Data Engineer

As a Data Engineer at Clara, you build castles out of Legos. There’s no blueprint: you get to craft our analytics infrastructure from the ground up while architecting for our future. As one of the first Data Engineers on this brand new team, you will create tools and integrate data pipelines that will extend your reach into every corner of the product. Everyone in the business will look to you to bring the visibility and insights that we need to manage our loan pipeline, acquire new customers and make strategic plans for our future.

Clara is a modern, technology-enabled lender backed by top venture capital firms based in downtown San Francisco. Our team brings together the best of Silicon Valley tech, financial services, the mortgage industry and the federal government, allowing us to tackle the biggest problem in consumer finance. Our mission is to improve people’s lives by transforming how lending works. We believe that the only way for us to be successful is to foster a human-centered culture of openness, community, creativity and collaboration. Come join us!


  • Wrangle the organization’s system event stream into an integrated data pipeline. You’re an engineer, so bring your own unique approach to the problem. Identify. Improve. Iterate. Repeat.
  • Build analytics tools utilizing the data pipeline to provide actionable insights into the customer acquisition funnel and loan origination operational efficiency metrics. As an early engineer on the team, you’ll own the platform and tooling end-to-end.
  • Empower analytics end-users and stakeholders to perform sophisticated analysis, with an emphasis on driving action. This includes practices such as A/B testing and other statistical methods.
  • Tackle thorny, real-world problems head-on. How do the evolving event schemas and semantics of an eventually consistent microservice architecture get reconciled across time into a unified view?
  • Collaborate with stakeholders including the Executive team, Product, Design, and Production to help build Clara to be the most efficient, transparent, empowering, and data-driven lender in the industry


  • Be hamstrung by the limitations of Big Data. Instead, our data is small-batch, complex, and rich (you could even say “artisanal”). Our focus is not the operational care and feeding of Big Data infrastructure. Hadoop, Cassandra, InfluxDB, etc. and their limitations are not gating factors here, and you are free to innovate with less constrained tools.


  • You care about people, especially the other engineers on your team with and the business stakeholders that rely on you.
  • You’re open to new ideas and you enjoy discussing concepts and solutions with your teammates.
  • You’re a conceptual and organized thinker. You pride yourself on your ability to manage ambiguity and you’re comfortable with flexible, emergent situations.
  • You are knowledgeable about common data science and data engineering tools, without being reliant on them. If needed, you would be able to build them from the ground up.
  • You have knowledge of both a popular statically typed and a popular dynamically typed language. Our stack on the back end is primarily: Scala, Ruby, PostgreSQL, Python.
  • You have experience in engineering or data science, or in a relevant/related field.

Meet Some of Clara's Employees

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Brian builds technological architecture to optimize Clara’s workflow processes. His work supports internal company operations, allowing Sales and Mortgage Operations Teams to be more efficient with their time.

Bryan D.

Head of Compliance & Risk Management

Bryan is responsible for ensuring that Clara adheres to regulatory compliance requirements in order to protect the organization, its borrowers, and its employees.

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