: Team Lead, Query Infrastructure
44 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Employee Testimonials

Predrag Gruevski, Kensho
Bukola Ayodele Kensho

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With the continued impact of COVID-19 and social distancing measures, Kensho fully supports remote interviewing and onboarding procedures.


At Kensho, we hire talented people and give them the autonomy, support, and resources needed to build cutting-edge technology and products for our parent company, S&P Global. As a result, we produce technology that solves the challenges of one of the worlds largest, most successful financial institutions.


As the team lead for the Query Infrastructure team, you will be responsible for helping each team member realize his or her full potential at Kensho and for upholding the team mission of making data easily discoverable and easily used.


Your team will be responsible for building a highly advanced cross-database querying platform capable of finding and providing data from a wide variety of sources, from SQL databases to S3 buckets. This platform will underpin Kenshos newest machine learning and analytics applications.


Are you looking to make impactful, scalable contributions that transform the way we think about data? If so, we would love to help you excel here at Kensho. We take pride in our tightly-knit, team-based community that provides our Kenshins with a collaborative, supportive environment to bring transparency to the biggest challenges in data.

What We Work On:

  • Open-source, optimizing GraphQL-to-database-queries compiler (blog post, example repo)
  • Topological query scheduler for the OrientDB open-source graph database (pull request)
  • Cross-database query cost estimation, query planning, and automatic query pagination

What You'll Do:

  • You will foster a team culture that aligns with Kenshos values
  • You will work with our talent acquisition team on recruiting as needed
  • You will be a mentor and coach for the team members
  • You will partner with various roles, such as a system architect, project manager and peer team lead, each of whom are invested in the teams success
  • You will help prioritize work based foremost on business needs and to help ensure that the team remains aligned to those goals
  • You will contribute to a codebase that optimizes query execution across a variety of relational, blob and graph databases
  • You will help build the foundation for scalable data discovery and integration at Kensho
  • You will share learnings from both failed and successful projects in order to better position your team to successfully solve difficult real-world data problems.

What We Look For:

  • You have experience leading small teams
  • Your measure of success is the teams success
  • You have 5+ years of experience working on complex infrastructure such as distributed systems, large databases or compilers
  • You can provide opinions on development choices, challenging the team to think about problems from multiple perspectives
  • You have an eye for robustness, including documentation and testing

How To Really Get Our Attention:

  • You have been a major contributor on the backend or infrastructure teams at a top software company
  • You have been part of a team which grew from start-up to small company
  • You have 5+ years of experience as a team lead

Technologies You Will Use:

  • Python, GraphQL, SQL, Redis, Kubernetes, S3
  • Development and debugging tools like Git, Sentry, Jenkins and Grafana

Benefits & Perks

  • At Kensho, we pride ourselves on providing top-of-market benefits, including:
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance - 100% company paid premiums
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • 18 weeks of 100% paid Parental Leave (paternity and maternity)
  • 401(k) plan with 6% employer matching
  • Generous company matching on donations to non-profit charities
  • Up to $20,000 tuition assistance toward degree programs, plus up to $4,000/year for ongoing professional education such as industry conferences
  • Plentiful snacks, drinks, and regularly catered lunches
  • Dog-friendly office (CAM office)
  • In-office gyms and showers (CAM, DC) or Equinox membership (LA, NYC)
  • Stipend towards commuter or gym reimbursement
  • Bike sharing program memberships
  • Compassion leave and elder care leave
  • Mentoring and additional learning opportunities
  • Opportunity to expand professional network and participate in conferences and events


About Kensho

Kensho uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualization techniques to solve some of the hardest analytical problems and create breakthrough financial intelligence solutions for our parent company, S&P Global.

Kensho was founded in 2013 by Harvard & MIT alums and was acquired by S&P Global in 2018. Kensho continues to operate as a startup in order to maintain our distinct, independent brand and to promote our breakthrough, innovative culture. Our team of Kenshins enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment that runs autonomously from S&P, while leveraging the unparalleled breadth and depth of data and resources available as part of S&P Global.

As Kenshins, we pride ourselves on maintaining an innovative culture that depends on diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer that welcomes future Kenshins with all experiences and perspectives. Kensho is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Full-time

Employee Testimonials

Predrag Gruevski, Kensho
Predrag Gruevski
System Architecture Engineer

"Kensho has been using GraphQL in a highly unusual way — by compiling each query directly into a single, optimized database query. Our GraphQL compiler is now available to the community as an open-source project."

Bukola Ayodele Kensho
Bukola Ayodele
Software Engineer

"One of the great things about working at Kensho is how much ownership you have over your work. Engineers are encouraged to take charge, and you have a lot of say on the direction of your project."

Anthony Liu Kensho
Anthony Liu
ML Engineer

"I'm a lot less cynical about finance than I was before. Having studied a lot of its more complicated products in depth, I undertand more of their purpose, what they're trying to do, how they're trying to function."

Adam Norbury Kensho
Adam Norbury
UX/UI Design

"Work-life balance at Kensho is perfect for me. You're given a lot of autonomy in work schedule and location. I have two small children and the rest of my family live in the UK. Working at Kensho, I'm solving really cool and interesting problems AND I get time to spend with all my family."

Aron Szanto Kensho
Aron Szanto
ML Engineer

"What makes Kensho so amazing is its intellectual diversity. At any one point, there's probably a high-level discussion about abstract type systems going on right next to a rip-roaring chess game, all supervised by two or three adorable puppies."

Adity Dokania Kensho
Adity Dokania
Head of Infrastructure & DevOps

"Kensh-ins know how to keep the work environment fun and lively. In the past we have had multiple social activities keeping in mind the diverse set of employees. We have hosted ping pong tournaments, TGITs, bowling, kayaking, board games, poker & trivia nights to name a few."

Michaela Shtilman‑Minkin Kensho
Michaela Shtilman‑Minkin
Software Engineer

My advice to candidates is to be honest about what you know and don't know and don't hesitate to ask questions. Kenshins are intellectually curious, humble, and honest - if we don't know something, we are not afraid to admit it and look for an answer amongst our peers, who are brilliant and eager to help.

Minh Jennifer Radel Kensho
Minh Jennifer Radel
Software Engineer

"As an engineer, I have always wanted my job to intellectually challenge me. However, I have also always wanted a supportive network of understanding and kind people. I believe most jobs can offer you exposure to the latest technologies and tools, but Kensho is unique for providing me both interesting problems and a genuinely authentic and caring culture."