Interim Head of Data Engineering/Data Architect role

Birmingham Temporary £544 - £544 per day
  • Help to build out the Data Strategy using AWS, Power BI and Salesforce
  • 6 month initial contract which could turn permanent

About Our Client

A large and important Government Department.

Job Description

A head of data engineering leads multi-functional delivery teams to deliver robust data services for the department, working closely with counterparts in other government departments and industry where appropriate. Heads of data engineering:

  • inspire best practice for data products and services within their teams
  • build the data engineering capability by providing technical leadership and career development for the community
  • work with other senior team members to identify, plan, develop and deliver data services

This role would suit a strong Technical Lead or Data Architect.

The Successful Applicant

  • Communicating between the technical and the non-technical - Is able to communicate effectively across organisational, technical and political boundaries, understanding the context. Makes complex and technical information and language simple and accessible for non-technical audiences. Is able to advocate and communicate what a team does to create trust and authenticity, and can respond to challenges.
  • Data analysis and synthesis - Translates data into valuable insights that inform decisions. Involves teams in analytics and synthesis to increase consensus and challenge assumptions. Identifies and utilises the most appropriate analytical techniques. Has an understanding of analytical tools and is numerate. Is aware of and keeps up to date with advances in digital analytics tools and data manipulation products. Collects, collates, cleanses, synthesises and interprets data to derive meaningful and actionable insights.
  • Data development process - Integrates and separates data feeds in order to map, produce, transform, and test new data products.
  • Data integration design - Develops fit for purpose, resilient, scalable and future-proof data services to meet user needs. Has a demonstrable understanding of how to expose data from systems (for example, through APIs), link data from multiple systems and deliver streaming services.
  • Data modelling - Produces data models and understands where to use different types of data models. Understands different tools and is able to compare between different data models. Able to reverse engineer a data model from a live system. Understands industry recognised data modelling patterns and standards.
  • Programming and build (data engineering) - Designs, writes and iterates code from prototype to production-ready. Understands security, accessibility and version control. Can use a range of coding tools and languages.
  • Technical understanding (data engineering) - Has knowledge of specific technologies which underpin an individual's ability to deliver the responsibilities and tasks of their role. Applies the required breadth and depth of technical knowledge.
  • Testing - Plans, designs, manages, executes and reports tests, using appropriate tools and techniques, and works within regulations. Ensures risks associated with deployment are adequately understood and documented

Key Outputs

  • Strong AWS experience - Technical Lead or Architect level
  • People management - initially a team of 2/3
  • Data Innovation - Recognises and exploits business opportunities to ensure more efficient and effective performance of organisations. Explores new ways of conducting business and organisational processes.
  • Metadata management - Understands a variety of metadata management tools. Designs and maintains the appropriate metadata repositories to enable the organisation to understand their data assets.
  • Problem resolution (data) - Logs, analyses and manages problems in order to identify and implement the appropriate solution. Ensures that the problem is fixed.

What's on Offer

  • Initial 6 month contract with scope to extend or go permanant
  • £544 per day (inside IR35)
  • Work onsite 2 days per week in Birmingham, otherwise remote
  • Immediate start
  • Role signed off
Russell Livesey
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Phone number
+44 161 829 0487

Job summary

IT Architecture
Public Sector
Contract type
Consultant name
Russell Livesey
Consultant phone
+44 161 829 0487
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