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Staff Data Engineer

| Greater NYC Area

About Foursquare:

Since our inception in 2009, Foursquare has been a leading force in changing how location information enriches our real-world and digital lives. As a location intelligence company, Foursquare is comprised of our thriving media and enterprise products, as well as two well-known consumer apps—Foursquare and Swarm. Our B2B offerings include the Pilgrim SDK, Places, Pinpoint and Attribution (for marketers), and Place Insights (for analysts, based on the world's largest foot traffic panel). With more than 200 people across our offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and in sales offices around the globe, we’re dedicated to our trailblazing mission— to build the most trusted, independent platform for understanding how people move through the real world.

About this Position:

As a member of Foursquare's Places Engineering team you drive the quality and direction of Foursquare’s Places Database, both as a standalone product and as the dataset underpinning Foursquare’s core visit detection technology, developer API, and other enterprise product offerings. We're passionate about tackling tough challenges in the location space and look for others who like to dive deep into code and help solve hard problems. You should be comfortable running with your own ideas and eager to learn new skills on an emerging platform. We use a variety of tools, technologies, and languages to build software ( Scala, Python, Spark, EMR, MongoDB, Pants, Thrift) but experience with equivalent ones will do just fine.

Join us and help bring our feature ideas (and your own!) off the whiteboard and into reality. As a Staff Engineer on the Places team, you will drive technical and architectural planning, research, implement, and deploy improvements in data collection, feature engineering and algorithmic optimization. While we’re not necessarily looking for a Machine Learning engineer (although that’s definitely a plus!), you would have the opportunity to work on building ML models and big data pipelines.

This role is open for hire in our New York City headquarters.


  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Statistics or commensurate experience
  • 6-8+ years of software engineering and/or team lead experience
  • Proven track record of building and shipping large-scale engineering products
  • Experience working with large, complex data sets from a variety of sources
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse set of engineers, data scientists and product managers
  • Experience with functional and object-oriented programming, Scala a plus
  • Experience with Databricks or Spark, EMR
  • Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), comfortable presenting to a group
  • Comfort in a fast-paced startup environment

Foursquare is proud to foster an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination. We strongly believe in order to build the best products, we need a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. This leads to a more delightful experience for our users and team members. We value listening to every voice and we encourage everyone to come be a part of building a company and products we love.

Foursquare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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50 West 23rd Street, New York , NY 10010