Director of Data Engineering

About Us is the #1 place to play chess and improve your game. We have members in 195 countries and appear in 70+ languages. We are looking for a Director of Data Engineering to own our data engineering team. As the Director of Data engineering, you will build data infrastructure that helps us bring chess to a rapidly growing global audience of over 70+ million players.  

About You

You have a proven track record of leading data engineering and data availability at scale. You are a hands-on data engineer with architecture and leadership skills. You also understand how to care for and support the people around you. You establish processes for data capture, data availability, reporting, and analysis. You have a track record of analyzing teams and systems and identifying the path to a stable and reliable data team, infrastructure, and tools. You have a vision for how data informs the business and navigate conversation with all levels within the organization. You can pivot quickly between being a teacher and being a student. You are humble with a sense of humor and don’t take yourself too seriously. You have been working in or dreamed of working in the gaming industry and are ready to turn your talents towards chess!

What You’ll Do

  • Collaborate across multiple teams to define and execute the data engineering roadmap
  • Define and launch tools to support capturing user data
  • Build and maintain data pipelines
  • Build our data warehouse to meet data quality and availability goals
  • Define and launch tools to support data access and analysis
  • Build the data engineering team
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Finance, and Product teams to identify our Data Engineering roadmap
  • Improve our operational quality initiatives such as monitoring, alerting, and performance
  • Support and improve our business performance initiatives that leverage feature flags, tests and rely on data
  • Support and improve our software and architecture quality initiatives around data capture and user behavior
  • Architect and launch services that deliver data at massive scale

Big Challenges

  • We have a MASSIVE amount of games to store
  • We have a MASSIVE amount of analysis being done on games
  • We have a MASSIVE amount of activity to be logged and parsed for social feeds and product optimization

Preferred Skills

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills working in a fully distributed team
  • Experience with data pipelines and data warehouse technologies in one or more modern cloud environments (GCP, etc)
  • Experience with SQL and multiple databases (MySQL, MongoDB, etc)
  • Data aggregation and data visualization experience 
  • Knowledge of finance, marketing, and community departments
  • Sense of ownership and responsibility
  • Chess player
  • Lifelong learner

About the Opportunity

  • This is a full time or equivalent position
  • We are 100% remote (work from anywhere!)
  • This is open to applicants in timezones within the US or Canada


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We look forward to meeting you!