Lead Data Engineer

About 15gifts

At 15gifts, we’re obsessed with the psychology of choice. We study the key consumer psychology principles that enable consumers to make confident choices on the high street, and we replicate these within our digital guided selling technology to enable consumers to make the same confident decisions online.

We work with some of the world’s leading telecommunications and media brands throughout Europe & the U.S. with our technology powering millions of confident customer decisions across brands such as Verizon, T-Mobile, O2, Sky, Virgin Media, EE, BT, Tesco and Vodafone.

With every interaction, we learn more about our clients' customers. Gathering insights to generate increasingly accurate product recommendations, whilst building up a detailed profile on each individual consumer.

We’re a fast growing organisation with continued ambitious growth targets over the coming years and we’re extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We’re a team that’s made of driven, ambitious, and exceptional individuals and we’re looking for like-minded people to become part of our success story.

About the role

This role is for a data engineering lead, with the role’s responsibilities being split between guiding, managing and mentoring our data engineering team, and also being at least initially a part time individual contributor.

We work in an airflow/aws/fivetran/snowflake/looker data stack, and typically use python and docker in our pipelines. You will be an expert in these (or similar systems) as well as being fluent with more general data engineering tools and techniques.

As our data engineering lead you will be comfortable managing people and bringing out the best in them, confident advocating for your team when required, have excellent communication skills and also enjoy fostering best practices.

As an individual contributor you will be confident in taking a project brief and drawing out requirements, designing and signing off an architectural plan including tests with the various stakeholders, and either managing your time to execute the plan or supporting others in the team to do so.

Our data engineering team is also becoming responsible for our product feeds. This is one of our key systems and involves extracting our clients’ product sets and stock availability from their systems and integrating them within our own - so any experience with APIs, web scraping, and contract or statistical testing would be a bonus.

The person we’re looking for

  • Passionate about designing and delivering solutions to complex problems

  • Curious with a desire for continuous learning

  • Friendly with a collaborative attitude to solving problems

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Self-motivated and self-managing, with great organisational skills

  • Comfortable both expressing your opinions and also listening to the opinions of others as required by the situation

  • Experienced and passionate for ELT projects, Data Modelling and Big Data

  • Team leadership experience

You’ll be responsible for

  • Managing, mentoring and supporting the data engineering team

  • Serving as data engineering subject matter expert

  • Collecting use cases and requirements from the wider data team and other decision makers to meet project briefs

  • Translating use cases, pain points and success criteria into technical requirements

  • Designing and getting sign off for architectural plans

  • Designing, building, maintaining and upgrading data pipelines and self-service tooling to provide clean, efficient results

  • Writing automated tests to validate that requirements are met

  • Promoting data governance through documentation, observability and controls

  • Using version control and performing code reviews

  • Fixing bugs in a timely manner

  • Promoting adoption of tools and best practices across the team

Skills and experience 

  • Experience managing and mentoring teams and people

  • Strong commercial experience in a Senior Data Engineering role

  • Solid experience leading projects

  • Comfortable with ELT pipelines and the full data lifecycle

  • Comfortable evaluating both business requirements and technical requirements

  • A good understanding of techniques to deal with large datasets

  • Experience with airflow/aws/fivetran/snowflake/docker (or similar)

  • Great Python/SQL/Cloud (AWS or similar) skills

  • Experience handling real-time data

  • Experience managing data pipelines over time and evolving them to meet new business requirements

Why choose us

Our Culture

Our success is underpinned by our cultural values. These values are not something we stick up on a wall – they don’t need to be. They are behaviours that we recognise and celebrate in each other. They are what we live by every day.

Our Cultural Values

  • Celebrate brilliance

  • Take ownership

  • Share Insights

  • Look for a better way

  • Support each other

Our values are driven through Culture Club – a staff team that rotates every quarter. Advocates for our culture as we grow, Culture Club activates ideas, makes improvements and helps everyone to connect.

Our office and remote working

We can confidently say that our sea-view office is one of Brighton’s best, and we’re really excited that we’ve been able to open up the office to our entire team again. It’s been great to reconnect with everyone in person and to meet the newer members of our team for the first time! 

Whilst we see huge benefits to being able to collaborate and socialise together again, we’ve also learnt a lot about the benefits of working from home. Therefore, we plan to offer our team the flexibility to be in the office when they want to be, and when they need to attend key meetings and workshops, and to work from home on the days when that suits their lives and their workloads best.

When in the office, we have flexible workspaces, which means you’re not tied to a desk, unless you want to be. You could work in a sociable spot on floor 4, or set yourself up with a screen on floor 3. This is everyone’s space and it’s available after work – our staff host everything from gaming and craft nights to adventure film screenings.

Benefits include

  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential counselling)

  • Medicash healthcare scheme (reclaim costs for dental, physiotherapy, osteopathy and optical care)

  • easitBrighton travel scheme (discounted public transport options)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Life Insurance scheme 

  • 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)

Other extras in the office

  • On site changing rooms, showers and internal bike storage

  • Breakfast, fresh fruit, snacks, beers

  • Yoga and other fitness activities

  • Regular social events, including Friday drinks and book club

  • Visits from friendly office dogs

For more information on what it's like to work at 15gifts, check out our Talent Talk with Wired Sussex

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