Data Engineer - USDS




Los Angeles, CA


Position summary

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us At TikTok, our people are humble, intelligent, compassionate and creative. We create to inspire - for you, for us, and for more than 1 billion users on our platform. We lead with curiosity and aim for the highest, never shying away from taking calculated risks and embracing ambiguity as it comes. Here, the opportunities are limitless for those who dare to pursue bold ideas that exist just beyond the boundary of possibility. Join us and make impact happen with a career at TikTok.

About USDS At TikTok, we're committed to a process of continuous innovation and improvement in our user experience and safety controls. We're proud to be able to serve a global community of more than a billion people who use TikTok to creatively express themselves and be entertained, and we're dedicated to giving them a platform that builds opportunity and fosters connection. We also take our responsibility to safeguard our community seriously, both in how we address potentially harmful content and how we protect against unauthorized access to user data.

https://U.S. Data Security (“USDS”) is a standalone department of TikTok in the https://U.S. This new security-first division was created to bring heightened focus and governance to our data protection policies and content assurance protocols to keep https://U.S. users safe. Our focus is on providing oversight and protection of the TikTok platform and user data in the https://U.S., so millions of Americans can continue turning to TikTok to learn something new, earn a living, express themselves creatively, or be entertained. The teams within USDS that deliver on this commitment daily span Trust & Safety, Security & Privacy, Engineering, User & Product Ops, Corporate Functions and more.

About the Role: As an Data Engineer, you will have significant responsibility and influence in shaping the Data Cycling Center's strategic direction. This role is inherently multi-functional, and the ideal candidate will work across disciplines. We are looking for someone with a love for data and the ability to iterate quickly. Successful candidates will have strong engineering skills and communication and a belief that data-driven processes lead to phenomenal products.

What You'll Need:

  • The perfect candidate will have strong data infrastructure and data architecture skills, strong operational skills to drive efficiency and speed, strong project management leadership, and a strong vision for how data engineering can proactively improve companies.
  • Experience working cross-functionally with business stakeholders, engineering, product, and SRE teams to understand business requirements and convert that into technical requirements, including developing prototypes to demonstrate the feasibility of data and analytics solutions.

What You'll Do:

  • Work with business stakeholders, engineering, product and SRE teams to understand business requirements and convert that into technical requirements, including developing prototypes to demonstrate the feasibility of data and analytics solutions.
  • Extract data from various sources such as APIs, HIVE tables and other structured and unstructured data sources to process and store large volumes of data ensuring data accuracy, consistency, and security.
  • Design, build, and maintain data pipelines utilizing optimal ETL patterns, frameworks, query techniques, sourcing from structured and unstructured data sources to ensure data is easily accessible and can be used effectively by other members of the organization.
  • Implement and monitor quality control measures to ensure data accuracy, completeness, and consistency.
  • Create and maintain technical documentation, such as data dictionaries, data flow diagrams, and system documentation, to ensure efficient and effective data management and analysis.
  • Optimize pipelines, dashboards, frameworks, and systems to facilitate easier development of data artifacts
  • Collaborate with engineers, product managers, and data scientists to understand data needs, representing key data insights in a meaningful way
  • Ability to analyze and visualize data to provide business stakeholders with impactful, actionable insights
  • Bachelors degree in Statistics, Economics, Computer Science or another quantitative field
  • 5+ years of experience working with data analytics and data engineering, including experience with data cleaning and preprocessing, data analysis and dashboard development.
  • 2+ years experience building dashboards in Tableau, Power BI or any similar visualization tool.
  • Proficiency in distributed data processing using Big Data technologies like Spark/Scala, Java, Hadoop/HDFS/AWS/S3, Cassandra and Kafka
  • Proficiency in data modeling, data design, SQL, and NoSQL databases


  • Experience in a consumer web or mobile company
  • Strong background in algorithms and data structures
  • Experience working with PII and GDPR data
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with technical and non-technical partners
  • Ability to deliver consistent high quality results while working in a dynamic & fast environment
  • Passionate, curious, and seeking to tackle every day problems with innovation

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at https://usds.accommodations@ The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $136800 - $259200 annually.​Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units.​At ByteDance/TikTok our benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support ByteDancers to give their best in both work and life. We offer the following benefits to eligible employees: ​We cover 100% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, approximately 75% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with a company match. As well as Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans. In addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) Options like Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Care. ​Our time off and leave plans are: 10 paid holidays per year plus 17 days of Paid Personal Time Off(PPTO) (prorated upon hire and increased by tenure) and 10 paid sick days per year as well as 12 weeks of paid Parental leave and 8 weeks of paid Supplemental Disability. ​We also provide generous benefits like mental and emotional health benefits through our EAP and Lyra. A 401K company match, gym and cellphone service reimbursements. The Company reserves the right to modify or change these benefits programs at any time, with or without notice.​

Why you should apply for a job to TikTok:

  • 5/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.5/5 in supportive management

  • 100% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 100% would recommend this company to other women

  • 100% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • Employee well-being is supported via hybrid work, short-term counseling through our EAP and a premium subscription to Headspace.

  • We embrace diversity across all dimensions and provide employees with 9 employee resource groups globally, including our WOMEN ERG.

  • Comprehensive parental leave policy as well as fertility treatment through healthcare providers with a $20,000 lifetime maximum.