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Data Engineer (contractor)

| Chicago

Unique opportunity with a mobile marketing leader

We help marketers unlock new revenue by arming them with the technology and expertise they need to succeed in mobile marketing. The Vibes Mobile Engagement Platform, enables marketers to easily manage all mobile communication channels including text messaging, push notifications, Apple Wallet, Google Pay and mobile web campaigns — all through a single interface. Vibes has delivered more than five billion mobile experiences on behalf of customers that include Chipotle, Discover, Old Navy, Home Depot, PetSmart, Toys r’ Us, and Allstate, and is recognized as one of only four Tier 1 aggregators by the Common Short Code Administration (CSCA). To learn more about Vibes, visit www.vibes.com

We are currently seeking a Jr. Data Engineer contractor who will be responsible for supporting and building enterprise solutions that optimizes analyzing large-scale data to create business value. As a member of the analytics team, you will collaborate with other data engineers, analysts, software engineers and product owners to design, implement and support the next-generation data architecture and frameworks required for real-time streaming analytics at Vibes. This position has the opportunity to convert to a full-time role starting in early 2019.

Our environment is innovative, intellectually challenging, and fast-paced. Advanced development and programming skills, a collaborative work ethic, strong analytical skills and a drive to succeed are the best fit. This position is located at our office in downtown Chicago at 300 W. Adams.


  • Support, maintain, and help design robust data solutions to ingest, catalog and analyze high-volume, high-frequency data in real time to generate business insights.
  • Create optimized workflows and design specification documents to help define data platform features and SLAs.
  • Develop clean code (mostly python) utilizing airflow, AWS lambda, AWS glue, and other technologies
  • Production support of data systems and processes

Requirements & Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years IT experience OR Masters degree and 1+ years of experience
  • 1+ years data engineering experience supporting high-volume, high-velocity data streams.
  • Knowledge of enterprise data integration, distributed systems architecture and virtualized container deployment (such as docker).
  • Experience with SQL
  • Fluency in Python
  • Experience with automated testing and continuous integration processes related to data engineering
  • Hands-on knowledge of scripting languages (Python, Shell scripts) on Linux Platforms
  • Effective team player with minimal supervision and effectively meet project deadlines in an agile environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with AWS cloud services such as AWS kinesis, lambda, firehose, etc.
  • Data engineering background with prior experience in large-scale distributed data processing platforms such as Kafka, Spark, Kinesis
  • Prior experience with microservice architecture
  • Prior airflow experience
  • Passing familiarity with data warehousing techniques and best practices
  • Passing familiarity with analytic models and data science use cases

Our Core Values: 

  • Respect, Honesty, and Integrity for All Stakeholders
  • Always be Learning
  • Relentless Focus on the Customer
  • Never be Satisfied
  • Create Value
  • Seek Accountability and Ownership

Vibes is an equal opportunity employer that encourages and fosters diversity in the workplace. We offer a career building experience in a fast-paced organization and industry.

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300 W. Adams St., 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

What are Vibes Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Perks + Benefits

Quarterly Core Values Award • Quarterly Teamwork Award & Gift • Anniversary Gifts & Service Awards • Wellness Reimbursement • Monthly Cell Phone Reimbursement • Identity Protection Benefit • Annual Holiday Party and Family Halloween Party • Summer Fridays (Memorial Day – Labor Day) • “Welcome” Popcorn and Cookie Bouquet • Monthly Birthday Cupcakes • Charitable Match

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