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Data Ops Engineer


 
  
discover and leverage data to improve our products and the organization. Our goal is to continue to drive consumer engagement by analyzing new sources of data, developing new metrics to track our progress, bending and folding our data to find meaningful segments and visualizing everything to make it understandable and engaging.


WaPo Labs Company: WaPo Labs
Location: Washington, DC
Web: wapolabs.com

_Contact_:
Please send resume to jobs@wapolabs.com referencing Data Operations Engineer

Do you love data? Do you get excited when the numbers confirm your intuition, but really blown away when data teaches you something unexpected? WaPo Labs, a digital innovation focused entity of the The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO), seeks a Data Operations Engineer to join us in our mission to take digital media to new heights. This position is in our Data Warehouse team, whose job it is to discover and leverage data to improve our products and the organization. Our goal is to continue to drive consumer engagement by analyzing new sources of data, developing new metrics to track our progress, bending and folding our data to find meaningful segments and visualizing everything to make it understandable and engaging.

The Data Operations Engineer will be the foundation of an effective and fun data team. Ideally our new teammate will have the ability to connect us to new data sources, tune our data machine to keep the team running at top speed, track the performance of our state of the art products and experiment with new technologies to make sure we're on top of the constantly changing online world.

The Role:

  • Utilize 3rd Party APIs to deliver real-time data to our data warehouse
  • Script jobs that keep data sources up to date
  • Plan failure scenarios
  • Measure uptime and performance
Here's what we're looking for:
  • A perfectionist when it comes to the finished product
  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies, and to teach others
  • An owner; it is not just a task, it is a mission, and the end goal is to deliver something great that wows our stakeholders
  • Self Motivation; you can take or see an opportunity to improve the metrics and run with it
  • The ability to work across groups; you enjoy working closely with product, analytics and engineering teams to develop user research, usability tests, and design concepts.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Experience with tough database issues, and SQL knowledge
  • The skills to move data around in a Unix/Linux environment (one or more of: shell scripting, perl, python, sed, awk or similar)
  • Experience turning a logical process into code (think branching and failure scenarios)
  • Experience with columnar databases, Hadoop, terabyte datasets and cloud-based environments a plus
WaPo Labs and Trove:
WaPo Labs is a technology-focused product development team at The Washington Post Company, a diversified education and media company whose principal operations include educational services, newspaper print and online publishing, television broadcasting and cable television systems. In supporting the Company's ongoing commitment to digital innovation, WaPo Labs works closely with our media properties washingtonpost.com, slate.com, foreignpolicy.com, theroot.com and expressnightout.com to test and develop new products. We also experiment with emerging technologies to build standalone products such as Trove.

Trove is a personalized news service that helps you keep current across general news and all your interests. Aggregating from tens of thousands of high-quality sources, Trove lets you discover and follow the topics you care the most about. Trove syncs your actions and preferences across all platforms-website, iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, and Blackberry, email and social networks.

_Contact_:
Please send resume to jobs@wapolabs.com referencing Data Operations Engineer


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