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UKHO presents an exciting development opportunity for candidates with a core understanding of Data Engineering who have a real aptitude and interest in developing their technical skills, along with their technical leadership skills.

About the UKHO

UKHO is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. We work with a wide range of data partners to chart the world’s oceans in order to develop and serve world leading software and data solutions to commercial shipping companies, navies and maritime organisations. Our products ensure safe navigation and global trade efficiency and support other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection, resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.

The role

A Data Engineer at the UKHO takes on responsibility for feature development within projects delivered by data engineering and works with the team to design and deliver production quality data pipelines or services. This will include a mix of stakeholder engagement, prioritisation of your own tasks, and building of appropriate solutions using technologies such as distributed computing, serverless architectures and machine learning.

The data engineering team at the UKHO focus on building data services and productionising analytics. Our data engineers organise as generalists to encourage sharing of projects, knowledge, and technical skills. The team is open and collaborative, working in an agile way to deliver projects. Continuous learning is supported along with sustainable working and a healthy work life balance.

The successful candidate will be given appropriate training, mentoring and support to build their role specific skills by following a defined development plan. Once assessed as being competent in the role, the post holder will be promoted to B1 (SEO) – we anticipate this will be in the region of 1 to 2 years after starting in the role but will be governed by the successful candidate’s development. 

What we are looking for

You must be able to evidence the following in your application:

  • Track record of successfully contributing to resilient and scalable data pipelines
  • Capable of using cloud technologies such as AWS/ Azure/ GCP
  • Good programming ability, ideally in Python, along with programming best practice
  • Experience of tools/ techniques such as SQL, database types, data formats
  • Demonstrable experience of pipeline logging

In return

UKHO is a great place in which to explore your career potential. While our projects are career-defining, the work/ life balance that we can offer you is equally exceptional. From flexitime, flexible working, an award-winning office environment and a generous annual leave allowance of 34.5 days including public holidays, the opportunities open to you here are hard to beat.

The role will be contractually based at our office in Taunton. We have embraced hybrid working, recognising it is about what you bring to the role and deliver, not where you work from. It is not expected you will need to be in the office very often as data engineering predominantly works remotely but may be required to occasionally depending on business needs. If this is a concern, please discuss in more detail with the hiring manager.

For a full job description, please click the apply button to be taken to our website.

Closing date: 11:55 pm on 31st July 2022.

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.