Principal Data Scientist

Data Team Washington, District Of Columbia


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network

This role will also involve working in close collaboration with Data Scientists to scale models across the data stack as well as with backend engineers to integrate data services to internal tools and systems.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for overall development and implement definition of the data engineering roadmap
  • Architect data structures and pipelines to organize, collect, and standardize data that helps generate insights and addresses reporting needs
  • Management/Ownership of respective task/project, platform, and/or REST feature development
  • Oversee implementation and standards for ETL (Extract / Transform / Load) processes, designs database systems, and develops tools for realtime and offline analytic processing
  • Develop data pipelines that are scalable, repeatable, and secure
  • Troubleshooting, bug fixing software, and continuous updates of respective codebases
  • Quality assurance and testing for data consistency and integrity
  • Integrate data from a variety of sources, assuring that they adhere to data quality and accessibility standards
  • Participate in code reviews and SCRUM meetings
  • Research and development and adoption of trends in big data, BI, and analytics
  • Data services enhancement and optimization
  • Benchmarking, optimization, and platform analytics
  • Oversee the Data pipeline roadmap based on the agreed upon priorities working with all divisions. Manage multiple projects in parallel and oversee their completion from start to finish, setting goals and project milestones.
  • Build, grow, and manage an international team of data engineers.
  • Acquire and train new talent to develop future managers and leaders.
  • Maximize professional development, personal contribution, and performance of employees.
  • Help select the right technologies and partners to maintain flexibility and deliver high business value and results.
  • Champion a data-driven culture and long-term business value creation through development of best-in-class data science capabilities.
  • The ideal candidate will develop and execute a strategy in addition to making hands on contributions from time to time as needed. Apply statistics, clustering, modeling, and machine learning algorithms to complex business problems.
  • Leverage cloud technologies from Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft
  • Design optimal architecture and select the most appropriate technologies for building the data pipelines.
  • Demonstrate up-to-date expertise in Software Engineering and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement
    of action plans.
  • Initiate and participate in projects in the area of prediction, optimization, and processes using advanced statistical /
    mathematical approaches, inthe enterprise environment.
Job Requirements / Qualifications:
  • Preferably 15+ years. Experience in data analytics and strategy in digital media or relevant field, ideally with at least 5 years of work experience in big data cloud services.
  • Databases Data warehousing Big data programming and scripting Data processing API development Team Management and Coaching
  • Experience in SQL, relational databases, database concepts, dimensional modeling and database design.
  • Proficient in one or more programming languages such as Java, C++, Python, JavaScript. Experience with Big Data tools like NoSQL, Hadoop, Cloudera, MongoDB, Spark, Pentaho etc.
  • Production implementation experience. Nice to have
    experience with media, news or content origination including audio and video metadata.