Team Lead, Query Infrastructure at Kensho Technologies

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With the continued impact of COVID-19 and social distancing measures, Kensho is conducting all interviews and on-boarding activities remotely. At the present time, all employees are working remotely, until further notice. When the time comes to open our offices, Kensho will fully support those employees who would like to continue working remotely and not ask anyone to return to the office until they are comfortable.
At Kensho we hire talented people and give them the freedom, support, and resources needed to build cutting edge technology and products for our parent company, S&P Global. As a result, we produce technology that is scalable, robust, and solves the challenges of one of the world's largest, most successful financial institutions.
As the team lead for the Query Infrastructure team, you will be responsible for helping each team member realize his or her full potential at Kensho and for upholding the team mission of making data easily discoverable and easily used. 
Your team will be responsible for building a highly advanced cross-database querying platform capable of finding and providing data from a wide variety of sources, from SQL databases to S3 buckets. This platform will underpin Kensho’s newest machine learning and analytics applications. 
Are you looking to make impactful, scalable contributions that transform the way we think about data? If so, we would love to help you excel here at Kensho. We take pride in our tightly-knit, team-based community that provides our Kenshins with a collaborative, supportive environment to bring transparency to the biggest challenges in data.

What We Work On:

  • Open-source, optimizing GraphQL-to-database-queries compiler (blog post, example repo)
  • Topological query scheduler for the OrientDB open-source graph database (pull request)
  • Cross-database query cost estimation, query planning, and automatic query pagination

What You'll Do:

  • You will foster a team culture that aligns with Kensho’s values
  • You will work with our talent acquisition team on recruiting as needed
  • You will be a mentor and coach for the team members
  • You will partner with various roles, such as a system architect, project manager and peer team lead, each of whom are invested in the team’s success
  • You will help prioritize work based foremost on business needs and to help ensure that the team remains aligned to those goals
  • You will contribute to a codebase that optimizes query execution across a variety of relational, blob and graph databases
  • You will help build the foundation for scalable data discovery and integration at Kensho
  • You will share learnings from both failed and successful projects in order to better position your team to successfully solve difficult real-world data problems.

What We Look For:

  • You have experience managing small teams
  • Your measure of success is the team’s success
  • You have 5+ years of experience working on complex infrastructure such as distributed systems, large databases or compilers
  • You can provide insights on development choices, inviting the team to think about problems from multiple perspectives
  • You have an eye for robustness, including documentation and testing

How To Really Get Our Attention:

  • You have been a major contributor on the backend or infrastructure teams at a top software company
  • You have been part of a team which grew from start-up to small company
  • You have 5+ years of experience as a team lead

Technologies You Will Use:

  • Python, GraphQL, SQL, Redis, Kubernetes, S3
  • Development and debugging tools like Git, Sentry, Jenkins and Grafana

Benefits & Perks:
At Kensho, we pride ourselves on providing top-of-market benefits, including:
Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance - 100% company paid premiums
Unlimited Paid Time Off
18 weeks of 100% paid Parental Leave (paternity and maternity)
401(k) plan with 6% employer matching
Generous company matching on donations to non-profit charities
Up to $20,000 tuition assistance toward degree programs, plus up to $4,000/year for ongoing professional education such as industry conferences
Plentiful snacks, drinks, and regularly catered lunches
Dog-friendly office (CAM office)
In-office gyms and showers (CAM, DC) or Equinox membership (LA, NYC)
Stipend towards commuter or gym reimbursement
Bike sharing program memberships
Compassion leave and elder care leave
Mentoring and additional learning opportunities
Opportunity to expand professional network and participate in conferences and events
About Kensho
Kensho uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualization techniques to solve some of the hardest analytical problems and create breakthrough financial intelligence solutions for our parent company, S&P Global. 
Kensho was founded in 2013 by Harvard & MIT alums and was acquired by S&P Global in 2018. Kensho continues to operate as a startup in order to maintain our distinct, independent brand and to promote our breakthrough, innovative culture. Our team of Kenshins enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment that runs autonomously from S&P, while leveraging the unparalleled breadth and depth of data and resources available as part of S&P Global. 
As Kenshins, we pride ourselves on maintaining an innovative culture that depends on diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer that welcomes future Kenshins with all experiences and perspectives. Kensho is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

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Kensho is located in the heart of Harvard Square within walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars and public transportation.

An Insider's view of Kensho Technologies

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Kensho has a super friendly office vibe. People are genuinely happy to work here and it shows. I recently joined Kensho and as a "newbie" I have never felt more welcome at a company in my life. People go out of their way to talk to you, sit with you at lunch and get to know you. It's an amazing place!

Jaclyn Hallion

Head of Talent Acquisition

What are Kensho Technologies Perks + Benefits

Kensho Technologies Benefits Overview

Kensho provides an extremely comprehensive and generous benefits package to employees. Unlimited time off, 100% benefits premiums paid for, paid parental leave and 401k match just to name a few. Kensho wants the best for its employees and the benefits package reflects that 10 fold.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Vision Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Health Insurance Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kensho offers 12 weeks paid parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Kensho provides weekly lunch on Thursdays.
Happy Hours
Kensho provides weekly happy hours on Friday afternoons.
Pet Friendly
Kensho employees can bring their dogs to work on the second floor.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
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