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Sr. Software Engineer (Data Wrangler)

Engineering & Operations | San Francisco, CA

Job Description

Are you a Data Geek Software Engineer who is bored working with million row data sets? 

We’re one of the largest websites in the world and we’d like you to take the lead on managing our data.


Like our wikis and communities, Wikia is passionate, high-energy and collaborative. Think of Wikia as the encyclopedia of pop culture, as we maintain over 300,000 wikis across an impressive array of subjects, spanning all aspects of entertainment, gaming, and lifestyle. Wikia is the top global video game publisher on the Web today, with over 70 million unique visitors a month. Wikia was founded in 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, and is headquartered in a brightly colored SOMA office in San Francisco, CA.


Working with gigs of data and million row data sets is child’s play.  We’re a data hacker’s dream!  You will have complete autonomy and ownership to develop, enhance, and maintain our Warehouse, ETL, and distributed data infrastructure.  Understanding business needs and translating data requirements will be critical to this role. You will also perform ad-hoc SQL based analyses against our warehouses.  We’re not in the business of bogging you down with process, so you will have total freedom to develop and maintain as you see fit. 


You are an engineer who is obsessed with big data and can’t turn off your attention to detail. You are an expert in SQL and have familiarity with multiple database systems. You have a CS background and feel comfortable with Linux-based software development.  You have a keen interest in telling stories with all the data available to you and can relate your work to the overall business. Major bonus points for Hadoop/HBase/Hive/Pig experience or the R statistical package. 


Unlike most startups, our exciting platform is also coupled with a strong work life balance. You’ll have the opportunity to shape the revenue stream of the company, technology, and products, while having fun. For your expertise, we will offer a competitive base salary, full benefits, and big play on equity. Our dog-friendly digs are located in San Francisco (between BART and CalTrain) and also come with a stocked pantry and gaming room, where some employees practice yoga at lunch. If you enjoy pop culture and gaming, working for Wikia will allow you to work on what you love.


Ready to geek out on more data than you ever thought you’d get your hands on? Inquire within and let’s get you started.

Principals only. Agency and recruiter resumes will be considered unsolicited resumes that are not subject to placement fees.