Data Architect at Narrative Science

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As the Data Architect, you will expand our platform's ability to ingest, warehouse, query, and analyze data for our existing and future enterprise customers. You will drive decisions related to system architecture and integration of third-party technologies. As an engineering leader, you will evangelize standard methodologies throughout the organization and teach others to think about data from well-established industry perspectives.


  • Own and iterate on the technical roadmap of the data processing stack
  • Propose ways to improve the data stack by researching, prototyping, and benchmarking potential ideas
  • Evaluate and recommend the best, most significant third-party tools to support the ETL, warehouse, and BI subsystems
  • Document and build diagrams describing the current and future data stack aligned with the roadmap
  • Coach developers on how to properly model and process data
  • Partner with the Product team to define platform features that conform to industry best-practices to avoid reinventing the wheel
  • Work with the DevOps and IT teams to configure and operate data processing subsystems that are fault-tolerant and highly scalable
  • Identify, track, and report on metrics related to data pipeline performance


  • 7+ years experience in data warehouse design, development, and administration
  • Experience with various data ingestion patterns like ETL and ELT and associated tools, SSIS or Talend
  • Extensive experience with SQL and querying or operating more than one relational SQL databases such as SQL Server, PostgreSQL, or MySQL
  • Experience with Business Intelligence (BI) tools such as Tableau, Qlik, Power BI, and MicroStrategy
  • Experience with dimensional modeling techniques and OLAP
  • Experience with open-source data pipeline tools, for example Luigi and Airflow
  • Validated problem solving and analytical skills to resolve technical issues
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to speak to business owners, end users, and engineers
  • Proficiency in Python or other scripting language
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent
  • Experience in Agile/Scrum environments


  • Experience with ingesting data from a NoSQL database such as MongoDB, Cassandra, or Neo4j
  • Previous design or code contributions to an open-source database
  • SQL tuning or optimizing ETL processes
  • Big data technologies such as Hadoop, HDFS, and Spark SQL
  • Data streaming technologies, for example, Kafka

About Us:

Narrative Science is the leader in advanced natural language generation (Advanced NLG) for the enterprise. Quill, its Advanced NLG platform, learns and writes like a person, automatically transforming data into Intelligent Narratives—insightful, conversational communications full of audience-relevant information that provide complete transparency into how analytic decisions are made.

Narrative Science provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics

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Located in the heart of the loop, our office provides easy access to public transportation and some of Chicago's favorite destinations.

An Insider's view of Narrative Science

What are some social events your company does?

Our social committee (which is comprised of volunteers from all different teams) plans a variety of events throughout the year including company outings and in-house parties to embody the company culture. Thanks to this committee, the NS team enjoys everything from pop-up game nights to an annual holiday party, summer party and Oktoberfest.

Lyndsey Harrell

Talent Coordinator

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At Narrative Science, teams collaborate every day. When it comes to background, experience, and points of view, we are a very diverse company, and our employees take full advantage of that. It isn't uncommon to see functional teams pulling in members from other teams to work on initiatives together or even just to get another opinion.


Director of Growth Marketing

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful people on my team have a passion for customers & a drive to deliver the best results to them. They're creative problem solvers who thrive in a collaborative environment. Each customer has unique needs & high-performers in Customer Success are experts at identifying those needs and rallying every resource necessary to take care of them.


Senior Vice President, General Manager

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

At Narrative Science, we support a spectrum of innovation ranging from our standard engineering process, through Hack Days and Hackathons, to our ongoing Incubator team. Narrative Science is only successful if we hire smart and self-motivated people, so we’re committed to giving them the support and space they need to innovate.


Distinguished Principal, Product Strategy and Architecture

What are some things you learned at the company?

On the job learning isn’t just a role description, it’s a reality. In 6 months, I have learned Python scripting, HTML tagging, and API configuration. Colleagues taught me about NLG & NLP, Gross & Net Retention, and freshwater & saltwater eels. But most importantly, NS has taught me that we shouldn’t be afraid of data, data should be afraid of us.

James Gill

Solutions Consultant

What are Narrative Science Perks + Benefits

Narrative Science Benefits Overview

We offer a full range of benefits including Medical, Rx, Dental, Vision, FSA (for medical and dependent care expenses), Commuter Benefits, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Parental Leave, and 401k options for you and your family. Our people manage their own schedules, work hard, take time off when they need it—and come back refreshed and ready to dive back in.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

Standing desks. Catered weekly lunches. Flexible vacation policy. Company events. Free eats & drinks. Free gym access & bike parking. Personal MacBook Air. Community engagement opportunities. Internal learning and development opportunities. Referral program & incentives.

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