Software Engineer - Data Governance

Software Engineer - Data Governance

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. 


Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description


At The New York Times, we take data seriously and use it to make business decisions, improve the quality of our journalism, and provide the best possible experience to our readers. To make this happen, we are building the next generation of our Data Platform to support the growing number of data consumers and their use cases, while addressing the challenges of data governance and user privacy at scale.

The Data Governance Engineering team is responsible for implementing the systems supporting the three main pillars in Data Governance–User Privacy, Data Reliability, and Data Discovery. Our mission is to provide our internal data users with an ecosystem where they can easily find, understand, and work with quality data, complying with user privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. 

As an engineer on the team, you will:

  • Build and maintain high-performance, fault-tolerant, secure, and scalable systems

  • Architect, implement, test, release, and support new functionalities

  • Build great products to power The Times’ Technology and Data teams

  • Partner with other teams to work on things together

  • Engage with internal data users to understand their pain points, observe patterns, and identify opportunities for improvements

Required Skills & Experience

  • Good communication and team collaboration skills

  • Experience with Python

  • Experience with agile principles and engineering practices, such as test driven development and continuous integration

  • Familiarity with the software development lifecycle

  • Familiarity with deploying and monitoring systems using cloud infrastructure (GCP or AWS) 

  • Familiarity with relational and/or NoSQL database technology, and basic principles of how to choose between them

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent engineering experience

Bonus Points

  • Experience with system observability tools such as Datadog, SumoLogic, and Monte Carlo

  • Experience with one or more of the following technologies:

    • Pub/Sub and/or Kafka

    • Kubernetes

    • BigQuery

    • Airflow (Google Cloud Composer)

    • Cloud storage: S3, GCS

    • React

    • Flask

  • Familiarity with infrastructure as code using Terraform

  • Knowledge of distributed systems principles (consistency and availability, durability, reliability, fault-tolerance)

We would love to work with you if you:

  • Love working on data platform challenges

  • Take ownership and support solutions you develop

  • Are enthusiastic about technology and love to grow as an engineer

  • Enjoy mentoring more junior engineers

  • Value collaboration with other members of the team

  • Have a product mindset (outcomes over output)

This role may require limited on-call hours. An on-call schedule will be determined when you join, taking into account team size and other variables.


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 provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.

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