Engineering Manager, Data Platform

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • May 13, 2022
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Relocation to Japan 👍
(Overseas visa sponsorship supported)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Business Level
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

Job Mission

SmartNews is a leading mobile app of news aggregation services. It analyzes millions of articles to deliver the most engaging information with high quality in near-real-time fashion to millions of users around the world. Our Data Solution team is crucial for achieving SmartNew’s vision of delivering high-quality content through personalized discovery.

The team missions are the following:

  1. Leading data platform engineering Tokyo team to build state-of-the-art big data analytic framework, as well as supporting toolings such as quality monitoring.
  2. Construct core company data sets and key ETL pipelines. Scale solutions and infrastructure as the company grows
  3. Provide data engineering service to other teams to achieve business goals
  4. Build toolings for other teams to use the SmartNews data platform efficiently, and ensure data quality.


  1. Lead and build a strong Data Platform engineering team. Motivate engineers and establish strong engineering practice to ensure speedy and quality outputs.
  2. Worked with other DP geo teams to construct ultra-low latency, scalable stream and batch data processing framework, query engine, OLAP BI based on latest open source technologies, such as Kafka, Flink, Spark, Hive, Presto/Clickhouse/Pinot/Druid etc.
  3. Partner with internal technology and business leaders to identify, develop optimal data processing architecture
  4. Build toolings to improve the efficiency of users who operate on data platforms. Manage production systems to maintain high SLAs
  5. Develop strong ownership of core company data sets and improve data quality & reliability
  6. Define data strategies with business leaders and other stakeholders
  7. Together with data science, machine learning teams to provide data solutions leveraging in-house data platforms
  8. Work across the teams/organizations to align with company/division objectives and drive through key initiatives.


  1. 5+ years of experience with engineering and big data platforms. Well versed in programming in one of following languages: Java/Scala, Python, Go, C/C++
  2. In depth knowledge of 2+ big data toolsets, such as Hive, Hadoop/HDFS, Spark/Flink, Airflow, Presto, Kafka, Druid/Clickhouse etc.
  3. Hands-on coding experience, being able to develop platform/solutions and perform code reviews when necessary. Demonstrated capability in SQL, data modeling, ETL development, and data warehousing.
  4. 1+ years of experience managing engineering or data platform teams, capable of mentoring/growing engineers, and ensuring data engineering best practices
  5. Penchant for technical know hows and demonstrated capability in building start-of-art technical infrastructure that fits SmartNews use cases and growth trajectory
  6. The ability to effectively communicate with both business and technical teams to design data schema/semantics and deliver data solutions for business impact
  7. Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or a related field

Recently crowned Japan's latest tech unicorn, this company runs a wildly successful news service that’s powered by machine learning. It's an engineering-focused company (One of co-founders is an engineer) and they have offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Beijing that are apparently doing quite well too.

The mission of SmartNews is to discover and deliver quality stories to the world. Since its inception in 2012, the SmartNews app has been downloaded over 50 million downloads and maintained a monthly active user count of over 20 million.

In addition to being one of the most popular smartphone apps in Japan, SmartNews has worked hard on building their business in the US. They now have partnerships with over 300 major news publications in the US like CBS, Entertainment Weekly, Business Insider, National Geographic and more. They’ve had a great deal of success due to their ML-based sorting and recommendation systems.

SmartNews has a highly diverse development team with many world-class engineers and others working from their offices in Japan,China and the US. They maintain a very strict hiring bar for technical hires and an engineering-driven culture that makes them one of the strongest tech companies in Japan when it comes to technical skill level.

SmartNews is looking to hire the best people regardless of background, so they’re willing to hire people that don’t speak Japanese and (under normal circumstances) bring them to Japan from overseas if necessary. Everyone works together as one team regardless of location, and SmartNews provides everything their employees need to do their best work and maintains a Silicon Valley-inspired culture for engineers in Tokyo.

SmartNews's policies during COVID-19 are as follows:

  • All interviews are being conducted remotely
  • Employees are working remotely following the government’s instructions
  • They've given everyone some monetary incentive to support working from home
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