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Tech Lead, Big Data
Sunnyvale, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

23andMe is looking for an experienced, self-directed Tech Lead for the Big Data engineering team to design, develop and maintain large scale data services for both internal and external customers.


Who we are

Since 2006, 23andMe’s mission has been to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. We are a group of passionate individuals pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to help turn genetic insight into better health and personal understanding.


What you'll do

  • Design, develop and maintain highly scalable services to solve complex large scale engineering challenges at 23andMe
  • Collaborate with other engineering teams, product, security to deliver on strategic projects as well as maintain operational excellence of existing services
  • Perform proof-of-concept (POC) to evaluate technologies for strategic projects
  • Provide technical leadership and establish best practices in data engineering
  • Mentor other engineers and become a contributor to our engineering culture


What You’ll Bring:

  • Passion for systems engineering and proven track record of delivering multiple large-scale projects
  • Proven success in communicating with product and engineering leadership to describe data architecture decisions and data engineering strategy
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in developing and maintaining large scale systems, data storage solutions, data pipelines
  • Experience in AWS, big data technologies (HBase is preferred), columnar storage formats, Spark
  • Significant exposure to different programming languages and paradigms with a working knowledge of Python
  • Prior experience supporting customer-facing backend applications is preferred

Tools we use and teach:

  • AWS
  • Python/Java
  • Parquet, Arrow, HBase/Phoenix
  • Spark, Celery


About Us

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Our mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review to its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and named one of Fast Company’s “25 Brands That Matter Now, 2017”. 23andMe has over 5 million customers worldwide, with ~85 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Sunnyvale, CA. More information is available at

At 23andMe, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Please note: 23andMe does not accept agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.