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Lead Data Engineer, Technology

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Data Engineer to join our Tech Team in London.


We are implementing an end to end cloud data platform and adopting a Dev/DataOps working culture. The Lead Data Engineer will apply their data management and infrastructure knowledge to interpret the backlog of epics and user stories into technical developments, features and tasks for the engineering team that will achieve the defined business outcomes.
You will lead and manage a data engineering team who will use knowledge of cloud based data architecture, automated ELT and testing tools, manual coding and SPC to produce a robust, automated and efficient data platform. Key customers will include data science teams and the Data Visualisation team. 
Your Key Responsibilities & Duties required for this role:

Build and maintain the Enterprise Data Platform

  • Build and maintain a robust and efficient data pipeline to bring various raw data sources into our cloud based storage and processing platform

  • Develop and run appropriate routines, including automation and SPC, to deliver a robust and scalable service with demonstrable data quality

  • Work with the Data Architect and adopt best practice methodologies to maintain a data lake archive and appropriate transformed layers to support business needs 

  • Support the Product Manager, Data Platform to translate and assign the backlog into features and developments to achieve the prioritized business outcomes

Leading Data Engineering

  • Coach, mentor and develop a data engineering team to deliver the backlog

  • Set the appropriate technical direction for the data engineering team to support the Product Manager, Data Platform. 

  • Operate a Dev/DataOps culture and working practice within the team

  • Build quality through a CI/CD and release management capability

  • Drive and deliver the data engineering service ownership SLAs

Enabling data science

  • Partner closely with data science and analytics teams across the enterprise, understanding and developing solutions for their needs

  • Ensure the data platform provides the functionality for a suitable Lab environment, developing over time as enterprise capabilities evolve

  • Build a “Lab to Factory” process that takes data science team models into production, then constantly evaluate and retrain these models


About You:

  • A technologist, deeply interested in the industry trends and developments 

  • Passionate about the power of data to drive better, faster decisions

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to be able to liaise and influence effectively with enterprise customers and technical colleagues

  • Enjoys developing the team capabilities along with the technology solutions

  • Willing to challenge existing models and practices

You will also need:

  • Extensive experience building cloud based data engineering/data science solutions

  • Relevant experience leading and developing Dev/DataOps data teams

  • Extensive experience of coding and tool based solutions to know when either will offer benefits

  • Extensive technical experience of building various methods of data processing, data models using a variety of database and infrastructure types 

  • Experience building data structures to support first and third party analysis under GDPR guidelines

  • Experience migrating legacy physical environments to cloud based platforms

  • Experience working in a similar environment/sector (Media) would be helpful

Skills needed:

  • Capable of working with a data architect to design and build complex data environments

  • Very strong SQL skills and at extensive experience in least one other coding language (Python/R/Java)

  • Expert knowledge of data modelling and different data structures and their benefits and limitations under particular use cases 

  • Embraces diversity and proactively manages data issues

  • Experience using AWS, Snowflake, DBT, and Terraform. We are open to applicants who are experienced in other tech stacks


Salary: Up to £90k dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role.

If you are interested, please apply with your covering letter and CV. All CV's will be considered on rolling basis.


We’re currently working remotely, and expect to be able to return to our office from late June. At this point, we will also be starting a trial of hybrid working across our company and we’re happy to discuss flexible working options at interview stage.


What you can expect from us:
Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:
•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.



As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:


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Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW1V 2SA 

Job ID: 144401

Date:  22-Sep-2021

London, LND, GB, SW1V 2SA

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