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Navient Lead Data Engineer - Remote, US in Pierre, South Dakota

Earnest’s mission is to make higher education accessible and affordable for everyone. We empower past, present, and soon-to-be students to maximize their financial futures through thoughtful guidance and impactful products.

We build tools that help people feel in control of their financial future, including:

  • Private student loans - low rates, people-first service, and flexible payments.

  • Student loan refinancing - break free from high interest rates or monthly payments.

  • Scholarships - access to thousands of scholarships to help students pay less.

As the Lead Data Engineer, you will:

  • Lead data infrastructure and framework development to support and optimize predictive models

  • Build backend services in Python to support ML model building and data transformations.

  • Build and maintain ETL/ELT framework for data modeling and transformations, enable monitoring logging and CI/CD using AWS, Airflow, DBT, SQL, Snowflake.

  • Build data integrations to extract data from various data resources such as Postgres DB, API, CSV files using Airflow DAGs, AWS DMS service.

  • Create snowpipes to Load the data into Snowflake data warehouse.

  • Build data models using DBT and SQL for data transformations to satisfy business requirements.

  • Deploy and maintain Airflow for data orchestration and build DAGs to run data transformations on schedule.

  • Manage Snowflake data warehouse that includes access management, usage monitoring, cost optimizations and data integrations.

  • Build ML platform to support faster model development, training, experimentation, and production deployment by using technologies like Sagemaker, Kubeflow, AWS, Ansible, Terraform.

  • Set up model development environments by creating Sagemaker notebook instances and train models using various AWS services. Deploy Kubeflow, Sagemaker pipelines for automated model training, experimentation and serving.

  • Use ansible, terraform, Jenkins and other CI/CD tools to automate tasks and cloud service deployments. Set up technical direction by designing system architecture, proposing technologies, planning and leading projects in roadmap to solve technical and business problems.

  • Write and present ERDs for system architecture changes or additions and lead project implementations.

  • Mentor and guide junior members of the team to build their skills and onboard them onto new tools and technologies.

About You:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related field, plus 5 years of software development experience.

  • These 5 years of experience must include experience with each of the following: (1) 3 years of SQL and data transformation experience; (2) 3 years of programming language experience, including python; (3) 2 years of Snowflake experience; (4) 2 years of cloud services experience, including AWS; and (5) 1 year of experience using data tools, including Airflow or DBT.

About Us:

Earnies are committed to helping students live their best lives, free from the stress of student debt. If you’re as passionate as we are about our mission, read more below, and let’s build something great together!

What makes an “Earnie” culture:

  • Drivers – Drivers are satisfied by making things happen, not coming along for the ride. They feel a strong sense of ownership for their projects and teams and demand high standards from themselves and others.

  • Humility – Humble team players check their egos and consider the team’s needs above their own. They are self-aware of their strengths and opportunities for improvement.

  • Growth Mindset – People with a growth mindset approach challenges and failures as learning opportunities. They seek feedback to improve, give feedback to others, and genuinely want to perform well.

Earnest believes in enabling our employees to live their best lives. We offer a variety of perks and competitive benefits, including:

  • Health, Dental, & Vision benefits plus savings plans

  • Work anywhere in the U.S.

  • Mac computers + work from home stipend to set up your home office

  • Monthly internet and phone reimbursement

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • RSUs

  • 401(k) plan to help you save for retirement plus a company match

  • Robust tuition reimbursement program

  • $1,000 travel perk on each Earnie-versary to anywhere in the world

  • Competitive days of annual PTO

  • Annual “my day”

  • Pet insurance!

  • Competitive parental leave

  • Plenty of Earnest swag, optional in person team gatherings, picnics, celebrations, and plenty of fun virtual events

At Earnest, we are committed to building an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging enables us to move forward with our mission. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage anyone to apply if your experience is close to what we are looking for.

Earnest provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status disability or genetics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the Fair Chance Ordinance.


A little about our pay philosophy: We take pride in ensuring we are compensating our employees fairly and equitably. We are showcasing a range and actual starting pay may be based on several factors including but not limited to, market rate, the qualified pool of candidates, internal compensation, candidate location, and budgetary constraints. This number does not necessarily reflect your total compensation, but is a range for your base salary.

Pay Range

$185,000—$204,000 USD