Rarefied talent in big data technology and analytics

Senior Staff Data Engineer (Data Science)

Disney ABC Television Group

Job Description

The Disney | ABC Television Group (DATG) has a mission to bring compelling content to customers anytime and anywhere; data has and will continue to play an incredibly important role in our mission. The Data Engineering Team, a part of Digital Media organization, is responsible for innovating and developing cutting-edge data products and solutions in the areas of operational excellence, multivariate testing, and personalization.

Our mission is: “Pioneer, through technology innovation, the enablement of data powered decisions for delivery of personalized experiences on television of the future platforms”

Our products are shaped by the data that we collect. We are looking for a Sr. Staff Data Engineer – Data Science to shape the data platform and solutions to support television of the future. This is a great opportunity for a talented and creative person who is passionate about data to join a great company leading the next generation of media, entertainment, and technology. This awesome scientist will work with a team of engineers, product managers, program managers, and systems engineers on championing our digital products through data. They will have opportunities to work on novel problems and datasets to apply a wide variety of algorithms: anomaly detection, time series forecasting, pattern recognition, natural language processing, collaborative filtering, and guest segmentation. Wearing multiple hats is a daily occurrence (think architect, design, code, visualize) to meet commitments to deliver brand new first-party data platform for DATG Digital Media. 


You will…

  • Build great things – we are operating in green fields of television and technology, so your work will have substantial impact on the data platform, services we create, and our digital products
  • Work with awesome people – collaborate with larger Digital Media engineering and business teams to deliver impactful data solutions
  • Explore interesting datasets - Design and implement models and methodologies on variety of datasets to achieve operational excellence and personalization efforts for our digital product lineup
  • Be a technical strategist - make strategic recommendations on data collection, integration and retention incorporating business requirements and knowledge of best practices
  • Be a lead – drive the design and execution of first party data projects as well as guide and mentor junior team members on technology, analytical, and business tasks
  • Be an inventor – innovate and craft cutting edge analytics solutions to move the digital television business into the future

Basic Qualifications

You should have …

  • Mastery in at least one high-level programming language such as Python, Java, or Scala (9+ years)
  • Mastery in SQL and experience with relational, analytical, in-memory, and NoSQL databases (9+ years)
  • Working experience with big data tools such as Hadoop/YARN, Spark, Kafka, Hive, Presto, Streaming (5+ years)
  • Proven experience implementing multivariate testing frameworks and recommender systems in large data environments
  • Expert level experience in advanced analytics, model building, statistical modeling, and machine learning algorithms
  • Strong working knowledge of statistical packages (R, SAS, Weka, RapidMiner, etc)
  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, Google Cloud, Azure
  • Ability to come up with solutions to loosely defined business problems by leveraging pattern detection over large datasets
  • Capability to educate the organization both from technical and the business perspectives on new approaches, such as testing hypotheses and statistical validation of results
  • Experience in leading discovery processes with stakeholders to identify the business requirements and the expected outcome
  • Passionate about data, technology, and challenging the status quo
  • Proven experience providing technical mentorship to junior team members
  • Comfortable working in a team environment using Agile methodologies
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills and fortitude to get stuff done
  • Demonstrate the following scientist qualities: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, fairness and aptitude for original research

Preferred Qualifications

You may have…

  • Experience with Apache Kafka, AWS Kinesis, or Google Pub/Sub
  • Experience with HBase, Cassandra
  • Media Industry experience

Required Education

  • M.S. degree (Ph.D. preferred) in the fields of Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, or other quantitative fields
Interested in this position?
Job Location
Burbank, CA
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time
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