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Cover // mobile insurance brokerage platform
Engineering, Full Time    Toronto, Ontario, Canada    Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019
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We are looking for an experienced Data Engineer to help us scale up & improve our data infrastructure capabilities as we rapidly expand into new products & new territories.  

About Cover 

Cover is a national insurance brokerage, licensed in all 50 states, working with more than 35 carriers. We source our customers entirely from our iPhone & Android apps. Right now, we rank #1 for searches of insurance on the AppStore in Canada, & within the top 10 in the US on any given day. The company is backed by Y Combinator & many other world-class investors.

Role Summary

Cover is growing very quickly, & we rely heavily on our data analytics capabilities to always steer us in the right direction.  As Covers first dedicated Data Engineer, you will have a great opportunity to define how we create, process, & interpret data. This is a significant responsibility, & we are looking for someone armed with exceptional technical skills & the know-how of building out world class data infrastructure from the ground level.  You will work closely with engineers & business analysts to build systems that ensure Covers data is accessible, accurate, & scalable.    

The main responsibilities will include:

  • Develop, construct, test & maintain data architecture
  • Design, build, & launch new data extraction, transformation, & loading processes in production 
  • Work with business analysts to optimize queries, dashboards, reports, & other infrastructure
  • Perform all of the necessary data transformations to populate data into a warehouse that is optimized for reporting 
  • Ensure architecture will support the growing requirements of the business
  • Proactively discover opportunities for data acquisition
  • Prepare data for business analysis & statistical modeling 


  • 4+ years of relevant experience 
  • A self-starter who has the ability to prioritize multiple competing projects 
  • Expertise in SQL & NoSQL databases such as Postgresql
  • Knowledge of multiple data formats such as tabular data, flat data files, CSV, JSON & XML
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python, R, or similar
  • Strong analytical skills related to working with unstructured datasets
  • Prior experience in data modeling, ETL & reporting 
  • Ability to work cross functionally with multiple business units
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, Math or a related technical field 
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills

Nice to Have: 

  • Basic understanding of the insurance industry
  • Worked at or founded a startup (i.e. built something)
  • Experience with business intelligence tools (e.g. Periscope, Tableau etc.) 
  • Experience with streaming data systems
  • Experience with Hadoop, MapReduce

We currently offer the following benefits & will continually evolve them with the goal of efficiently attracting, retaining, & leveraging the very highest quality talent:

  • Highly competitive salaries & stock option grants
  • Health, dental, for you & your family
  • Flexible work hours
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • A slew of perks that make your life outside of work easier

We believe in equal opportunity.We are an equal opportunity employer & value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  

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