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Employee Type - Full-Time EmployeeExperience - Not SpecifiedIndustries - Engineering


CBC Digital Products is the country’s biggest digital startup, taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team.

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

If you want to enter the world of digital media and be part of the change and growth of one of Canada’s long-established and respected broadcasters, this is your chance. CBC Digital Products is looking for a Bilingual Big Data Engineer to play a critical role as we launch a corporate big-data analysis project to gain insights into audience behaviour and facilitate our decision-making. This highly strategic project will enable us to enhance our user experience as we extract, understand and predict insightful behaviours of our audience, specific to different times and places.

Working closely with the Montreal team and reporting to the Senior Manager in Toronto, the new Bilingual Big Data Engineer will apply practical expertise in developing and rolling out a cloud-based big-data solution.

Who you are

You may be a Big Data Architect or Big Data Engineer with exposure to a digital environment. You are seeking the next challenge in your career, a step up, but also a chance to be part of the greater good for Canadians. You want to be part of a brand new data lake built for a well-respected organization that, in turn, respects their audience. You want to access and leverage vast amounts of data gathered from DMP, web analytics and other third-party systems.

What’s in it for you?

Cutting edge tech. CBC has more than 25 digital sites, all of which are mandated to reach Canadians online everywhere and every way, with a high emphasis on mobile devices. To achieve that goal, with no downtime, takes a robust infrastructure, powerful technologies, reliable solutions and rewarding work. You will own the ETL process for an organization that touches 70% of Canadians, that’s big data. You will have the autonomy to shape your role, leveraging your experience to put your mark on business intelligence and big data for CBC.

Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining our dynamic Digital Audio Products team, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. You will be part of a team that needs your expertise and your work will impact thousands at CBC and millions of Canadians. You will have the chance to help grow the team and introduce best practices.

Career growth. CBC is fully invested in our people. Whatever it is you want to pursue whether it’s a new programming language or a technical solution, whether it’s expanding your Agile knowledge or building an audience-facing platform. We will provide you with the time, resources and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding.

How you will make a difference, you will:

  • Assist in building a sustainable big-data platform. You will implement the architecture, new tools, processes and models. You will direct quality control operations for incoming and outgoing data and propose test strategies to come up with optimum solutions.
  • Maintain data integrity. You will plan and execute the extraction, standardization and transformation of our reliable data sources.
  • Be the expert. You will provide practical and technical advice and support to the business intelligence team. You will assist in setting up a data governance plan in compliance with our privacy policy. You will manage risks and resolve issues or escalate them to a higher level, as necessary.
  • Act as the primary liaison between the Montreal and Toronto teams, working closely with BI Analysts and communicating findings to product managers and web developers. You will synthesize and explain technological innovations in both English and French to non-experts, to make them understandable and accessible across the Corporation.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects Canadian identity and promotes democracy. Our digital team’s values - collaboration, learning, and continuous improvement - embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with flexible schedules, and an excellent benefits package; we want you to be happy in and out of the office.

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression.

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on-ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. Our team members are given opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally across multiple projects.

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. From prototyping new UI/UX to setting up dev environments to experiment on and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. Wherever your interests lie, your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

What you bring:

  • The education. A University degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their skills this way.
  • The knowledge. You have 2+ years hands-on experience building data lakes and data models. You have experience scheduling and deploying ETL jobs.
  • The technical expertise. You have hands-on experience with:
    • Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Impala, Sentry.
    • Java, Python, or Scala.
    • DMP
    • Enterprise level analytics solutions.
  • The communication skills. You are fluent in French and English. You can effectively translate and relay technical information in both languages to technical teams, peers, executives and other stakeholders.
  • The Agile experience. You believe in the Agile methodology deeply but you are flexible and open to the real world twists and turns.

To apply:

Think this job as a Bilingual Big Data Engineer, is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. You can read about the various backgrounds the talented people that make up our team bring to us here.

Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and click on the link to apply.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.

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