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Senior Data Engineer

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Recruiter: The Scottish Government
Listed on: 16th September
Location: Dundee and Glasgow
Salary/Rate: £39,312 - £47,065
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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We are currently seeking applications for a Senior Data Engineer within Social Security Scotland based in Dundee or Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

DDaT Pay Supplement

This post attracts a £4,000 DDAT pay supplement after a 9 months DDaT competency qualifying period. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review. This post is part of the Scottish Government DDaT profession. As a member of the profession you will join the professional development system, currently BCS RoleModelplus.


This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team of data engineers across a greenfield programme which will create the first new public service in Scotland for over fifty years. As an experienced Senior Data Engineer, you will be trusted and empowered to deploy your skills across services which will impact the wellbeing of millions throughout Scotland.

Social Security Scotland will be the largest, most complex IT program of change since devolution with a lifetime budget of over £300m, delivering a social security system to support the people of Scotland.

As the new Scottish Social Security Agency rises out of Scottish Government, the team will be split between Glasgow & Dundee, and whilst working remotely initially, you will benefit from flexible working and brand-new offices with state-of-the-art technology as government restrictions ease. 

What do we do for you?

We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance. We provide an employment package that attracts, develops, and retains only the best talent.

Our reward scheme includes:

  • Salary between £39,312 - £47,065 and DDaT allowance of £4k after 9 months
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (employee contributions 5.45%, employer contributions 27%)
  • 36.5 days annual leave (including public and privilege holidays) (increasing to 41.5 after 4 years)
  • Weekly Hours: 37 hrs
  • Flexible working arrangements with potential of up to 4 days off per month
  • Professional - Member of Digital Data and Technology profession

Essential Criteria

  1. Experience of designing, building and testing complex or large scale data products.
  2. A solid understanding of the concepts and principles of data modelling, and producing relevant data models.
  3. Using agreed standards and tools to design, code, test, correct and document moderate to complex programs and scripts from agreed specifications.
  4. An ability to effectively translate and accurately communicate across technical and non-technical stakeholders as well as facilitating discussions within a multidisciplinary team.

Further Information

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. 'To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process. These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application.

 CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 750 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the 'Webex' app by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Closing date: 13 October 2021 at midnight.