OPENS AT: Aug 10, 2018, 06:00 PM

CLOSES AT: Sep 09, 2018, 06:00 PM

DURATION: 30 days

ZS Big Data Challenge – Summer 2018

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ZS is at the frontier of advancing big data. One of their recent innovations leverages Amazon cloud technology and a scalable elastic infrastructure to help their clients reduce the time it takes for them to manufacture and deliver their products to those who are in critical need.

ZS is looking for the next generation of Big Data Architects, individuals who are highly skilled in using the latest cutting-edge technology to creatively solve business problems, to join their team at the intersection of big data and consulting. In their opinion, big data experts have strong business acumen and can help them continue bringing big data innovation to their clients.

This Hackathon is an exciting opportunity for you to solve a multi-faceted problem, which is designed to provide you a sneak peek into the kind of work done at ZS. Their goal is to evaluate:

  • How, as a data engineer, you would use Big Data technologies to process data for business use     

  • Your knowledge of Big Data Technologies (eg: Spark, Python, AWS Technologies)

  • Your proficiency in identifying the right architecture to approach the solution

  • How you optimize the solution for efficiencies

During the challenge, you will be expected to prepare business-ready data from the provided sample dataset(s). You're free to use any method or tool of your choice and upload your results in the designated format.

The challenge will be conducted online. Ideally, participants will have less than 8 years of work experience.

What’s in it for you in addition to the Prizes

  • Top participants will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the ZS Los Angeles Office to present their results in front of industry leaders and experience what a day is like at ZS   
  • A chance to take part in an expedited interview process with ZS, with the opportunity to join their Big Data team!   
  • Bragging Rights. ZS will publish a list of winners on our website  
  • Opportunity to solve a real-life healthcare challenge which may improve patient care and even save lives



Experience: 0-7 years
CTC: Best In Industry
Job Location: North America
Openings: 7

The Solution Delivery team implements technology-based big data solutions within advanced analytics platforms and applications. In addition, this team configures ZS’ proprietary software used to streamline business processes for commercial groups at client organizations. This team takes overall ownership of the delivery of the technical solution leading the design and development phases and collaborating with other teams for business requirements and system testing.


  • Leverage extensive knowledge of big data systems, process flows and procedures to aid analyses and recommendations for solution offerings;
  • Lead feasibility analysis, select the technologies that provide the best solution and identify the products available that will best fit the solution proposed;
  • Lead design and development phases during implementation of world-class technology solutions to solve business problems across multiple client engagements
  • Design the solution taking advantage of the existing assets maintaining a balance between architecture requirements and specific client needs;
  • Create prototypes, conduct proofs of concepts, evaluate options with pros and cons and provide recommendations;
  • Assess the business situation by engaging with varied levels and profile of stakeholders;
  • Facilitate project execution by providing support in project-level issue resolution and scope management. Ensure quality of all project deliverables;
  • Collaborate with other team members (involved in the requirements gathering, testing, roll-out and operations phases) to ensure seamless transitions.
  • Communicate business requirements & work closely with development teams to ensure accurate understanding and implementation


  • Bachelor’s/master’s degree in Computer Science or related field from a top university; MBA is desirable;
  • At least 0-7 years of professional experience in IT, IT services or consulting work;
  • At least 2-3 years of hands on development experience using open source big data components like: Hadoop, Flume, Hive, Spark, Sqoop, Pig, HBase, AWS, Kafka, Impala, Cloudera, Cassandra;
  • Programming experience in: SQL, Java, Python, R, Scala;
  • Proven ability to lead both on-shore and off-shore teams in the development of big data solutions;
  • Deep expertise in the principals and architecture of various technologies within the big data stack is required;
  • Experience implementing 2-3 end-to-end big data, cloud (Amazon Web Services or other) solutions across multiple technologies and platforms;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in interpersonal and written formats;
  • Familiarity with agile development and DevOps best practices preferred;
  • Knowledge of IT strategy and management desirable.

ZS is a global consulting firm; English fluency is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is highly desired. Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.

ZS Associates offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, complete medical/dental/life insurance programs and retirement benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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