VP of Platform Engineering at Fivetran

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From Fivetran’s founding until now, our mission has remained the same: to make access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. With Fivetran, customer data arrives in their warehouses, canonical and ready to query, with no engineering or maintenance required. We’re proud that more organizations continue to leverage our technology every day to become truly data-driven.

Job Description 

As the VP of Platform Engineering and an ambitious and experienced leader, you will join our Engineering Senior Leadership Team to adapt and accelerate Fivetran’s platform engineering vision, strategy, and implementation that will drive our 10x growth from 2,500+ customers to 25,000+ customers in the next few years. In this role, you will be responsible for the organization that is architecting, designing, implementing, and running Fivetran’s managed service data movement platform and infrastructure. The underlying services will run highly available, secure, and performant data pipelines tens of millions of times every day. 

If you love the idea of building and operating the world largest, elastic, reliable, secure, and massively scalable data movement platform and you’re intimately familiar with how to do that in AWS, GCP, and Azure (yes, we run in all three), you should talk to us before this highly coveted position is filled. 

Your responsibilities will include all facets of delivering a high-quality and high-availability customer and software engineering experience, including the pre-production developer productivity experience and quality engineering teams. Last, but not least, being an engineer at heart, you are also passionate about building strong relationships across the engineering team to communicate, drive and implement our platform vision and strategy.

Fivetran’s Data Movement Platform

Fivetran’s platform spans our core data pipeline processing framework, our cloud architecture and infrastructure, internal development systems, security framework, common components, quality engineering framework, and our developer systems and experience. Combining those pillars into a massively scaling platform, we are able to manage data streaming and batch workloads for the three main public clouds, AWS, Azure, and GCP.

As Fivetran’s VP of Platform Engineering, you will be responsible and accountable for: 

  • Platform Vision, Architecture & Strategy: Your experience managing platform teams enables you to craft, design, orchestrate, and deliberate a platform architecture vision, architecture, and strategy.
  • Scalable Cloud Architecture: Using your first-hand experience working with public CSPs, you and your team are designing and delivering a cloud architecture to run 25,000+ customers comfortably with lots of room to scale upwards from there.
  • Building and Running our High-Reliability Platform: With a goal of delivering a 99.9+% Uptime customer experience, you will leverage your deep technical knowledge and experience to manage a team that is building and running our platform. 
  • Customer Value Delivery: With a strong propensity to make a visible impact and deliver new, improved, secure, and reliable features to our engineering teams and customers every quarter, you’re drawing on your experience to motivate the platform engineering teams to be accountable to customer value delivery.
  • Quality Engineering (QE): To drive our industry-leading uptime, you’re leveraging QE methods and processes as well as embedded QE teams embedded in our software engineering teams to ensure that downtime, bugs, and incidents in production are minimized.
  • Developer Systems & Experience: You will lean on demonstrated prior experience managing a team that delivers engineering productivity gains by leveraging systems, automations, integrations, and productivity tools. 
  • Platform Security: Bringing together our CISO team and your platform teams, you will deliver the most secure data movement platform in the industry, one that holds up to the most rigorous security and compliance standards which will enable us to move data for international and government organizations.
  • Common Components: Our platform includes common components such as our data pipeline orchestration framework, data privacy tooling, secret management, and such. Those components are used by our engineers to build the data pipelines and data pipeline frameworks. 
  • Platform Business Management: In addition to building and running an industry-leading platform, you’re also focusing on the business aspects of the platform, most notably the ability to drive our gross margin through responsible owner-mentality infrastructure cost management.
  • Top-Notch Platform Team: You are leveraging your proven track record of hiring and integrating top-notch leaders and architects and integrating them into the team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in building and managing a 50+ team that has built platforms
  • At least one prior platform role in a 300+ team member engineering organization before, at the VP level
  • 10+ years of experience working in engineering senior leadership teams
  • Experience managing managers and managing international teams
  • Proven strong people management and career development skills
  • Experience in engineering processes, OKRs and KPIs
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with technical founders and non-engineering stakeholders
  • Ability to travel internationally (EMEA, APAC) for 2 weeks a quarter
  • Background in security, privacy, and compliance (PCI, ISO 27001, SOC2) 
  • Master of Science in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math or similar technical fields

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in building in data pipeline or data processing platforms
  • Experience in managing developer productivity/efficiency teams
  • Experience in managing QA teams
Perks and Benefits:
  • 100% paid Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance. Benefits begin on your first day!
  • Option of Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
  • Generous paid time off (PTO) plus paid sick time, holidays, parental leave, and volunteer days off
  • 401k match program
  • Eligible donation match program
  • Monthly cell phone stipend
  • Work-from-home equipment reimbursement for your home office setup!
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Company virtual happy hours and fun team building activities
  • Pet Insurance -- and yes, you can bring your well-behaved fur babies to work
  • Commuter benefits to help with transit and parking costs

We’re honored to be valued at over $5.6 billion, but more importantly, we’re proud of our core values of Get Stuck In, Do the Right Thing, and One Team, One Dream. To learn more about Fivetran’s culture and what it’s like to be part of the team, click here and enjoy our video.

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An Insider's view of Fivetran

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

"Our work-life balance is less about "balance" and more about flowing seamlessly between the two. Everyone understands that to be our best in the workplace we have to embrace our true selves. That means a bike ride or yoga in the middle of the day is a priority so we can deliver great results for our customers, company, colleagues, and ourselves."

Mike Faber

Sales Leader Enablement Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

" I collaborated with other departments on a weekly if not daily basis. Our core value of One Team One Dream ensures that everyone makes decisions that are in the best interest of the organization."

Andrew Sutherland

Business Development Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Fivetran is a true rocketship. I didn’t realize what an incredible company I was joining, so I feel lucky to be here every day. Everyone loves Fivetran whether they’re a customer or they’re an employee. We all strive toward a common goal of making Fivetran the best, and we’ve done a pretty amazing job at it.

Rachel Musiker

Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I just celebrated my one year anniversary with Fivetran! The accelerated growth has given me so many chances to learn new things and show off my skills! I’ve already been promoted twice and have more ambitious goals ahead!

Emily Chapman

Recruiting Team Lead

What are Fivetran Perks + Benefits

Fivetran Benefits Overview

100% paid Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance
25 days annual paid vacation, plus 13 paid holidays and generous sick time
401k match program
Pet Insurance -- and yes, you can bring your well-behaved fur babies to work
Commuter pre-tax benefits options to help with transit and parking costs
Professional development and training opportunities
Unlimited coffee, office snacks, and frequent catered lunches
Company happy hours and fun team building activities

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Fivetran encourages every employee to volunteer by giving them 2 days off each year to dedicate to a volunteer opportunity! How cool is that?!
Partners with Nonprofits
Fivetran partners with a number of nonprofits throughout the year via donation matching and other co-sponsored events.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
In 2020, our team launched new Employee Resource Groups like: Women's Network, 7ERG (LGBTQIA), and BFN (Black at Fivetran)
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Fivetran host a Wellness Week every yea
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

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