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Lead Data Platform Engineer

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Recruiter: ITV
Listed on: 18th May
Location: United Kingdom
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Lead Data Platform Engineer 

Data & Insight Group - Data Innovation 


Leeds or Manchester (Flexible working)

Why you should join us...

We connect with millions of people every day, make content they can't get enough of and reflect and shape the world we live in... and we do all this through the power of creativity.

At ITV, we're well on our way to becoming a digital first business. We're transforming the way we work so that tech is at the heart of everything we do. It's what our More Than TV strategy is all about. And none of it would be possible without our data - and the people behind it.  

Business Area Overview:

Our data team is responsible for helping us realise the value of data. That could mean anything from upskilling and training our people, to increasing our revenue through experimentation and personalisation. The list is truly endless.

Our Innovation strand consists of Data Scientists, data engineers, QA and platform engineers. As a mix of number crunchers and engineers, they put their curiosity to work in influencing the business.

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, anyone who joins the team will have the opportunity to work on genuinely groundbreaking innovations so that we can  continue to blend science into a creative business.

This role entails...

We are looking for Lead Platform Engineers to lead the team building our data infrastructure supporting the development of our data products, such as ETLs, ML models and CDP, within our new data mesh framework.   

You will be leading a cross functional team of Platform Engineers, Security Engineers and Architects and using the latest technology. We believe that "you build it, you run it" so we organise our teams around having full control and responsibility for their systems end-to-end. 

You will be challenged in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, but you'll be given the autonomy, mastery and purpose to succeed. We value smart work as much as hard work, so you'll be encouraged to automate wherever possible.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the technical implementation of our data platform working closely with our product owners
  • Be accountable for platform quality within your team
  • Empower our data teams (Data Engineers, Data Scientists, ML engineers, Analysts) to take ownership of the operation, performances and availability of our data services 
  • Play a key role in the build-out, migration to and operation of our data platforms 
  • Help design, build and maintain ITV's most critical internal and external systems, ensuring they're reliable, secure, fast and scalable
  • Make architectural designs and decisions
  • Keep it simple by obeying the Principle of Least Astonishment
  • Help solve interesting and difficult technical challenges
  • Maintain a common set of tools and standards, shared across the company
  • Evaluate new technology, ensuring the platform stays relevant

To be considered for this opportunity you will need to demonstrate the following skills:

Minimum role criteria:

  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure & platforms (ideally AWS)
  • Extensive knowledge of infrastructure as code, containerisation, automation and monitoring tools (e.g Terraform, Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins, Sensu)
  • Experience designing, building and operating highly available, highly scalable systems
  • Understanding of data platform and tooling in the data domain 
  • Working knowledge of Linux (ideally Centos)
  • Experience leading a technical team

ITV strongly encourages applications for this role from candidates with a disability and as a Disability Confident Leader if you meet the minimum criteria for a role and you have declared that you have a disability, we'll guarantee you'll get to the next stage* (minimum criteria above).

The Key role criteria is as follows:

  • Ability to script 
  • Knowledge of programming, networking, security, databases and/or storage
  • Be passionate about working within an agile, multidisciplinary ‘devops' team
  • Be a clear communicator that is also happy to have their work critiqued
  • Keep up to date with the latest technology being developed 
  • Be a team player through sharing and collaboration

What we can offer:

We offer a competitive salary and 5 weeks' holiday on top of public holidays, plus the option to buy more. Other benefits include annual bonus plan, life assurance cover, and interest-free season-ticket loans, an opportunity to buy ITV shares, and the chance to join pension, health insurance, childcare vouchers and cycle to work schemes. The Platform Engineer Team offers a range of training and development including in-house and external courses, plus attendance at conferences and events.

We want to be the most flexible employer in Media. We offer Smart working and we will support you and provide you the right environment and work/ life balance. We employ a suite of collaboration tooling (Slack, Trello, Google Meet..) to ensure that we maintain a sociable and productive working environment, whether working from the office or not.