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Lead Data Engineer at Blocket

  • Application Deadline: Aug. 15, 2021
  • Stockholm
  • Application Deadline: Aug. 15, 2021
  • Stockholm

If you are the kind of person who believes the answers are found in data. If a love relationship with data also extends to spreading the word on Data Culture; then hello there! Blocket is looking for you.

We are convinced it's a match made in data heaven (all our analytics services in the cloud. Pun intended!). We can offer huge amounts of data to work with: 5 million users every week contribute to an endless supply of data and insights. Every week, every day, all year long.

Your mission, together with the rest of the Insight & Analytics team, is to collaboratively drive a data-first culture across Blocket. With such a mission we contribute to endless opportunities for everyone while at the same time reducing the carbon footprint for the people of Sweden. That is creating WOW!

We are Blocket, Sweden’s largest and most popular marketplace with around 12,3M monthly active users generating 100 million sessions. We are proud of our work to enable second-hand trade in Sweden and our contribution to a positive environmental impact. Want to get a feel for the Blocket vibe? Check us out on Instagram & LinkedIn!

What you'll be up to:

Blocket is a marketplace but it’s really an ensemble of marketplaces that all stem from the well known blocket.se för second-hand goods. Blocket is built on different technologies and the product domains look different depending on the different marketplaces; Generalist, Motor, Real Estate, Jobs and Education - hence the data looks different too.

As Lead data engineer in Insight & Analytics you will play a crucial role in the data value chain, making sure that we integrate and retrieve the right data in an efficient and correct way. The Lead data Engineer Will operationally lead the growing group of data engineers as well as taket an active and hands-on role in strategy, roadmap, Planning and recruitment and of course coaching of younger colleagues together with the Head of Insight & Analytics. But also how to practically Enable data (data modeling and structures) for analysis and Visualization in tight collaboration with Data Analysts and other data consumers in Blocket as well as Schibsted.

Schibsted has its own tracking service and a lot of the behavioural data is fetched from a Schibsted central datalake. Working closely with the central team and Common initiatives will be an important for all data engineers in Blocket, especially the Lead Data Engineer. And as our products evolve, so does our data - so being able to having overview and when called for being detailed is an important skill.

Blocket is in a state of technical change and many new technologies emerge that make it easier and faster to consume data from different services, which means that we always need to keep scalability and continuous integration in mind, bet the most important thing is to keep in mind that all the data we engineer has a purpose and as a data engineers to make sure the data you engineer fits the needs of Blockets data consumers.

Skills & Requirements

Who you are
You have passion for data, big as well as small. You feel comfortable relating your engineering work to analytical questions important for our business and the development of our product. So having a supportive approach to colleagues and making sure the data you engineer has the desired impact is of real importance for you.

You find it easy to balance short term value and long term scalability and have a pragmatic approach to a perfect solution vs. a working solution. You are familiar with and enthusiastic about engineering best practices such as testing, continuous integration and continuous delivery. Even though you are a technical savvy person you agree that the real value lies in being a strong team player who is proactive in collaborating with others.

Most importantly; you enjoy the challenge of learning new things and pick up/adapt to changes faster than your peers

What you know

  • You have leadership experience

    • From projects, technical domains or smaller teams - formal or informal
    • Solid SQL knowledge

    • You know your way around analytic / window functions

    • Structuring queries using CTEs feels natural

  • Developing and deploying Python projects

    • Work with PyPI packages & virtualenv

    • You’ve done your fair share of automated unit- / integration testing

    • Occasionally you’ve built or modified CI/CD pipelines

  • Building & automating cloud infrastructure (we use Pulumi + AWS), including..

    • Virtual servers & container services

    • Block storage, object storage & log management

    • Networking, security rules & load balancers

    • Secrets management & IAM

Bonus skills

  • You have a proven track record of leading roles in projects

  • You are a person others turn to for advice - and you find it rewarding to share your experience.

