Cloud Data Platform Engineer


Date: Oct 6, 2021

Location: Lebanon, NJ, US

Company: New York Life Insurance Co


When you join New York Life, you’re joining a company that values development, career growth, collaboration, innovation, and diversity & inclusion. We want employees to feel proud about being part of a company that is committed to doing the right thing. Through various resources and programs, you can grow your career while developing personally and professionally.




Location: We can consider our Clinton, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, New York City, Dallas, TX or Atlanta, GA locations for this role.


Serving as a Cloud Data Platform Engineer, this provides a unique opportunity to help shape and influence one of the most strategic initiatives at New York Life. 


The position will be responsible for building enterprise data management platforms in AWS as well as supporting and migrating an on-premise Hadoop platform to AWS. It is expected that this engineer will build the core data platforms for the enterprise. This role will require a skillset across a variety of technologies. This individual will often have to learn on their own and remain on the cusp of new technologies in the Data, Analytics, and Cloud space.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Partnering with the EDM Architecture team to bring the conceptual architecture to life in a secure and automated fashion
  • Work with a team of engineers and developers to create the platform to support the overall technology data strategy
  • Ensure enterprise data platforms are standardized, optimized, automated, highly available, and secure to support business and technology needs
  • Understand data related initiatives within New York Life and engineer optimal designs and solutions
  • Drive knowledge management practices for key enterprise data platforms and collaborate with team members
  • Collaborate with peers across Enterprise Data Management, the OneTech team, and our business partners to deliver on the overarching strategy
  • Develop framework, metrics and reporting to ensure progress can be measured, evaluated and continually improved
  • Stay current and informed on emerging technologies and new techniques to refine and improve overall delivery
  • Adhere to NYL’s SDLC, Security, and Change Management Processes and Best Practices
  • Participate in Level 3 on-call support rotation


  • 4+ years in a variety of technology – especially Linux, Web, Databases, Cloud, and Big Data (Hadoop)
  • Hands-on experience with AWS Data Lakes and data services is highly preferred (Lake Formation, S3, Glue, Redshift, Lambda, Step Functions, DMS, etc.)
  • Solid experience in standing up enterprise practices for Big Data, Analytics, Self-Service
  • Proven track record for identifying, designing, and building new technology solutions to solve complex business problems
  • Capable of working with open source software, debugging issues and working with vendors toward effective resolution


  • Thinks strategically - sets overall direction for solution design and delivery for enterprise platforms aligned to the data & analytics strategy
  • Results Driven - sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved outcomes, leading change and ensuring high standards
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal in conveying technical design and approach for delivering technical solution
  • Pragmatic in his/her approach, delivering incrementally and demonstrating value
  • Other competencies: critical thinker, adaptable, self-starter, demonstrates sound judgment



  • Proficient with Unix/Linux (building/assembling packages, shell scripts, configuration management and OS tuning)
  • Knowledge of configuration management/automation tooling (Puppet/Chef/Salt)
  • Solid understanding of Hadoop technologies (YARN, Hive, MR, Tez, Spark, etc.)
  • Solid understanding of Cloud (AWS technologies, but any Cloud is fine (IAM, EC2, S3, Glue, Athena, RedShift, etc.)
  • Experience with Java, Python and API's
  • Knowledge of enabling Kerberos and best practices for securing data a plus
  • Experience working with Vendors/Open Source in the Hadoop ecosystem
  • Knowledge of the open source community (opening issues, tracking issues and identifying problematic issues ahead of time by tracking open JIRA issues in the community)
  • Understanding of Networking (tracing, packet capture, etc.)




Recognized as one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies, New York Life is committed to improving local communities through a culture of employee giving and volunteerism, supported by our Foundation. We invite you to bring your talents to New York Life, so we can continue to help families and businesses “Be Good At Life.” To learn more, please visit LinkedIn, our Newsroom and the Careers page of

Job Requisition ID: 84072




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