Principal Engineer, Data Engineering

NBC Universal New York , NY 10007

Posted 3 weeks ago


As a member of the Product Engineering Team, the Principal, Data Engineer, AdSmart will be directly responsible for data design, management, and development as part of building out the necessary platform and products for NBCUniversal's AdSmart. NBCUniversal's audience management products will enable NBCUniversal to better understand it's brand's audiences such as NBC News, Bravo, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and USA Network as well as audiences that cross brands. The goal is to ensure we know who is watching what, where and when. In turn, enabling NBCUniversal's sales teams to properly align our audiences with the market advertisements that can benefit them the most.

You're a big thinker who can analyze and evangelize a long-range opportunity, architect a groundbreaking solution, and roll-up your sleeves to get code out the door when needed. You are data-driven and analytical. You understand the concept of a value proposition and evaluation criteria, and you know how to align them with low-level milestones to get the work done. You can apply domain knowledge from one technical subject, in order to quickly ramp and deliver on a new one. You know how to learn from failure until you succeed, and you are able to articulate and quantify the reasons for your decisions.

You will be part of the AdSmart's Data Engineering team, participating in the data architecture that will drive both current and future data management initiatives within NBCUniversal's Audience Studio group.

  • Serve as a senior data engineer for audience studio data products.

  • Participate in, and execute, a 12-36 month product roadmap with input from the delivery team, stakeholders, and SRAT leadership

  • Develop and code the data management services that are core to Audience Studio, under the leadership of the VP Architecture

  • Support product with the overall roadmap and ensure updates to senior leadership are 100% technically correct.

  • Analyze and report results and adjust the overall engineering strategy accordingly with engineering leadership


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field

  • 5+ years of software development experience, as a developer or manager

  • Fluency in Scala and/or Java programming languages

  • Strong OO & FP design patterns, data structure, and algorithm design skills

  • Extensive experience developing Apache Spark applications

  • 2+ years of experience with both relational database design (SQL), non-relational (NoSQL) databases, big data, real-time technologies

  • Familiar with various cloud data sources and architectures such as AWS/S3, HDFS, Kafka

  • Experience with software containerization, such as Docker

  • Experience developing and/or consuming web interfaces (REST API) and associated skills (HTTP, web services)

  • Self-directed, ability to multi-task, sharp analytical abilities, excellent communication skills, capable of working effectively in a dynamic environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience as a development manager (with direct authority over development staff)

  • Experience with Cluster Management and Container Orchestration technologies such as Mesos, Kubernetes, Hadoop/Yarn

  • Experience with Apache Kafka or similar streaming technologies

  • Experience with digital advertising technologies.

  • Able and eager to learn new technologies

  • Able to easily transition between high-level strategy and day-to-day implementation

  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Results-oriented, high energy, self-motivated

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Principal Engineer, Data Engineering

NBC Universal