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Senior Data Engineer - Search (m/f/x) (RTL Deutschland)



Become part of Europe's leading entertainment brand.


From a TV company to a content, tech and data powerhouse – all for sustainable success. This is what connects RTL Deutschland. Together, we entertain, inform and inspire millions of people every day with our content and products across all platforms.


Team spirit and a hands-on mentality are important to us. Around 4,000 employees at 25 locations in Germany and abroad belong to RTL Deutschland. We are the professional home for creatives, numerical geniuses, strategists and forward thinkers. You can be a part of RTL Deutschland too: The tasks and opportunities are as diverse as our employees themselves.



We are looking for you as soon as possible // on a permanent basis // full-term // at Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or Hamburg as: 




The Smart Search team pursues the goal of providing the best search experience for our users across different content types: movies, series, podcasts, magazines and more. At the core is a scalable search infrastructure leveraging state-of-the-art technologies that keeps pace with the growth of our customer base. We apply techniques like learning-to-rank and query rewriting to improve and personalize the search results and to match the intent of our users. 


These tasks await you:

  • Work closely with data scientists, infrastructure engineers, product owners and other stakeholders to deliver a personalized search experience
  • Implement data pipelines for stream and batch processing that feed our search indexes and build our machine learning models
  • Design and implement query rewriting functions and ranking algorithms that improve the quality of our search results
  • Enable a measurable search performance by implementing A/B testing and by tracking of key metrics
  • Implement measures to improve reliability and performance of the search infrastructure
  • Contribute to our overall mission at RTL Data by sharing your expert knowledge regarding search, architecture, and ML Ops
  • Working in an agile, international environment


And this is your profile:

  • B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. in computer science or a related field
  • 4+ years of experience working as a Data Engineer or Software Engineer
  • Hands-on experience with Elasticsearch, Lucene or Solr
  • Solid skills in programming with Python or Java/Scala
  • Ability to write efficient, well-tested code with a keen eye on scalability and maintainability
  • Experience with at least one cloud, GCP is a plus
  • Experience developing scalable data pipelines with Spark, Beam or related technologies
  • Interest or experience in Infrastructure-as-Code, Kubernetes and in Machine Learning
  • You enjoy working in an agile team, like to get involved, think "out of the box" and are keen to tackle new topics
  • Good English skills complete your profile


Technology Stack:

Google Cloud Platform, Elasticsearch, Python, REST APIs


Our benefits for you:

  • A complete package including mobile office, holiday pay and 30 days' holiday per year is waiting for you

  • We protect you - with very good social benefits such as a pension plan, disability and accident insurance, value account and much more

  • Our locations are always centrally located and equipped with the latest technology. Whether you come by bike or by car - a free parking space is waiting for you at our broadcasting centre in Cologne-Deutz

  • Our own team will take care of your regular further training and development opportunities - both professionally and personally

  • You can save money with a variety of employee discounts, including a free RTL+ premium subscription

  • We don't have a dress code - but we still leave the beach outfit at home

  • We're also very good at toasting and celebrating - preferably together at Christmas parties, summer parties, team events or carnivals


But that's not all! You can find an overview of all benefits here


Are you interested?  

Then send us your complete application documents (incl. salary expectations and earliest possible starting date) via online application by clicking on the button "Apply". You can find more information here: If you would like to receive further news about RTL Deutschland, please follow us on InstagramTwitterLinkedIn or XING.


I look forward to receiving your application! 
Yours, Jessica






Unternehmen: RTL Deutschland GmbH 

Land: Deutschland

Region: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Stadt: Köln

Postleitzahl: 50679

Job ID: 168671

Datum:  12.01.2022

Köln, NW, DE, 50679

Jobsegment: Database, Social Media, Engineer, Computer Science, TV, Technology, Marketing, Engineering, Creative

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