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Principal Data Engineer

Date: Apr 15, 2021

Location: Dallas, TX, US, 75126

Company: VIZIO, Inc.

Inscape (an Affiliate of VIZIO Inc.) is an industry leader in advertising solutions through automatic content recognition. We capture live viewing data from content sources across millions of Smart TVs and devices. Our comprehensive metrics deliver highly accurate, cross-platform viewing behavior. We enable advertisers and content producers with important insights that help them develop a deeper understanding of audiences, make more intelligent ad-buying decisions and be better prepared for changes in the market place. Inscape is located in San Francisco and is a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment focusing on our data collection and ad tech functions.


About Us

We’re live and breath big data. On a daily basis, we ingest and extract useful information from hundreds of live TV channel  as well as collect, analyze and report on information from millions of TVs.  


We’re all in with AWS and make extensive use of many of their services. On any given day we are running between 1600-2100 instances with a stack and application set that includes Ubuntu, C, Python, Go,  Kafkfa, RDS, Redshift and Stackdriver.  


We are currently using data structures, processing and reporting approaches that got us this far but we’re almost positive are in need of a rethink and redesign. Our current approach involves large AWS Redshift clusters, numerous ETL processes with business logic in those ETLs as well as very complicated and lengthy SQL queries to produce reports that are run hourly and which often contain largely redundant data. 


What you’ll be doing

Initially you would assume operational ownership of our current databases and clusters (we have a long-standing relationship with an organization that provides us with support.) As part of this you will be doing a deep dive into all things data-related including but not limited to: how data is structured, how if flows through the system, how it is accessed,  how we currently manage our databases and data stores as well as their overall status and health.   Once you have a good handle on these issues you would provide a read-out on our current state and make recommendations. You would then lead the architecture, creation and operation of the next generation data infrastructure. 


About You

  • You’ve designed, built and operated SQL infrastructure at scale. You’ve designed, built and run noSQL at scale. You understand data stores. You have experience with data pipelines and using modern streaming and batch data processing frameworks and tools such as Kafka, Spark, and EMR. You understand all too well that not every problem is a nail and not every solution involves a hammer and have the experience and expertise to determine, select and use the right tool for the right job.
  • You are a performance and optimization nerd. 
  • You are a self-starter and enjoy digging into the details.  
  • You are someone that may have strong opinions about things, but plays well with others. 


What we offer

Inscape (a subsidiary of VIZIO Inc.) is profitable, stable, and enjoys the benefits and support of its strong corporate parent.

You will be working alongside experienced leaders in the industry who will give you broad exposure to a wide array of technologies. Growth is important to us, so you will have opportunities to learn new tech and have a big influence on solving problems directly affecting day to day operations and uptime.


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes real accrued vacation, health/dental/vision, 401k match, and more. We also operate under a flexible working schedule so you can get the job done at the office or elsewhere.


Inscape Data, Inc, a subsidiary of VIZIO, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. We will not pay fees to any third party agency, outside recruiter or firm without a mutually agreed-upon contract and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes.  Unsolicited resumes will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.


For Colorado-based employment: The minimum salary for this position is $130,000/year. The compensation package includes quarterly bonus in addition to a range of medical, dental, vision, financial and other benefits.

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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