Senior Software Engineer (Data Platform)

  • Tokyo
  • No Remote
  • Full-time
  • June 12, 2024
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Relocation to Japan 👍
(Overseas visa sponsorship supported)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Business Level
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

About SmartNews

SmartNews is a global leader in redefining information and news discovery, committed to providing users with accurate, timely information and supporting quality journalism. We combine the power of our unique machine-learning technology with the expertise of our first-rate editorial team to bring news that matters to millions of users from our over 3,000 global publishing partners.

Founded in 2012 in Tokyo, Japan, SmartNews has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, and Singapore.


The Team

The Data Platform Team is responsible for building systems that will power the next 5 years of SmartNews data analytics. They develop and maintain common data platforms, ETL pipelines and data analytics infrastructure that can operate with low latency and high reliability while maintaining 99.99% uptime or above.


The Role

As a Data Platform Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring that data within the SmartNews environment is highly available, with minimal latency and correctly transferred.  You will be a key architect in building and maintaining systems that will power the data use at SmartNews for the next five years. Your expertise will contribute to the foundation that supports SmartNews' ambitious growth goals.


Your Reponsibilities

  • Be the team SME expert in Data pipelines
  • Develop and realize the overall data strategy for the company
  • Develop and manage ETL/ELT pipelines and infrastructure of analytics databases
  • Cooperate with the product team, data science team to design data features to enable product improvement and timely business KPI measurements.
  • Be involved in data technology and security to be able to help design the next generation of data platform infrastructure
  • Determine the importance of each dataset and take appropriate measures to ensure data reliability and quality according to priority
  • Improve the reliability and speed of queries for ever-increasing volumes of data
  • Implement new types of data workflows (e.g. automatic retraining of machine learning models for predicting user churn)
  • Build dashboards to visualize key metrics



Minimum requirements

  • At least 2 years of team lead experience
  • Able to prioritize and work on data issues ranging from overall data strategy to detailed data modification
  • Experience with data warehousing and business intelligence systems
  • 5 years of programming experience (understand multiple languages)
  • Experience with Hive, Airflow, Scylla, Redis, Elastic search
  • Experience in development related to Spark, Hadoop, Flink, Clickhouse, Presto/Trino
  • Experience with data processing related to an app or website.
  • Experience with Modern Machine Learning technologies
  • Have architected/implemented a data warehouse
  • Experience designing and creating data tables
  • English as the working language
  • BS degree or above in related fields
  • Experience with AWS (EC2, Kinesis, EMR, S3, etc.)


Nice to have experiences/skills

  • Experience in dashboard development with modern tools, such as Tableau or Superset
  • Experience with infrastructure or data workflows for machine learning
  • Knowledge of real-time streaming data systems
  • Strong interest in new big data tools and technologies
  • Business-level Japanese



Benefits available at the SmartNews Tokyo Office

  • Lunch and snacks prepared daily in our on-site kitchen facility
  • In-office coffee stand offering single-origin coffees, espresso-based beverages, teas, and other seasonal drinks
  • SmartSelect, our support program for employee self-development, well-being, and productivity
  • All healthcare and social insurance required by the Japanese labor law


Visa Sponsorship and Relocation Support

  • Work visa sponsorship is available for candidates who meet eligibility requirements
  • To support a smooth transition for candidates who are moving to Japan from overseas, SmartNews partners with a travel service provider

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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