Los Angeles Times

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Lead Data Engineer

Los Angeles Times
EL Segundo, CA Full-time
Posted on November 9, 2018


The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune are looking for a Lead Data Engineer to join the team in our LA office. Our Data Engineering team maintains systems including batch
ETL, streaming data, our machine learning platform and the API services built around it to integrate models into our other digital products, as well as our data lake, data warehouse, and
Business Intelligence server.

The role is a hands-on position that is crucial in our continued plans to build a data-first culture at the LA Times. This role will be responsible for help setting our engineering culture as well as
driving the architecture and products we build out inside our larger data organization in partnership with data science, analytics, and consumer research. The role will also include the people management of the data engineering team.


  • Ability to be upwards of 50% hands-on, building and deploying production code to our data engineering systems
  • Be hands on in making architecture decisions for our data platforms
  • Fill the role of tech lead in the agile planning and development process
  • Drive development culture in the data engineering team including good PR management, documentation, testing, and CI/CD
  • Directly manage team members in the data engineering group
  • Drive the hiring and recruitment process for the data engineering team


  • 5+ years experience as a developer
  • 2+ years as a senior developer
  • 2+ years working specifically in ETL, streaming data, data warehousing, or machine learning type work 
  • Proven track record of delivering scalable data solutions in production engineering environments
  • Expert in Python, Java, Scala or similar language
  • Proficient in SQL
  • Production experience with some of the following: Cassandra, Kafka, or similar
  • Production experience with container orchestration systems such as Marathon or Kubernetes
  • Production experience with AWS tools including at least some of the following: EC2, S3, Kinesis, CloudFormation, Redshift
  • Experience with at least one data warehousing platform (Redshift, Athena, Hive, Snowflake, etc.)

Nice to Haves

  • Prior experience in managing teams but also open to candidates that have been driving projects and are looking for that next step in their career
  • Experience in at least one of: digital subscriptions businesses, digital ad-tech, digital media