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Taxonomist role at Netflix

  • 1.  Taxonomist role at Netflix

    Posted 09-17-2021 12:17

    *Taxonomist, Studio SupportLos Angeles, CaliforniaCreative Production*

    At Netflix, we strive to be the most engaging entertainment platform and
    storyteller marketer in the world. A big part of that engagement is the
    interaction our members have with our content and how they discover a new
    story they'll love. Behind that discovery is a wealth of creative material
    -- images, clips, trailers, featurettes, synopses, factoids, tags, and
    genre categorizations -- that leads the industry in its scale and
    utilization. We are evolving and creating internal products to improve the
    efficiency of creative assets conceptualization, development, production,
    and deployment for on and off-service title discovery. In this role, you
    will be responsible for driving the strategy, construction,
    adoption/migration, maintenance and governance of taxonomies that support
    these efforts.

    We are seeking a Taxonomist who has experience with and passion for
    bringing structure to large-scale, disparate databases of production assets
    that include AV footage, scanning data, and 3D models. Your experience
    includes implementing best practices and driving adoption of taxonomies.
    The taxonomies this person develops will support asset metadata that can be
    both technical and creative in nature. You must be adept at setting up
    users for success in applying both objective and subjective points of
    metadata. You will be responsible for scoping, creating, and maintaining
    data dictionaries, controlled vocabularies, schema governance, and data

    We are looking for someone who has extensive experience developing and
    maintaining taxonomies for assets created during Live Action and Animated
    Studio Production. The ideal candidate will be confident in making informed
    decisions after receiving input and asking for critical feedback from
    cross-functional partners. They possess the communication skills to
    successfully advocate for and gain acceptance of new taxonomy-related
    processes and governance policies. They must be concise, definitive, and
    convincing in their well-founded recommendations.

    As the Studio Production Taxonomist, you will work closely with our Studio
    and Product teams to define, develop, maintain and govern a common taxonomy
    that will allow Netflix to maximize the efficiency of its production
    assets. You will also partner with Engineering to introduce user-focused,
    scalable solutions for applying metadata to production assets.

    You are comfortable working in an environment where giving and receiving
    feedback is the norm and successful teammates do not shy away from
    difficult conversations.

    Reporting to the Editorial Creative Curation & Taxonomy Manager, this is an
    exempt role, located in our Los Angeles office.

    *Responsibilities include:*
    Defining new and developing current taxonomies and metadata related to both
    the technical and creative attributes for AV, still image and data assets.
    Surveying and interviewing stakeholders and observing current workflows.
    Reconciling disparate taxonomies and metadata across teams.
    Auditing existing taxonomies and improving their efficiency.
    Ensuring metadata is defined such that its integrity will not be
    compromised by cultural bias.
    Working with subject matter experts to define workflows and standards for
    metadata application.
    Working closely with engineering partners to identify solution
    requirements, including intuitive UI for metadata application.
    Evangelizing the importance of the adoption of common taxonomies.
    Working with team experts to develop training materials and sessions.
    Establishing a governance framework for taxonomies.
    Establishing maintenance systems for taxonomies.
    Creating and maintaining documentation to support taxonomies.
    Reviewing other taxonomies and collaborating with Taxonomy Team colleagues.

    Experience defining and developing taxonomy and metadata schemas
    Experience working with assets created during Live Action and Animation
    Studio Production and managing them in a DAMS, MAMS or similar systems
    Experience working in a high-volume content environment
    Experience working with systems shared across internal teams and vendors
    Experience establishing a governance system
    Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and presentation
    Able to work with and manage multiple stakeholders expectations and
    Ability to set goals and work independently in a highly cross-functional,
    non-hierarchical workplace
    Ability to influence across various function groups
    Experience working in a global context
    Familiarity with software development cycles and practices
    Comfortable learning new technologies
    Comfortable in a rapidly changing environment and able to be flexible and

    *Nice to Have:*
    BS in related fields: Data Management, Computer Science, Library &
    Information Science
    Experience working with virtual workflow and diagramming software
    Interest in Machine Learning and/or Artificial Intelligence capabilities
    Interest in Information Architecture, User Experience and/or Human Computer
    Experience with Rights Management
    Experience with Multilingual Taxonomies
    Familiarity with Ontologies

    Jamie Lin