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Senior Data Engineer

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Recruiter: NHS Digital
Listed on: 24th September
Location: Leeds
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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NHS Digital is the national digital, data and technology partner for the NHS and social care system. We design, build, deploy and operate national products, platforms and data services for patients, clinicians, those who manage the system and researchers in the NHS, academia and the life sciences sector. Our systems serve up to 53 million citizens and 1.3 million NHS staff.

Our goal is to maximise the accessibility, quality and utility of health and care data while respecting privacy, transparency and ethics. As such we are responsible for ingesting and processing large volumes of data related to all aspects of health and social care such as hospital care, primary care, mental health, public health and community services.  We build the necessary pipelines to collect the data, and we carry out the processing that makes the data fit for use by analysts and researchers.  Our work supports research, care provision and the policy decisions made within the health and social care system.

What's involved, top line

A major element of our role since 2020 has been to leverage our data engineering platforms and expertise to support the pandemic response.  Our data processes have supported the delivery of some major elements of the response including the Shielded Patient List, NHS at home initiatives, and the COVID vaccines rollout.   The data in our Trusted Research Environment, and supplied via our DigiTrials service, accessed by UK Universities and health research organisations, has underpinned a range of COVID impact studies. 

Of course, amongst all of this new work we have continued to develop and improve our data architecture and to support the work that goes into the development of metadata, reference data and information standards such as SNOMED CT.  We have continued to run and improve our 'business as usual' processes which support analysis and publication across a range of health and care domains, including Maternity Services, Mental Health and Primary Care, as well as providing over 1,000 extracts of data to our research and academic customers each month.

NHS Digital needs more Data Engineers to meet the growing demand for health and care data, to ensure that our data assets are secure, efficient, and fit for use and that our customers are provided with the data they need to carry out their vital research. The health and care system has a very rich array of data that benefit patients and citizens and we have invested heavily in the infrastructure required to collect, process and store the data and make it accessible. What we now require are individuals that can process and surface that data and make it available for use for insights and research.

What's in it for you

  • A role as part of a dynamic team using data and digital technology to transform health and care.
  • A range of opportunities to build your experience in an environment where your
    work has a direct and positive impact.
  • A real commitment to your personal and professional development with access
    to a broad range of learning opportunities.

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital.

We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.  Don't worry if you don't meet all the criteria we've suggested - knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently.

Go ahead and apply.

More about the roles

Here at NHS Digital we are growing and investing in our Data Engineering team. We are recruiting for permanent positions in Leeds or London for the following roles:

  • 3 x Senior Data Engineer (8a) within Data Services
  • 1 x Senior Data Engineer (8a) within Data Architecture
  • 1 x Senior Data Wrangler (8a) within our Trusted Research Environment

You will be:

  • experienced in managing and automating data pipelines, using the latest technologies like Databricks, coding languages such as Python, R, SQL and SAS and across a range of platforms including AWS and Azure.
  • a recognised expert on data management and engineering, applying this specialist knowledge in collaboration with your team and stakeholders across a range of disciplines including business analysis, data architecture, solution design, data optimisation, test and assurance.
  • part of and/or managing a multi-disciplinary team, playing a lead role in ensuring that data are handled in an efficient and secure way so that NHS Digital fulfils its statutory obligations with respect to the governance of information.

About you

More about you

Each of the roles are slightly different, and we would encourage you to review the role profiles for more detailed information.  Some of the skills and experience we're looking for: 

  • Experience of successfully delivering data management services in large and complex organisations.
  • Strong experience managing and automating data, using latest technologies.
  • Experience of working in and leading a multidisciplinary team using agile methodologies.
  • Experience developing and maintaining code, using languages such as Python, R, SQL and SAS.
  • Strong data management and optimisation expertise, covering process design; code development; data architecture; testing and assurance; and reference/ master data management.
  • For the Data Wrangler role in particular, you will also have great communication skills and be able to develop and maintain effective and credible relationships with customers.

About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.

Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone's skills to improve people's lives.

We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.

Our work matters. You matter.                      

What we offer you:

  • Flexible working including part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours
    and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • Ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • A generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan and Car
    Lease schemes

Next steps 

Remote interviews will take place from mid to end October using Microsoft Teams. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by email.  You will also be asked to undertake a technical test as part of our recruitment process.  This will be online and will take around an hour to complete. 

To view further information please see the attached role profiles and to apply for the role click ‘Apply for job' below.

Please ensure your supporting statement includes demonstrable evidence and specific examples on how you meet the criteria for each of the key skills specified above and those given in the role profile. Please express your first choice preference for one of the roles in your supporting statement.

This is a growing profession within NHS Digital and as such, we will be using this campaign to appoint to multiple vacancies, across multiple teams, both now and for the next 6 months.  It is an exciting time to join this profession and NHS Digital.

We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital's career site.