Data Engineer


Although we don't officially work a 4 day week, we offer very flexible working conditions. For example, you can request to compress your 35hr work week into 4 days. This should be discussed with your manager however.

  • Optional 4 day week (35hrs)
  • Hybird Remote, Birmingham

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Birmingham, UK ⚠️

Package description

Role band: D

Salary range: £49,500 - £78,800.

Contract type: permanent

Location: Birmingham Mailbox

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

•    An employer pension contribution of up to 10%

•    26 days’ annual leave (based on full time hours) + bank holidays and the option to buy/sell additional days

•    Contributory lifestyle benefit options including discounts at hundreds of retailers, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and healthcare schemes

•    Employee assistance and well-being programmes

•    Learning and development tailored to your role – this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring

•    An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Disability Networks and many more.

Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, flexi-time and compressed hours can be requested.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and especially welcome individuals from underrepresented groups.

If you require any reasonable adjustments at any time, please let us know by contacting us on [email protected] with the job reference in the subject.

Job introduction

The BBC aims to stimulate and delight audiences across the UK with distinctive, creative content. To support this aim, the BBC is entering a new charter period of significant and exciting change, developing new capabilities in order to define a BBC fit for the next generation.

The BBC MISSION: To inform, educate and entertain all audiences, to deliver our public purposes

The BBC AIM: To reinvent the BBC for a new generation

We’ll do this through... OUR AMBITIONS: Making sure everyone gets value from the BBC, world-class creativity, global reach, financial stability and making the BBC an even greater place to work.

The Business Intelligence Team sits within People Analytics & Insights and is made up of Data Engineers / Scientists. The team has helped the BBC transition from using offline files feeding Excel dashboards to having an infrastructure that allows direct access to a data warehouse utilising tools such as Tableau Prep, Desktop and Server to manipulate and visualise data to then easily distribute it to our audience. Our teams ambition:

○    Automation & Modernisation - HR Data Product development, intelligent analytics and data platform implementation

○    Trusted Content – Build trust with defined, owned and consistent HR metrics and quality output

○    Partner for Storytelling Mastery – Enrich our actionable insight with diversity of input, by collaborating with strategic sub-domain partners

○    Empowered Experience –  build data confidence, literacy and digital enablement to increase the value of, and capability for, democratised access to insights

○    Integrated HR – Build and enhance business and information architecture, to enable improved provision and intersectionality of HR services and capabilities, enabling intelligent automation and advanced analytics

Interview process

Interview process

•    Initial 30 minute informal interview with hiring manager

•    Virtual interview – approx. one hour of technical and values-based questions (July 2024)

Main responsibilities

As a Senior Data Engineer at the BBC, you will be responsible for designing data models, building and maintaining the data pipelines and partnering to develop scalable, enterprise interoperable, and high resilience infrastructure. You will also be the key contact when it comes to the front-end design and build of our content as well as supporting our more junior engineers/scientists within the team, leading our push to increase our technical capability.

You will strive to deliver quality with an eye on value for money and exceptionally high ethical and technical standards.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary agile team working alongside analysts and data scientists to deliver services and applications for the next generation of BBC products.

Data Engineers are critical to driving positive change for users and the business, and should be able to embrace it in a spirit of partnership  and positive attitude.

As a team member you will be expected to:

-    Communicate and understand strategy decisions, updates and insights to all team members

-    Evaluate and adapt processes and technologies to new requirements and situations including relevant team members in the process

-    Manage complex projects with integrity when faced with challenges

-    Support the team in working together effectively

-    Act as a technical expert in design and implementation, supporting data strategy delivery for HR and partner domains

Are you the right candidate

We focus on hiring for potential at the BBC, so the main requirement for the position is a hardworking, innovative, resilient, and with a balanced pragmatic and strategic mindset.

Some of the things we love:

•    Prioritizes stakeholders requirements and identifies the best solution for timely delivery

•    Experience in data engineering and modern analytics architecture, ideally with experience across the stack with technology such as Tableau, Python, Redshift, Snowflake, DBT, Fivetran etc.

•    Includes other team members in building innovative solutions to acquiring or enriching data used to build machine learning algorithms

•    Leads on one or more projects encouraging and mentoring team members on designing and developing software applications, testing, and building automation tools

•    Helps set standards for coding, testing and other engineering practices

•    Ensures that security and recovery is in line with BBC guidelines and industry best practices

•    Leads the design of the data infrastructure and architecture for a given project

•    Proactively evaluates and provides feedback on future technologies and new releases/upgrades based on deep understanding of the domain

•    Encouraging  and mentoring team members in partnership with other disciplines to create value with data across the wider organisation

About the BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us.  Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours here.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.  We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here.

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Working Week

Although we don't officially work a 4 day week, we offer very flexible working conditions. For example, you can request to compress your 35hr work week into 4 days. This should be discussed with your manager however.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 34 days PTO, which includes 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with the option to buy or sell additional days

  • 34 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 86 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

Many of our staff work hybrid remotely.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 22k across 19 departments:

  • business development
  • engineering
  • media and commmunication
  • arts and design
  • operations
  • human resources
  • marketing
  • information technology
  • finance
  • education
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