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Software Engineer - Back-End



Software Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Salary Range: $100k-$140k

About Us

BlastPoint is a B2B data analytics startup located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We give companies the power to solve business problems through discovering the humans in their data and understanding how they think. Serving diverse industries including energy, retail, finance, and transportation, BlastPoint’s software platform helps companies plan solutions to customer-facing challenges, from encouraging green behavior to managing customers’ financial stress. Founded in 2016 by Carnegie Mellon Alumni, we are a tight-knit, forward-thinking team.

Why You Should Work for Us

  • Solve Challenging Problems: BlastPoint’s platform incorporates cutting-edge approaches to geospatial data, psychographic clustering, data enrichment and a dynamic visualization environment, all at scale. We’re working to break new ground by pulling insights from high-dimensional data. And we’re pushing ourselves to try new and better ways to approach every step of our process.

  • Have An Impact: Small but mighty, BlastPoint’s growth is due to big companies increasingly trusting us with supporting key decisions using their most sensitive data. What we do positively impacts the lives of millions of Americans (and beyond).

  • Make Positive Change in the World: Our solutions reduce paper consumption, help struggling families pay their bills, and promote clean energy. We also offer our platform for free to nonprofits and civic-oriented organizations.

  • Employee-Focused Culture: We support the individual needs of our team, offering schedule and work-from-home flexibility, health insurance, 401K, and three weeks of PTO. We also tailor growth opportunities, from skills training to industry conferences.

Job Description

We are looking for a talented Back-End Engineer to join our growing Platform Engineering team. The ideal candidate for this position is knowledgeable about the entire web application stack, but prefers to focus on server-side components that deliver data to clients.

Primary duties for this position include:

  • Designing, building, and maintaining server-side components of the BlastPoint Customer Intelligence Platform

  • Writing clean and efficient server-side Python code to enable new platform functionality

  • Optimizing the code base for maximum performance when working with large datasets

  • Active participation in code review, documentation, quality assurance, deployment, and continuous integration activities

  • Protecting data integrity and security throughout the project lifecycle

Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in computer science, mathematics, statistics, economics, or a similar field of study

  • 2+ years of work experience in software engineering or a related discipline

  • Advanced proficiency developing data-centric Python code that's readable, idiomatic, and performant

  • Relational database expertise, including SQL query development and optimization

  • Experience designing, developing, and optimizing RESTful APIs, preferably using the Flask web framework

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Authorized to work in the United States

  • Employment is subject to a background check

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience using object-relational mapping frameworks

  • A deep understanding of intermediate to advanced PostgreSQL concepts, e.g. subqueries, common table expressions, and window functions

  • Strong knowledge of the pandas DataFrame API and related packages in the Python data science ecosystem

  • Experience working with geospatial data

  • Experience building and enhancing CI/CD pipelines using GitHub Actions

  • A working knowledge of AWS cloud services, including but not limited to: RDS, SageMaker, ECS, ECR, EC2, S3, IAM, VPC, Elastic MapReduce, Lambda, AWS Backup, CloudWatch, and CloudTrail

  • A working knowledge of common machine learning tools and techniques

  • Experience using Terraform to deploy and configure virtual infrastructure in the AWS cloud environment

  • Highly attentive to detail, with a skeptical sixth sense about data quality

  • An ability to work independently in a challenging, fast-paced environment with several ongoing concurrent projects

  • A can-do mentality, with the willingness to take initiative to solve problems

  • Recognition that there are always multiple answers to a problem

  • An ability to engage in a constructive dialogue to find the best path forward

  • A willingness to travel to the Pittsburgh, PA office periodically (generally 2-4 times per year), provided that it is safe to do so