Principal Data Engineer

Farfetch (NYSE: FTCH)

  • Location
    • Porto
  • Date Posted
  • 10 Sep 2020
  • Function
  • Data Science
  • Sector
  • Retail

Farfetch exists for the love of fashion. We believe in empowering individuality. Our mission is to be the global technology platform for luxury fashion, connecting creators, curators and consumers.


We’re on a mission to build the technology that powers the global platform for luxury fashion. We operate a modular end-to-end technology platform purpose-built to connect the luxury fashion ecosystem worldwide, addressing complex challenges and enjoying it. We’re empowered to break traditions and disrupt, with the freedom and autonomy to make a real impact for our customers all over the world.


Our Porto office is located in Portugal's vibrant second city, known for its history and its creative yet cosy environment. We welcome new ideas and a large number of our people. From Account Management to Technology and Product, whatever your skills are, you'll find your fit here. You can have an informal meeting in the treehouse or play the piano in your lunch break!

The role

We are looking for a Principal Engineer to be part of Farfetch’s Engineering Team and a the Principal Engineering guild, being a reference for other members of the engineering team and tackling our most complex engineering challenges.

What you'll do

  • Help data engineers solve complex problems in the realm of Data
  • Be a part of the team that decides the long term technical roadmap for farfetch data platform
  • Be the technical reference for data engineers when tackling complex problems or deciding on what is the best approach to solve problems centered around data
  • Have an holistic vision about the technological stack, the development patterns and the set of tools that data engineers use
  • Work closely with the architecture team, principal guild, infrastructure and security to assure data engineering is working towards the standards we set ourselves as a company;
  • Engage with other engineering teams to assure the solutions the data engineering team provides are fulfilling their most complex requirements
  • Engage with other engineering teams to assure the solutions they are providing to data are compliant with the data strategy defined
  • Coach and up-skill other engineering team members in data engineering topics, acting as a reference for data engineering standard methodologies within Farfetch
  • Define and document guidelines and best practices to be followed by data engineering.

Who you are

  • A graduate in Information Systems or a related field
  • A professional with at least 10 years of demonstrable experience

DevOps mindset

  • Experience in the definition of long term strategy for data engineering - tech. stack evolution, product enhancement and arch guidelines.
  • Experience with ingestion of large amounts of data (streaming or batch)
  • Knowledgeable of the specific engineering challenges related to distributed systems
  • Capable of being the Technical Reference and Evangelist for the use of technologies within the data domain

Track data technologies trends

  • Receive a set of business requirements and map them into tech. requirements
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in Product/Software development, with deep understanding of all different phases
  • Experience in agile software development
  • An excellent communicator in English, with the capability to communicate at multiple levels in the organization
  • Able to handle multiple tasks/priorities at a time, respond to work with urgency and understand deadlines
  • Attentive to detail, with an ability to assimilate, sort through and aggregate complex information quickly and effectively
  • Experienced in working in large scale organizations on a multinational level with a multicultural team is a plus
  • Experience in data modeling for traditional Data Warehousing and also in creating or adapting data models for NoSQL/Big Data solutions is a plus
  • Experience in evolving traditional data warehouse systems to Big Data systems capable of providing business intelligence solutions at scale is a plus
  • Experience with agile development methodologies applied to Data engineering is a plus