What We’re Looking For:

This role will be responsible for implementing and maintaining Data Infrastructure Systems within 2U Short Courses. These systems include Master Data Management Systems, Data Virtualization Systems, Data Visualization Systems and Data Warehousing. The candidate should be an experienced data professional and will provide guidance to Junior Data Engineers. This candidate will manage one or more Junior Data Engineers and will guide them through all aspects of their job. The candidate should be driven and keen to learn new things. As data engineering lead for Academic Product this role will be responsible for ensuring that the proper Data Architecture principles are taken into account across the portfolio. Focus will be to implement the proper Data Governance, Quality and Security to ultimately prepare the data pipeline for end user reporting and integrations.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Maintain all Data Systems
    • Overall maintenance of systems
    • After hours support (Dogwatch) on a rotational basis
  • Analyze requirements defined by business stakeholders in order to action point 3
  • Implement enhancements and new features across the following Data Systems:
    • Enterprise Data Warehouse
    • Reporting Infrastructure
    • ETL Landscape
    • Data Virtualization Platform
    • Master Data Management
  • Perform research (Innovate) and make possible recommendations on the following Data Systems:
    • Enterprise Data Warehouse
    • Reporting Infrastructure
    • ETL Landscape
    • Data Virtualization Platform
    • Master Data Management
  • Upskill across all of the technologies at 2U Cape Town
  • Ensure Data Quality and Data Governance is in place across the whole Data Infrastructure
  • Management of direct reports 
    • Set Smart Goals for Direct Reports
      • 3 Months
      • 6 Months
    • Coach Direct Reports through complex issues
    • Provide feedback on Performance (PDS)
    • Manage career paths for the respective Direct Reports
    • Ensure Work-Life balance is maintained
    • Communicate clear instructions to Direct Reports
    • Support Direct Reports with any aspect of their job
  • Improve and help streamline processes within the Data Systems team based on guidance from Senior Data Engineer
  • Provide guidance to Junior Data Engineers 
  • Adhere to internal Agile methodology

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

  • 4+ years experience in the Data industry
  • Specific qualifications or technical skills
    • A degree in Computer Science/Information Systems/Engineering preferred
    • Be proficient in SQL to then implement where needed in both the Data Virtualization and Data Warehousing systems
    • PostgreSQL / MS SQL / MySQL / Python / R / Redshift experience
    • Experience in database design and database management
    • Experience in data analysis and business intelligence
    • A sound understanding of data management principles including data quality assurance and data governance
    • Experience in source code and version control systems
    • Experience in master data management and the implementation and maintenance thereof
    • Experience in the shipment of data using various methods such as ETL etc.
    • Experience in the implementation of data visualisation systems/technologies
    • Experience in AWS environments
  • Additional required skills
    • Clear and concise communication skills
    • A desire to get things done in a fast paced environment
    • Experience in working in an Agile environment
    • Understand and be able to solve business related problems
    • Experience in managing technical resources

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

2U is comprised of 3 lines of business: Graduate Degree Programs, Short Course, and Boot Camps. Going beyond traditional learning management systems, we use tech, people, and data to help top universities and enterprise organizations transform in the digital era—and eliminate the back row in higher ed. We support lifelong learning which means thinking beyond a single degree. It means finding ways for students to gain the skills they need to change careers, evolve their expertise, and meet the challenges of the changing world head-on. We help our partners fill those needs—developing new digital education technologies and offerings capable of supporting students at different points in their lives. Whether they need a simple refresher, to learn something new, or to change their career trajectories completely, our partners are there to help them succeed. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 275,000 students and lifelong learners. 

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

2U is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.

Why It’s Great to Work at 2U

2U Cape Town offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with coffee from our in-house barista. We have other in-house perks like subsidised healthy meals, a gym with free yoga sessions and social events all year round. We celebrate special milestones like birthdays and workaversaries, truly showing that #RelationshipsMatter.


2U Cape Town offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 2 complimentary Getsmarter short courses per year
  • Subsidised medical aid with Discovery
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous leave policy including time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits and pay.

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