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Sr. Database Engineer

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Today’s marketing & media marketplace demands speed, agility, and mastery of data and analytics.  With so much attention on “big data” and with changes in people’s digital media behavior across screens, the field of IT in marketing & media is evolving rapidly with great possibility for talented individuals who seek a vibrant and contemporary work environment.  Expertise is needed to pioneer & evolve the agency data ecosystem and technologies in the mix as the options for marketers and end consumers increase and the overall landscape transforms.
The Starcom Data and Analytics Team is based in Chicago (40+ members strong and growing). Selected candidate will architect and develop adaptive solutions that address the accelerating marketplace changes.  The total team has a remit to find and tell data stories, including inventing new interfaces, visualizations, methods, and applications to learn and act quickly to drive client marketing success.  Team members are skilled statisticians, software developers, data engineers, data visualization, and advanced analytics experts who mine data to understand how experiences impact consumer behavior and what drives business value.


Starcom is seeking a Database Engineer to design and build tools & processes that assist advanced analytics and visualization to turn complex data into compelling stories that influence change.  Candidate will build custom data-driven applications for decision support, data exploration, and analytics enablement.  Candidate will provide support to analysts, providing automation, and incorporating their methodologies into applications for scaling across the organization. With responsibilities across multiple clients, this candidate will gain exposure to a variety of strategic business problems and the opportunity to contribute to our team’s set of innovative methods to solve them.

Job Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field with 5+ years’ experience building relational databases, ETL packages with in-depth understanding of theories, principles, and practices.
  • Experience designing data schemas and analytic infrastructure, and integrating relational and no-sql databases into Web-based solutions
  • Applied experience with marketing data and digital media is highly desirable.

Software/Database Development

Software/Database engineers at Starcom build and deliver solutions in a fast paced, deadline driven environment. Responsibilities include:
  • Must have experience designing, implementing, and managing ETL packages using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • Must have experience and/or thorough understanding of APIs and Web Services.
  • Should be able to implement custom packages written in C# .NET and/or Python to ingest, process and store data.
  • Excellent understanding of SQL database engine, query tuning, database objects and structures
  • Production support of automated jobs/packages and related database servers.
  • Migrate/Import data from various sources into a uniform SQL Server database scheme
  • Optimize database scripts, data storage, and packages to improve application performance.
  • Ability to analyze user requirements into technical solutions according to specifications.
  • Participate in systems analysis and design.
  • Participate in data modelling and database design processes.
  • Identify system deficiencies and recommend solutions
  • Play key role in testing and deployment
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2/2016
  • Good understanding and experience with C# .NET and/or Python
  • Custom ETL packages in .NET and/or Python
  • Working knowledge of “big data” architectures and solutions using Hadoop, Pig, Hive, HBase, MapReduce a big plus
  • Self-reliant, demonstrated desire to take ownership of projects
  • Highly effective communicator, both spoken and written
 About Starcom Worldwide
Starcom is the Human Experience Company. A world-renowned media communications agency, we believe the alchemy of people and technology creates experiences people love, and actions brands need. With more than 5,000 employees worldwide, Starcom partners with the world's leading marketers and new establishment brands, including Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz, Samsung, Visa and more. Starcom is part of Publicis Media, one of four solution hubs within Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC40], and has offices within Publicis One.
Starcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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