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Lead Data Engineer - Insight and Measurement



Data Science
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Join us as we work to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

Do you love working with data that has the power to improve lives? Here's your chance to join a passionate team at athenahealth, creating a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all. As a Lead Data Engineer, you'll spearhead the design, development, and execution of our data infrastructure. You will provide technical leadership to a team of talented engineers who are transforming healthcare data into actionable insights that empower clinicians, researchers, and administrators to deliver better care.


  • Lead and mentor a team of data engineers, fostering a collaborative and high-performing environment
  • Define the strategic vision for the data platform, ensuring alignment with business objectives and healthcare data best practices
  • Architect and implement scalable and secure data pipelines for ingesting, processing, and transforming large volumes of complex healthcare data
  • Design and build robust data storage solutions (e.g. data warehouses, data lakes) adhering to healthcare data privacy regulations
  • Champion and implement data technologies like machine learning, natural language processing, and distributed computing to unlock deeper insights from healthcare data
  • Develop and automate data analysis workflows and reporting mechanisms for clinical and business stakeholders
  • Clearly communicate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Collaborate effectively with data scientists, analysts, engineers, and business leaders to translate data needs into actionable solutions


  • 5+ years of experience as a Data Engineer or similar role
  • Experience in architecting and building scalable and secure data pipelines and platforms
  • Deep understanding of data engineering principles and best practices, including data modeling, ETL/ELT processes, data warehousing, and data governance
  • Proven expertise in programming languages like Python, Java, or Scala
  • Strong knowledge of cloud platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP) and associated data services (e.g. Redshift, Data Factory, BigQuery)
  • Experience using workflow management solutions (e.g. Airflow, AWS Step Functions, AWS Glue)
  • Familiarity with healthcare data standards and regulations (e.g. HIPAA, HL7)
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills, inspiring and motivating others to achieve goals
  • A passion for driving positive change through innovative data solutions
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems an added plus but not required

Bonus Points

  • Hands-on experience working with healthcare data, standards, and regulations
  • Experience with data analytics tools and technologies (e.g. Spark, Hadoop, machine learning libraries)
  • Proven track record of implementing and driving adoption of new data technologies and methodologies
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies and CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience managing and optimizing data costs in a cloud environment

What We Offer

  • Lead a team of talented engineers and shape the future of how we use data to improve patient care
  • Work on challenging and impactful projects with real-world implications for healthcare delivery
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Continuous learning and professional development opportunities
  • Work in a dynamic and collaborative environment with a strong focus on innovation and excellence

If you're a lead engineer passionate about making a difference in healthcare through data, we encourage you to apply!

We look forward to hearing from you!

About athenahealth

Here’s our vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

What’s unique about our locations?
From an historic, 19th century arsenal to a converted, landmark power plant, all of athenahealth’s offices were carefully chosen to represent our innovative spirit and promote the most positive and productive work environment for our teams. Our 10 offices across the United States and India — plus numerous remote employees — all work to modernize the healthcare experience, together.

Our company culture might be our best feature.
We don't take ourselves too seriously. But our work? That’s another story. athenahealth develops and implements products and services that support US healthcare: It’s our chance to create healthier futures for ourselves, for our family and friends, for everyone.

Our vibrant and talented employees — or athenistas, as we call ourselves — spark the innovation and passion needed to accomplish our goal. We continue to expand our workforce with amazing people who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives at every level, and foster an environment where every athenista feels comfortable bringing their best selves to work.

Our size makes a difference, too: We are small enough that your individual contributions will stand out — but large enough to grow your career with our resources and established business stability.

Giving back is integral to our culture. Our athenaGives platform strives to support food security, expand access to high-quality healthcare for all, and support STEM education to develop providers and technologists who will provide access to high-quality healthcare for all in the future. As part of the evolution of athenahealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, we’ve selected nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and let us foster long-term partnerships for charitable giving, employee volunteerism, insight sharing, collaboration, and cross-team engagement.

What can we do for you?
Along with health and financial benefits, athenistas enjoy perks specific to each location, including commuter support, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance, employee resource groups, and collaborative workspaces — some offices even welcome dogs.

In addition to our traditional benefits and perks, we sponsor events throughout the year, including book clubs, external speakers, and hackathons. And we provide athenistas with a company culture based on learning, the support of an engaged team, and an inclusive environment where all employees are valued.

We also encourage a better work-life balance for athenistas with our flexibility. While we know in-office collaboration is critical to our vision, we recognize that not all work needs to be done within an office environment, full-time. With consistent communication and digital collaboration tools, athenahealth enables employees to find a balance that feels fulfilling and productive for each individual situation.