Lead Data Engineer

| Chicago

What we do
Strike Social harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to drive the best outcomes in YouTube and social media advertising. Through media-buying software and service, Strike Social manages 15,000+ campaigns each day for the world’s leading agencies and brands, including Beats, Xbox, Honda, Mattel, Lionsgate and Trunk Club. With a workforce presence in 16 major markets — including headquarters in Chicago and offices in Kraków and Manila — Strike Social was recently named the No. 17 fastest-growing private company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Learn more at strikesocial.com. 

How do we do it
We are a growing team of independent thinkers who bring their diverse talents and backgrounds to help build a programmatic media-buying platform. We work in an agile environment, and frequently pair program to improve collaboration and software quality. We are polyglots and you’ll see us use languages and frameworks like Python, Typescript, Angular2, Flask, and Pandas. Our infrastructure relies on Nomad, Terraform, Consul, Vault, Nginx, Redis, Postgres, Redshift, and Auth0.

About You
You are a passionate engineer who loves solving the world’s problems with state of the art technology. You’ve got solid coding chops, and have demonstrated an ability to identify and learn new tools, languages and technologies. You welcome feedback and use it as a way to improve your own skills and methods. You are a mentor and understand the value in helping and developing others. You are pragmatic and know how to strike a balance between building long-term value in software, and meeting business goals in a timely fashion.

If you are passionate about building large scale data processing systems and are motivated to make an impact in crafting next-generation data architectures, we would love to talk to you.


  • Own and extend data pipelines to automate the ingestion, transformation, validation, and augmentation of structured and semi-structured data
  • Advance the data architecture, ensuring commitment to architectural and industry best-practices
  • Partner with Data Scientists, Software Engineers, and business groups to develop enhancements to the data platform, including data processes, data warehouses, data pipelines, and machine learning models
  • Lead the Data Engineering team in delivering high quality software products
  • Act as a technical subject matter expert across the organization
  • Architect and recommend direction for software systems
  • Guide engineering teams in delivering large-scale and long-running initiatives
  • Identify areas of improvement in processes and procedures organization-wide
  • Act as part of the engineering leadership team, setting standards and technical goals organization-wide
  • Promote professional growth and development inside and outside the team through mentoring, educational opportunities, and thought leadership

Skills & Qualifications

  • 6 or more years of experience in the design and development of data pipelines, data marts, and data warehouses
  • Proficient in at least one programming language such as Python, Java, Go, or Ruby
  • Strong understanding of ETL processing with large data stores
  • Strong understanding of stream processing services such as Kafka, Kinesis, Apache Storm, or Spark Streaming
  • Experience architecting, designing, and implementing business-critical data pipelines by leveraging modern big data architectures to satisfy real-time and batch processing requirements
  • Proficient in creating and tuning data queries
  • Proven leadership skills in guiding a diverse engineering team
  • Comfortable mentoring and coaching other engineers
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate across the engineering team
  • A proven record of personally driving large data projects from ideation to implementation

Working at Strike Social
Strike Social is a close-knit, work-hard/play-hard environment. If you want a fun, challenging and rewarding experience, apply to join our team! Aside from standard (and generous) employee benefits, Strike offers unlimited PTO, an open office environment, casual dress code, a spectacular Loop location and frequent team outings.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • RedshiftDatabases


An open, bright and convenient office in the Loop with stunning views of the river and lake.

What are Strike Social Perks + Benefits

Strike Social Benefits Overview

Unlimited PTO, summer hours, educational opportunities, parties, happy hours, international travel...and the list goes on!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive pay and stock options • Top-notch technology to help our employees do their best work • Opportunity for world travel, including to our offices in Kraków and Manila. And, while we don't have beer on tap, we do have a beer fridge filled with it and cans of LaCroix. :)

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