Lead Engineer Data Backplane


Denver, Colorado Hybrid May 17
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Audacy’s Platform Services team is looking for an innovative, results-oriented, and highly-collaborative Lead for the Data Backplane group to drive the design and development of our Data Backplane with a focus on building a highly scalable, reliable, and easy to use platform. The Lead Engineer will also be responsible for mentoring team members.



The ideal candidate is a team player who is passionate about creating effective, high-quality, innovative, scalable products, and backend services that are capable of evolving rapidly. We are looking for someone with experience in AWS, Kafka, Kubernetes, and Node. We believe in self-empowered teams that can take a product from concept to delivery. 


The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $130,000-$150,000. Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, as well as internal and external equity.


Audacy offers full time employees with a comprehensive benefits package to include:  health care coordinator, medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, flexible spending accounts, health savings account, disability, life insurance, critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, paid time off (sick, vacation, personal, parental, volunteer), 401(k) retirement plan, discounted employee stock purchase, student loan payment assistance program, legal assistance, life assistance program, identity theft protection, discounted home and auto insurance, and pet insurance.


What You'll Do: 


  • Deliver results on complex projects involving multiple teams across the company
  • Assist with vendor evaluation, comparative analysis, and management
  • Architect, prototype and develop features for our Data Backplane platform
  • Evangelize Event-Driven Architecture (Pub/Sub)
  • Building packages, services, and frameworks in support of other Audacy development teams
  • Support and mentor other members of the team
  • Deliver high-quality maintainable code
  • Participate in project scoping, resource planning, and timeline estimation
  • Oversee technical delivery from onshore, offshore, and nearshore consulting teams
  • Review work produced by consulting companies
  • Follow agile/continuous integration engineering best practices


More About You:


  • 8+ years of engineering experience as the back-end or full-stack developer
  • 2+ years of experience working with Kafka
  • Experience implementing Event-Driven architecture
  • Deep understanding of Kafka clusters, partitions, and topics
  • Working experience scaling topics and partitions
  • Experience using KStreams and ksqlDB
  • Great written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work across environments and juggle many large initiatives with tight timelines
  • Hands-on experience building end-to-end software infrastructure: AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, CI/CD, Testing, Logging, Monitoring
  • Experience writing NodeJS applications, PostgreSQL, XML, HTML, JSON
  • Experience building RESTful APIs
  • Familiar with traditional Agile methodologies: such as Scrum and Kanban
  • Knowledge of Git


  • Experience with Confluent Kafka
  • Experience with implementing APM
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Fully Remote Options
  • Hybrid Work Options
Professional Development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
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