JW Player is hiring a

Lead Software Engineer, Data

New York, United States

JW Player is looking for an experienced Engineering Team Lead for our Data team in our New York City headquarters.  As a the Head of the data team, you will be managing a small, collaborative team responsible for helping us better understand the video viewing behavior of the 1 billion people (that’s not a typo!) who consume video on the widely distributed JW Player each month.  The team’s goal is to use that information to help inform those publishers seeking to more effectively grow and monetize their audiences.        

In this role you will:

  • Lead and manage a team of data engineers and scientists working on JW Player’s data pipeline
  • Drive the design, development, and optimization of our data and analytics system
  • Contribute to and work across many different projects and technologies, as needed
  • Collaborate with Product team to lead product releases and support our production environment
  • Lead a cross­-functional team to agree on business requirements and product direction
  • Create and share a strategic vision for the team as well as hiring and scaling the team to meet that vision


  • B.S. or higher in Computer Science or related field
  • 5+ years’ experience in leading Analytics, Data Science, Engineering functions in internet industry
  • 2-3+ years experience managing a team of engineers
  • Knowledge of some of the following: Python, Java, Kafka, Hive, Pig, Hadoop/MapReduce, Storm, Avro, Redshift, SQL/Relational databases as well as the ability to rapidly learn new technologies
  • Ability to understand and speak intelligently to Machine Learning, Data Mining, NLP, and classification algorithms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to interact cross-functionally and drive both business and technical discussions.
  • Experience in information retrieval techniques
  • Motivated, self­-starter who enjoys working in a fast­-paced environment
  • Knowledgeable in core computer science disciplines (data structures, algorithms, etc.)

Company Description

If you've watched video on the web, you already know us. JW Player is venture-funded, online video software company centrally located in Manhattan. Our team culture allows you to manage your own timelines and projects while being a part of the fastest growing tech industry—online video.  Our flagship product, the JW Player, is deployed on over 2 million websites and streams billions of videos each month.  It is used by a diverse group of publishers, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual bloggers. Our family of products also include video management, ads and analytics data; all key components of the video stack for publishers.