Engineering Manager, Data

Skillz Inc. Portland, OR

About the Job

Who we're looking for:

As part of the product development organization, the Data Engineering team is managing and optimizing core Skillz's data infrastructure, building and maintaining custom ingestion pipelines, integrating and providing data driven services and scaling to support various business functions and their machine learning models.  We are looking for an Engineering Manager to grow and lead the Data Engineering team.

In this role you will lead engineering delivery as you partner closely with our Data Scientist and Data Analysts teams to serve various internal and external stakeholders.  We are looking for a strong candidate that has outstanding communication skills, has proven data infrastructure design and implementation capabilities, and is focused on delivering objective results.  He/she will be a self-starter, comfortable with ambiguity and will enjoy working in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

What You'll Do:

  • Recruit, hire and motivate a world class team of engineers. 
  • Help set the strategy and direction of Skillz data platform.
  • Lead and Mentor a team of engineers.
  • Partner with product owners and program managers to help plan releases and schedule development. Provide feedback and feasibility insights for proposed development features.
  • Define and deliver against department OKRs and KPIs
  • Embrace and embody Skillz core values in your work and interactions with peers, stakeholders and direct reports.
  • Maintain and promote an inclusive, and high-performance culture, provide support for your team's career growth and personal development.
  • Leading a team to scale out data pipelines on top of streaming platforms.
  • Leading a team to build enterprise data infrastructure to support both business analytical needs and ML pipelines

Your Skillz:

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering field or experience equivalent
  • 6+ years of professional experience in software delivery
  • 2+ years management experience leading a team of individual contributors
  • Proven track record of being results oriented with demonstrated ability to achieve aggressive goals.
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies
  • Experience delivering and managing multiple projects through their entire lifecycle
  • Working knowledge in one or more of the following: Python, Java, or Scala
  • AWS or other cloud data products (Data pipelines, Athena, Pinpoint, S3, etc)
  • Experience deploying data infrastructure
  • Experience with recognized industry patterns, methodologies, and techniques
  • Must have knowledge and/or experience with open source technologies and impact of build/buy decisions.
  • Able to anticipate business problems and influence solutions through functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Thrive in a highly collaborative and fast paced environment
  • Servant leader passionate about building and empowering teams


  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate complex technology solutions to senior leadership, gain alignment, and drive progress
  • 2+ years experience on Kubernete, Helm chart
  • 4+ years of experience with Spark, Scala and/or Akka
  • 4+ years of experience with Spark Streaming, Storm, Flink, or other Stream Processing technologies
  • 2+ years of experience working with Kafka or similar data pipeline backbone
  • 4+ years of experience with Unix/Linux systems with scripting experience in Shell, Perl or Python
  • 2+ years' experience with Airflow, Data Lake, Terraform, and functional paradigm
  • Familiarity with Snowflake or OLAP
  • Familiarity with Kinesis, Lamda
  • Prior experience in gaming
  • Prior experience in finance