Data Engineering Lead

Data Engineering Lead

Haywards Heath or Salford Quays
£48000 - £75000 dependent on experience
Technology & Data
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We’re a fast-growing Digital Insurance and Technology Company. We’re going through an exciting phase of growth, looking at new technologies, transition of data services and transformation. Are you looking for a new career with an award-winning, dynamic company? Well look no further! We need a Data Engineering Lead to join our Data Services Department team in either Salford Quays, Manchester, or Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Here at First Central Group (FCG) we push the boundaries and create innovative, customer-centric data and technology solutions. We collaborate to provide world-class technical solutions and are adopting Agile across our business, as we digitally transform our platforms and services to create the insurer of the future.
Our teams embrace change and continually look for new and better ways to deliver. They selflessly collaborate to tackle problems and find solutions in what can be a complex, challenging but fun environment. The passion for excellence and our approach to continuous improvement is what makes First Central Group successful. We champion diversity, build communities and encourage learning, resulting in a people-orientated and balanced environment for all.
The role that the Data Engineering Lead plays is highly collaborative and involves leading a team of developers and engineers in backend development. You’ll work closely with data analysts, data scientists and other data consumers within the business, in an attempt to gather and populate data warehouse table structure, which is optimised for reporting. Alongside engineering resources, you’ll ensure enterprise data warehouse solutions and assets are actionable, accessible and evolving in lockstep with the needs of the ever-changing business model. The role will also see you lead in the areas of solution design, code development, quality assurance, data modelling, business intelligence, cross-team communication, project management and application maintenance.
To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:
  • Strong technical leadership experience with a background in data engineering and or backend software development with Cloud based technologies. Nice to have: MS Azure, DevOps, SQL and SSIS, ETL (Extraction, Transformation & Load)and Python. Knowledge of database design and modelling in the context of data warehousing
  • Customer and change-centric skills within a dynamic and Agile environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Job responsibilities
  • Partnering with business and data analysts to design, develop and maintain data pipelines, data governance compliance, procedures and tooling to support data warehousing
  • Day-to-day support of the data warehouse and troubleshoot existing procedures and process
  • Define and promote the department’s best practices and design principles for data warehousing techniques and architecture
  • Assist in the development of business intelligence, business data standards and processes
  • Guide the business in identifying any new data needs and deliver mechanisms for acquiring and reporting such information as well as addressing the actual needs
  • Create and support the ETL in order to facilitate the accommodation of data into the warehouse
  • Design and develop systems for the maintenance of the business’s data warehouse, ETL processes and business intelligence
  • Analyse all data from sources and develop logical models for various business intelligence sources and monitor all data integrity performance and adopt appropriate tools
  • Coordinate with analytical team and collect all technical requirements
  • Participate in designing system data models, data integrations and automated data management solutions
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent degree is required
  • Managerial or lead experience running teams
  • Significant experience of Business Intelligence experience with proven data warehousing, data management and analytics skills
  • Expertise leading data warehousing strategy and implementation
  • Experience gathering requirements and understanding the needs of diverse stakeholders and strong stakeholder management skills
  • Strong experience in SQL as well as SQL server integration services or any similar ETL tools
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of dimensional modelling as well as other data warehousing techniques
  • Extensively familiar with ETL (Extraction, Transformation & Load), data warehousing and business intelligence tools
  • Experience with Scripting - Python preferred and scheduling applications with complex interdependencies
  • Familiarity with complex data lake environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle complex products and diagnose and troubleshoot problems quickly
  • Strong problem-solving and analytic skills
  • Proven time management and organisation skills (must be able to prioritise workload and meet deadlines)
  • Experience in a Financial Services/Insurance environment 
What can we do for you? 
We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid
Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.
If you’d like to work for an award-winning employer in a fast-paced environment, apply now!
So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.

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