Head of Data Engineering

| Greater LA Area
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Whip Media Group’s products, including Mediamorph, TV Time and TheTVDB, offer a data-driven integrated cloud solution that empowers the world’s leading entertainment organizations to efficiently acquire, distribute and monetize their content. Together, our companies track billions of consumer actions and financial transactions that accelerate innovation for buyers and sellers of content. Whip Media Group has offices in Los Angeles, New York City and London.

Whip Media Group is hiring a Head of Data Engineering - based out of our Santa Monica office - to act as the primary driver of all data engineering initiatives for the organization.You will be joining a dynamic fast-paced environment and work with cross-functional teams to design, build and develop data-driven solutions that drive the company and our clients forward.

The ideal candidate is a player/coach and has significant experience leading a small group of engineers that work across business intelligence, analytics, data science, and data products. You must have strong, hands-on technical expertise in a variety of technologies including Python, Kafka, Spark, and Kubernetes as well as the proven ability to fashion robust, scalable solutions for our clients.

What will you do?

  • Lead large scale projects that integrate our data and machine learning applications into both enterprise and consumer facing products (e.g. our flagship DemandIQ integration, proprietary NN architectures, etc.)
  • Act as a player/coach hiring for and leading a team of ~4 data engineers as well as providing thought leadership and leading best practice solutions for the team. 
  • Take lead in driving a culture of high quality, innovation, and incremental experimentation.
  • Has a knack of using flexible and scalable methodologies that can be applied to a broad set of problems across the Data Engineering organization.
  • Provide strong thought leadership and set processes that lead to good implementation architecture.
  • Continuously improve and further enhance existing ETL and streaming systems
  • Implement reliable and efficient systems spanning technologies like Spark and Kafka

What do you need?

  • Minimum 6+ years working in formal engineering environments and 2+ years working on and leading large scale data projects
  • 3+ years of team management experience
  • Experience with technologies like Kafka, Spark, and Kubernetes
  • Knowledge about how to automate ETL with scheduling systems, e.g., Airflow, etc.
  • Minimum 3 years of working in Python
  • Deep understanding about technical debt in data systems
  • Extensive experience in designing and implementing large scale data projects from basic requirements
  • Extensive experience in maintaining key data systems over long periods of time
  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Math, Statistics or a related technical field
  • Startup experience, a plus 

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1841 Centinela Avenue, Santa Monica, CA

An Insider's view of Whip Media Group

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The LA office definitely has a relaxed vibe. There's music playing, interesting conversations happening, and you can usually find our CEO Rich roaming around the office. There's also a theater for movie screenings, and when you feel like hopping off Slack and interacting IRL, you're sure to find someone to talk to (and something to eat) in the kitc


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Whip Media Group has fostered a culture of opportunity for all employees - opportunity to learn, grow, fail, adapt, change and explore!


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What is your vision for the company?

To transform how content is bought and sold throughout the entertainment ecosystem with a unique, integrated solution to efficiently distribute, optimize
and monetize your content.



How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

The most important part of my job is hiring and retaining great people, so I make myself available via any method (Slack, email, walks, meals, etc.) to anyone with questions, frustrations, or suggestions. I often spend 25-30% of my work week in 1:1 discussions. They’re where I get my best ideas about how to make Whip Media an amazing place to work.



What are Whip Media Group Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
WMG employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
WMG provides pre-tax dollars to use towards child care, resulting in less taxable income, and more money for you!
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
WMG takes the good times out of the office once a month!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
The WMG headquarters allocates a parking spot for every employee in our parking lot. There's even a monthly monetary reward for those who don't use a car to get to work!
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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