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Senior Data Engineer

Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the media industry, The Atlantic has, throughout its history, championed the power of ideas to shape the conversation and change the world.  With exceptional talent deployed against the world’s most important and intriguing topics—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture—The Atlantic is a source of opinion, commentary, and analysis for America’s most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed, and entertained.

The Atlantic is seeking an experienced engineer to help design and build the infrastructure that powers our analytics products. The Senior Data Engineer falls under the Data and Growth function and is responsible for creating the data infrastructure to support the extraction of insights to optimize business strategy and deliver on growth targets for the business.

What you’ll do:

—Help establish a vision, agenda, and continuously refined set of priorities for our data infrastructure.  The Sr. Data Engineer will work closely with partners in Consumer Revenue, Advertising, Editorial, and Product to create data pipelines that enable analysts to understand performance, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop plans of action to maximize revenue and audience growth. This is a significant opportunity to be part of a growing team and help shape the way we develop, deploy, and operate production quality systems.  In this role, your work will make a significant impact on The Atlantic’s data stakeholders and analysts.

—Identify the critical data-related challenges our business faces, and execute technical approaches to solve them.  Great candidates should have the software engineering chops not only to build data pipelines to efficiently and reliably move data across systems, but also to build the next generation of data tools to enable us to take full advantage of this data.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Help drive the optimization, testing, and tooling to improve data quality
  • Communicate and collaborate with both technical and non-technical members of the team
  • Work with data scientists, engineers, and product managers to understand data needs
  • Design, build, and launch new data stores and processing pipelines
  • Design, build, and launch new data extraction, transformation, storage, and loading processes and tools


  • The conviction that high-quality journalism is fundamentally important—and the desire to help it thrive
  • You enjoy working in an collaborative environment where engineers are expected not only to build great technology, but also to define project vision, specify technical strategy and always be learning
  • Experience creating and maintaining relational databases, along with strong SQL skills
  • Solid knowledge of more than one programming language, with a demonstrated ability to learn new ones
  • Strong familiarity with Linux and comfort on the command line
  • Demonstrated success in ingesting, analyzing, and presenting large data-sets
  • Experience setting up monitoring and alerting for data pipelines and ETL processes
  • Experience presenting to audiences and communicating effectively and empathetically with clients and other stakeholders

Strong preference will be given to candidates who have experience:

  • Maintaining an Amazon Web Services stack
  • Solid experience with Python
  • Experience with Google’s BigQuery
  • Experience with NoSQL and Map Reduce.
  • Experience with resource orchestration tools such as AWS Cloud​Formation or Terraform.
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as ansible, puppet or chef.

Please note this position is based out of our New York City office and we are not considering remote candidates at this time.

Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual integrity, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity:  Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks those with natural disposition toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits, but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.



Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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