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Senior Software Engineer, Data Platform



Software Engineering
Remote · United States
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Who we are

Samsara (NYSE: IOT) is the pioneer of the Connected Operations™ Cloud, which is a platform that enables organizations that depend on physical operations to harness Internet of Things (IoT) data to develop actionable insights and improve their operations. At Samsara, we are helping improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the physical operations that power our global economy. Representing more than 40% of global GDP, these industries are the infrastructure of our planet, including agriculture, construction, field services, transportation, and manufacturing — and we are excited to help digitally transform their operations at scale.

Working at Samsara means you’ll help define the future of physical operations and be on a team that’s shaping an exciting array of product solutions, including Video-Based Safety, Vehicle Telematics, Apps and Driver Workflows, Equipment Monitoring, and Site Visibility. As part of a recently public company, you’ll have the autonomy and support to make an impact as we build for the long term.

Recent awards we’ve won include:

Great Place To Work Certified™ 2023

Best Place to Work by Built In 2023

Financial Times The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2023

Deloitte Fast 500 Companies

IoT Analytics Company of the Year in 2022’s IoT Breakthrough Winners

We see a profound opportunity for data to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of operations, and hope you consider joining us on this exciting journey.

About the role:

The Samsara Data Services team builds core infrastructure to enable the business to make data-driven products and decisions. As a Senior Data Platform Engineer, you will contribute to a scalable and reliable data platform to meet the data needs of everyone at Samsara - engineers, data scientists, product managers, and more.

You will work on Big Data cloud infrastructure that enables Samsara to make critical business conclusions and enables us to explore new product directions. You will:

  • Contribute to the development of our large scale Data Platform
  • Build tools (e.g orchestration frameworks, metadata catalogs) that democratize the use of data for the whole business, including software engineers, data engineers, and data scientists
  • Contribute to strategic initiatives to lower costs and ensure data security
  • Lift a broad set of production data into a centralized data lake, and scale that data storage layer as the company grows
  • Optimize our compute layer for reliability and performance (Spark/Databricks on EC2)

This role can be office-based or fully remote in the US and Canada.

You should apply if:

  • You want to impact the industries that run our world: The software, firmware, and hardware you build will result in real-world impact—helping to keep the lights on, get food into grocery stores, and most importantly, ensure workers return home safely.
  • You want to build for scale: With over 2.3 million IoT devices deployed to our global customers, you will work on a range of new and mature technologies driving scalable innovation for customers across industries driving the world's physical operations.
  • You are a life-long learner: We have ambitious goals. Every Samsarian has a growth mindset as we work with a wide range of technologies, challenges, and customers that push us to learn on the go.
  • You believe customers are more than a number: Samsara engineers enjoy a rare closeness to the end user and you will have the opportunity to participate in customer interviews, collaborate with customer success and product managers, and use metrics to ensure our work is translating into better customer outcomes.
  • You are a team player: Working on our Samsara Engineering teams requires a mix of independent effort and collaboration. Motivated by our mission, we’re all racing toward our connected operations vision, and we intend to win—together.

Click here to learn about what we value at Samsara.

In this role, you will:

  • Develop software to reliably ingest vast amounts of data into our data lake
  • Explore new infrastructure needed to support the growing needs of our data platform
  • Design, scope, and build libraries and data management tooling for other software engineers, product managers and data scientists to use the data platform effectively
  • Expand our ability to stream data into the data lake to support near real time access
  • Be responsible for the uptime, reliability, and monitoring of our data platform
  • Research, recommend, and implement new tools to help our teams leverage data more easily (e.g., expanding our orchestration system)
  • Uplevel team members and cross functional colleagues on topics like data best practices, AWS, Spark, etc.
  • Champion, role model, and embed Samsara’s cultural principles (Focus on Customer Success, Build for the Long Term, Adopt a Growth Mindset, Be Inclusive, Win as a Team) as we scale globally and across new offices

Minimum requirements for the role:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent practical experience
  • 5+ years experience on building/maintaining a large scale production-grade data platform (including a Data Lake) for data scientists, analysts, and engineers
  • Strong programming and software engineering skills (experience with Python, Go, Scala, or SQL is a must)
  • Expertise working with Spark
  • Experience deploying and managing data orchestration systems (e.g Airflow, Flyte, Prefect, Dagster)
  • AWS knowledge and expertise (S3, Lambda, SQS, Kinesis)

An ideal candidate also has:

  • An advanced degree in a related field (Masters or PhD)
  • 8+ years experience on data platform focused teams
  • Experience with Databricks
  • Familiarity using Terraform
Samsara’s Compensation Philosophy: Samsara’s compensation program is designed to deliver total compensation (based on role, level, and geography) that is above market. We do this through our base salary + bonus/variable + restricted stock unit awards (RSUs). A new hire RSU award is awarded at the time of hire, and additional RSU refresh grants may be awarded annually.

We pay for performance, and top performers are eligible to receive above target equity refresh awards which allow employees to achieve higher market positioning.

The range of annual base salary for full-time employees for this position is below. Please note that base pay offered may vary depending on factors including your city of residence, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.
$156,332$229,900 USD

At Samsara, we welcome everyone regardless of their background, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, etc. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.



Full time employees receive an above market total compensation package along with employee-led remote and flexible working, health benefits, Samsara for Good charity fund, and much, much more. Take a look at our Benefits site to learn more.

Flexible Working

At Samsara, we have adopted a flexible way of working, enabling teams and individuals to do their best work, regardless of where they’re based. We value in-person collaboration and know a change of scenery and quiet space to work is welcomed from time to time, but also appreciate that the world of work has changed. Our offices remain open for those who prefer to collaborate or work in-office, but we also encourage fully remote applicants. As most roles are not required to be in the office, we are able to hire remotely where Samsara has an established presence. If a role is required to be in a certain location and candidates do not have work authorization for that location, Samsara will conduct an immigration assessment. If the role is not required to be in a specific location, Samsara will move forward with the remote location that works best for the business. All offers of employment are contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure and maintain the legal right to work at the company.

Please note: Samsara does not accept agency resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Please do not forward resumes to Samsara employees.