Data Engineer (2022 New Graduate)


  • Team: Client Engineering
  • Salary: Competitive salary $100k (US—adjusted for international contractors), plus equity, health benefits, 401k and unlimited vacation.
  • Location: Boston, MA or Remote Considered (willing to work USA hours)
  • Closing: 11:01am, 23rd May 2022 EDT

Job Description

About Us is revolutionizing wholesale distribution. Distributors sell nearly every physical good you come across. Key to the economy, they make up over 28% of GDP. But there’s a problem. Selling as a distributor is complicated. Distributors carry hundreds of thousands of complicated SKUs, making it impossible for distributors to know what their customers need. Proton cuts through this complexity with AI. We provide a solution that modernizes distributors' sales efforts. And in doing so, we help distributors better serve their customers.

Our company is in hyper-growth mode. We've had significant year-over-year revenue growth, and we just raised a $20M Series A backed by Felicis Ventures (investors in Twitch, Shopify, Opendoor, and many others) and Battery Ventures. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to join the team.

The Role:

As our Data Engineer, you'll be working closely with data pipelines, databases, and infrastructure in order to deliver an excellent solution to our clients. In this role, you’ll utilize customer data to build the integrations that power the product and machine learning solutions for our customers. As part of our client engineering team, you’ll help us connect our customers' infrastructure to Proton and provide successful data onboardings. This position reports to our Head of Client Integrations.

Note that while this role is open to all comers, it is intended for recent grads or students finishing a degree at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. We're looking for someone high-potential we can build, nurture, and support in their career, and take along for an exciting startup adventure.

This is a full-time, fully-remote position, with occasional paid travel to in-person meetups. It includes a salary of $100,000 (US, depending on level).

What you'll do:

  • Utilize Map-Reduce, PySpark, Python, and Spark to process data.

  • Interact with Elasticsearch, Redis, and Kafka to store data in a multitude of formats and storage options (in-memory, on-disk, etc.)

  • Use data orchestration technologies like Airflow to set up data pipelines that power Machine Learning and AI models for our clients.

  • Work with APIs to build processes and features for customers.

  • Use Kubernetes and our microservice architecture to spin up new processes and tailor our application to customer needs.

  • Analyze client data sources to validate format, schema, integrity, and provide insights.

  • Be Proton's technical expert in client onboardings. Help the team identify, scope, and solve technical problems and be set up for success.

You'll be great fit for this role if you have:

  • Data processing expertise. You understand data concepts. You have experience with or willingness to learn distributed processing and frameworks like Spark.

  • An understanding of different ways of integrating with various systems (databases, APIs, file formats, batching, etc.)

  • Execution focused. You fully own a task and drive it to completion (asking for assistance as you need it).

  • Independence. You take ownership of your own work and thrive when given freedom.

  • Empathy for our customers, with the ability to understand the context behind various customer asks.


  • Competitive Salaries + Company Stock Options - we want to pay you well (and equitably!) and make you feel like an owner.  

  • Flexible Schedule - we think high levels of autonomy, responsibility and working asynchronously foster an amazing workplace.

  • Unlimited PTO + 10 Company Paid Holidays - we even have tools implemented to detect burnout to make sure folks recharge regularly.

  • 401k with Employer Contribution (US only, for now!) - we know work isn’t forever, so we contribute up to 3% of your salary to help you prepare whether you directly contribute or not.

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance - we cover one medical plan 100% in the USA and cover a premium plan 100% for international employees (for US- this includes a HSA!) and cover 50% for dependents on all our medical plan options.

  • $450 Quarterly Remote Working Stipend - to iterate and upgrade your WFH setup, cover cell phone/internet bills or even to go towards Coworking space!

  • 12 Weeks Fully Paid Parental Leave - that goes for primary and secondary caregivers; even if you’re adopting or fostering!

  • Biannual Company Paid Off-sites - time for us to be together, brainstorm, and make magic happen.

Our Hiring Process

You may also notice we hire a little differently. Candidates enjoy our application process! They tell us that the questions we ask make sense, plus they get to showcase their abilities.

We ask questions directly related to the work you will be doing. Resumes are optional. We'd encourage you to visit our engineering blog to learn more about how we hire and how to ace our interview.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 23rd May 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application