Principal Software Engineer – Data Governance


  • Full Time

Toast is driven by building the restaurant platform that helps restaurants adapt, take control, and get back to what they do best: building the businesses they love.

Toast is looking for an experienced software engineer at the principal level to lead our data governance program. You will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining a pragmatic and engineering-led data governance program that ensures the accuracy, completeness, consistency, and security of our data assets. Data governance at Toast is a part of the engineering organization (R&D) in collaboration with Data Engineering and Enterprise Applications.

At Toast, data is the secret sauce that fuels our business and enables Toast Restaurants to out-perform the industry. We’re looking for a passionate and experienced technical leader to develop a framework and processes to help us reliably, safely, and responsibly deliver innovative and useful data products.

About this roll* (Responsibilities) 

  • Develop and implement a data governance framework and policies that align with the company's goals and objectives.
  • Work closely with the data governance council to oversee the data governance program and ensure compliance with policies and standards.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams in R&D, Data Engineering and Enterprise Applications to identify critical data elements and define data quality rules, standards, and metrics to measure data quality.
  • Implement data lineage, metadata management, and data cataloging tools to track data flow and lineage across various systems.
  • Develop and implement data classification, access controls, and data security policies and procedures to protect sensitive data.
  • Provide guidance and training to business and technical teams on data governance best practices, policies, and standards.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve the data governance program based on industry best practices and emerging technologies.

Do you have the right ingredients*? (Requirements)

  • 8+ years of experience in software engineering and data management
  • Experience implementing and operating effective data governance programs at technology companies
  • Strong knowledge of data governance frameworks, policies, and best practices.
  • Experience with data management technologies such as metadata management, data lineage, data cataloging, and data security.
  • Ability to collaborate with and influence cross-functional teams, including business stakeholders, engineering leaders and data scientists
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to present complex ideas in a clear and concise manner.

Our Spread of Total Rewards

  • Unlimited Vacation
  • Sabbatical opportunity after five years
  • Professional Development Reimbursement Program
  • Commitment to Employee Wellness through resources such as a quarterly Wellness Stipend
  • Various peer and company recognition programs 
  • 401(k) and matching
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Subsidized backup childcare

*Bread puns encouraged but not required


The base salary range for this role is listed below. The starting salary will be determined based on skills and experience. In addition to base salary, our total rewards components include cash compensation (overtime, bonus/commissions if eligible), equity, and benefits.
Pay Range
$-177,000$283,000 USD

We are Toasters

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is Baked into our Recipe for Success.

At Toast our employees are our secret ingredient. When they are powered to succeed, Toast succeeds.

The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse industries. We embrace and are excited by this diversity, believing that only through authenticity, inclusivity, high standards of respect and trust, and leading with humility will we be able to achieve our goals.

Baking inclusive principles into our company and diversity into our design provides equitable opportunities for all and enhances our ability to be first in class in all aspects of our industry.

Bready* to make a change? Apply today!

Toast is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive hiring process. As part of this commitment, we strive to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities to enable them to access the hiring process. If you need an accommodation to access the job application or interview process, please contact

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