14 West | Senior Data Engineer - Technical.ly

Senior Data Engineer

14 West |  Baltimore, MD 21201 | Dev / Eng

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14 West is looking for a talented Senior Data Engineer to join the Data Engineering Team.  This is a role that will collaborate with the business and technology teams in building enterprise class data solutions, will review and contribute to data resource designs, implementation practices, and support critical production issues.

The Senior Data Engineer will be accountable for working effectively with technical leads and product owners.  The Senior Data Engineer will drive performance and scalability to reduce expense and increase efficiency within the business services arm of a global enterprise. This includes engineering data solutions that support CRM, ERP, Publishing, Business Intelligence, Analytics, to name a few.

In this position you will have an opportunity to use the latest technology platforms and techniques in an environment that promotes thinking outside of the box.

You can learn more about life at 14 West by checking out our WestWord blog.


  • Ability to contribute in system improvements and innovations.
  • Apply advanced principles in design, implementation, optimization and securing of data.
  • Contribute to the exploration of technologies and techniques to improve data management functions, including data integration, standardization, and distribution.
  • Identify and understand source data systems, data and data solutions.
  • Identify and mentor on the correct application of non-relational, big data technologies and techniques to create scalable solutions across the business model.
  • Work closely with business and technology teams to identify, design, and build scalable solutions for high-volume, event-driven business solutions.
  • Analyze current patterns of design to identify improvements that reduce cost while driving efficiency and performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp new technology and techniques and contribute to their introduction into mainstream development.
  • Contribute to the definition and continuous improvement of Data Engineering policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Ensure data solutions are in compliance with all governance policies, procedures, etc. supporting industry standards and regulation, including GDPR and PCI.
  • Serve as a technical mentor for data technologies and techniques to ensure success of teams and projects.
  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned.


  • BS/BA in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 7+ years experience in database concepts with hands-on experience with non-relational technologies to include Cloudera/Hortonworks, Impala, MongoDB.
  • 7+ years experience in the full lifecycle development activities.
  • Advanced level experience selecting the best fit from among the data technologies available in cloud or Cloudera/Hortonworks environment.
  • Advanced level experience working with ETL/ELT in a non-relational environment.
  • Advanced level experience implementing data lake models that support Business Intelligence solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large-volume, high-transaction solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience with implementing strategies for data security at rest and in motion.
  • Demonstrated experience with scripting languages such as Python, Powershell, and/or bash
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically, plan for future growth of cloud-based non-relational systems/tools, troubleshoot and solve data and data technology related issues.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a related field.
  • AWS Certification.
  • Experience with Agile Methodologies.
  • Advanced level experience with Big Data concepts including proven knowledge of platforms like Cloudera or similar.
  • Advanced level experience providing data solutions at the enterprise level.
  • Understanding of GDPR and the implications on data solutions.
  • Understanding of PCI and the implications on data solutions.

If interested, please submit a resume to the link provided.

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What’s it like to work at 14 West in Baltimore?

Missing a day in the office at 14 West makes you feel as if you’ve missed out. We have a great group of really smart and motivated people that come up with truly brilliant solutions to the challenges we face in the publishing and subscription services we enable. This being said, the office is totally casual — people bring their dogs to work and there’s work/life balance in that you can work remotely if needed.

Our offices are beautiful. They make up a campus of 12 individual buildings in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. In the summertime when we have interns working with us it starts to feel like a college campus as you see the interns going from building to building with their backpacks. The buildings are a mix of incredible historic homes and some modern construction. We sit in massive open offices that carry mixes of the functional roles; this enables cross collaboration. You can stand up and go talk to anybody, you don’t have to set up formal meetings. It’s open and easy, and that’s how we’re able to move so quickly to get things done each day.

Who is 14 West and what do you do?

14 West is the backbone of The Agora; a network for over forty companies in publishing and direct marketing that exist across 17 countries. The various companies span from Money Map Press to The Oxford Club and the very first of The Agora Companies, International Living (now based in Waterford, Ireland). At 14 West, we are a centralized service provider that enables the growth and innovation of all these different niche companies; internally we refer to them as affiliates. We are the technology, accounting, human resources, legal and facilities teams devoted to them.

What’s a common attribute amongst 14 West employees?

The preeminent traits seem to be a desire to learn and curiosity. If you are willing to work hard and want to understand how 14 West works, how The Agora Companies make their money, how things are done and how to contribute new ideas, you’ll be rewarded and will move up quickly. One thing that is expected of everyone that walks in here is you need to raise your hand and you better have high expectations for yourself. If you’re waiting for someone to tell you what to do, that gets noticed very quickly and not in a good way.

What is the team working on at the moment?

We handle all of our enterprise data. A lot of our focus right now is in optimization and building world class tools for our affiliates. One specific project our team is working is developing a set of new self-service applications where instead of Agora affiliates reaching out to our team directly for data and reports, they’ll be able to source what they need on their own. We are developing a series of new, cutting-edge feed applications where data can be loaded in, reports can be generated on the fly and our developers can understand exactly what the affiliates most want.

How do 14 West employees stay connected and engaged with each other?

A lot of us travel to different conferences to develop our skills and that’s always a great way to reconnect in a more personal way with your colleagues.

We do a lot of volunteer work within the community right around us here in Baltimore. Aside from this, we take pride in having the best holiday parties — there have been people caught trying to sneak into them! We also do a lot of happy hours in the office (employees enter their preferred beer or wine via their Drizly account). 

What can new employees expect?

New employees can expect extensive training through 14 West’s learning and development division, which features hands-on classroom learning and online guided courses that ensure new hires have been inducted into the company through a mentored program. Otherwise, get ready to run with your ideas. We like big ideas and if you bring them to the table you better be ready to act on them, we’ll provide the resources to drive it.

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