At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.

Rockstar San Diego is seeking a Lead Data Engineer to join a team focused on building a cutting-edge game analytics platform and tools to better understand our players and enhance their experience in our games. This is a full-time permanent position based out of Rockstar’s unique game development studio in Carlsbad, CA.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in developing complex ingestion and transformation processes with an emphasis on reliability and performance. In collaboration with other data engineers, database administrators, and developers, the candidate will empower the team of analysts and data scientists to deliver data driven insights and applications to company stakeholders.


  • The Rockstar Analytics team provides insights and actionable results to a wide variety of stakeholders across the organization in support of their decision making.
  • We partner with multiple departments across the company to design and implement data and pipelines.
  • We collaborate as a global team to develop cutting-edge data pipelines, data products, data models, reports, analyses, and machine learning applications.


  • Lead the development of data models/aggregations, machine learning pipelines, machine learning feature stores and data products for the Analytics team and partner groups.
  • Assure Rockstar’s ongoing competitive advantage through best-in-class data model designs, machine learning pipelines and data products that have a high business value.
  • Identify and lead projects aligned with long-term, strategic initiatives.
  • Lead the development, maintenance, and improvement of new and existing algorithms and their underlying systems.
  • Establish scalable, efficient, automated processes for data analyses, model development, validation and implementation.
  • Lead the implementation of end-to-end solutions for batch and real-time algorithms along with requisite tooling around monitoring, logging, automated testing, performance testing and A/B testing with a team of analysts and data scientists who create insights and analytics applications for our stakeholders.
  • Contribute to and promote good software engineering practices across the team. · Lead, manage and inspire a team of world class data engineers, providing leadership through coaching and mentorship on a regular basis.
  • Influence the analytics and technology roadmap.
  • Participate in the recruitment of the best in class data engineers.


  •  3+ years of experience managing and supervising a team. 
  • Experience planning sprints and developing roadmaps.
  • 5+ years of work experience with ETL and big data architectures.
  • 5+ years of experience with big data technologies.
  • Experience developing and managing data warehouses on a terabyte or petabyte scale.
  • Experience in massively parallel processing & columnar databases.
  • Experience working with Real-Time, Near-Real-Time streaming pipelines.
  • Experience with Python and shell scripting.
  • Experience working in a Linux environment.


  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to reconcile technical and business perspectives.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain good relations and communicate with people at all hierarchical levels.
  • Autonomy and entrepreneurship.
  • Strong mentoring abilities.
  • Strong team spirit.
  • Passion for Rockstar Games and our titles.


Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.

  • Experience with event processing frameworks.
  • Experience with Java or Scala programming languages. 
  • Familiar with Restful APIs.
  • Experience with Artifact Repositories.
  • Game industry experience.


Please apply with a resume and cover-letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to hiring, promoting, and compensating employees based on their qualifications and demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities.

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or race.

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