Data Engineer

| Chicago | Remote

Location: Remote, North America

 

About Our Team:

KAR Data Services is looking to expand our enterprise data delivery team as we continue to grow our data platform in support of a mission of digital transformation in automotive wholesale markets.  The data engineering team is responsible for the ingestion and persistence of data supporting an array of data products supporting KAR Global’s automotive wholesale business.

 

KAR Data Services has a polyglot data model using many cutting-edge data platforms including AWS Redshift for Data Warehouse, Elastic Search for location-based searching, and Postgres for transactional data and product delivery. Our delivery framework is comprised of Python/Docker on ECS, Spark on EMR, and Jenkins for CI/CD and a roadmap focused on strategic data integrations and products and expansion of platform capabilities including Snowflake and Informatica.

 

About Our Candidate:

 

This candidate should be a self-starter who is interested in learning new systems/environments and passionate about developing quality supportable data service solutions for internal and external customers. We highly value natural curiosity about data and technology that drives results through quality, repeatable, and long-term sustainable database and code development. The candidate should be highly dynamic and excited by opportunities to learn many different products and data domains and how they drive business outcomes and value for our customers.

 

What You Will Be Doing:

Members of the data engineering team participate daily in ceremonies of Agile sprint to help design, plan, build, test, develop, and support KAR Data Services’s data products and platforms consisting of Pythion ETL pipelines and Postrgres, Redshift, Dynamo DB, and Elastic search, and Snowflake databases. Our team works in a shared services delivery model supporting seven lines of business including front-end customer facing products, B2B portals, mobile applications, business analytics, and data science initiatives.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with product, data science, analytics, and engineering teams to learn project data needs and define project scope.

  • Design and planning of data services solutions on the enterprise data Platform.

  • Building and delivery of Python/Docker feed framework data pipeline jobs and services.

  • Contribute to the Data Engineering team delivery framework including building of re-usable code, implementing industry best practices, and maintain a common delivery framework.

  • Monitoring, maintenance, documentation, and incident resolution of scheduled production data jobs supporting internal and external customers data needs.

 

 

What You Need to Be Successful:

 

  • 5+ years experience Postgres SQL development including functions, stored procedures, and indexing or equivalent (required).

  • Experience in production data management in high availability product delivery ODS / RDBMS or equivalent (required).

  • Experience planning and designing maintainable data schemas (required).

  • Experience with Python, Docker, and data warehouse environments (preferred).

  • Experience using Github / Jenkins (CI/CD) / Artifactory / PyPy or comparable delivery stacks (preferred).

  • Experience with Postgres, Elastic Search, AWS EMR, and AWS ECS (preferred).

  • Experience with AWS Redshift, MPP, or Dynamo DB (preferred).

  • Experience with Kinesis/Kafka (preferred).

  • Experience working with large enterprise data lakes / Snowflake (preferred).

 

 

 

Who We Are:

KAR Global powers the world’s most trusted automotive marketplaces through innovation, technology and people. Our end-to-end platform serves the remarketing needs of the world’s largest OEMs, dealers, fleet operators, rental companies and financial institutions.

  • We’re a technology company delivering next generation tools to accelerate and simplify remarketing.

  • We’re an analytics company leveraging data to inform and empower our customers with clear, actionable insights.

  • And we’re an auction company powering the world’s most advanced and integrated mobile, digital and physical auction marketplaces.

 

KAR Data Services, KAR Global’s enterprise data products organization, is comprised of a team that is passionate about the intersection of data, technology and cars. As the Chicago-based innovation and data science hub for KAR, this team of data scientists and analysts creates new products to help power the company’s physical, online, and digital/mobile automotive auction marketplaces. We were founded in 2015 and joined the KAR family of companies in April 2017.

 

We want you to be well and thrive. Our benefits package includes:

  • Competitive compensation

  • Insurance coverage that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance

  • Flexible spending account

  • Wellness program

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Employee stock purchase program

  • Paid holidays and generous paid time off

  • Paid parental leave

  • Learning and development resources

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Location

Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.

April

Senior Product Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.

Brandon

Jr. DevOps Manager

What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.

Mo-Ting

Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have both a local culture and company-wide wellness committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings Account (HSA) also available for employees enrolled in KAR medical plan. Both individual and dependent FSA's available to everyone.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
The annual employer contribution to HSAs is $750 for employee only coverage and $1,500 for family coverage. Contributions are prorated based on hire date.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Offering free weekly virtual workouts courtesy of River North Gym that are also available on demand after they take place.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave pay (full wage replacement) for employees within 6 months of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with River North Gym to provide employees complimentary physical fitness options (virtual and onsite), as well as several sessions of 1:1 training with a health coach.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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