Head of Data Engineering

Head of Data Engineering

Grasshopper Pte. Ltd.
5-7 years
120000 - 240000 SGD

Job Description


We seek a Head of Data Engineering to support our high-frequency trading and quantitative research. At Grasshopper we recognize that effective research and trading strategies are built upon a solid foundation in data collection, storage and service. Grasshopper trades at a number of exchanges globally, and our success depends on our ability to scale by leveraging the potential of data.

You will, in close collaboration with stakeholders, design and develop highly scalable and fault-tolerant data pipelines in a cloud environment focusing on scalability and performance, as well as the next generation of tools that empower users to generate insights on the data they work with.

As Head of Data Engineering, you will have full autonomy, as well as any support you require in implementing this vision.


· Lead a team of data engineers across locations, managing project schedules.

· Take strategic ownership of all aspects of data at Grasshopper.

· Expand the imagination of data stakeholders on what is possible and educate them in leveraging data they already have.

· Work proactively with traders, researchers and various members outside the data team to meet their needs for timely, accurate and complete data sets.

· Build highly scalable data pipelines to process and analyse billions of messages in real time.

· Set strong technical/architectural/cultural foundations, advocate good design in software development as well as data engineering, and lead by example.


· Strong technical leadership qualities, good at working with both people and with code.

· Extensive experience with data modelling and designing/supporting both streaming and batch ETL pipelines.

· Extensive experience in SQL and databases.

· Domain knowledge in finance, especially in buy-side trading, is not required but good to have.

· Proficiency in at least two mainstream programming languages (preferably Python, Java, C++).

· Proficiency in a programming language of a non-OOP paradigm (e.g. functional/logic programming).

· Experience with FP libraries like scalaz/cats/ZIO is a plus.

· Demonstrates good judgment in software design balancing design principles with pragmatics, with an emphasis on simplicity. See Rich Hickey’s Simple Made Easy talk: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=oytL881p-nQ

· Good to have experience in Google BigQuery.

· Experience working in some cloud services platform (e.g. Google Cloud, AWS, Azure).

· Experience with messaging middleware such as Solace or Kafka.

· Experience with machine learning is good to have.


We are looking for team-players who are creative in their approach to problem solving. They take the initiative to explore different ways to resolve an issue, and systematically find the most efficient and effective way to do it. They are adept at expressing their ideas and solutions into clean and maintainable code.


As a growing firm with a tightly knit team, we respect and listen to all our employees. You will get the chance to make an impact by having your voice heard by everyone, including the management.

Our employees enjoy a high level of autonomy at work. We focus on substance, not form - as long as you can perform, you will be recognized and rewarded. We are also dedicated to supporting our staff and ensuring they develop holistically to maximize their potential in the long-term.

We also provide flexible working arrangement as required and a casual and fun work environment to boot!

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