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Principal Data Engineer (Remote)

Primary Location Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Job ID R106066 Apply

The Data Services team at Patterson Dental specializes in crafting sophisticated data strategies, architecting robust data models, and enabling innovative self-service and data-driven capabilities. Our focus extends to upholding the highest standards of data quality and governance. We play a pivotal role in designing, developing, testing, and deploying large-scale data warehouse solutions and other data services that power Patterson’s leading SaaS products in the dental services market.

The Principal Data Engineer holds a key leadership position within our team, recognized as the foremost expert in data engineering. This role demands a comprehensive knowledge of data engineering practices, encompassing a wide range of platforms, frameworks, and programming languages.

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an employee must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation. To request reasonableaccommodation, notify Human Resources or the manager who oversees the position.

  • Serves as the primary authority and consultant for all aspects of data engineering, setting benchmarks for excellence.

  • Leads the research, design, and development of a secure, resilient, and self-healing data architecture foundation, including comprehensive data warehousing, data integration pipelines, and data-centric software components.

  • Establishes and upholds high standards, best practices, and processes for the development, analysis, testing, and optimization of big data solutions.

  • Spearheads the creation, continuous improvement, and efficient management of ELT data pipelines, from their inception to production deployment.

  • Champions the ethical use, security, and privacy of both Patterson’s and customers’ data, ensuring adherence to the highest standards.

  • Enforces rigorous data integration and data quality standards across all development initiatives, in line with organizational policies and industry best practices.

  • Leads root cause analysis efforts and rectifies technological, procedural, or capability deficiencies.

  • Collaborates with architects, data scientists, data analysts, business partners, and developers in an agile environment to deliver cutting-edge data solutions.

  • Offers technical mentorship and guidance, fostering skill development within the Data Services team.

  • Evaluates and introduces new technologies that address business challenges, creating prototypes to demonstrate their potential impact.

  • Represents Patterson Dental at industry events, sharing insights and learning from peers.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical field, or equivalent professional experience.

  • A minimum of 9 years of relevant experience, including at least 3 years in a leadership role within data engineering.

  • Proficiency in various relational and NoSQL databases (e.g., Azure SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Cosmos DB).

  • Solid experience in cloud-based platforms, preferably Azure, and its associated technologies (e.g., Azure Data Factory, Synapse).

  • In-depth knowledge of data modeling, data mining, master data management, data integration, data architecture, data virtualization, data warehousing, and data quality techniques.

  • Expertise in SQL, modern programming languages (e.g., Python, R), and data pipeline/data science libraries.

  • Familiarity with healthcare data regulations and security standards (e.g., HIPAA, CCPA).

  • Proficiency in Git, CI/CD practices (preferably Azure DevOps), and software development tools for tracking incidents, version control, release management, and testing.

  • Experience with popular data discovery, analytics, and BI tools for semantic-layer-based data discovery.

  • Adept in agile methodologies, capable of applying DevOps principles and Data Operations practices to improve data pipeline management and automation/

  • Exceptional communication skills, adept at managing various stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience attending and speaking at industry events.

  • Experience explaining complex concepts to a nontechnical audience.

Working Conditions

  • We support the flexibility to work at a Patterson facility or fully remote from anywhere. Patterson Dental is committed to supporting a robust remote work culture, with well-established virtual collaboration practices and equal opportunities for career advancement and professional growth, regardless of physical location.

  • Travel to corporate sites is periodically required (Quarterly or so)

  • Periodic on call rotations and available outside of normal business hours on evenings and weekends during critical production release or issue escalation periods

The potential compensation range for this role is below. The final offer amount could exceed this range, based on various factors such as candidate location (geographical labor market), experience, and skills.

$160,000 - $185,000


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