Principal Data Engineer

Intelsat   Chicago, IL   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on November 9, 2022
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Job Description

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled


Your role in helping us shape the future:

Join our dynamic and innovative team of Data Management professionals who specialize in designing and delivering solutions to enable big data analytics which support the growth and performance of our inflight connected experience under Intelsat’s Commercial Aviation division.

Are you up to the challenge?

  • Utilizes a rigorous design methodology that consistently yields the right level of technical design documentation and develops technical solutions that conform both to customer requirements and information development standards.
  • Curious and passionate about building value-creating and innovative data solutions.
  • Uses a vast amount of programming tools to design new data solutions to ingest and integrate data into Unified Data Platform.
  • Understands various requirement gathering and specification methodologies and can recommend one appropriate to a project.
  • Be a thought leader in the Agile team to collaborate and to help shape requirements and development.
  • Researches and maintains knowledge in emerging technologies and offers recommendations on the application to the business.
  • Help Train/guide the team in new technologies as we move to future architecture.
  • Works as equals with Data Engineers, Quality Engineers, BI Developers, and Business Analysts to establish optimal design/development/delivery which properly serves technical teams and our user community.  Identifies risk tradeoffs and investment decisions to facilitate best practices.

Can you drive these processes?

  • Perform gap analysis on current state and help define new data architecture
  • Assist in developing data architecture strategy and roadmap which will encompass new and evolving technologies and platforms which collect data.
  • Partner with Product Management and Operation teams to proactively identify monitoring gaps and improving upstream data collection and advocating for data driven thinking.  
  • Clearly articulate pros and cons of various technologies and platforms in open source and proprietary products. Execute POC on new technology and tools to pick best tools and solutions.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with acute attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines and project plans.
  • Design and develop complex large scale data structures and pipelines to organize collect and standardize data to generate insights and address analytical/reporting needs
  • Design and champion standards and best practices into new data engineering solutions.
  • Manage code versions and deployment process in source control and coordinate changes across team.
  • Assist in running code reviews guide team to follow standards supporting team members in brainstorming and challenging designs.
  • Solve and help other team members complex data issues around data integration of structured and unstructured sets other data processing incidents.

You should definitely have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Computer Engineering Information Systems or related technology.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant data processing experience; 5+ years utilizing cloud-based services.
  • Experience with large scale data lake and data warehouse implementations in cloud environments 
  • Significant experience with programming languages, Python, Java, SQL.
  • Technical proficiency including RDBMS, DBMS, AWS cloud computing, NoSQL, Apache Accumulo Hadoop technologies (Hive Pig) data mining and modeling tools operating systems and backup systems.
  • Expertise building data lakes and data warehouses in AWS using a variety of cloud services including EMR, EC2, S3, Kinesis, Lambda, DynamoDB, SNS, SQS, , Athena, Redshift Glacier.
  • Experience with web services API Integration and Data streaming.
  • Experience with Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery (Jenkins)
  • Experience in data analysis and writing and developing complex queries using SQL.
  • Experience with Metadata management and Data Governance.
  • Experience in Agile methodologies (Kanban and SCRUM).
  • Ability to work autonomously and with small cross-functional teams.
  • Strong communication skills including technical documentation development and delivery of demonstrations and presentations and the ability to listen and communicate effectively with functional leaders.

It would be nice if you had:

  • Master’s in computer science Engineering or Information Systems
  • Experience with AWS Glue and Scala programming
  • Experience with Tableau, Power BI or similar data visualization tools
  • Experience with Elastic Hosted Graphite Grafana or similar data streaming and monitoring technologies
  • Knowledge of DevOps, CloudOps, and MLOps
  • Experience in airline / aviation internet or telecommunications

What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new profitable markets. To help us reach this goal you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.

  • We emphasize personal and professional growth.
  • Awesome benefits including PTO medical tuition reimbursement and training.
  • Fun diverse and inclusive culture.


About Us:

We’re Intelsat Inflight the inflight internet company. We believe the internet should do everything it does on the ground in the sky. Our worldwide inflight Wi-Fi services have made internet and video entertainment a regular part of flying. We are a diverse and mission-minded group of professionals all working together in extraordinary harmony. We connect the aviation industry and air travelers with innovative technology and applications, and we do it all in a high-energy environment that welcomes the next challenge. Be prepared to join a performance-obsessed team that is passionate about bringing the internet to every device every flight everywhere.



About Us

As the foundational architects of satellite technology, we apply our expertise to develop breakthrough solutions that advance and secure boundless applications for our customers and partners.
At Intelsat, we increase human potential by connecting people, communities, businesses, and governments. Our employees enjoy a casual and collaborative environment, where we celebrate professional excellence in pursuit of the corporate mission. We hire skilled professionals who work in various areas such as: satellite engineering, network operations, cloud architecture, accounting, sales, legal, and more. Browse our current job openings or create a professional profile to stay informed about opportunities that match your interests and expertise.


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