Manager, Data Engineering at Blackbaud

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What is this role?

Data Engineering at Blackbaud is responsible for ingestion, transformation and integration of data in Blackbaud’s Data Platform. This scalable and performant big data platform supports data science, data enrichment, research and data analysis as well as making data operationally able to be consumed by Blackbaud’s products and services.

The Data Engineering Manager facilitates this by helping their teams’ take on large, complex data problems/initiatives and eliciting considerable technical influence within Data Engineering and the Data Intelligence Center of Excellence at Blackbaud. The Data Engineering Manager has a wide-ranging experience and extensive knowledge in major parts of our data platform and data engineering tech stack, serving as strategy and process owner of significant components of our data architecture. This role provides high-level guidance, team mentoring, coaching and influencing technical direction within the Data Engineering teams. They are also creativity leaders, finding alternatives and new approaches to difficult problems and application of data and insight.

In addition to the team management responsibilities this role will help craft the vision for how Blackbaud’s Data Strategy helps nonprofit organizations be more effective raising money and facilitating their visions. 

What will I be doing?

  • Develop and direct the strategy for all aspects of Data Engineering 
  • Set, communicate and facilitate technical direction more broadly for the Data Intelligence Center of Excellence and collaboratively beyond the Center of Excellence
  • Keep current on technology: distributed computing, big data concepts and architecture.
  • Define the tools and pipeline patterns our data engineers use to transform data and support our data science practice
  • Lead teams that design and implement pipelines that support data ingestion, data movement, transformation, aggregation, machine learning, data science, and much more. 
  • Design and develop breakthrough products, services or technological advancements in the Data Intelligence space that expand our business
  • Work alongside product management to craft technical solutions to solve customer business problems.
  • Set and achieve annual and quarterly Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)
  • Hiring the best people that help execute the data engineering vision within Blackbaud
  • Establish recruiting pipeline for new team members through networking, internships, etc.
  • Ensure that your teams are motivated, engaged and excited to do the work we do.
  • Promote inquisitiveness within your teams
  • Managing engineering teams work through other managers and directly
  • Own the technical data governance practices and ensures data sovereignty, privacy, security and regulatory compliance.
  • Independently identify and execute projects to improve the quality of life of engineers at Blackbaud
  • Promote internally how data within Blackbaud can help change the world.
  • Continuously challenging the status quo of how things have been done in the past.
  • Other duties as assigned

We'd love to hear from you if:

  • You have 8+ years of software and/or data engineering experience (specifically data focused or SaaS based products)
  • You have 5+ years of experience managing 6+ person teams
  • Strong understanding of Cloud Big Data and Pipeline services(Azure preferred)
  • Expert in Big Data design patterns and implementation, as well as connected domains (real-time streaming, machine learning, etc.)
  • Experience with Spark/Databricks that include Scala and Python
  • Professional experience enabling Data Science with the proper data and platform 
  • Proven expertise in both batch and real-time processing models and tools 
  • Expertise in areas of data governance, privacy and regulation and professional experience with architectural approaches to data security
  • Experience with continuous machine learning development and deployment 
  • Track record of teams successfully designing/building reliable, performant, scalable data platforms 
  • Have experience integrating multiple data sources into a common set of data assets or common data models
  • Professional experience employing asynchronous, loosely coupled design patterns 
  • You are comfortable executing autonomously in the face of ambiguity
  • You possess the growth mindset(“the code I just wrote should be rewritten”)

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Located in the Domain area, just steps from the Metro station and access to all that Austin has to offer!

An Insider's view of Blackbaud

What are some social events your company does?

We try to do at least one event per month that caters to all interest areas, whether that’s our Pinewood Derby, our May the 4th Be With You Movie Marathon or Progressive Potlucks, where employees tour the office to pick up different parts of the meal. We also championed having a float in the Austin Pride Parade this year for the first time ever.

Stefanie Greene

HR Manager

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

The biggest technical challenge has been around consolidating data across all of our various legacy applications. This has been as much about changing the culture and tearing down historical silos as it has been about the tech. We have made huge strides in changing the organization’s culture and moving it forward.

Steve Merritt

Senior Distinguished Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

We have a very employee-focused environment. Our managers and team leads will often discuss career development strategies with us and offer opportunities to connect with people who can give us firsthand information about a role or experience. To help us be as successful as possible, they suit our strengths and the company's needs.

Kristin Nelson

Team Lead, Sales

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We have changed our fundamental offering from a software solution to a series of capabilities and analytics that have an immediate and measurable impact on customer outcomes. This allows our sales team to be highly consultative with clients, introduce them to a broader community and have confidence that the outcomes we promise will be delivered.

Brandon Phipps

VP of Sales and Market Development

What are some things you learned at the company?

It’s amazing how Blackbaud listens to each individual customer to cater to their needs and help them reach their goal. I have also always admired Blackbaud’s devotion to giving back to the social good and local communities. From employer-sponsored volunteer days to community grants, Blackbaud allows its employees to give back to our clients!

Andrei Rogers

Cybersecurity Engineer

What are Blackbaud Perks + Benefits

Blackbaud Benefits Overview

At Blackbaud, we know how important it is to have good, affordable health and group benefits
and a retirement program that helps you save for your future. That’s why we offer competitive benefits that
can provide protection, peace of mind, and savings. Whether it’s health care, income protection, retirement savings, or other benefits, we’ve got you covered!

Volunteer in local community
Helping good take over is fundamental to Blackbaud. It can be as simple and personal as contributing to low waste in the office or leading a food/toy drive or championing a volunteer activity.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
The B-Healthy Incentive rewards our employees for participating in important wellness activities.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We recognize the need to balance work and life priorities. Starting off, we offer 4 weeks of paid time off, with up to 6 weeks for tenured employees.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Blackbaud recognizes that an educated workforce is a strong workforce. We offer ​a $3000 per year tuition reimbursement to assist with the costs incurred from continuing education.
Diversity Program
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace (Recognized by Forbes in 2019) through cultural awareness and competency training programs, as well as Affinity group representation.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program

Additional Perks + Benefits

Volunteer for vacation time earning an additional 3 days per year PTO.
Endless volunteer & community involvement opportunities.
Matching gifts for donations.
9 paid holidays
Inclusive work environment as recognized by as Top Company for Women Technologists.

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