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Zetta Venture Partners

Forward Deployed Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA · Seattle, WA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA · Seattle, WA, USA · Amsterdam, Netherlands · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

About MotherDuck

Don’t let the quirky name fool you! We’re on a mission to radically transform the data analyst user experience. We think we can empower and delight analysts using a novel cloud architecture built on top of DuckDB, an open source foundation with a vibrant community. We’re rapidly driving towards general availability and need your help to create many “aha moments” for our users. Our team is a diverse mix of passionate, collaborative and empathetic data industry veterans from Google, Amazon, Meta, Snowflake, SingleStore, Databricks, and the like.

Core Responsibilities

As a Forward Deployed Engineer at MotherDuck, you are tasked with making MotherDuck users successful. You strive to deeply understand customer needs, you collaborate with product and engineering teams to improve the product, you propose creative bespoke solutions, you work with customers on implementation, and you synthesize learnings.

You are a seasoned engineer at heart, able to execute on engineering initiatives independently. You are an exceptional communicator and problem solver. Importantly, you are a creative generalist comfortable in ambiguity, and you enjoy working closely and iteratively with customers, engineers, product managers, and designers.


  • Solid understanding and direct experience working with analytics databases, BI tools, and data processing tools

  • Expert knowledge of SQL

  • Expert understanding of various data management architectures, such as OLAP, OLTP, data lake, and HTAP

  • Experience working with connectors and drivers for databases, such as JDBC, ODBC, and SQLAlchemy

  • Experience working in a highly technical outbound engineering role

  • Experience building technical customer solutions

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Confidence in working with customers to architect and troubleshoot solutions

  • Comfortable with a high level of ambiguity and able to execute independently

Nice to haves, but definitely not deal breakers

  • Experience with Python and dbt

  • Experience with building outbound engineering or technical sales organizations

  • Experience building data tool connectors

  • Knowledge of data file format internals Parquet, etc.

  • Practical experience building data pipelines end-to-end

What we provide

  • Competitive compensation and stock options

  • For US-based employees:

    • 100% paid medical, dental, and vision for employees

    • 80% paid medical, dental, and vision for dependents

  • For Non-US based employees:

    • You probably have a functioning health system and social safety net so healthcare is not a major factor in employment. If that is not the case let us know and we’ll work something out.

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off

  • 401k plan

  • Regular offsites in hub or exotic locations

  • Geographically distributed team with hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, & Amsterdam

Please Apply

Does this role sound appealing to you, but you’re missing some of the requirements or don’t quite think you’re qualified? Please apply anyway. Research has shown that underrepresented groups in technology often shy away from roles which aren’t a 100% match. We aim to build a diverse team and will strongly consider applicants who bring many of the requirements plus have other experiences which round out their qualifications.

MotherDuck is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. MotherDuck is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.