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United Airlines Senior Manager - Data Engineering Product Development in Chicago, Illinois

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Digital Technology - Data Engineering

The United Data Engineering team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling technology solutions that are brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics and digital solutions. The DE team is building a modern data technology platform in the cloud with advanced DevOps and Machine Learning capabilities.

Team Overview

United Airlines’ Data Engineering partners with business and technology leaders across the company to transform data for data analytics. The Data Engineering team fosters a collaborative environment to unlock enterprise value inherent in the rich data that we have. Making the right data available for experimentation and analytics is a key objective of the team. The team builds, manages and operationalizes data pipelines to support the business while ensuring data security and governance.

Role Overview

We are looking for a Senior Manager, Data Engineering & Development to join United Data Engineering team. This role would be part of a team that is responsible for enterprise-wide Data & analytics environment. In addition to requiring a high level of technical expertise in building enterprise wide big data infrastructure, you will work closely with peer business teams & Analytics team to innovate around business processes. Ideal candidates will have expertise in all phases of data & software lifecycle management processes. This opportunity is a great fit for someone with proven leadership experience in big data engineering, but is also eager for an opportunity to develop new skills in enterprise cloud and data platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Palantir Foundry, business intelligence tools, and Real time streaming technologies.

As a senior manager, you will play a key role leading a team of engineers who will look to you for advice on technical and business challenges. You will guide the team and insist on highest standards for quality, maintainability, and performance. You will ensure that engineering best practices are followed and the data systems are designed to be highly-available, scalable. You will set the strategic direction as well as own and prioritize goals for your team. Successful candidates will be high-bandwidth leaders who can cut through the noise, simplify relentlessly, deliver results, and build great teams around themselves.


  • Lead a team of developers with deep experience in big data technology, distributed systems

  • Utilize programming languages like Java, Scala, Python and NoSQL databases and Cloud based data warehousing services such as Redshift

  • Share your passion for staying on top of tech trends, experimenting with and learning new technologies, participating in internal & external technology communities, and mentoring other members of the engineering community

  • Lead on creating various frameworks like self-service, automations to ensure defined architecture, development and governance standards are met while providing high quality data driven products.

  • Design, Develop and implement streaming and near-real time data pipelines that feed systems that are the operational backbone of our business.

  • Be an evangelist of building out cloud native data products on AWS

  • Collaborate with digital technology leaders and teams to deliver quality products

  • Responsible for solving operational problems with technical solutions to deliver business value.

  • Collaborate with and across agile teams to design, develop, test, implement, and support technical solutions in full-stack development tools and technologies


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline or equivalent experience

  • 9+ years of related work experience

  • 5-7 years of experience in managing technical teams and projects

  • 5+ years of experience leading an Engineering team familiar with large cloud environments - AWS, Big Data technologies

  • 5+ years of development experience using Java, Python, Scala

  • 4+ years experience with Batch and real time streaming

  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate or Professional

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate or Professional

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Master's Degree or MBA

  • 10+ years of experience in managing technical teams and projects

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled