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Internal Application: Big Data Pipeline Wrangler

Engineering | Redwood City, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Big Data Pipeline Wrangler

Redwood City, CA


IMVU is an exciting social network for 3D avatars, letting creative individuals express themselves and connect to like-minded people around the world.


Our Big Data pipeline is getting bigger -- we will soon break the petabyte scale. Data and analytics are the underpinnings of our business, and the team that makes it all fit together is looking for you to join!


We use Hadoop with HIVE, Kafka, and Spark with Scala as our main data warehouse and analytics platform. We inject production data from millions of users, integrate with hundreds of third parties, and process it all into business insight, individualized recommendation data, and machine learning predictions.


You enjoy the challenge of bringing structure from chaos, building tables when there are log files, and working with the business analysts to find the best place to tap into our torrent of data to achieve the highest signal with the lowest noise. You are also comfortable with the Linux command line, and excited by working on computer systems that are bigger than a single rack and the data that goes into them. (You also presumably know what a "rack" is in this context!)


It's a bonus if you know how to look through PHP and Haskell source code to trace the progeny of data sources, how to talk to MySQL databases in production, and how to update an internal schema to match unannounced changes from an external third party.


This position provides a lot of freedom for a technically minded person to get the job done in the way that best serves the goals, and applying and developing skills in Spark/Scala, Kafka, and Hadoop. IMVU provides a welcoming, supportive work environment with a strong combination of compensation, incentives, benefits, and stock options for well qualified applicants.



  • Please try out our core product before you apply. We’d like you to understand our products and have some understanding of our customers.

  • Please include a cover letter. Make sure to discuss why you are interested in learning more about IMVU. Job applications without cover letters will not be considered.


IMVU, the #1 avatar-based social network welcomes users to join a never-ending world where anything is possible, including connecting with people from all over the world. It's here that the fun is infinite and reality is limitless. The IMVU Virtual Shop is the largest of its kind, with an inventory of more than 20 million user-generated, VR-ready goods and growing everyday. From collections that include the hottest trends and throwback sneakers to fairy wings and couture gowns, the marketplace allows our users to personalize, customize and stylize their 3D avatars and environments to their hearts' content. With over three million unique users every month, our platform is poised for future growth and available on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Our Engineers are given significant autonomy over their work: we hire smart people and trust them to use their creativity and talents to do right by their peers and our customers. We are longstanding evangelists of Continuous Deployment, strong supporters of open source software and we spawned the Lean Startup movement. We value humility, open collaboration and foster an environment that supports learning from and mentoring others. We want you to grow your talent and career. We’ll provide plenty of interesting challenges and strong support to ensure your success.  At IMVU, we solve challenging problems and create amazing products together every day! Check out some of what we’re doing on our Engineering blog:

Founded in 2004 and based in the heart of Silicon Valley, IMVU is led by a team that's dedicated to pioneering the virtual reality industry. IMVU is backed by venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Bridgescale Partners and Best Buy Capital.

IMVU has been recognized frequently as Best Place to Work in the Silicon Valley. 


IMVU is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.