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Palantir // software connecting data, tech, humans & environments
Engineering, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Friday, November 08, 2019
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A World-Changing Company

At Palantir, we're passionate about building software that solves problems. We partner with the most important institutions in the world to transform how they use data & technology. Our software has been used to stop terrorist attacks, discover new medicines, gain an edge in global financial markets, & more. If these types of projects excite you, we'd love for you to join us.

The Role

Forward Deployed Software Engineers (FDSEs) build creative technical solutions to our customers' hardest problems. Organizations often come to us with nebulous questions, like Why has our assembly line slowed down? or How can we find money launderers financing terrorism? FDSEs lead the process of finding answers.

As an FDSE, you'll be part of a small team of fellow FDSEs & Deployment Strategists supporting a single customer in the government space. Like at a startup, you'll make decisions about how to take on the challenges your customer poses, from the nature of the data to the user population to the legacy system environment. You'll have a large company behind you - namely, software built & maintained by hundreds of Software Engineers who build scalable, reliable platforms for you to customize & extend.

You'll start by unpacking a problem & learning about the customer's data, then move to high-level system design & prototyping. Then you're ready to deploy Palantir software, develop custom applications, & integrate the data. Along the way, you'll collaborate with technical & non-technical individuals - from Palantir & from our customers - to define & achieve goals. You'll iterate with customer users & stakeholders on a rapid cadence. You'll also work with Palantir's Product Development team on the roadmaps for our core products.

With Palantir products as your baseline, you will leverage any technology you need to drive impact. It doesn't matter what languages you know when you join us, but it does matter that you can pick new languages up quickly. We often face entirely novel problems, so solving them may require expanding your skillset. For example, we currently use: 

A variety of languages, including Java & Go for back end & Typescript for front end
Open-source technologies like Cassandra, Spark, ElasticSearch, React, & Redux
Industry-standard build tooling, including Gradle, Webpack, & Github

And if what you need doesn't exist yet? Go build it. 

A career as an FDSE is an opportunity to gain rare insight into the world's most important institutions & industries, & to grow more quickly than you imagined you could. As you rotate among teams, you'll dive deep into domains such as intelligence, health, finance, & law enforcement. You'll learn from experts in these fields about their problems & the tradeoffs they must consider in order to solve them. Questions that seem simple from the outside will quickly become complex as you consider the nuances & consequences of every possible answer.
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