  • Have a solid working understanding of various approaches to ETL / ELT processes (we use

  • Worked with orchestration tools like Airflow & Luigi before

  • Have experience working with streaming data using Kafka for data ingestion

  • Have experience from working with Spark (we use PySpark mostly, on Databricks)

  • Already know your way around core AWS cloud infrastructure services (EC2, S3, IAM, ECS, Route 53, ELB..)

  • Are passionate about cross functional work with Data Analysts

  • Have a nag for Data Warehouse architecture and data modeling

Hi! I am your new colleague, Emil.

My name is Emil and I'm 31 years old. I am fairly new at Blocket, although I have been working in Data & Analytics for over four years in different roles and companies. As a Data Engineer I enjoy making data understandable, whether it be by transforming raw data into an easy-to-consume format for business users, or by simplifying and optimising a data warehouse model. Working with large amounts of data from the most popular marketplace in the country while serving an environmental purpose makes it really fun and fulfilling to work at Blocket.

Hello! I’m your new colleague, Johan.

I’ve been at Blocket for a bit more than 3 years, currently as the Lead Data Engineer for Insights & Analytics, and I’ve spent the last 6-7 years of my career focused on various different data-oriented roles. Before that, I come from a background in infrastructure automation, system & database administration, and a bit of application development. At home we’re a family of 5, with my wife, a daughter who’s in school, and two younger sons. Having a 2yo (the youngest) can be challenging at times, but they’re also adorable, so there’s that. Time “off” is spent doing house renovations, playing video games, and usually watching a bit of Netflix in the evenings with my wife. Blocket has been, decidedly, the best workplace I’ve had so far -- we have a great team, work for a company that has a positive impact, and get to wrestle with plenty of interesting data sources!

Hi, I am your new manager!

My name is Lukas and I’ve been with Blocket for about 4 years. I’ve worked in analytical and data related roles throughout my entire career, although the contexts have changed over the years. My goal as a manager is to create the best possible conditions for our team to thrive. I try to keep a personal touch in my leadership, strive for a transparent and feedback oriented culture. Honestly, I don’t spend as much time “hands-on” with data as I would like, but when I do - I enjoy it immensely. When I’m not working I try to spend as much time as I can with my family (4 daughters and wife) but try to squeeze in as much time on my skateboard/snowboard or in the saddle exploring the unpedaled roads on my bike. I do bring out the guitar for birthdays and live music quizzes, motivation rather than talent though. Come join our team, it will be loads of fun! :)

Interested in joining the Blocket world?
We look forward to hearing from you! Send your CV or apply with your LinkedIn-profile and let us know what makes you tick. We would love to get to know you a bit better! Questions - feel free to reach out to [email protected].

PS: We will be on vacation during July/August so it might take a little longer to come bak to you.


Buzz: Data Analytics, Data Science, Data Visualization, Tableau, BI, SQL, Data Modelling, Exasol, Alation, Databricks, Python, R, Google Analytics, Google Data Studio, Optimizely, Actionable Insights, User Data, User Centric, Data First, Data Driven, Data Culture

Great Place to Work

  • 30 days holiday

  • Fun events including awesome Kick Offs

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities

  • Generous annual wellbeing allowance and much more

  • Parental leave premium

  • A great, modern office in central Stockholm

  • Breakfast every Monday and fika on Fridays

About the company

The Blocket journey began in Skåne 1996 - since then the concept of Blocket has been exported to over 40 other countries. Today, Blocket, which is owned by the media group Schibsted, is Sweden’s largest online marketplace. There are approximately 600 000 items, vehicles, jobs and housing being advertised and discovered by its 5 million visitors every week. The value for all advertisements in 2018 amounted to SEK 714 billion - equal to 15 percent of Sweden’s GDP. Thanks to second-hand trading at Blocket, 0.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gases can be avoided every year. The output being equivalent to if Stockholm’s city roads stood empty for about a year. Blocket has approximately 240 colleagues and the office is located in central Stockholm. Together, we are passionate about second-hand trading, the environment and the continued growth of Blocket - one of Sweden’s largest sites. We are proud environmental heroes and enjoy working together. Read more on our career page.

Caroline Flygar | Contact Person

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