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Index Exchange // global advertising marketplace
Engineering, Full Time    Kitchener Waterloo    Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021
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We are a global technology company that connects the largest publishers & marketers across the globe through programmatic advertising. We ensure publishers are able to secure their bottom line so they can provide content to consumers & bring news & information to society at large. Our mission is to democratize digital advertising, all while helping marketers reach the audiences that matter most to them across digital channels. For over 20 years, IX has been known as the change agents of digital advertising innovators who help shape how our industry reacts to new challenges & shifts in the market. As a result, weve been able to partner with some of the most prominent players in the media industry including Hearst, Disney, & Meredith Corporation among many others.

Data is a big deal at Index Exchange (IX). IXs advertising exchange handles nearly 200 Billion auctions generating many terabytes of information every day. The Data Engineering team builds products to make this data available & useful to our customers. Were looking for a Senior Data Engineering Lead to join our team, & help build the next generation of big data solutions at Index Exchange.

Working with exciting technologies, your teams will experiment with new tools & engineer innovative approaches to solve interesting challenges.  Things shift very quickly in our industry, & we rely on the Data Engineering team to keep IX & our clients ahead of the curve & moving in the right direction. Were looking for an Engineering Lead who has experience in an Agile environment, who can drive innovation, & be a technical leader on our team.

Heres what youll be doing:

  • Mentor data engineering teams to improve the process & promote best practices ( testing automation & framework, DevOps, & CI/CD etc.)
  • Collaborate with Product Owners, other Engineering Leads, & Data Engineers to deliver technical solutions to maximize business value
  • Provide high-level technical oversight on data project design, development, testing, deployment, & monitoring
  • Assess, identify, & transform product values & visions into actual deliverables
  • Identify potential solutions & assess them for both technical & business suitability
  • You will also be part of the hiring process, giving opinions not only on candidates but on how we can shape a better & more relevant process for finding the best talent.

Heres what we want:

  • Mentor: Your foremost responsibility is to help your teams deliver excellence. Your role directly impacts the acceleration of the growth of talent within our organization. Communicate clearly & concisely to help the teams understand the 'why' behind technical best practices & designs. 
  • Collaborative: We need someone who can work well with other people - both your immediate team as well as all the other departments across IX
  • Passionate: A passion for Big Data & software engineering best practices with an interest in the latest trends & developments is key for success on this team. 
  • Self-driven: Youll be on an agile team with lots of autonomy & you need to be comfortable pushing your projects & helping your teams get things done.
  • Team Player: Our teams are passionate about their projects & products.  They have a strong sense of ownership.  Working within the teams you will help them grow individually & as a team. This is not a role for a hero who wants to do it all themselves.
  • Technical:  You will help the team refine their designs with your depth of experience & skills. By promoting a culture of innovation that shares technology effectively & responsibly; you will refine & embody a cross-functional Engineering culture that works for all departments, encouraging knowledge transfer & professional growth.
  • Ownership: Partnering with other members of Engineering & Product Leadership you will lead your teams, celebrate successes, & own the failures. In this role youll identify & manage technical risks & opportunities, taking responsibility for the quality of technical deliverables & the teams overall performance.

Useful skills/background:

You may or may not tick off every box, & thats ok.  Each person brings a different background & different skills.  If you think you are a good match for what we are looking for tell us why, & tell us what you are doing to improve yourself & well see what we can do to help!

  • 7+ years of work experience as a software engineer or similar role
  • 2+ years of experience in a technical lead or an architect role
  • 2+ years of experience in architecting & building scalable data platforms processing data on a terabyte to petabyte scale
  • Deep understanding of design principles of distributed systems
  • Proficient in several of the following technologies & programming languages: 
    • Scala, Flink, Python, Golang, Java, JavaScript/AngularJS 
    • SQL & NoSQL databases
    • Kubernetes, REST APIs, Airflow, ArgoCD, ELK stack
    • Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Presto, Hive, Cassandra, Vertica
  • Good understanding of modern data structures & business intelligence reporting tools
  • Ability to be efficient & to prioritize & deliver on time
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership skills, collaboration, & communication skills

Why youll love working here:

  • Our teams are built around cooperation, teamwork, & respect
  • We don't have a dress code & offer flexible work hours
  • Paid vacation, 12 incidental sick days per year, & 5% RRSP matching
  • 100% company paid comprehensive medical, dental & paramedical plan
  • Flexible health spending account

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Index Exchange is an equal opportunity employer who recognizes the value of every person in creating success for our customers, business partners, shareholders, employees & communities. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, developing & promoting employees without discrimination. Index Exchange believes equal opportunity & inclusion are essential to motivate, empower & recognize the best in everyone.

ACCESSIBILITY FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES Index Exchange is committed to working with & providing reasonable accommodation to people with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 & the Ontario Human Rights Code, Index Exchange* will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment & selection process to applicants with disabilities. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please email or call 416.785.5908 ensure to provide your name, the best way to contact you, a detailed description of the nature of any accommodation that you may require (including any materials or processes that can be used to ensure your equal participation).

*Considering COVID-19, until further notice, everyone is required to Work from Home. When offices re-open, you will be required to follow the mandate of your local office.

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