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Technical Solutions Engineer - Spark



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2023

While candidates in the listed locations are encouraged for this role, we are open to remote candidates in other locations.

As a Spark Technical Solutions Engineer, you will provide technical and consulting related solutions for the challenging Spark/ML/AI/Delta/Streaming/Lakehouse reported issues by our customers and resolve any challenges involving the Databricks unified analytics platform with your comprehensive technical and client-facing skills. You will assist our customers in their Databricks journey and provide them with the guidance and expertise that they need to accomplish value and achieve their strategic goals using our products.

The impact you will have:

  • Performing initial level analysis and troubleshooting issues in Spark using Spark UI metrics, DAG, Event Logs for various customer reported job slowness issues.
  • Troubleshoot, resolve and suggest deep code-level analysis of Spark to address customer issues related to Spark core internals, Spark SQL, Structured Streaming, Delta, Lakehouse and other databricks runtime features.
  • Assist the customers in setting up reproducible spark problems with solutions in Spark SQL, Delta, Memory Management, Performance tuning, Streaming, Data Science, Data Integration areas in Spark.
  • Participate in the Designated Solutions Engineer program and guide one or two of strategic customer’s daily Spark and Cloud issues.
  • Plan with Account Executives, Customer Success Engineers and Resident Solution Architects for coordinating the customer issues and best practices guidelines.
  • Participate in screen sharing meetings, answering slack channel conversations with our internal stakeholders and customers, helping in driving the major spark issues at an individual contributor level.
  • Build an internal wiki, knowledge base with technical documentation, manuals for the support team and for the customers. Help create and maintain company documentation and knowledge base articles.
  • Coordinate with Engineering and Backline Support teams to assist in identifying and reporting product defects.
  • Participate in weekend and weekday on-call rotation and run escalations during databricks runtime outages, incident situations, and plan day 2 day activities and provide escalated level of support for critical customer operational issues.
  • Provide best practices guidance around Spark runtime performance and usage of Spark core libraries and APIs for custom-built solutions developed by Databricks customers.
  • Be a true proponent of customer advocacy.
  • Contribute in the development of tools/automation initiatives.
  • Provide front line support on the third party integrations with Databricks environment.
  • Review the Engineering JIRA tickets and proactively intimate the support leadership team for following up on the action items.
  • Manage the assigned spark cases on a daily basis and adhere to committed SLA's.
  • Achieving above and beyond expectations of the support organization KPIs.
  • Strengthen your AWS/Azure and Databricks platform expertise through continuous learning and internal training programs.

What we look for:

  • Min 6 years of experience in designing, building, testing, and maintaining Python/Java/Scala based applications in typical project delivery and consulting environments.
  • 3 years of hands-on experience developing any two or more of the Big Data, Hadoop, Spark,Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Streaming, Kafka, Data Science, ElasticSearch related industry use cases at the production scale. Spark experience is mandatory.
  • Hands on experience in the performance tuning/troubleshooting of Hive and Spark based applications at production scale.
  • Real time experience in JVM and Memory Management techniques such as Garbage collections, Heap/Thread Dump Analysis.
  • Hands-on experience with any SQL-based databases, Data Warehousing/ETL technologies like Informatica, DataStage, Oracle, Teradata, SQL Server, MySQL and SCD type use cases is preferred.
  • Hands-on experience with AWS or Azure or GCP is preferred
  • Linux/Unix administration skills is a plus
  • Working knowledge in Data Lakes and preferably on the SCD types use cases at production scale.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, particularly those that apply to a “Distributed Big Data Computing” environment.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401(k) Plan
  • FSA, HSA and Commuter Benefit Plans
  • Equity Awards
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Family Planning
  • Fitness Reimbursement
  • Annual Career Development Fund
  • Home Office/Work Headphones Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Mental Wellness Resources

Pay Range Transparency

Databricks is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. The pay range(s) for this role is listed below and represents base salary range for non-commissionable roles or on-target earnings for commissionable roles. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to job-related skills, depth of experience, relevant certifications and training, and specific work location. Based on the factors above, Databricks utilizes the full width of the range. The total compensation package for this position may also include eligibility for annual performance bonus, equity, and the benefits listed above. For more information regarding which range your location is in visit our page here.

Local Pay Range
$102,400$181,100 USD

About Databricks

Databricks is the data and AI company. More than 9,000 organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, and over 50% of the Fortune 500 — rely on the Databricks Lakehouse Platform to unify their data, analytics and AI. Databricks is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world’s toughest problems. To learn more, follow Databricks on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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