Software Engineer, Data at Orchard

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The Company

Orchard is transforming the way people buy and sell their homes. Simplifying it, to the way it should have always been; fair and true to market, straightforward, easy.  Every year in the U.S., $1.5 trillion of single-family residences transact, generating over $120 billion of fees in a process that has changed little in decades. For the average American, the home purchase and sale process takes months, creates anxiety, and is filled with uncertainty and hassle.

Orchard offers a modern alternative, making one of life's biggest decisions – the sale and purchase of a home – stress free, fair and simple.

Orchard launched in 2017 and was previously known as Perch. The company is headquartered in New York City, has 150+ employees and has grown 10x year over year. We have raised over $300 million in financing from top tier investors including: Firstmark, Accomplice, Navitas and Juxtapose.

Role and Responsibilities:

Orchard’s Data Team performs a function that is at the core of our business: we are responsible for building and maintaining the technical infrastructure to ingest the data sources, and deploy the models that drive our decision-making and software. Part of this role will be working directly with the Data Science team in order to make their models production-ready.

There are four main areas that the Data Engineer will be enabling:

  • Integrating with third-party data sources (MLS and county tax data are primary sources, among others) to support our home transaction platform and Data Science initiatives
  • Building and maintaining ETL pipelines to support business intelligence
  • Building and maintaining model training and validation pipelines for our automated valuation model (AVM)
  • Deploying machine learning models (our AVM) to production so that analysts can use them to value the homes we make offers on

We believe that there is a significant opportunity to make better decisions in single-family real estate through the use of data, and if we are successful in our work, Orchard will be able to transform the real estate industry.

Professional Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience in a data engineer, software engineering or data science role. Experience working at a high-growth technology company is a plus.
  • BA/BS degree in a quantitative discipline (Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Physics or Engineering) is desired but not required.
  • Proficiency in SQL and Python is required. Familiarity with Postgres or Airflow is a plus.
  • Experience with machine learning frameworks like Tensorflow, LightGBM or XGBoost is a strong plus.
  • Experience driving fast-paced projects from scratch to completion (e.g. building a new code base to tackle a complex problem) in a highly organized manner

Personal Characteristics:

  • Results oriented with a high motor and an incredible attention to detail; able to drive projects from planning to completion with limited oversight
  • Entrepreneurial - comfortable talking to stakeholders to understand business needs, running small tests to validate assumptions, and refining requirements based on results
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • A low ego and can-do attitude; willingness to admit mistakes and roll up your sleeves to remedy them
  • Flexibility to prioritize deliverables and re-prioritize them at a moment’s notice
  • Comfort operating in an ambiguous environment where there's not a set playbook on how to solve each problem
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
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Technology we use

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    • PandasLibraries
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    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • BottleFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

31 West 27th St, New York, NY 10001
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An Insider's view of Orchard

How does your team reward individual success?

We recognize employees in a variety of ways on a regular basis. At Orchard feedback is a gift and every employee truly lives out our company values. Our team makes a point to shout out individual successes in our #shoutouts channel in Slack and every month during Town Hall. Not an ounce of hard work goes unnoticed!

Leah

Executive Assistant

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

Each home is unique and comes with its own challenges and surprises. Even though our team has been through hundreds of transactions, we're always learning, growing, and improving our process with each home we acquire. On the engineering side, that means never being satisfied and constantly pushing ourselves to iterate quickly and deliver quality.

Toni

Engineering

What makes someone successful on your team?

Curiosity, scrappiness, and a sense of urgency. We move quickly to accomplish our goals, but leave time and space to think outside the box. All of our functional areas work together to build an exceptional brand, product, and customer experience, so communication and collaboration are key skills as well.

Steph

Marketing

What is your vision for the company?

We're looking to make buying and selling a home as easy as trading in a car. We believe that through technology, human-centered design, and exceptional operations we can remove the friction from the biggest financial transaction of our customers' lives. As a team, we get to make real progress towards achieving this vision every day.

Phil

Growth & CX

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

At Orchard, our mission is to provide the most stress-free, fair and simple way to buy a home. The Investments team that I lead contributes to this mission by providing a fair market value estimation for our customers’ homes. Our approach integrates human judgement alongside an internal valuation algorithm to price every home.

Ray

Investments Manager

What are Orchard Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
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