeful work that has a global impact. You want to lead the way in innovation, exploring the latest technologies and finding new solutions. You thrive in a collaborative environment and are eager to work with and learn alongside the best in Product, Design, and Engineering.  

About this role

Are you excited about building a Data Mesh platform on a global scale? Do you want to build a self-service, highly scalable platform to power Udemy’s groundbreaking AI, ML, and data products? Udemy’s Data org is looking for a self-driven, creative Data Mesh platform engineer passionate about changing the world by democratizing online education.

We are building highly available, scalable data infrastructure, services, tools, and libraries to serve critical data discovery, ML/data pipeline development & deployment, data security & compliance, and self-healing data operation needs.

Come join us and play a key role in developing and driving the adoption of our Data Mesh, data-centric micro-services, data engineering, and ML platform.

What you'll be doing:

  • Design, build, enhance, and support self-service data infrastructure as a platform, which would be used for Udemy’s data mesh.
  • Build robust, scalable, cloud-native, cost-optimized real-time and batch data integration pipelines in AWS with Airflow, Kafka, Databricks, Delta Lake, AWS services like S3, EMR, Athena, RDS, Redshift, EKS, etc., and Snowflake.
  • Contribute towards Udemy's comprehensive data quality initiatives like data contracts, data validation, observability, and alerting
  • Support data platform privacy with RBAC and encryption
  • 12/5 (occasionally weekends) on-call rotation of data platforms with hundreds of data platform users

What you'll have: 

  • 8+ years of experience in building distributed systems with Java, Scala, or Python
  • 5+ years of experience managing big data platforms with storage (AWS S3), compute (AWS EMR or Databricks with Spark, AWS Athena or Presto), data warehouses (Redshift or Snowflake), streaming (Kafka or AWS Kinesis)
  • 5+ years of experience in agile development methodologies & test-driven development (TDD) with a strong grasp of object-oriented design patterns, algorithms, and data structures
  • 5+ years of experience building and maintaining resilient real-time & batch data pipelines.
  • Experience in building or using any one of the data quality tools (in-house built, SODA SQL, Anomalo, Monte Carlo, Great Expectations, or any other)
  • Expertise in cloud data privacy tools in the area of authentication (AWS IAM/OKTA), encryption (AWS KMS/Safenet), authorization (Apache Ranger/Privacera)

We understand that not everyone will match each of the above qualifications. However, we also realize that everyone has unique experiences that can add value to our company. Even if you think your background might not perfectly align, we'd love to hear from you!

Life at Udemy

We aspire to be as vibrant and dynamic as the communities we serve, as inquisitive as those who use our platform, and as revolutionary as the future we strive to open for everyone. Here are some of the things we love about life at Udemy:

  •  We’re invested in creating an inclusive environment that welcomes a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. From creating employee resource groups, ensuring we’re a Fair Pay Workplace, and building a flexible work culture, our belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI) initiatives always put our people first. We want you to be able to bring your authentic self to work because when we all do, we’re better for it.

  • Learning is what we do – inside and out. Our Learning & Development team is second to none, helping ensure your journey is one of continuous progression. You’ll also have unlimited access to Udemy courses, monthly UDays (meeting-free professional development days), and a generous annual professional development stipend.

  • Our reason to exist is to revolutionize learning – that calls for taking risks and learning from failures. Whether it’s our hackathons (a company-wide effort to envision new possibilities for our product) or sharing our prototypes, we see experimentation as a crucial step on the path to success.

  • We’re committed to creating world-class employee experiences and are proud of the recognition of this by Great Place to Work. Learn more about our certification here and find out what it's like to work at Udemy on our blog.

Of course, the best thing about being part of Udemy is knowing your work makes a difference for people and organizations around the world. You’ve got the skills; why not use them to help others develop theirs?

At Udemy, we value diversity and inclusion and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition, or disability. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Our Benefits Start With U

Our benefits package at Udemy “starts with U” and is grounded in mission-driven benefits that intentionally align with our core values. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few highlighted benefits if you’re a full-time Udemate based in the United States:

  • Core Benefits: Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, and disability coverage
  • HSA/FSA/Commuter: Pre-tax savings/spending plans, including HSA employer contributions
  • Transgender Benefits: Expanded medical coverage for gender-affirming care
  • Parental Benefits: Financial assistance for fertility (including egg-freezing), adoption, and surrogacy expenses; twelve weeks of paid family bonding for birth, surrogacy, adoption, and foster placement (plus up to six to ten weeks of paid disability leave for birthing parents) as well as a two-week “ease-back” program that enables parents to return part-time at full pay
  • Whole U: Fully paid memberships for meditation/mindfulness, therapy/coaching visits, financial planning, virtual family care, reproductive health, breastmilk shipping, and caregiving support
  • Learning: Free access to Udemy and Udemy Business plus a yearly stipend to spend on professional development
  • Retirement: Pre-tax and Roth 401(k) plan with an employer contribution
  • Charitable Giving: Corporate charitable match for eligible nonprofits and charities
  • Vacation: Flexible vacation for salaried Udemates and fifteen days per year for hourly
  • Holidays: Twelve paid holidays throughout the year

Would you like to learn more about Udemy? Here are a few resources:

How Udemy Started [video]

Investor Overview

Information regarding data privacy is available within the Udemy Careers Privacy Notice.

At Udemy, we strive to be transparent around compensation. Actual compensation for this role is based on several factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, qualifications, experience, and specific work location due to differences in the cost of labor. In addition to a base salary, this role is also eligible for benefits and equity.

Hiring Compensation Range

$151,000—$252,000 USD

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