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Data Engineer

National Basketball Association

This is a Contract position in Secaucus, NJ posted June 29, 2020.

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more. While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.Position Summary:You will be part of a growing Data Engineering team that handles NBA data for Internal and External Users. The IT department services over 10 internal groups and the Data Engineer will be a seasoned Technologist comfortable with a variety of data technologies. Data Engineering Group handles a Datawarehouse that sources data out of over 15 sources and services over 10 internal groups. The current data technology stack consists primarily of Data warehouses using SQL Technologies, Neo4J based Graph DBs along with the use of a variety of NoSQL and AI/ML frameworks and languages like R, Python etc. Current plans have us moving our technologies to the cloud, specifically Microsoft Azure.The ideal candidate will be a technologist who is able to balance the rapid pace of technology change with an authoritative ability to handle client relationships – including working closely with the business and technical teams/vendors. Assists in the ongoing support of applications. We’re looking for someone who is laser-focused on operational excellence and customer satisfaction. You’ll need to wear many hats, so flexibility and a can-do attitude are critical!We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative personality that can champion the cause of Agile within the organization. The individual needs to have a consistent track record of successfully delivering value for their organization in a fast-paced environment along with successful management of customer expectations. A passionate engineer who strives for automation would be ideal for this position. Experience mentoring and leading other staff, both onsite and offshore would be desired for this role to be successful.As a Data Engineer, you will lead NBA’s data efforts across all products and lines of business. You are a pioneer, building new capabilities that will help unlock new possibilities for our businesses. You will coordinate with external and internal resources to be a part of a Data Engineering practice. You will play a fundamental role in achieving our ambitious growth objectives. You must be comfortable switching between multiple projects, contributing as an individual and working with both business teams and technology teams to translate business requirements into finished products. You possess strategic vision and tactical mastery and combine it with an entrepreneurial spirit to get it done. You will collaborate closely with stakeholders across the company to design innovative solutions and balance challenging priorities and resource demands.The right candidate is passionate about data technologies. We’re looking for someone who welcomes challenges and is hyper-focused on delivering exceptional results to internal business customers while creating a rewarding team environment. This position reports into the Head of Data Engineering, ITMajor Responsibility:* Understands business needs and develop solutions that delight consumers and customers* Understands Agile artifacts and develops applications based upon business priority.* Collaborate with project partners to ensure all requirements are met.* Handles relationships with end-user communities. Interacts regularly with users to gather feedback, listen to their issues and concerns, recommend solutions.* Build scalable, fault-tolerant batch and real-time data pipelines to power internal applications, operational workflows, and business intelligence platforms* Create and maintain data-driven APIs to support a wide range of integration with NBA partners* Recommend and implement best practices for data management and governance* Demonstrate your technical abilities and contribute to our overall architecture* Help implement the Enterprise Data Architecture for NBA and help implement it in multi-functional alignment with the Data teams that exist across functions like Marketing, Finance, HR etc.* Provide insights during application design and development for highly complex or critical machine learning projects across numerous lines of business and shared technology.* Ensure alignment to enterprise architecture and usage of enterprise platforms when delivering projects* Continuously improve the quality of deliverables and SDLC processesRequired Skills/Knowledge:* Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or Management of Info Systems/Technology preferred* Advanced Education in Statistics or Mathematics would be a plus 3+ year of experience in developing ETL and ELT pipelines using SQL and MSFT SSIS 3+ years of experience in developing BigData and/or machine learning solutions 3+ years of experience in a highly regulated industry* 1+ Years of experience defining and/or designing data architectures* 1+ Years of experience leading and/or managing product engineering teams* Experience with the MS Cloud stack (Azure) or AWS* Experience with SQL, NoSQL, BigData and Graph Technologies along with Programming languages like R, Python, Kafka, Storm etc.* Experience building microservices* Background in agile SW development and Scaled Agile Frameworks* A true believer in measuring success based on working software and in quick prototyping* Someone who is a passionate coder and can spin up a snippet of code quickly* Strategic thinker with the ability to build and execute innovative digital product, combined with tactical ability to execute simultaneously against multiple contending priorities* Someone with an iterative approach, drive to move fast and think big* Experience working with and/or managing internal and external teams at the same time, working with multiple brands and digital properties of varying maturities* Demonstrated ability to partner and communicate effectively with non-technical team members, resolving contending or contradictory objectives, and unifying disparate ideas into a homogenized solution* Ability to be versatile and handle multiple projects and re-prioritizations* Possess the ability to influence others, implement change, and standardize processes in a complex business environment* A passion for data and growing in your current role* Ability to effectively and appropriately interview technical candidates* Passion for Automation and Hunger for Acceleration* Keen knowledge of Devops as well as RPA is a big plus* Experience with Architecting Applications (e.g. Design Patterns, distributed applications etc.) with the aim of reuse would be a big plus* Superb communication skills (both written and verbal)* Great teammate – should be ready to go beyond to help immediate team and do not be averse to not shy away from asking for help if needed.* Ability to translate ideas into solutions based on user and business needs* Open Eagerness to learn new technologies and bring new ideas to the tableEducation:Bachelors Degree or equivalent. Masters would be a plus.We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.Nearest Major Market: New York CityNearest Secondary Market: NewarkJob Segment: Database, Engineer, SQL, Computer Science, Information Technology, Technology, Engineering