Data Engineering Lead

Data Engineering Lead

Location:
Haywards Heath or Manchester
Salary:
Highly competitive
Department:
Technology and Data
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

We’re on the hunt for a talented Data Engineering Lead to join our Technology and Data team in either Salford Quays, Manchester or Haywards Heath, West Sussex.   

As leader within the Data Engineering function you will be responsible for the management, personal development and support for a team of data engineers at varying levels. This highly collaborative Data Engineering Lead will work closely with data product owners and business stakeholders, to ensure that appropriately skilled engineers work to defined standards and ways of working, delivering high quality data engineering work packages that support the achievement of business outcomes.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • Strong leadership experience, that will include previous responsibility for the personal growth and performance management of medium size teams 6-10 people.
  • A broad understanding of data engineering, data warehousing and data modelling, with a number of years having been spent as a practitioner.
  • Experience and strong understanding of Microsoft data technologies both on premise, SQL/SSIS/SSAS, and in the cloud, Azure Synapse, Data Factory and Power BI.

Job responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the performance management, coaching and personal development of a team of data engineers at varying levels.
  • Responsible for the quality of work delivered by data engineers across multiple data products.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate numbers of well equipped, capable data engineers are provided to meet demand from Data Product Owners.
  • Responsible for driving continual improvement in data engineering ways of working (SDLC, Agile..).
  • Responsible for completeness and integrity of solutions delivered on the data platform(s).
  • Responsible for continual data platform improvements and automation through product ownership for internal to D&A, Data Platform products.
  • Ensure that effective, and appropriate documentation that brings transparency and understandability are in place for all content on the data platform(s)
  • Development of standards and delivery patterns to enable effective delivery of data solutions.
  • Supports the creation and guides the design of data solutions, using high level solution architecture artefacts and translating them into workable designs.
  • Deputise for the Head of Data Engineering in discharging their responsibilities as required.

Job-specific competencies

Experience & knowledge

  • Leadership experience, having been responsible for the personal growth and performance management of teams of 6-10 people.
  • Broad understanding of data engineering, data warehousing and data modelling, with a number of years having been spent as a practitioner.
  • Experience and strong understanding of Microsoft data technologies both on premise, SQL/SSIS/SSAS, and in the cloud, Azure Synapse, Data Factory and Power BI.
  • Expertise leading data warehousing strategy and implementation.
  • Evidence of having developed patterns and standards for Data platform solutions.
  • Experience of agile ways of working, applied in a data delivery environment.
  • Experience of designing, or maintaining data software development lifecycles, and continuous integration and deployment (CICD).
  • Strong stakeholder management. 
  • Experience in a Financial Services / Insurance environment. 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong time management and organisation skills.
  • Ability to handle complex products.
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot problems quickly.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytic skills.

Behaviours

  • Leads by example, encouraging others to fulfil their potential.
  • Embrace, embed and incorporate the company values.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • An organised and proactive approach.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • A flexible approach and positive attitude.
  • Strives to drive business improvements to contribute to the success of the business.

Are you the person we’re looking for? If so, we look forward to hearing from you. Apply today!

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. Check out our Glassdoor page to see what our employees think about working here.

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.

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Benefits

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Flexible working

We support colleagues who wish to work flexibly whilst meeting the needs of the business.

YOUday

If it’s your birthday or you just fancy some me-time, get an extra day off for whatever you want.

Holiday Extra

We give you two opportunities each year to buy or sell up to five days of holiday.

Volunteering

Get a day off each year to take part in volunteering activities.

Health cash plan

Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to cover the cost of season tickets for rail, bus or car parking.