Senior Data Engineer Arlington

Axios |  Arlington | Dev / Eng

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Quick take: Axios is a growth-stage startup dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We’re hiring a Senior Data Engineer to join our growing data team! 

Why it matters: As a Senior Data Engineer, this person will collaborate with engineers, analysts, and product managers to drive forward data initiatives across mission-critical Axios products. Our Data team is made of Data Engineers, Data Scientists, and Analysts who use data-driven methodologies to inform decisions and strategy, build robust scalable products and identify opportunities for innovation across the company.  We round our team out with a Technical Product Manager and Data Quality Engineer to assure the team has the support it needs to succeed.

Go deeper: This Data Engineer will play a leadership role in building solutions to problems in an intelligent and nuanced way. In this role, you will make an impact on Axios through the following responsibilities:

  • Support planning, execution, hiring, and mentoring staff, as well as your hands-on development within the role
  • Develop and maintain developer tooling to support PySpark data pipelines
  • Implement processes and systems to ensure data is accurate and available for key stakeholders and business processes 
  • Develop and maintain data platform components including; Kafka data producers and consumers, pipeline architecture, data lake, data warehouse, and Business Intelligence tooling
  • Collaborate closely with fellow data team members as well as tech and product teams and company leaders 
  • Support continuing increases in data velocity, volume, and complexity
  • Write unit/integration tests and document work
  • Perform data analysis required to troubleshoot data-related issues and assist in the resolution of data issues

The details: Ideal candidate should have an entrepreneurial spirit, be highly collaborative, exhibit a passion for building technology products, and have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with or knowledge of Agile Software Development methodologies
  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong SQL and Python development experience
  • Proven experience with building systems using a microservice architecture 
  • Proven experience with schema design and dimensional data modeling
  • Proven experience developing pipelines utilizing event streaming data and familiarity with the Apache Kafka framework
  • Practical experience with SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Practical experience supporting Business Intelligence tooling and third-party systems
  • Experience designing, building, and maintaining data processing systems
  • Experience working with MapReduce and Spark clusters
  • Experience detecting and reporting data quality issues
  • Familiarity with Docker, CI/CD (such as Jenkins/Circle), AWS
  • Experience building data visualizations and dashboards is preferred

Don’t forget:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter and cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture
  • Annual learning and development stipend

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Company-sponsored access to Ginger coaching and mental health support 
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services 
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers 
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies 
  • Class pass discount
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events

 

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Axios is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Axios makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

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What excites you about your products?

Our work, everything we do, is rooted in a commitment to putting our readers first. Online users have access to more content than ever before. At Axios, we want to ensure those who access our products are reading, hearing and seeing the information that matters in the most efficient way possible.

 

What’s the communication process like at Axios?

As a remote-first company, Axios has mastered digitally fostering a team spirit with frequent employee check-ins on Slack. Axios values transparency at all levels, including a weekly anonymous Q&A with its founders every Monday at the all-hands meeting. Real-time feedback is central to its culture and employees are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions openly.

Within the network of more than 250 employees, a new hire will be assigned to a smaller team and work with them every day. But no feat is accomplished without collaboration between fellow Axios squads, giving the Analytics & Insights team a chance to learn about the engineers’ daily tasks, and so on.

 

What does it feel like to be an employee at Axios?

It offers the stability of a large media company with the feel of a close-knit team. That’s partly due to the organization of our smaller squads, but Axios also makes it a priority to understand each employee’s needs. All new hires fill out a “user guide” with specifications about their communication style, decision-making process and interests. This helps new employees acclimate to our company seamlessly.

Axios encourages all employees to share opinions and ideas about new processes or potential changes. As a workplace, Axios wants to make sure all employees feel heard, and that logging on to work is something to look forward to.

 

Describe the technologists you seek to hire at Axios. 

A person who is passionate, fun, a team player and willing to take on a challenge.

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