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Big Data Engineer

St. Louis , Missouri

Req ID 01B7V

At Monsanto you will enjoy a team-focused environment that thrives on innovation and encourages you to do extraordinary things. By incorporating cutting-edge technology and your experience, you will push the limits of agricultural technology and help change the world. Are you ready to begin?

  • Full-Time
  • Level: All

Success Profile

What does it take to be a successful Software Engineer at Monsanto? Check out the traits below to see if you have the right combination of talents.

  • Software/Infrastructure Skilled
  • Embraces Inclusion & Diversity
  • Team Player
  • Self-Motivated
  • Entrepreneurial Aptitude
  • Driven & Organized
  • Loves to Code
  • Working in a Matrix

Monsanto encourages us to think outside of the box to solve complex issues. I really enjoy working for Monsanto: I feel that I am a part of something really important.

– Nicole, IT Product Manager


  • Compensation:

    Monsanto offers competitive pay and benefits, as well as other exciting rewards.

  • Insurance (Medical, Dental, Vision):

    Monsanto offers a Health and Insurance Benefits Program that allows you to tailor your own benefits package.

  • Paid time off:

    We believe we can all be more effective individuals if there's a proper balance among the various demands of work, family and life.

  • Paid training:

    Internal and external seminars and conferences are available to increase your technical, professional and managerial skills.

  • Savings Plan:

    We provide you an opportunity to save up to 25% of your eligible pay in a personal savings program to which Monsanto also contributes.

  • Variety and Collaboration:

    Opportunities to participate in varied types of projects and get new experiences from partnerships with many organizations within Monsanto.


Monsanto’s mission is centered on developing agricultural solutions for a sustainable future that will include a global population projected to eclipse 9.6 billion by 2050. We approach agriculture holistically, looking across a broad range of solutions from using biotechnology and plant breeding to produce the best possible seeds, to advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics designed to select the best possible crop system for every acre. 

To make this possible, Monsanto collects terabytes of data across all aspects of its operations, from genome sequencing, crop field trials, manufacturing, supply chain, commercial and everything in between. There is an enormous need and potential here to do something that has never been done before. We need great Big Data Engineers to help transform these complex scientific and commercial datasets into innovative software that drives our focus on continuously improving the experiences of our customers, partners and other key stakeholders.

What you will do: 

• Be a critical senior member of a full-stack data engineering team focused on creating distributed analysis capabilities around our customer and partner datasets 

• Think through complex business problems and work to solve them by applying cutting edge data engineering practices 

• Collaborate closely with your engineering team colleagues and with data scientists across multiple teams throughout research, supply chain, commercial and our enabling functions.

• Take pride in software craftsmanship, diving deep into code and constantly innovating 

Why you should join us: 

• Work with other top level talent solving a wide range of complex and unique challenges that have real world impact 

• We value the exploration of all relevant technology stacks in order to find the best fit for each dataset 

• We prioritize and pursue opportunities to present our work at relevant technical conferences:

• Our environment values your talent over a role or title. Strength of ideas trumps position on an org chart 

If you share our values, you should have: 


• Bachelors Degree, preferred or 4+ years of equivalent experience in a relevant field.

• 7+ years of Technical / IT experience, demonstrating technical leadership in such areas as Data Analysis, Data/Software Development, or Data Support, required.

• Fluency in Java or Scala (3 years), or demonstrated mastery of another language with clear movement towards one of the JVM languages, required. 

• Customer data experience, preferably international, particularly customer segmentation or other complex analytical analysis, preferred.

• Experience with stream processing, e.g. Kafka, Spark Streaming, Akka, Flink, etc., preferred.

• Experience data modeling for large scale databases, either relational or NoSQL (graph, key:value, document, etc.)

• Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems


Bonus points for:


• Proven experience (2 years) with distributed systems, e.g. Mesos, Kubernetes, Spark, Hadoop, distributed databases, grid computing

• Experience with data privacy concerns

• Ability to build and maintain modern cloud architecture, e.g. AWS, Google Cloud, etc. 

• Comfortable speaking publicly on relevant work 

• Experience contributing to open source projects 

• Knowledge of data science practices, to better steer our efforts to support them through the infrastructure we create

We encourage you to share with us any and all public contributions you have made in the form of conference presentations, community forums (e.g. Stack Overflow, GitHub, etc.), or open source projects and code samples.


Doing Great Things

  • Putting Military Skills to work

    Putting Military Skills to work:

    At Monsanto, we value the leadership, tenacity, adaptability, teamwork, and performance orientation skills and attributes that veterans and service members bring to the table.

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  • Inclusion & Diversity

    Inclusion & Diversity

    Creating an inclusive environment where employees of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and orientations feel welcome and able to contribute is core to creating a Great Place to Work.

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  • Making a difference

    Making a difference:

    Giving is a natural part of what we do at Monsanto. As a company, we are committed to making lives better.

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