Senior Data Engineer (Java)

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  • Salary:
    Competitive
  • Location:
    Manila
  • Country:
    Philippines
  • Division:
    English
  • Vacancy Type:
    Permanent
  • Closing Date:
    31 January 2022

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Arianne Santos

asantos@cambridge.org

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We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.  

We are looking for a Java Developer, or Data Engineer working in Java, to come and help us build an event streaming platform from scratch for our English division in Manila. This job is an opportunity to enter a new team working on a green-field project in one of the most exciting spaces in data engineering right now – Apache Kafka.   

Cambridge English specializes in helping teachers and students learn English as a second language. You would be part of a small, cross-functional, data engineering team. The team's focus is on connecting an ecosystem of microservices. Using Apache Kafka, we will connect a new suite of data-intensive services to change how people learn English using our products. You will extensively collaborate with Business and Technology colleagues from Cambridge, Manila, and other locations globally.

You would be working in an Agile Scrum framework. Our team members have ownership over how they approach their work and are empowered to solve problems before reporting back. We collaborate and support each other to solve problems and get stuff done. We believe in continuous professional development and provide opportunities for team members to learn new things and develop existing skills. You should be motivated, self-organised, and willing to upskill in the areas where you do not already have the desired experience.

You would report to a Lead Data Engineer and develop our event streaming platform and the associated custom tooling. Namely, a new internal Java library to provide an easy-to-use API for other developers to integrate with our event streaming platform. 

What do we do and why should you join us? 

Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Which is why every year, we give vital support to millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. From teachers and learners to researchers and academics, we help to build confidence, unlock potential, and enable success. We give people the opportunity to show what they've learnt, we spread knowledge, spark enquiry, and aid understanding.  

We achieve this by embracing change, and continuously focusing on our customers' needs. And by collaborating, and carefully listening to our customers and to each other, we keep moving forward, keep innovating, and keep finding newer and better ways of doing things.  

What can we offer you? 

The role is pivotal to the success of technology services for the organization. There are no limits to the opportunities afforded to work with new and exciting technologies and highly talented people. 

On top of this, working with Cambridge will also give you stability. We show our care for our people by allowing them to grow not just professionally but also personally. We promote work-life balance through flexible work schedules, hybrid work arrangements, and generous paid leaves. In addition, you will be entitled to our health care benefits with coverage for dependents, group life insurance, and robust wellbeing programs right on the first day of joining us.

What will you do in this role? 

The key to our work is our colleagues, whose shared commitment enables us to have an ever-greater impact. We are a united, vibrant, and respectful global community of people, and we ensure that every individual is recognised, listened to, and cared for. And because our impact is amplified when our people are empowered, we give everyone the opportunity to develop in their own way. Whether you want a career that's linear, or want to follow your own path, we'll support you, and help give you the resources and training you'll need to be bold and take ownership of what you do.  

You will work with the Data Architect in planning and designing the streaming platform. In addition, you will collaborate with other data engineers to design and deploy applications also with data warehouse engineers to process the data needed for a downstream data warehouse. You will also partner with our data analysts and scientists to provide input on the feasibility of requirements.

Specifically, you can expect to be writing a lot of code and doing a lot of design work. This is a green-field project so a lot of the code you write will be a first pass at the problem.

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Programming/software development  
    • Designs, codes, verifies, tests, documents, amends, and refactors complex programs/scripts and integration software services
  • Data Engineering 
    • Designs, implements, and maintains complex data engineering solutions to acquire and prepare data
    • Creates and maintains data pipelines to connect data within and between data stores, applications, and organisations
  • Data modeling and design 
    • Investigates enterprise data requirements where there is some complexity and ambiguity
    • Plans own data modelling and design activities, selecting appropriate techniques and the correct level of detail for meeting assigned objectives
  • System integration and build 
    • Provides technical expertise to enable the configuration of system components and equipment for systems testing

What are the qualifications?  

The ideal candidate should have a solid Software Development, DevOps foundation who wants career advancement in Data Engineering.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in Java Backend Development  
  • At least three years of extensive software engineering experience with the following technologies and practices: 
    • Junit (or another unit testing framework) 
    • Experience working with DevOps culture (using CI/CD tools such as
      Maven, Git)
    • SQL 
  • Takes initiative to advance own skills and identify and manage development opportunities in the area of responsibility

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience or demonstrated interest in Apache Kafka or other streaming technologies 
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in Kubernetes and Docker 
  • Experience with Amazon Web Service ecosystem 
  • Experience in ETL using Spark (Scala or PySpark) and Hadoop (Hive) 
  • Background in Unix/Linux

What does our organisation stand for? 

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.  

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.  

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.  

Know more about us through our social media profiles!


 
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