Senior Data Engineer
Data Solutions is a multidisciplinary team that sits in the BBC’s Content Production Workflows division, based at The Energy Centre in White City and in action since 2018. Our priority is to build tools that help the BBC’s content creators work in a more data-driven way.
We employ a mix of engineers, data scientists and analysts to work on these priorities. Building everything from elegant journalist-friendly dashboards to complex algorithms that assist a range of content creators in commissioning, production and distribution.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Senior Data Engineer to join a Data Science-led initiative to build the BBC audience through an algorithmic understanding of the content production process and how it relates to the needs and interests of our audience.
The ideal candidate will be familiar with the fundamentals of data modelling and data pipelines, along with more core software engineering principles such as best practice in testing, continuous integration and deployment tools, and git.
As the successful candidate, you will be joining an agile team who work in bi-weekly sprints, using Scrum boards and working closely our user experience team. You will be responsible for your own documentation and tests and will use Github to commit your code to be reviewed by your peers. Be prepared to review other people's code too!
Overall the ideal candidate in this role has experience putting data applications and machine learning algorithms into production at scale. They have a detailed understanding of modern methods of data storage and pipelining, along with experience in code management and deployment practices such as code quality, deployments, and CI/CD. Additionally, they are an expert in general programming skills with Java or Python preferred and have experience deploying to cloud environments (AWS preferred).
Are you the right candidate?
We are looking for a senior and experienced engineer, with a broad knowledge of data processing and storage technologies however it is not essential for the candidate to have a computer science degree or enterprise experience. We want to meet folks who have enthusiasm for code, enjoy the task of problem-solving and have a strong willingness to learn.
When writing your application, please tell us about any of the following experiences:
- Designing and developing software using different programming languages
- Consuming or creating RESTful or GraphQL APIs
- Security practices while developing cloud-based services
- ETL Pipelines
- Deployment Pipelines
- Learning on the Job
- Troubleshooting bugs
- Pairing with and mentoring other engineers to share knowledge and practices
- Testing strategies
- Processing big data
Additionally, any experience in the following would very desireable:
- Mentoring, presenting and evangelism
- Architectural system design
- Database Administration
- Cloud administration
- Visualising data
Contract type: Permanent
We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
- Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
- Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
- Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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