• Lead Platform Engineer

    Additional Posting Locations 5 months ago(11/7/2018 2:26 PM)
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    # of Openings
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Digital - Software Engineering
  • Overview

    The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune are looking for a Lead Platform Engineer to join the team in our LA office. This role would be working on our data and machine learning products, building scalable API services that power our many digital products.


    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
    • 1+ years with Docker and microservices
    • Production experience with Marathon, Kubernetes or similar container orchestration solutions
    • Strong engineering fundamentals
    • Proficient in SQL
    • Expert in Python, Java, Scala or similar language
    • Proven ability to build scalable API services with high uptime availability
    • Production experience with AWS tools including at least some of the following: EC2, S3,
      Kinesis, CloudFormation or similar tools in GCP
    • Production experience with some of the following: Cassandra, Kafka, or similar

    Nice to Haves

    • Production experience with some of the following Cassandra, Kafka
    • Experience building serverless applications
    • Experience with at least one data warehousing platform (Redshift, Athena, Hive, Snowflake, etc.)
    • 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


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