Senior Data Engineer at Whatnot (W20)
Whatnot is the largest livestream shopping platform in the U.S.
3+ years
About Whatnot

Whatnot is a community marketplace where you can safely buy, sell, go live and build a community with other like-minded people.

We got our start offering a buying and selling experience to collectors of Funko Pops and Pokemon cards. We became the leading marketplace for those communities and have found success launching into categories like sports cards, NFTs, and vintage fashion.

In July of 2022, we raised $260 million in a Series D funding round bringing our valuation to $3.7 billion, a 2.5x increase since our $1.5 billion valuation in September of 2021.

Our mission is to enable anyone to turn their passion into a business and bring people together through commerce. We enable anyone to connect, transact and build a business in one place -- Whatnot is bringing the in-person retail experience online.

About the role
Skills: Python, Data Warehousing, SQL, Distributed Systems, Software Architecture, Software Security, ETL, Data Modeling, Data Analytics

🚀 Whatnot

Whatnot (YC W20) is a livestream shopping platform and marketplace backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, and CapitalG. We’re one of YC’s top companies and one of the fastest-growing marketplaces ever. We’re laser-focused on creating an exceptional software company, team, and place to work. You can read our principles here and learn what our team is up to through our engineering blog.

Our mission: enable anyone to turn their passion into a business and bring people together through commerce. We’re building the future of ecommerce; an interactive community where creators can make a living off their passion.

Did we mention we’re high growth? In January 2021, Whatnot had 10 ambitious employees. Today, the Whatnot team is 120+ employees and will exceed 300 by year end. We’re hiring forward thinking problem solvers across all functional areas. We recruit thoughtfully, can adapt quickly, and are scaling fully remotely.

📈 Opportunity Size

The ecommerce experience has been static for 20+ years and is one of the largest opportunities for disruption in the startup space today. Livestream shopping is a $170B GMV market in China and has grown 100% YoY. Retail is a $5T market opportunity!

💻 Role

We are looking for a creative, passionate Data Engineer to come join the data team. We are a spirited, fast paced team, and we're excited to have another motivated engineer help us lead and build some of the most important data systems at the company.

We're big believers in self-service and transparency. As a Data Engineer, you'll help support a wide variety of data products, both internal and external — you will lay the technical foundation for innovative data services working with some of the most exciting datasets available today.

What you'll do

  • Own and drive the architecture for the Data Warehouse. Solve all problems related to scaling the data warehouse ranging from analytical to machine learning use cases.
  • Own our ETL/ELT strategy. Identify and make key decisions about how we should think about data ingestion and transformation, and implement the tools to make it happen.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of our cloud infrastructure. We're an entirely cloud-based company and team, and our environment grows more sophisticated as we scale. You will help craft best practices and roll outs to steer the direction of the team.
  • Build internal and external data applications from data sources to API construction to client side integration.
  • Contribute to the design of data governance policies, and assist with the implementation that enforces and monitors them.

👋 About You

Curious about who thrives at Whatnot? We’ve found that low ego, a growth mindset, and leaning into action and high impact goes a long way here.

As our next data engineer you should have 3+ years of experience, plus:

  • Experience with, comfort using, and passion for Infrastructure-as-Code (Terraform, CloudFormation, Pulumi, etc.).
  • Design and implementation experience with at least one of the major Cloud Data Warehouses (Snowflake, BigQuery, Redshift, etc.).
  • Proven understanding of the cloud, and experience with at least one of the major cloud providers (AWS, GCP, Azure) and their associated standard methodologies (basic networking, authentication/authorization patterns, patterns for high-availability and fault-tolerance, etc.).
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language (preferably Python, or Scala, Java, Go).
  • Experience with batch and streaming design patterns and tools (Kinesis, Kafka).
  • First hand knowledge of the latest ETL/ELT tooling and vendors (dbt, Airflow, Prefect, Fivetran, Segment, Stitch, etc...)
  • An understanding of and appreciation for high-quality, well-tested, API driven software.
  • Professionalism around collaborating in a remote working environment. Above average documentation and communication skills.

🎁 Benefits

  • Competitive base salary and stock options
  • Unlimited Vacation Policy and Company-wide Holidays (including a spring and winter break)
  • Health Insurance options including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short term disability & Long term Disability
  • Whatnot covers 99% of employee premium costs, and 75% of dependent care premiums for Medical
  • Dental and Vision sponsored 100% by Whatnot for employees and dependents
  • Laptop provided by Whatnot and home office setup allowance
  • $450 work-from-anywhere quarterly allowance for cell phone, internet, or co-working space
  • Up to $500 monthly to spend within Whatnot App
  • $1,350 quarterly allowance on food
  • $1,500 quarterly allowance for wellness
  • 16 weeks Paid Parental Leave and gradual return to work
  • $20,000 for family planning, such as adoption or fertility expenses
  • Employer matching contributions of 100% of up to 4% of contributions on base salary


Whatnot is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, parental status, disability status, or any other status protected by local law. We believe that our work is better and our company culture is improved when we encourage, support, and respect the different skills and experiences represented within our workforce.


Infrastructure: AWS, Kubernetes, Serverless

Databases: Postgres, DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Redis

Backend: Python (Flask), Node, Elixir

Front-End React, GraphQL, Swift, Kotlin

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