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Director, Data Engineering

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Date: Dec 31, 2017

Location: Emeryville, CA, US

Company: Realogy Services Group LLC



Requisition 42113

About ZapLabs LLC
ZapLabs ( is the innovation and technology hub for global real estate leader Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), and the driving force behind inventive technology for brokers and agents affiliated with Realogy’s world renowned real estate brands. ZapLabs delivers its highly effective consumer, sales associate and broker solutions in support of Realogy’s leading franchise brands and is positioned to expand the scope of its technology development efforts to encompass Realogy’s other business segments, including residential brokerage, relocation and settlement services. ZapLabs is headquartered in Emeryville, California.


Job Title: Director of Data Engineering

At ZapLabs, we work to build and improve a platform that helps real estate professionals work effectively, and helps delight home buyers and sellers with an excellent experience. We do that by combining great technology with great people – and we’re looking for a Director of Data Engineering to join our team.


What we’re looking for:

You’re a talented, creative, and motivated engineer at heart who loves developing performant, scalable resilient data platforms – and you’re excited to lead a team of individuals with that same passion. You’ve accumulated years of experience, and you’re excited about taking your mastery of Big Data and Java to a new level. You enjoy challenging projects involving huge data sets and are cool under pressure. You’re no stranger to fast-paced environments and agile development methodologies – in fact, you embrace them. With your strong analytical skills, your unwavering commitment to quality, your excellent technical skills, and your collaborative work ethic, you’ll do great things here at ZapLabs.


What you’ll do:

As the Director of Data Engineering, you’ll be responsible for leading teams that build high performance, scalable data solutions that meet the needs of millions of agents, brokers, home buyers, and sellers. You’ll mentor your team in the art of designing, developing, and testing robust, scalable data platform components. You’ll work with a variety of teams and individuals, including product engineers, product managers, and designers, to understand their data pipeline needs and come up with innovative solutions.


Skills, accomplishments, interests you should have:

  • BS in Computer Science, Engineering, or related technical discipline - or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience with building and leading mediums sized teams of engineers and architects (4-10 FTE)
  • 8+ years core Java experience: building business logic layers and back-end systems for high-volume pipelines
  • Experience collaborating with outside engineering teams and organizations
  • Experience with spark streaming and scala technologies
  • Current experience in Spark, Hadoop, MapReduce and HDFS, Cassandra/HBase
  • Understanding of data flows, data architecture, ETL, and processing of structured and unstructured data
  • Current experience using Java development, SQL Database systems, and Apache products
  • Experience with high-speed messaging frameworks and streaming (Kafka, Akka, Reactive)
  • Current experience developing and deploying applications to a public cloud (AWS, GCE)
  • Experience with DevOps tools (GitHub, TravisCI, Jira) and methodologies (Lean, Agile, Scrum, Test Driven Development)
  • Experience with data science and machine/deep learning a plus
  • Ability to work quickly with an eye towards writing clean code that is efficient and reusable
  • Ability to build prototypes for new features that will delight our users and are consistent with business goals
  • Ability to iterate quickly in an agile development process
  • Ability to learn new technologies and evaluate multiple technologies to solve a problem
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit


  • Nice to haves:

  • Experience with Lambda Architectures built on SMACK stack


    We’re always looking for folks to join our culture of passionate hobbyists! We have a tendency to nerd out on everything from LOTR and Star Wars to competitive baking to our company soccer team, the Lab Rats.



EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability


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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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