Director of Data Engineering

Games Jobs - Business / Analysis / Metrics - Cambridge

Job Title Director of Data Engineering
Job Category Business / Analysis / Metrics
Job Description Important note: To our wonderful friends and followers around the world, Jagex is not pausing its search for the most talented people to join its ranks. We’re a successful, robust and growing business, after all.
In light of the current situation concerning coronavirus, we have already made changes to the way we recruit, and of course are mindful of following all necessary processes to ensure the safety of our staff and anyone we might come into contact with.
Jagex has switched to working almost entirely remotely, and in line with that our recruitment and selection process has moved to an entirely remote one with video calls being the preferred method of interview. Our hiring managers are engaged, we are well-prepared and we sincerely look forward to talking to you soon. Our team of expert recruiters will be in touch with you to talk you through the process and changes and what to expect.  So, don’t delay, get that application in today!
Company Overview:
A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.
Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.
Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.
Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.
Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.
Job Purpose:
Analytics, Data Sciences & Engineering (ADSE) is the heart of player, product, and business insights on our titles. This role reports to the Senior Director of ADSE and is one of the most critical roles we have as it acts as both a part of the game development team and as a centre of growth for our Studio in unlocking insights about our players and our business. The person in this role is most successful when they can merge technical skill with user needs to drive incredible player experiences while guiding and growing a team of rock stars to grow, learn and succeed. If that’s you then we should talk!  The data engineering director will grow and lead a team of amazing engineers to deliver and manage a data stack that will fuel the whole studio on insights for our games, players, and overall business. Collaborate with internal and external teams and stakeholders to develop and deliver data solutions and capabilities that integrate with online gaming technology.

Key Duties:
• Grow and develop your team in technical, interpersonal and career skill sets
• Build a team culture that breaks down barriers, builds bridges and challenges convention with a theme of collaboration.
• Be responsible for technical decisions on infrastructure, cloud, and data solutions across the Jagex data engineering solution.
• Partner with the analytics team to understand requirements, develop roadmaps and ensure needs are addressed in a complex, dynamic multi-stakeholder environment
• Work with stakeholders and translate their needs and expectations into action items and deliverables
• Lead infrastructure initiatives; from design to implementation to delivery
• Multi-year technical planning across projects
• Improve our Data Engineering stack through containerization, data modelling, developing our ETL pipelines, data optimization and more to speed analysis delivery
• Final reviewer for all technical design documents
• Assess and recommend available and emerging cloud-based data and analytics technologies
• Maintaining a stable code platform
• Lead Sprint, Milestone management as well as risk analysis and mitigation
• Ensure our engineering team is positioned to maintain data is flowing accurately through data creation to our presentation layers
• Become an advocate for the data engineering team by developing and championing data engineering practices with the team.

Essential Requirements
• Extensive commercial experience running a technically focused team.
• Expertise in Python, SQL, shell scripting, and databases
• Expertise with container technologies and container orchestration frameworks, for example, Docker and Kubernetes, and their offerings on Google Cloud Platform, AWS, and Azure
• Great team leader and a great team player, with highly developed technical skills as well as unflagging energy and focus
• Capability to drive initiatives and articulate their value to engineers, partners, and executives.
• Experience delivering data products from conception to delivery
• Excellent personal organization, ability to prioritize, proactively drive projects to completion
• Good communication skills (written/verbal)
• Skilled at designing and directing elegant ETL pipelines
• Familiar with data vault modelling, Agile methodologies, and data governance methods.
• A desire to remain technically capable and an expert in current technologies
Salary Based on experience
Location Cambridge
Job Category Business / Analysis / Metrics
Date posted 05/08/2020
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