Senior Data Engineer

Job description

We are looking for a flexible professional to join our mixed hybrid and remote Data Engineering team following a significant investment funding round. The successful candidate will work with our Research team and other data engineers to extend and improve the search features that power our expert finding service.

We are seeking a candidate that has a passion for building robust and deployable operational systems through solid engineering approaches.

**Please note this role can be 100% remote, but the applicant needs to be UK based and eligible to work in the UK **

What do I need

Substantial software development and system engineering experience are required, with a focus on ensuring that systems are well engineered, accurate, robust and tested. Any experience in search engines, data lakes and knowledge graphs would be a bonus.
Successful applicants will also need to be able to work effectively with a mixed hybrid and remote team and mentor junior staff members. 
We are keen to see applications from experienced generalists as well as deep specialists.

Job Scope

This is a hands-on role developing a system for internal users. Your time will be spent:

  • establishing requirements and scoping work
  • collaborating with the Research and Front-End teams to provide integrated systems
  • deploying new pipelines and supporting infrastructure (including monitoring)
  • reviewing your colleagues' code and designs; and
  • being proactive in tackling problems when completing work.

As a member of a small and growing team, you will also need to be flexible and may be required to work on tasks outside of core Data Engineering responsibilities (including working with researchers on machine learning problems).

As a Senior Data Engineer, you will also be expected to take a prominent role in defining architectures and roadmaps.

Job requirements

Key accountabilities

Accountable to the Product and Connect teams for designing, developing, deploying and maintaining the required features

Accountable to the Research teams for supporting research tasks, maintaining the data pipelines and helping to deploy new features

Accountable to the Team Lead for supporting the growth and development of the team, as well as maintaining good software engineering standards

Core skills and experience

  • Extensive experience in data engineering or equivalent strong, relevant software engineering experience
  • Experienced with software deployment with cloud technologies (including serverless frameworks, such as AWS Lambda or Google Function)
  • Experienced with software engineering in Python
  • Strong software engineering practices (including version control, unit testing and CI/CD tools)
  • Experience of working in an agile environment using Scrum or other process frameworks
  • Experience using Linux
  • Good team working and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for data projects and knowledge sharing

Desirable skills and experience

  • AWS (certification optional)
  • Elasticsearch
  • RedisGraph
  • OpenAPI
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Data/Machine-Learning pipelines such as Apache Spark

Salary and Benefits 

  • Based on experience the salary range is £55,000-£75,000
  • 25 days holiday (excl. bank holidays)
  • Flexible working hours and remote working
  • Learning and development budget of a £75 per month
  • Hackathon where you have the freedom to work on any project you want, with the winner receiving a prize
  • All the tech you need to perform
  • Flexible employee wellness perks scheme, including coverage of gym memberships, adult education classes!
  • Annual company retreat, Regular social activities and team building events
  • Cycle to work scheme