Senior Kafka Engineer

  • Fanatics
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Nov 20, 2023
Information Technology

Job Description

Company Overview
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform. The company ignites the passions of global sports fans and maximizes the presence and reach for hundreds of sports partners globally by offering innovative products and services across Fanatics Commerce, Fanatics Collectibles, and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, allowing sports fans to Buy, Collect and Bet. Through the Fanatics platform, sports fans can buy licensed fan gear, jerseys, lifestyle and streetwear products, headwear, and hardgoods; collect physical and digital trading cards, sports memorabilia, and other digital assets; and bet as the company builds its Sportsbook and iGaming platform. Fanatics has an established database of over 100 million global sports fans, a global partner network with over 900 sports properties, including major national and international professional sports leagues, teams, players associations, athletes, celebrities, colleges, and college conferences, and over 2,000 retail locations, including its Lids retail business stores. 
As a market leader with more than 18,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.

The expected salary range for this role is based on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This role is eligible for the Fanatics Betting and Gaming annual bonus program and an equity award. *Salary range is listed in USD; ranges will change based on country and state of residence, which are reflected in Geographical Zones defined by Fanatics Betting and Gaming.

*Salary Range: $109,000 to $230,000 (Salary range incorporates all of our Geographical Compensation Zones and is subject to change as the Zone associated with the actual Offer is confirmed).

In addition to the base, bonus, and equity, full-time employees are eligible for Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, paid time off, and other benefits like GymPass, Pet Insurance, Family Care Benefits, Free Shipt deliveries, and more. We’ll also give you $500 to set up your home office!
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As a Senior Kafka Engineer at Fanatics Betting & Gaming (FBG), you are here to be part of the growing IT Infrastructure department. The engineer will be responsible for the availability, performance, capacity, and maintenance of our steaming data platform.  Data is at the heart of our business and this role will enable our Compliance, Data Science, and Product Engineering teams to deliver and operate a world-class SportsBook and iCasino.  The Engineer will be an expert technologist with experience in streaming technologies and he/she will be responsible for designing robust , fault tolerant and flexible data streaming platform. This team member will design and programmatically manage data streaming in AWS MSK.



  • Responsible for building and maintaining our data streaming platform primarily on Kafka. 
  • Build tools to monitor performance, capacity,  cost, and availability of our data streaming platform.
  • Implement AWS methodologies to tune Producer, Consumer and brokers nodes.
  • Create partnerships with our Data Science, Compliance, and Product Engineering teams to enable their roadmaps and solve technical challenges.
  • Maintain data streaming speed and reliability in highly available cloud infrastructure.
  • Analyze and troubleshooting data inconsistency during streaming.
  • Implement automation for streaming Infrastructure deployment.



  • 4+ years of relevant technology experience.
  • Experience working in a high-growth tech start-up.
  • Hands on experience in AWS MSK/Confluent Kafka/Apache Kafka.
  • Experience in implementing near real-time data streaming using Kafka framework.
  • Must be well-versed with publish-subscribe messaging systems.
  • Experience in implementing large-scale pub-sub message queues using Kafka.
  • Experienced in deploying Kafka infrastructure using Terraform/Cloud formation.
  • Experienced in administering Zookeeper and broker nodes.
  • Must be well versed to tune producer and consumer and replay messages in Kafka.
  • Knowledge of SQL and KSQL is a plus.
  • Knowledge of relational databases (PostgresQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra) is a plus.
  • Willing to learn database skills and be part of on call rotation.
  • Knowledge of Python is a huge plus.

If you possess some of these skills but not all of them, we still encourage you to apply!
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Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.

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