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Data Engineer II

Benson Hill

Benson Hill

Data Science
St. Louis, MO, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024

About Benson Hill
Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, tasty and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. This platform allows for cost-effective and more efficient ways for companies to analyze and make improvements in plant genetics. Benson Hill brings a unique and holistic approach to our product and platform development, as we span a broader workflow involving trait and seed development, genome editing, and breeding all the way to creating better ingredients and varieties that tap a strong consumer demand for more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.

Our Purpose and Core Values

Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity. Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity.

  • Be Bold! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Inspired! We have purpose in our work-we are curious, engaged, and have fun. We maintain an active learning mindset and are motivated by diverse people and thoughts. We are energized by all innovators and together we aim to make an impact and contribute to building a better world.
  • Be Real! We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

Department Overview

The Tech Acceleration Department leads the development of Benson Hill’s crop design platform, CropOSwhich combines machine learning and big data with genome editing and plant biology to accelerate and simplify the product development process. The team partners with the Research & Development teams on the development of a portfolio of offerings (commercial, product, or platform related) that meet the needs of Benson Hill’s business units.

Position Summary

You will lead and execute multiple projects end-to-end involving the internal and external stakeholders. You will contribute to technical strategy, design, & delivery for key top objective for the team. You will document and demonstrate solutions by developing documentation, diagrams, charts, code comments and clear code. Serve as a technical lead contributing to and directing the efforts of the team. Assist in task planning, estimation, scheduling, and staffing.

You Will:

(Essential Duties and Responsibilities)

  • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable code
  • Demonstrate efficiency in handling data, tracking data lineage, ensuring data quality, and improving discoverability of data
  • Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of data software applications across the full engineering stack
  • Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems
  • Work with data scientists, researchers and business stakeholders to understand business requirements, formulate use cases, and translate them into pragmatic and effective technical designs
  • Enable creative scalable engineering solutions for data gathering and integration for structured and unstructured data sets
  • Engineer cloud deployed software solutions to enable data and analytics pipelines
  • Continuously improve and maintain code quality through writing unit tests, automation and code reviews
  • Contribute ideas to help improve our technology, coding standards and products

You Have:

(Competencies and Qualifications)


  • Bachelor’s in computer science, computer engineering or equivalent experience


  • 4+ years work experience building and deploying software
  • 4+ years experience in Python, .NET
  • Experience with AWS cloud platform or other cloud platforms
  • Solid OOP and software design knowledge – can write software that’s extensible, reusable, and meets desired architectural objectives
  • Experience building scalable data pipelines to meet analytical business problems
  • Experience building scalable microservice architecture while making thorough database designs
  • Experience building web applications and services
  • Managing the complete software development process from conception to deployment
  • Experience with AWS cloud platform or other cloud platforms
  • Experience with Neo4j or graph databases
  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment

Additional Skills

  • Ability to focus and work independently with little direction
  • Relational databases & SQL
  • Familiarity with Linux / Unix environments
  • C#
  • Should have exposure to Agile
  • Self-motivated to learn new knowledge and techniques
  • Strong customer focus
  • Collaborative

Preference Given to Applicants with the Following

  • Experience in Neo4j, .NET and Python
  • Experienced in API Design
  • Experience with GIT, Docker, Web services
  • Experience with DevOps & Cloud Security best practices

We have a Total Rewards Package at Benson Hill that consists of more than just your paycheck. Total Rewards at Benson Hill covers Pay (salary and bonus), Health (employer benefit contributions) and Wealth (investments). Some of the perks include:

  • A Collaborative Environment
  • A flexible PTO program with a focus on work/life balance
  • Competitive medical benefits and retirement savings plan
  • FREE Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Education reimbursement
  • PAID parental leave
  • And more….