Lead Data Engineer

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Date: 05-Jan-2023

Location: Macclesfield, GB

Company: Royal London Group

Job Title: Lead Data Engineer

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nether Alderley

Closing date: 30th January 2023


At Royal London we believe your difference is our strength and our organisation benefits from the different perspectives that diversity brings. Studies have shown that people from under-represented groups are less likely to apply unless they meet every requirement. So, if you’re excited about this role but your past experience isn't a perfect fit with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway as you may be the right candidate for this or other opportunities.


About the role

As a Data Engineer Chapter Lead you will be accountable leading the Engineering competence within the Data Solutions team, and responsible for thought leadership in platform and feature Engineering more broadly across the Group. You will set the quality standards and guidelines for Data Engineering across the group all with the goal of leveraging our significant data assets to generate commercial return.


You will lead a team of skilled Data Engineers and will manage the team resource allocation to projects, talent development, and provide an environment within which Data Analytics can thrive.


Now is a great time to be joining the data solutions team in this role as we strive to support the business making better data driven decisions, becoming an insight led modern mutual. This will be enabled through modern tooling and a newly created cloud-based platform.


We are investing significantly in data capabilities and this will result in further growth and development opportunities.  


Key responsibilities

  • Leading a team of 7-10 Data Engineering professionals at various levels
  • Provide thought leadership across the group on best practice
  • Own the Data Engineering capability within the Data Solutions function
  • Drive the creation of a data marketplace for Royal London, to house our data products and data assets, making them available for use across the group



  • Expert understanding of data and feature engineering principles and best practice
  • Experience of mentoring and coaching more junior team members
  • Good understanding of cloud data engineering technologies including: Spark, Azure Data Factory, Databricks, Azure Devops
  • Deep understanding of Microsoft SQL Server technologies, such as T-SQL and SSIS.
  • Experience of a number of other programming languages, such as the C family, Java, Scala, Julia etc.
  • Expertise in the area of data Engineering and application of data management design, such as data lakes and data warehouses
  • Good understanding of the principles of ML engineering and ML ops


What we offer

We've always been proud to reward our employees by offering a number of great benefits including:

  • A generous group pension scheme (up to 14% matching employer contribution)
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays with the option to buy/sell up to 5 days
  • Annual company and performance based bonus
  • Life assurance (up to 8 x annual salary)
  • Enhanced parental leave policies
  • Private medical insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme - Access 24/7 to confidential health, legal & financial advice

Full details can be found on our benefits page. 


About Royal London

Royal London is the largest mutual life insurance, pensions and investment company in the UK.  Since its foundation 160 years ago, Royal London has supported millions of people to protect and provide for themselves and their families.


At Royal London, our People Promise is that we will all work somewhere inclusive, responsible, enjoyable and fulfilling. This promise has been at the heart of our approach to hybrid working, ensuing a balance of time working in our offices, supporting the culture of collaboration and inclusion and some working time from home, so we can all continue to benefit from the flexibility this brings. Our hybrid working approach is built around our mutual mindset, thinking about what is good for us as individuals (the ‘me’) and in the context of what is right for our customers, our colleagues and The Royal London group (the ‘we’). Together we belong- collaborate – learn and perform.


Our expectation is that colleagues working in hybrid roles will come into the office for 50% of their time, and the rest from home. We want to be as consistent as we can with our approach but we also appreciate some colleagues need adjustments based on personal circumstances. (e.g. to support a disability, or caring responsibility) and / or may wish to formally seek a flexible working pattern in line with our flexible working policy.


We appreciate the world of work continues to evolve and we will continue to listen to our colleagues views on this whilst ensuring our on-going approach is right for our business and customers

We are an equal opportunities employer. We work hard to attract the best talent for our award-winning team. We believe that embracing difference makes us stronger. Our diverse people bring us different skills – whatever their educational background, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.


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