dbt Labs

Director, Engineering

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Employer Provided Salary: 246,000-298,000 Annually
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About Us

Since 2016, dbt Labs has been on a mission to help analysts create and disseminate organizational knowledge. dbt Labs pioneered the practice of analytics engineering, built the primary tool in the analytics engineering toolbox, and has been fortunate enough to see a fantastic community coalesce to help push the boundaries of the analytics engineering workflow. Today there are 30,000 companies using dbt every week, 100,000 dbt Community members, and over 4,100 dbt Cloud customers. You can learn more about our values here.


dbt Labs is a mission-driven company. We seek to unlock the value of transform to power the data ecosystem. We are looking for a Director of Engineering to join us and lead teams building the transformation workflows at the heart of dbt Cloud.
In this role, you will manage and develop product engineering teams, oversee execution, and build an organization dedicated to delighting data practitioners. You will work on projects at every stage of the pipeline, improving our quality and reliability from discovery through operations. Expect to work with autonomy, advocate for best-in-class practices, and collaborate with teams across dbt Labs. This is a pivotal year for us, and you will have the opportunity to create exciting new customer experiences for all data practitioners.


  • Report directly to the CTO, and manage multiple teams of software engineers with broad responsibilities across multiple products and technologies.
  • Collaborate with product management on vision and strategy for core workflows for data practitioners, aligned with customer goals and business needs.
  • Ensure technical excellence across the entire organization, including architecture, tech debt management, tooling, quality, reliability, and overall velocity.
  • Build strong relationships with peers in product management and customer facing teams in our go to market organization. Effectively communicate vision and progress to stakeholders around the company.
  • Guide recruiting for your group through the lens of long-term vision. Partner with People leadership to track progress and evolve our program and capabilities.
  • Develop your organization through technical guidance, coaching, mentoring, hiring, and rolling up your sleeves when you find gaps.
  • Champion our values and our mission.


  • Experience managing managers, groups of 25+ engineers, and coordinating delivery of projects across multiple teams.
  • Background and deep interest technology. We need this leader to lead and bond with all the engineers on their team and also have the technical depth to gain the respect of and lead our most senior engineers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across a team of engineering managers and directors in a collaborative fashion to share resources and collectively drive quality and operational excellence.
  • Desire to work with our GTM teams and product management to understand how our products are delighting and disappointing customers.
  • Willingness to get into details, and the experience to know when your managers should solve problems independently.
  • Desire to bring data to bear to solve problems, and use data to prove out our assumptions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. We prefer an open, collaborative communication style.
  • You optimize for long-term value, with a pragmatic point of view on bringing near-term solutions when business goals require.
  • You thrive in fast-paced and rapidly changing startup environments.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: $246,000-$298,000
  • Equity Stake
  • Benefits - dbt Labs offers:
    • Unlimited vacation (and yes we use it!)
    • 401k w/3% guaranteed contribution
    • Excellent healthcare
    • Paid Parental Leave
    • Wellness stipend
    • Home office stipend, and more!

What to expect in the hiring process (all video interviews via Zoom unless accommodations are needed):

  • Interview with a Talent Acquisition Partner
  • Interview with the CTO
  • Team Interviews (1:1s) with team members and other stakeholders
  • A white boarding session with Engineering Leadership
  • A values interview with the CEO


Who we are

At dbt Labs, we have developed strong opinions on how companies should practice analytics.

Specifically, we believe that:

  • Code, not graphical user interfaces, is the best abstraction to express complex analytic logic
  • Data analysts should adopt similar practices and tools to software developers
  • Critical analytics infrastructure should be controlled by its users as open source software
  • Analytic code itself — not just analytics tools — will increasingly be open source

It turns out that a lot of other people believe this too! Today, there are 30,000 companies using dbt every week, 100,000 dbt Community members, and 4,100 companies paying for dbt Cloud. Our customers include JetBlue, Hubspot, Vodafone New Zealand, and Dunelm. dbt is synonymous with the practice of analytics engineering, defining an entire industry. We’re backed by top investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and Altimeter. 

dbt Labs is an equal opportunity employer. We're committed to building an inclusive team that welcomes a diversity of perspectives, people, and backgrounds regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or any other protected status. We feel strongly that whether or not your experience exactly fits the job description, your passion and skills will stand out and set you apart even if your career has taken some twists and turns.  If you are on the fence about whether you meet our requirements, we encourage you to apply anyway! Please reach out to us directly at [email protected] if you need assistance or an accommodation

Want to learn more about our focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at dbt Labs? Check out our DEI page here

dbt Labs reserves the right to amend or withdraw the posting at any time. For employees outside the United States, dbt Labs offers a competitive benefits package. Equity or comparable benefits may be offered depending on the legal or country limitations.

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What are dbt Labs Perks + Benefits

dbt Labs Benefits Overview

We're a remote-first culture that offers an incredibly flexible work environment, unlimited (and encouraged) vacation, paid parental leave, wellness stipend and majority-covered health, dental and vision insurance. We also automatically contribute 3% to a 401k plan.

Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
President's club
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Offer 12 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave (inclusive benefit)
Family medical leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Bereavement leave benefits
Company-wide vacation
We have a company shut down every year for a week between Chistmas and New Years holidays.
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
dbt Labs hosts regional happy hours and/or events.
Pet friendly
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Mother's room
Professional Development
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

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