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Fanatics // officially licensed sports merchandise
Engineering, Full Time    Remote - New York    Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2022
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Company Overview
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite & harness the passions of fans & maximize the presence & reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers & a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear & hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making & quickly distributing fan gear in today's 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB & MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles & trading cards hobby with top leagues & players association partners; & Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming & retail sportsbook platform. Fanatics' partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) & hundreds of collegiate & professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.
As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, & hundreds of partners, suppliers, & vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical & sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting & representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners & fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, & play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
At Fanatics, we're a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride & passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate & support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive & foster innovation, & through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality & advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools & resources to feel connected & engaged in who they are & what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.

The Role:
We are seeking a Senior Director, Data Engineering to help build out our Data org. This role reports to our VP of Data & is responsible for defining, implementing, training, & executing against our data strategy, creating processes, & building tools within Fanatics Betting & Gaming.  This role will span the three Data verticals: platform/integrations, analytics & data science. Senior Director, Data Engineering will be an expert technologist with experience in with both data & software engineering, modeling & personalization & business intelligence.
Duties & responsibilities may include:
·       Develop a strong understanding of Fanatics Betting & Gaming & the sports betting industry
·       Help hire & grow out a best in class Data org, ensuring that this not dilute ownership of quality within Engineering.
·       Communicate, develop, & implement a data-driven engineering strategy, approach, & roadmap for data engineering, BI & data science needs.
·       Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders, inside & outside of Engineering, & collaborate with leaders to gather & present testing metrics & activities.
·       Provide leadership & technical expertise within the engineering team.  Be a mentor & role model for Engineering.
·       Help development teams adhere to the principles, guidelines, & best practices of the data strategy.
·       Remain current on technology & trends in data & engineering.
What skills are important to us:
·       Strong technical skills, both functional & non-functional, in a continuous delivery environment.
·       Strong data skills including data engineering, analytics & science / ML
·       Demonstrated ability to partner closely with engineering team & implement appropriate tools & practices that will enable endurance & scale for our data products
·       Experience managing engineering departments or engineering functions, overseeing large & complex technology & processes.
·       Strong executive presentation & communication skills.
·       Highly outcome oriented & data driven.
·       Experience in Experimentation, A/B Testing, Optimization
·       ability to represent Data needs & practices to other engineering domains
·       Experience with data tech stack: warehousing, unstructured storage & compute, BI tools, data science models & model management, experimentation
·       Excellent influencing & problem resolution skills.
·       Background in mathematics preferred
·       Positive & flexible attitude to work in a fast-paced environment & a willingness to embrace new initiatives.    
·       Strong communication verbally & written
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