Data Engineer

| Austin
Come work at Smarter Sorting!
About Us
Smarter Sorting helps companies maximize the salvation of unwanted items.
We utilize machine learning and artificial intelligence to create the best decision path for unsalable products. At least 1 in 10 products sold by retailers are returned, unsold or damaged. With a lack of standardized data, retailers are unable to properly classify these products and end up spending millions. These products are disposed of instead of being donated and used for their intended purpose.
Our Point of Reversal Decision Engine helps to find end-markets for these unsaleable items, stops tons of hazardous waste from being incinerated into our atmosphere, and saves our partners lots of money by increasing reuse and automating compliance.
The Smarter Sorting team is made up of top-notch talent who are dedicated to our mission of reducing unnecessary waste. We're determined to build world-class tech that transforms the chemical waste management industry, speeding our advancement towards a zero-waste future. Join our team!
About You
Smarter Sorting has positioned itself as the industry leader in chemical reuse and shipping. We are building upon our data platform to power these goals, and are seeking a Data Engineer to help architect and develop scalable solutions. Our Data Engineer will work cross-functionally with our Data Scientists to fully automate our ETL (extract, transform, load) pipelines. The end-goal would be to make adding a new data source as simple as filling out a configuration file and adding it to a queue. They will also monitor and manage data ingestion as well as clean existing data. Our Data Engineer will define data models, update the ETL to interface with the new data store, and manage the migration from Mongo to Postgres.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Design and build scalable data ETL pipelines and processes
  • Research and incorporate new data sources into the system
  • Manage both Postgres and Mongo environments
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements, including but not limited to: automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, and re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability
  • Collaborate with Data Scientists to determine data requirements and respond to data requests
  • Perform maintenance and clean up existing data and data sources
  • Research and incorporate new data sources into the system

Your Experience + Skills

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering or related degree
  • 5+ years of experience working with ETL (extract, transform, load) pipelines
  • 3+ years of SQL experience
  • 1+ years of Mongo experience
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with data migration projects
  • Working knowledge of object-oriented programming
  • Experience creating large data cleansing and management automation systems
  • Experience supporting and working with cross-functional teams in a dynamic environment
  • Strong understanding of security considerations

Your first month

  • Demonstrate understanding of our data architecture
  • Perform data quality analysis
  • Complete organizational onboarding

Your first 3 months

  • Create the data migration plan and timeline
  • Develop data ingestion automation from Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • Complete data cleansing

Your first 6 months

  • Complete the data migration from Mongo to Postgres
  • Create automated data quality monitoring systems
  • Improve data processing capacity by 50%

Your Benefits & Perks
Smarter Sorting offers:
-Competitive Compensation Packages
-Medical, dental & vision insurance
-401k program
-Short-term disability insurance
-Unlimited PTO
-Continuing Education & Lunch N Learns
-Bi-Annual All-Hands
-Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
-Snacks, drinks, lunches and dinners

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • IonicFrameworks
    • SinatraFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • DockerDatabases
    • InVisionDesign
    • WrikeManagement
    • MailChimpEmail


We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Lustre Pearl and Scotty's BBQ. Our 2,500 sq ft. office used to be an auto body shop. #ReUse

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' I'll be getting my HR certification this year and it will be completely funded by our Administrative department. We also buy our employees any books they need for continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.


VP of Customer Success

What are some social events your company does?

Every day at Smarter Sorting is like a social event. Our internal slogan is "party all the time". Snack days are held every Thursday and feature local treats. We invite baby goats & bunnies to all company events. We also facilitate volunteering opportunities for our employees including Dress for Success, Austin Habitat for Humanity and lots more.

Jocelyn Wakham

Operations Associate

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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