Forward Deployed Engineer, Public Sector at ScaleAI

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Forward Deployed Engineer, Public Sector
St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC


Scale AI is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Forward Deployed Engineer to join our dynamic Federal Engineering team. As a part of this team, you will play a critical role in supporting Scale’s government customers by scoping and developing onsite solutions. Our scalable and high-performance platform forms the foundation for these customer solutions, and your expertise will be instrumental in designing and implementing systems that can handle billions of data points with exceptional performance.

You will:

  • Work directly with customers to understand their problems and translate those into features in Scale’s platform.
  • Have >50% travel or relocation to a key customer geographic location.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define and execute the vision for backend solutions, ensuring they meet the unique needs of government agencies operating in secure environments.
  • Implement end-to-end data integrations, syncing customer’s data to Scale’s platform and back
  • Build robust and reliable backend systems that can serve as standalone products, empowering customers to accelerate their own AI ambitions.
  • Participate actively in customer engagements, working closely with stakeholders to understand requirements and deliver innovative solutions.
  • Have US Citizenship and maintain an active US Government Clearance is a requirement (minimum of a Secret clearance)


Ideally you have:

  • Track record of success as a hybrid customer-facing engineer or similar function, wearing multiple hats along the way
  • Prior experience developing with Python and JavaScript, or other modern software languages
  • Cloud-Native Technologies: Familiarity with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP) and experience in developing and deploying applications in a cloud-native environment. Understanding of containerization (e.g., Docker) and container orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes) is a plus
  • Data Engineering: Knowledge of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes and experience in building data pipelines to integrate and process diverse data sources. Understanding of data modeling, data warehousing, and data governance principles
  • Problem Solving: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to understand complex challenges and devise effective solutions. Ability to think critically, identify root causes, and propose innovative approaches to overcome technical obstacles


The base salary range for this full-time position in Washington, DC is $153,600 - $215,040. Compensation packages at Scale include base salary, equity, and benefits. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position, determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, interview performance, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process. Scale employees are also granted Stock Options that are awarded upon board of director approval. You’ll also receive benefits including, but not limited to: Comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage, retirement benefits, a learning and development stipend, and generous PTO. Additionally, this role may be eligible for additional benefits such as a commuter stipend.


About Us:

At Scale, we believe that the transition from traditional software to AI is one of the most important shifts of our time. Our mission is to make that happen faster across every industry, and our team is transforming how organizations build and deploy AI.  Our products power the world's most advanced LLMs, generative models, and computer vision models. We are trusted by generative AI companies such as OpenAI, Meta, and Microsoft, government agencies like the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and enterprises including GM and Accenture. We are expanding our team to accelerate the development of AI applications.

We believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work, which is why we are proud to be an affirmative action employer and inclusive and equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability status, gender identity or Veteran status. 

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation in the application or recruiting process due to a disability, please contact us at Please see the United States Department of Labor's Know Your Rights poster for additional information.

We comply with the United States Department of Labor's Pay Transparency provision. 

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