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Senior Software Engineer - SQL Features & Data Types



Software Engineering
Berlin, Germany
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

Build the future of data. Join the Snowflake team.

We’re hiring talented Senior Software Engineers with experience in building Databases to expand the Snowflake SQL Data Types team here in Berlin, Germany. Join us to provide customers with a clear and intuitive interface to storing and processing data of all kinds with rich feature coverage and the best in class performance. We design and develop performant storage structures, retrieval and execution algorithms, syntax and semantics for the datatypes. In 2023 we introduced GEOMETRY and H3 within Geospatial, Structured Types support for Iceberg and other products that would first appear in 2024. We also fixed a few longstanding architectural flaws that will never make it into the public announcements, but make engineering life better.

As the team in the intersection of SQL language, query compilation and execution, data storage and processing, we welcome Database professionals from all these different areas to join our growing Data Types team. This role is a unique opportunity to work on all components of the cloud-native database to reach the perfect synergy!

Learn more about the Berlin office here


  • Own one or more areas by efficiently solving the current needs and envisioning the roadmap for the future.
  • Design, develop, and support complex systems for storing and processing data, scaling parallel algorithms, etc.
  • Facilitate discussions within the team and the org to reach the joint consensus.
  • Evaluate customer requirements and get down to their real needs.
  • Work in an iterative approach to optimize for the best outcome of the invested time and energy.
  • Come up with new feature ideas and drive them from inception, design, testing to the eventual release and support.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from Product, Data Science, TPM, Sales, Support orgs to have all the perspectives considered.


  • 6+ years of hands-on industry experience designing, building and supporting large scale systems in production.
  • Rock solid CS fundamentals including data structures, algorithms, and distributed systems.
  • Strong database fundamentals including SQL, performance, multi-threading, and schema design.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Fluency in C++ and/or Java.
  • BS in Computer Science; Masters or PhD Preferred.


  • PhD or industry experience in building databases or core engine components for large scale data processing systems.
  • Experience working with decimal fixed point and floating point arithmetic, text or semi-structured data (i.e. JSON, XML, Parquet, etc).
  • Track record of suggesting, designing, evaluating new products.
  • Experience in technical leading a group of engineers.

Snowflake is growing fast, and we’re scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake.

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