Workstate is hiring a

Champion Data Engineer and Spark Developer

Columbus, United States

Workstate seeks Data Engineering champions.

If your mission is to find a career that delivers collaborative teamwork, active learning and mentoring, and leaving a legacy of world-class results, you’ll fit right in at Workstate.

We are looking for consultants who can motivate, galvanize and engage with our clients beyond hands-on keyboard, both diving into the work at hand, while envisioning a project’s future. Our consultants are quick on their feet, able to make fast, informed and smart decisions to save or propel client’s projects, champion their vision, and persevere in their quest for excellence.

Our clients seek long-term relationships and value quality above all, and put trust in our people, our deep skills, our guidance and our ability to listen, strategize and activate their solutions.

While our Central Office is located in Columbus, OH across from the North Market and close to Short North and Downtown / Arena District, we have distributed teams in San Francisco, Seattle and LA. We connect across the miles over Team Brunch every Friday where we share what we've been working on throughout the week and discuss new technology, tools and techniques that excite us. (Currently, there also may be dogs, cats and children involved in these virtual brunches.)

This position is only available to U.S. residents based in the continental U.S. who are eligible to work for any employer without need for visa sponsorship or transfer.

While this position is located in Columbus, OH, at our headquarters, all of our consultants are currently on work-from-home status due to the current situation with COVID-19.


Technologies of interest include the following. The ideal candidate will have experience with several of these technologies but not necessarily all.

  • Strong general software engineering background
  • Spark, batch and streaming
  • Experienced at development in Scala or Java (preferably both)
  • Big Data, particularly in Hadoop
  • HDFS
  • HBase

Nice to have experience would include AWS data and streaming products such as Lake Formation, Data Pipelines, Kinesis, Glue, EMR, etc. Experience working in a mature agile environment (Scrum or Kanban) is also ideal.

General Attributes

  • Outstanding software development skills
  • Testing / debugging
  • Good written and verbal communication, including with non-technical people
  • Ability and interest to learn new technologies on the fly, as they become needed
  • The ability and interest to learn is one of our most desired attributes in a candidate. If you can demonstrate an aptitude to dig in up to your elbows and build experience in new technologies as you deliver projects utilizing those technologies successfully, your application will move to the top of the pile.


Who are you, Workstate?

Workstate is a technology consulting company, built by technologists, for technologists. Throughout our 20-year history we’ve been on a mission to create the best home for people who love to build. Who are we? We’re builders.

How we build.

At Workstate, building doesn’t just apply to technology.
We apply it to everything we do -- building relationships, skillsets, retirement accounts, technical knowledge, music collections, recipe files, dad joke collections, movie recommendations, travel logs, childhood toy recollections … and more. So much more. We build to last.

But, the technology...

No matter what we’re building, the technology forms the backbone of all our projects. We’re not purists, though. We choose the technology to fit the circumstance; we don’t force the circumstance into a preferred tech stack. We love to build, and we love to learn new ways to build.

Our Culture

We love building. We get to build all day at work. Therefore, we love coming to work. But we emphasize home, family and personal time as essential to overall well-being. This is reflected in our benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurance plans
  • Most Federal holidays
  • Ample paid time off
  • Sick time

Are we for you?

We like it here, but we recognize we’re not for everyone. We’re not just here to write code. We’re here to build lasting relationships with delighted clients. This requires strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative mindset, organizational savvy, and a talent for circumventing and resolving conflict.

This is not to say that we expect everyone to have these skills fully developed upon hire. If the thought of developing and utilizing these skills is appealing, then we might be for you.

What else, what else, what else...

What else? Our headquarters is across the street from the historic North Market, at the intersection of the Short North and Downtown Columbus. We’re a five-minute walk from Nationwide Arena. Oh, and we have free parking for all our employees, also available after hours during the week.

We have a catered team lunch in our office every Friday where people working at a client site converge with people working in the office to reconnect, swap stories, and talk about what they’ve been doing.

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