Data Engineer (DE)

Closing date for applications: 27/05/2021
Specialist role
Data engineer
Summary of the work
The data engineer will be integral in designing and implementing data solutions for STA's portfolio of digital tests. You will lead on the development and implementation of data storage solutions and digital data flows. You will also provide learning and development to existing team members to upskill the team.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
80 days
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Department for Education
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
Not applicable
Who the specialist will work with
Working within the Standards and Testing Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Education, you will work with colleagues in the Assessment Development, Data and Digital teams as well as external contractors to apply your specialist knowledge of data engineering to the ongoing development of new digital systems.
What the specialist will work on
1. Scope the requirements of current and future systems, as well as working with colleagues within the department to understand and align with the department's data strategy, 2. Develop data validation processes throughout data flow, working with colleagues to ensure their data needs are met, and deliver testing and assurance of data systems, 3. Implement data storage solutions (e.g. data warehousing) for existing digital platforms and any future developments, ensuring solutions are in line with departmental data strategy4. Upskill existing team members in order to grow capability and resilience in this area.
Address where the work will take place
Work is expected to be mainly remote but some on site working at either the London, Coventry or Sheffield office may be required.
Working arrangements
To be agreed at start up meeting.
Security clearance
BPSS clearance
Additional terms and conditions
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
-be able to deliver learning & development to a range of audiences and skill sets -work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers -be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 75% Cultural fit 5% Price 20%
Essential skills and experience
  • Have experience of leading, up skilling and motivating a team in a multi-disciplinary environment, delivering products within specific time-scales and working alongside multiple senior stakeholders
  • Be an accomplished ETL developer who has proven experience of delivering complex big data solutions and a track record of working with structured and unstructured data
  • Have extensive working knowledge of Data Warehouse techniques for dimensional data modelling, relational database design, ETL techniques and data analysis
  • Have knowledge of data architecture concepts / technologies e.g. data warehouse, data lakes, big data
  • Have expert level knowledge of data reconciliation, ETL error handling and error logging mechanisms
  • Have advanced coding skills in SQL and knowledge of JSON or XML
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have experience using R to extract, transform and validate data

Closing date for applications: 27/05/2021

Data Engineer (DE)

Closing date for applications: 27/05/2021

Specialist role:

Data engineer


No specific location, for example they can work remotely


Department for Education

Maximum day rate:


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