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Director of Data Platform



Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Kard is transforming customer loyalty with our rewards-as-a-service API platform. We empower our partners, from neobanks to financial institutions and beyond, to offer tailored rewards that celebrate customers' daily transactions. Backed by $30M from industry-leading investors and seasoned experts, we are reshaping the future of customer engagement.

About the Role

Play a critical role in our company's growth by leading the data team, integrating data initiatives with our technical infrastructure and product strategies. As a manager and mentor to a team of highly skilled professionals, you will ensure their professional development and alignment with business goals, while facilitating collaboration across product management, engineering, finance, and sales. Reporting directly to the VP of Product and Engineering, your leadership in driving Kard's data strategy will be integral to our entire company’s success.


  • Lead the integration of data initiatives with Kard's broader technical vision, aligning them with business goals and operational reliability. Collaborate closely with the product team to shape and execute a compelling data strategy.
  • Oversee data engineering efforts, ensuring robust integration with application architecture, continuous improvement of our data infrastructure, and seamless third-party connections.
  • Guide the development and operationalization of ML models for customer segmentation, transaction enrichment, lift-optimized personalization, automated experiments, and more, ensuring alignment with product goals and engineering architecture.
  • Drive alignment between data initiatives and business objectives, incorporating financial understanding into decision-making and contributing to strategic discussions across the organization.
  • Foster a supportive and inclusive environment, managing and mentoring the team to achieve high performance, growth, and effective collaboration. Coach both technical and interpersonal skills to build a cohesive team that elevates every part of the business they touch.
  • Ensure efficient project execution by guiding your team to experiment intelligently, deliver incremental value, and uphold high standards of quality, including security, data privacy, and operational excellence.
  • Travel to attend annual and semi-annual company meetings, and as needed by your job responsibilities
  • Additional duties as assigned

Desired Skills

  • Strong experience in platform engineering, with secondary expertise in data science and engineering.
  • Proven track record of managing and mentoring teams, with a focus on fostering growth, collaboration, and alignment with business goals.
  • Proficiency in SQL, Python, AWS services, and distributed systems; competence in Databricks, dbt, Go, TypeScript, Datadog, and Terraform is highly desirable.
  • Experience in coaching, championing, and implementing Lean and DevOps practices and tools
  • Familiarity with navigating data privacy regulations, including PII protection and clean room operations.
  • Strong strategic mindset, capable of balancing innovation, risk management, business alignment, and technical possibilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, adept at collaborating with cross-functional teams, including product management and engineering, and facilitating effective meetings.
  • Ability to work 8 hours during core U.S. business hours between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • Ability to be on camera, distraction-free, and actively participating during meetings
Remote - USA Pay Range
$220,000$245,000 USD
Why Join:

Kard recognizes the unique value each of us brings to our collective success. As part of our remote-first team, you'll have the autonomy to influence our trajectory, actively contributing to the growth of our business and the evolution of our company culture. By embodying our core values of Initiative, Openness, and Humility, you will not only witness but directly foster an inclusive and dynamic work environment, from the executive level down.

Our competitive benefit plan includes:
  • Unlimited PTO, with a minimum requirement to take one day off a quarter, ten days a year, promoting mental well-being
  • Observance of 11 Federal Holidays, plus an additional day each for Black Friday and Christmas Eve
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401k with employer match
  • Coworking space and WFH setup reimbursement
  • Company Offsites three times per year for planning, team-building, and networking
Kard is an equal opportunity employer and we actively encourage applicants of all genders, backgrounds, and experiences to apply. We believe that diverse perspectives enrich our workplace and drive our success.