[Vacancy] Nielsen has a position for Tech Engineering Lead

[Vacancy] Nielsen has a position for Tech Engineering Lead

Nielsen is directly looking for: 

Tech Engineering Lead

At Nielsen, we believe that career growth is a partnership. You ultimately own, fuel and set the journey. By joining our team of nearly 14,000 associates, you will become part of a community that will help you to succeed. We champion you because when you succeed, we do too. Embark on a new initiative, explore a fresh approach, and take license to think big, so we can all continuously improve. We enable your best to power our future.

Who are we?

Gracenote Sports is a leading international sports company that provides innovative and uniqueproducts and services to the sports industry. Gracenote Sports is engaged in producing, distributing, publishing and monetization of sports data on all platforms. Gracenote’s sports database is one of the largest in the world covering the largest breadth of sports. Customers and partners are national and international media, TV channels, MVPD’s international sports federations and consumer electronics companies.

Gracenote Sports offers its customers innovative distribution and publishing solutions with theambition to publish accurate, reliable and stable data within one second in all products.

To further develop this ambition we are looking for a Tech Lead to develop streaming solutions and APIs using TypeScript, Scala and Kafka. The candidate should have an affinity for data architecture, schema and processing. We are looking for smart people with great programming skills that have experience working with a variety of technology and tools.

What does the job involve?

You join a software development team as Tech Lead to guide the team towards creating high quality software using modern architectures. The development team is an experienced, informal and enthusiastic scrum team of 5 developers, working on stream-processing components to improve our data publication platform. This team is responsible for combining different sources of Sports data from all over the world and delivering the data directly via an HTTP API or indirectly via our other products, all in real-time. The applications they maintain are typically Scala applications for data processing using Kafka (Streams) or Spark, as well as NodeJs HTTP Backends written in Typescript. They deploy their applications on Kubernetes with a modern monitoring stack.

As Tech Lead you will be responsible for the technical components (chosen architecture and the quality of the code) that are owned by the team. You will own the technical roadmap for the team and represent the team internally (in roadmap, planning and status meetings) and externally in calls with Tier 1 clients. Part of the job is that you work together with international teams of developers located in Gracenote offices around the world (mostly in Canada and US).

Examples of projects you would be working on

  • Extraction of sports data from internal/external sources and transformation (through stream-processing) into a single unified global schema with data sources ranging from: Internal databases and data entry tooling, Feeds from other Gracenote Verticals (like Gracenote Video), Third party data providers
  • Delivering Olympic data sub second to big international clients like NBC: from Olympic venue to Client website
  • Delivering data of all sports through the unified HTTP API to millions of users
  • Automating and improving our state-of-the-art build and deployment pipelines and related tooling.


We are

  • A multinational company, with clients like FIFA, LG, Hyundai, Amazon, NBC, IOC, Eurosport, NOS, and many more
  • Working in an Agile product development team using the Scrum framework
  • Working with a modern tech stack  (TypeScript, Scala, Kafka, Akka, MongoDB, Kubernetes, Helm, Terraform, AWS)


We offer

  • An informal atmosphere in a dynamic media company with opportunities for ownership
  • Personal development
  • Motivated, sports minded colleagues
  • A competitive salary and good benefits
  • A laptop with OS of choice (Windows, Mac or Linux)


The ideal candidate

  • Has experience with Scala, or other JVM languages with the capability to learn Scala 
  • Has experience with TypeScript 
  • Understands Stream-processing (preferably with Kafka Streams)
  • Is comfortable in a DevOps culture, and knows how to get their work into production.
  • Has relevant work experience with both NoSQL (MongoDB) and SQL databases (Postgres, SQL Server)
  • Has affinity with data and data streams.
  • Has good understanding of, and ideas about good Software Architecture and infrastructure
  • Has good communication skills and is able to share their knowledge with the team.
  • Has good knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written.


Here at Nielsen, we believe strongly in the value of diversity and creating supportive, inclusive environments where our colleagues can succeed. As such, Nielsen is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from people that are excited to work for us, regardless of their background - so please get in touch!

Nielsen provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to any protected characteristics under local law.

Would you like to apply?

If you are looking for a sports challenge within an international, ambitious organization, please send your application here with a resume in English.


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