Data Engineer, Digital Transformation

Data Engineer, Digital Transformation


Data Engineer, Digital Transformation

Harvard Business School


Position Description

Be a pioneer in business, education, and global impact by joining the Harvard Business School Digital Transformation team - a “startup with assets,” where you will have the chance to deploy cutting-edge digital- and emerging-technology education solutions. Where else can you make a difference at the intersection of technology, world-class education, noble purpose, and timeless legacy?

As a Data Engineer, you will bring to life and implement architecture blueprints, perform data analyses, and help our team by mapping out solutions to some of our complex technical challenges. You'll provide technical expertise, analyses, mitigate risk and offer solutions tailored for our needs. From migrations of existing workloads to building advanced cloud solutions, you'll help shape and build systems to increase agility, improve security, reduce costs and meet utilization targets. You will work closely with the Data Science and Infrastructure Architecture & Platform teams and will focus on creating blueprints and finding insights to nourish a culture of engineering excellence. You will report to the Managing Director, Data, Analytics and AI, Digital Transformation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support data engineering needs across HBS by providing technical support and training in data frameworks and ways of working. Also, assist with reviewing, refactoring and integrating source code for quality control, in addition to data analyses.
  • Design and build production-ready applications to reliably process batch and streaming data in a multi-tenancy cloud data platform and provide insights back to business systems based on their needs.
  • Design and implement core platform functions, tools, and processes using Agile methodology to integrate data from multiple sources and support use cases, ensuring standardization and reusability of work products.
  • Collaborate with the Group Architecture team to enhance the data platform capabilities, proposing updates to the solution architecture that utilize cloud platform best practices.
  • Determine the tools and technologies to be used on the Data Platform and investigate new technologies to identify potential benefits and improvements.
  • Partner with technology teams within HBS, Harvard, and vendors as needed to implement solutions.
  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, statistics, or an equivalent technical discipline.
  • Three-five years’ experience working in cloud and on-premise environments with common data processing tools, writing unit tests, performing integration testing, functional and performance testing, automating workflows, and CI/CD using agile best practices.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience with building data security frameworks in compliance with GDPR and CCPA guidelines.
  • Minimum of five years’ hands-on experience with distributed data processing tools such as MapReduce, Hadoop, Hive, EMR, Kafka, Spark, etc.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working with relational databases (SQL) and non-relational databases such as MongoDB, Redis, Cassandra, etc. with an ability to choose the right database for a use case.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience with performance tuning applications on cloud systems to maximize performance or other data frameworks.
  • Experience building systems to perform real-time data processing using scalable data streaming frameworks.
  • Expert level experience with cloud ecosystems (AWS, GCP, Azure).
  • Experience with descriptive statistics and data analysis.
  • Strong software development experience in popular object-oriented programming languages (C/C++, Java, Python, Scala, etc.)
  • Experience with Unix-based systems, including bash scripting.
  • Strives to learn new skills, test the limits, and stretch capabilities maximizing opportunities to innovate and harness new ideas, emerging technologies and toolsets.

Additional Information

This role has the possibility of being a remote or hybrid position. You must reside in one of the following states: CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT or WA. There may be periodic visits to our Boston, MA based campus. In a hybrid role, you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus a determined number of days per month. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Information Technology

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

I1458P IT Rprting and Analyt Prof IV

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Digital Transformation


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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