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Principal Software Engineer - Data Platform

NextdoorFull-time$230k - $290kSan Francisco, CaliforniaApr 2, 2024
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Nextdoor is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong. Our purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.

Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby — neighbors, businesses, and public services. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 315,000 neighborhoods across 11 countries.

Meet Your Future Neighbors

At Nextdoor, we believe that data is one of our most valuable assets. As a Principal Engineer on the Data Platform team, you’ll be driving an acceleration of product development, machine learning, data science and more by providing world class data infrastructure and self-service tools.  

At Nextdoor, we offer a warm and inclusive work environment that embraces a hybrid employment experience, providing a flexible experience for our valued employees.  

The Impact You’ll Make

If you enjoy delighting coworkers with easy-to-use, fast, cost-efficient data infrastructure at massive scale, the Data Platform team at Nextdoor just might be the place for you. You will be pushing the boundaries of data freshness and query performance while simultaneously supporting thousands of tables at petabyte scale.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • You’ll envision, architect, build, and own a highly scalable data platform that will help power the development of Nextdoor for the foreseeable future
  • You’ll actively participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle: analysis, technical design, planning, development, testing/CICD, release, and post production/escalation support
  • You’ll build partnerships with key stakeholders, evangelize the use of the platform, and develop a roadmap for future development
  • Participate in in-person Nextdoor events, trainings, off-sites, volunteer days, and other team building exercises
  • Build in-person relationships with team members and contribute to the KIND culture that Nextdoor values  

What You’ll Bring To The Team

  • 7-10 years demonstrated experience working on data infrastructure at petabyte scale
  • Deep understanding of data infrastructure, governance, compliance and how enterprises use data
  • Knowledge of SQL, Spark/pySpark and other data processing tools
  • Computer science fundamentals such as data structures, algorithms, performance complexity, and optimization
  • Software engineering fundamentals: version control systems (i.e Git, Github) and workflows, and ability to write production-ready code
  • Knowledgeable with data science and machine learning tools and frameworks
  • Familiarity with experimentation methodologies, such as A/B testing, multivariate testing, and statistical analysis
  • Experience deploying scalable software
  • Experience with cloud technologies (AWS preferred)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to conduct meetings and make professional presentations, and to explain complex concepts and technical material to non-technical users  


Compensation, benefits, perks, and recognition programs at Nextdoor come together to create one overall rewards package.

The starting salary for this role is expected to range from $230,000 to $290,000 on an annualized basis, or potentially greater in the event that your 'level' of proficiency exceeds the level expected for the role. Compensation may also vary by geography.

We also expect to award a meaningful equity grant for this role. With equal quarterly vesting, your first vest date would be within the first 3 months of your start date.

Overall, total compensation will vary depending on your relevant skills, experience, and qualifications. We have you covered! Nextdoor employees can choose between a variety of great health plans. We cover 100% of your personal monthly premium for health, dental, and vision – and provide a OneMedical membership for concierge care.

At Nextdoor, we empower our employees to build stronger local communities. To create a platform where all feel welcome, we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the neighbors we seek to serve. We encourage everyone interested in our purpose to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or any other trait that unfairly targets a group of people. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For information about our collection and use of applicants’ personal information, please see Nextdoor's Personnel Privacy Notice, found here.


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