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Software Engineer, Data Ingestion

| Chicago

Software Engineer, Data Ingestion

We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join our Data team.  A successful Data Engineer is someone who loves working on systems that move, process, store, and publish data. You are a pragmatic designer who believes that great software design should lead to a great customer experience. You enjoy the challenge of a good puzzle and are comfortable admitting you do not know everything. You are always looking for learning/teaching opportunities and believe in sponsoring less senior team members to promote their growth. In technical and non-technical aspects of the job you model behaviors that strive to include everyone on the team, no matter their level or background. We don’t need you to have experience with everything yet, but individuals that want to keep learning and challenge themselves thrive in this environment.


  • Lead the development and delivery of critical components
  • Coordinate across teams like Product, QA and Devops
  • Own solutions and software designs to meet product goals
  • Develop high-quality, maintainable, testable software
  • Promote software engineering best practices across the team
  • Participate in code reviews
  • Mentor and grow junior engineers
  • Review architecture and software designs with other senior engineers
  • Identify, design and develop automation and tooling to improve team efficiency
  • Dive deep to resolve problems at their root, looking for failure patterns and suggesting fixes
  • Support your products running in production
  • Participate in projects that improve the performance and usability of our product portfolio
  • Work in an agile team, including sprint planning, daily standups and user story estimation
  • Be an ambassador for the team to both our internal and external clients


  • A Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of professional software development experience
  • Experience with mentoring or managing junior engineers
  • Significant experience with Python
  • Has led the development and release of multiple product initiatives
  • Is passionate about creating high-quality, performant systems
  • Understands and promotes software architecture design best practices
  • Experience driving and optimizing the end-to-end software development process
  • Working knowledge of with data pipeline technologies
  • Proficient with multiple data storage technologies covering relational databases, data warehouses, and NoSQL
  • Experience evaluating technologies in order to make the case for buy/build/use AWS
  • Familiar with building web applications
  • Experience developing in Unix systems
  • Familiarity with Amazon Web Services
  • Proven capability for critical thinking, problem solving and the patience to see hard problems through to the end with our clients
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Willingness to partner with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including engineering, product and professional services team members

About Narrative Science:
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.

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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

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.


Senior Product Marketing Manager

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, Customer Success

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.


Vice President, Product Architecture

What are some things you learned at the company?

We are encouraged to deliver an exceptional customer experience. To achieve this goal, I’ve learned how various aspects of software engineering integrate to create a great and reliable product. I've learned how to design/implement database architecture, automated testing, and data analytics to craft our innovative products and bring them to market.


Software Engineer

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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