Data Engineer

Location: London (hybrid working)
Department: Technology
Reporting to: Lead of Data Science & Services

Role Overview

We are looking for a Data Engineer to join our Technology organisation. You will develop and maintain our data lake and data warehouses and high-performance production databases. You will be required to build and maintain various administrative tools for various stakeholders. You will be able to define technical requirements from stakeholder briefs in order to deliver data solutions. You will develop and optimise highly available data pipelines that facilitate deeper analysis and reporting by the Data Team and stakeholders. These pipelines can consume data from multiple sources (ranging from transactional databases, 3rd party API’s, FTPs, etc), in order to populate the warehouses and databases with information from around the business and our partners. You will define best-practices for data storage, access and security throughout the company and build or introduce tools to enforce these practices. This data infrastructure is the foundation of the tools and analyses that support the insights and decision-making that drive our business, and is therefore critical to our success. 


● Develop and maintain data systems and processes for business stakeholders
● Contribute to architectural decisions around data platforms and systems
● Help define a culture of data collection, integrity, and insight focused effort
● Have a good understanding and interest in Machine Learning principles and be able to contribute to such projects 
● Work in a small squad of engineers to own and deliver projects and be responsible for your systems
● Spread domain knowledge across the team
● Engage in technical discussions and present solutions to product and business challenges
● Solve data problems across the organisation
● Contribute, when relevant, to open source projects
● Continuously review our toolset and recommend changes, when appropriate

Skills and Experience

You should...

● Have at least a BS/BA in Computer Science, Math or any analytical field
● Have been involved in designing and influencing decisions around data architecture
● Be able to gather and understand requirements and help design appropriate Data Warehouse models, including when to apply normalisation/denormalization techniques
● Have experience using Amazon Redshift (and Spectrum) or any other columnar database
● Have had 2 years commercial experience using Django framework
● Understand and have experience using workflow management tools such as Airflow, Luigi, Azkaban, Pinball, etc and be able to design and develop ETL pipelines using Python
● Be able to write complex SQL queries
● Be comfortable using a BI tool, preferably Looker
● Be comfortable using web analytics tools, preferably Adobe Analytics
● Be able to debug and improve database performance issues
● Have experience working with cloud computing services, preferably AWS
● Be comfortable working in Linux/Unix based environment

What we look for in a candidate

Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics and values we all share. To join our team, you’ll want to…

● Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
● Be a team player and ready to engage and debate - understanding tradeoffs are necessary
● Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
● Pragmatic instead of dogmatic - make design choices based on engineering and human values 
● Be flexible but persistent - ready to change how you get things done, but persistent in the pursuit of excellence
● Be ready and willing to work in an environment that is still maturing and figuring out processes and technologies
● Be a lifelong learner, independent in the pursuit of stoking your own growth
● Be commercially astute - make decisions and tradeoffs against business and revenue considerations 

About Our Culture

At Time Out Group we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people. We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender, gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world, social justice, and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

As our cities have reopened, we have embraced a hybrid way of working that gives us the opportunity to work remotely, as well as from the office; offering the flexibility that brings many benefits to our lives, as well as still providing a space where we can connect and collaborate as part of our Time Out community.

About Time Out Group plc


It all began in London in 1968 when Time Out helped people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Time Out Group has been named one of the Most Innovative Companies for 2020 by Fast Company - this prestigious annual list honours the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. The Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market. 

Time Out Media’s digital and physical media proposition comprises websites, mobile, social media, print and live events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by local expert journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 328 cities and 58 countries. The Company is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce. Since its launch 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences – based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. The world’s first food and cultural market experience based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been reviewed with four or five stars, and not one star less, by independent Time Out journalists.

The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014 and is now Portugal’s most popular attraction with 4.1 million visitors in 2019. Following this success, five new Time Out Markets opened in North America in 2019 in Miami, New York, Boston, Montréal and Chicago, and we recently celebrated the opening of Time Out Market Dubai in April 2021. A further pipeline of other global locations includes Porto, Prague, Abu Dhabi and London.

Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better. 

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.

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