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The Boston MySQL Meetup Group Message Board › JOBS: Big Data Architect/Mgr + SW Dev Engineer for internet/high tech Strate

JOBS: Big Data Architect/Mgr + SW Dev Engineer for internet/high tech Strategy Consulting firm tied to Harvard Business School

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Job Sheet Data Analytics Team: two jobs open: (1) Platform Architect/Manager/Big Data Ninja and (2) SW Dev Engr
Closely tied to Harvard Business School, with offices in Boston, SF, Chicago, NY and UAE, the firm is an unique mix of strategy management consulting firm & high tech/internet centric data analytics… With ~ 50 employees, they specialize in developing data-driven business strategy for some of the most exciting firms in the world. The firm is well established, fast growing, has a minimal hierarchy and has an entrepreneurial spirit. We seek high performing individuals to join the team – individuals who thrive on analytical problem solving and data driven analysis and are smart, ambitious and inquisitive.

This is a unique blend of top tier strategy, data driven analytics and economic consulting. You will work with some of the world’s top academics (mostly at Harvard) some of most exciting companies in the technology industry and build the firm’s software development capabilities to extract and analyze data at internet scale, driving hard won insights for our clients that impact their most strategic business decisions.

Data is our kingdom, and we understand that intimate familiarity with data in its rawest form, and the skills to navigate the complex systems required to store and analyze it, are increasingly necessary to drive data driven insights. Analysis is only as good as the data set, and many assumptions are made early in the data structures that are very difficult to unwind later – the more you understand the raw data and how to process it, the more flexible you are in the analyses you can design. Our challenge to operate across the full value chain of unstructured data, from engineering its extraction to statistical analysis of insights, requires a core technical team of creative, analytical software experts working with some of the most innovative data platforms.

“If you are looking for a career where your services will be in high demand, you should find something where you provide a scarce, complementary service to something that is getting ubiquitous and cheap. So what’s getting ubiquitous and cheap? Data. And what is complementary to data? Analysis.” – Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google

This opportunity is a chance to work on the cutting edge of Big Data; the world’s largest web properties (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Fox Interactive Media, etc.) each collect terabytes of data/day about their businesses, and their data management stacks have had to evolve beyond traditional data warehousing and business intelligence capabilities. All have constructed petabyte scale data storage and analysis platforms, including distributed file systems, parallel data processing capabilities, and specialized query languages.

We develop critical strategies and key business insights driven by these data platforms, and we engineer solutions to extract and analyze data in creative ways.

• Object oriented programing in one or more of the following: C#, C++, JAVA (J2EE)
• MS SQL Server, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and other database tools
• Understanding of HTTP protocol, URL structures and web page processing technologies
• Knowledge of algorithms development and machine learning

• Demonstrated innovative thought process to solving problems
• Managerial experience in running software development projects
• Experience working with business teams
• Attention to details and proven quality control skills

• Analyze and understand raw data formats and how they might support different analysis capabilities
• Brainstorm programming approaches, rapidly implement prototypes
• Devise creative testing mechanisms
• Example assignment: brainstorm creative programming approaches that interpret internet search data and user behavior to create an analysis platform for critical project work. Rapidly build a simple prototype to test your approach. Proactively resolve issues with the team.
• Assist econometric team in analyzing large data sets and giving statistical insight to their meaning

• Strong programming skill in multiple languages, comfortable learning new ones quickly
• Passionate about quality
• Ability to communicate proactively in a small team environment
• Hard-working, fast and autonomous learner
• With a lean outline and general direction in mind, can rapidly prototype, measure, and iterate

Extra Credit
• Experience with MapReduce programming a big plus (Hadoop, Twister, Greenplum, Cosmos,
Familiarity with “agile software development” methodologies,
• Startup experience; working with small teams in entrepreneurial environments

*Boston (ideal), San Francisco (also good), Chicago or NY
* we will consider a remote candidate with superior track record

Mark DeWitt at Atherton Advisors is the contact person for these two searches. Please direct all inquiries to: Mark@AthertonAdvisors {dot}com
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