Manager, Data Engineering

| San Francisco, CA, USA
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About Us

The Athletic is a direct-to-consumer digital sports media company committed to helping subscribers experience storytelling in a whole new way. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, The Athletic has more than 575 full-time employees and covers more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams in the US, Canada and the UK. The Athletic’s newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth articles along with more than 120 podcasts and premium video content.

About the Role

Our small but mighty Data Team owns all data infrastructure for The Athletic: MySQL production database, analytics data streaming pipeline using Kafka, Glue, S3, and Redshift, all hosted in AWS. The team works on many different things: scaling our data infrastructure, modeling, recommendations, product features, data visualization - it’s never boring! We have lots of exciting things we want to build and we don't have enough time to build them. That's where you come in! 

You'll be leading a team of data engineers and data scientists using cutting edge technology to build and deploy the tools and data infrastructure that power our platform. You should be interested in building systems for scale, performance, and reliability. We all wear a lot of hats, so you’ll have the opportunity to work on database administration, infrastructure, ETL, microservice and model deployment, testing, experiments, and more depending on your interests. We’re a team of generalists interested in continuously learning new areas and we’ll expect you to be one as well. Our team is always experimenting and we trust and encourage our engineers to dream up and try out their own ideas and features.

Headquarters is located in San Francisco, but we are open to areas such as Los Angeles, Austin, New York or other remote locations.


  • Lead a team of data engineers and data scientists. Architect solutions, provide mentorship, give guidance
  • Partner with Product and Engineering teams to build and deploy features backed by machine learning and modern data toolsets
  • Inform, influence, support, and execute our product decisions
  • Build/maintain reports, dashboards, and metrics to monitor the performance of our products
  • Mine massive amounts of data and extract useful product insights
  • Manage development of data resources, gather requirements, organize sources, and support product launches

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Math, Physics, Engineering, or related quantitative field
  • 5+ years data engineering experience
  • 2+ years of experience in leading or managing a team
  • 2+ years of experience with Python, SQL or other programming languages
  • 2+ years of experience with Docker, AWS, or similar environment
  • Experience initiating and driving projects to completion with minimal guidance
  • Experience communicating the results of analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Kafka, Kubernetes, Redshift and Spark
  • Experience with large data sets and distributed computing (Hive/Hadoop).

The Company is backed by Founders Fund, Evolution Media, Courtside Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Bedrock Capital, Advancit Capital, Y Combinator, and other leading investors. The Athletic is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The Athletic was awarded a 2020 Great Place to Work.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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