Data Engineer

Location: London (hybrid working)
Department: Product & Engineering
Reporting to: Scrum Master

Role Overview

Time Out is looking for a Data Engineer to join our Data Sciences and Services team. We are looking for a mid-level engineer to develop and maintain our data lake and data warehouses and high-performance production databases. This is a great opportunity to join a growing team, to have an impact on the evolution of our Data Sciences and Services team as well as on our Data platform.

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. 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
  • 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

  • BS/BA in Computer Science, Math or any analytical field
  • At least one year of industry experience as a data engineer
  • 2 years commercial experience using Django framework
  • Gather and understand requirements to help design appropriate Data Warehouse models, including when to apply normalisation/denormalization techniques
  • Experience using Amazon Redshift (and Spectrum) or any other columnar database
  • 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
  • Ability to write complex SQL queries
  • Comfortable using a BI tool, preferably Looker
  • Comfortable using web analytics tools, preferably Google Analytics
  • Ability to debug and improve database performance issues
  • Experience working with cloud computing services, preferably AWS
  • 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… 

  • Be commercially astute
  • Either have experience at or want to dive headfirst into a fast-paced digital-first company
  • Think globally
  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
  • Be a team player

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

Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that inspires connection and joy by capturing the soul of the world’s greatest cities through its two divisions – Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, Time Out’s professional journalists curate the best things to do, see and eat in 333 cities in 59 countries.

Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, bringing a city’s best chefs, restaurateurs and unique cultural experiences together under one roof. From cooking classes with top chefs to installations from local artists and live entertainment, Time Out Market captures the soul of the city.

The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon, quickly turning into the most popular destination in the city with 4.1m locals and tourists visiting in 2019. The success of Lisbon brought further expansion in North America, with Time Out Market opening in five major cities in 2019: Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal. In 2021, Time Out Market expanded into the Middle East with Time Out Market Dubai, and more Time Out Market locations are in the pipeline including Porto, London, Prague and more.

Time Out Group was named International Brand of the Year 2021 in the Campaign Publishing Awards – awarding bravery, editorial innovation and forward thinking. While Time Out Market won the Most Innovative Food & Beverage Concept Award at the Global RLI (Retail & Leisure International) Awards 2021.

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