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Principal Data Engineer

Date:  Mar 24, 2023

Remote, Remote, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round

As a leading mountain resort operator with over 40 resorts in sixteen states and four countries. We exist to create an Experience of a Lifetime for our employees, so they can, in turn, provide and Experience of a Lifetime for our guests. We are looking for leaders, innovators, creators, and ambitious professionals to join our talented team. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you!


Many of our Corporate function teams can now live and work in any of the states in which Vail Resorts currently operates* – enabling flexible remote work alongside a commitment to building and maintaining strong culture both in person and virtually. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you. Find your purpose with us at


Job Summary:

The Data Science & Data Engineering team is responsible for using our internal data assets to deliver performant, scalable, and impactful data-focused solutions across the business! The team supports modeling initiatives in collaboration with our technology and business partners to enable both strategic opportunities as well as guest facing initiatives. As we continue to grow, our objectives are to deliver increased performance of our existing portfolio of in-market models, granularity of algorithmic decision making, and scalability of solutions across our core lines of business.


As a Principal Data Engineer, you will act as a subject matter expert within the development initiatives for the team and business. You will lead the end-to-end architecture and deployment of data processing, model execution, and delivery of our team’s machine learning solutions to activation and decision endpoints across the organization. Additionally, you will help lead the integration and democratization of new technologies that bring scale, agility, and efficiency to the way we work with data!


Job Specifications:

  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Full Time / Year Round
  • Outlet: Corporate
  • Other Specifics: Remote
  • Expected Pay Range: $129,900 - $166,950 + annual bonus


Job Responsibilities:

  • Be a thought leader in the development of architecture and machine learning engineering projects that advance our enterprise goals of realizing data-focused impact through delivering intelligent solutions across our organization
  • Play a leading role in managing and collaboration cross-functional technology and data initiatives
  • Guide and mentor junior team members and colleagues
  • Participate as a subject matter expert across the domains of data engineering, machine learning operations, data science, computer science, and machine learning


Job Requirements:

  • Expertise in the following:
    • Developing and automating scalable, production machine learning pipelines in cloud ecosystems (Azure/AWS/GCP)
    • Data warehousing systems, data systems integration, and cloud data solutions including data lakes or managed services like Snowflake or Databricks
    • Data Science and Machine Learning development tools and processes (TensorFlow, PyTorch, scikit-learn, MLFlow, etc.) and languages (Python, SQL) across a variety of platforms
  • Demonstrable experience in mentoring junior staff members
  • Proficiency working with Linux environments and maintaining packages and software versions
  • Experience in using common development tools like git and Docker
  • Experience with scalable data processing paradigms like Spark
  • Ability to develop clear documentation and business partner management across audiences with multiple levels of technical skills


The expected pay range is $129,900 - $166,950 + annual bonus.  This is the pay range we reasonably expect to pay for this position. Individual compensation decisions are based on a variety of factors.

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), Extra Time Off (ETO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


Create Your Experience of a Lifetime!  At Vail Resorts, our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today.


*Remote work is currently permitted from British Columbia and the 16 U.S. states in which we currently operate. This includes: California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note that the ability to work remotely, and the particulars related to such work, are subject to change at any time; and, accordingly, the Company reserves the right to change its policies and/or require in-person/in-office work at any time in its sole discretion.   

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 491098