Data Engineer, Wirecutter

Data Engineer, Wirecutter

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for. 


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Job Description


About the position

Wirecutter is seeking a Data Engineer to help build out and maintain the infrastructure and pipelines that power our business.  Data Engineers operate within a distributed, agile, cross-functional team. The Data Platforms team at Wirecutter has a company-wide impact by providing the data to inform the reader experience, product, editorial, growth, and financial decisions at Wirecutter.  The team is responsible for the ETL processes, architecture, and storage of our data for reporting and analysis, and looks to continually improve on the volume, reliability, monitoring, and infrastructure that supports our own tooling. 

Our data engineering tech stack consists of:

  • Python and Cloud Composer for ETL pipelines

  • GCS and BigQuery for storage and analytics

  • Looker, Google Analytics, and Mode for Business Intelligence dashboarding


  • Write, debug, and test ETL processes for new or existing data pipelines.

  • Create and update data models that are appropriately scalable, standardized, performant, and reliable.

  • Help drive the optimization, testing, and tooling to improve data quality.

  • Write and maintain testing, data validation, and documentation.

  • Support and maintain the integrity and security of our internal data.

  • Maintain an understanding of Wirecutter's data platforms and products as well as the data platforms and products of our parent company, the New York Times

  • Leverage and improve on existing features and tools from both the Wirecutter and New York Times

  • Share knowledge and problem solving with other members of your team and the digital department.

  • Recommend solutions that best align with our product and business goals, as well as the quality, reliability, and secure storage and replication of our data.

  • Improve our development workflow and infrastructure.

  • Contribute to engineering initiatives and culture as a member of Wirecutter’s engineering department.


  • You have 3+ years in software or data engineering or relevant experience building data pipelines and modeling large scale data models for OLAP purposes. 

  • You can design & optimize queries, data sets, and data pipelines to organize, collect and standardize data that helps generate insights and addresses reporting needs.

  • You have experience monitoring and optimizing for query and data transfer performance on BigQuery and GCS (or on another cloud platform).

  • You have experience reliably integrating and reliably ingesting data from 3rd party APIs (including writing validation and alerting).

  • You have experience building ETLs in a distributed environment.

  • You have experience with version control, and CI/CD pipelines.

  • You are thoughtful, clear, and persuasive in writing and in person.

  • You have strong problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.

  • You have experience listening to analysts and other stakeholders, and can translate their needs into actionable tasks.

  • You are excited to play a pivotal role in Wirecutter’s mission, innovation, and growth.

  • You are passionate and enthusiastic about what you do.

  • Ideally, you have production experience with Python and Apache Airflow. 

  • Ideally, you have experience with BI tools and managing data sets for BI tools.

  • Ideally, you have experience working with Google Tag Manager and analytics data sets

  • Ideally, you’ve worked as a member of a distributed team.


Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

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