Lead Data Engineer

Engineering Santa Monica, California


GumGum's data systems ingest 50 TB of new data on a daily basis. To derive meaningful analytics from this ever increasing amount of data, our Data Engineering team leverages the latest, state of the art, Big Data technologies; Spark, Kafka, Druid, Cassandra to name a few. We're now looking for an excellent Lead Data Engineer who will spearhead GumGum's effort in turning this ginormous amount of data into actionable and meaningful insights that will directly impact our bottom line.


  • Lead a team of data engineers to build scalable and highly available data systems using the latest Big Data technologies (Spark, Kafka, Druid etc...)
  • Write high quality, fault tolerant and maintainable code. Mentor other team members to do so as well.
  • Evolve in an agile and fast paced environment, interfacing directly with our business and product teams.
  • Scale our ever growing data platform, ingesting 50TB+ of new data every day. 
  • Go to meetups and conferences about Big Data technologies, and hopefully become a contributer in some of those projects.
  • 4+ years of experience managing solutions using Java technologies including broad, functional knowledge of common technologies, libraries and patterns.
  • Worked with Big Data technologies before. (Spark, Druid, Kafka, Cassandra, Elasticsearch...)<span
  • Experienced with designing, developing and extending complex distributed systems.
  • Someone who can take the initiatives, make decisions and drive progress within the entire engineering organization.
  • A real passion for technology and software engineering. We're looking for someone that genuinely enjoys their work. Someone that will take pleasure solving a difficult problem, or optimizing our current systems.
  • Team player and excellent communicator. You'll be mentoring the rest of the data engineering team, interfacing with our business teams, and talking directly to our business partners.
What would be a plus?
  • Excellent knowledge of SQL and relational databases. 
  • Care about our business and our bottom line, and are very eager to help us grow.
  • Familiar with AWS. 
  • Led a team before.
  • Experience building web services, and integrating with 3rd parties. 
  • Some knowledge about Ad Tech.
  • Great Healthcare, Vision, Dental plans
  • 401k and stock options
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Competitive Compensation
  • Yearly Hackathon, fun all-hands (Vegas, Wyoming...) and monthly Happy Hours
  • Great office,  great people, 6 blocks from the beach!