Senior Data Engineer

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 29th September 2021


Reference number



£49,171 - £62,969


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Blackpool, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

About the job


Are you an experienced data engineer looking to design and shape the delivery of data products using a variety of cutting edge technologies?

Do you want to use your skills and experience to help deliver integrated citizen services to deliver improved outcomes for the most vulnerable in society?

Are you looking for ongoing professional development, work towards new qualifications, help build and design modern cloud based products to support DWP’s data centric ambitions?

If so, this is a fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, innovative team delivering real business value and improving the experience and outcomes for millions of UK citizens. You will provide technical leadership and help shape the design and delivery of modern, robust data products.

You will join the Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service (IRIS), which is a collaboration between DWP Digital, Counter Fraud, Compliance and Debt (CFCD) and Cyber Resilience Centre (CRC).

IRIS is central to the DWP fraud and error strategy, and is radically transforming how the welfare system and those that use it are protected.

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled and adaptable people. We provide comprehensive training, and encourage ongoing self-development to enable our people to reach their potential and help DWP meet its strategic goals.

Job description

As a senior data engineer you will have the opportunity to lead and shape the design and delivery of data products and services using the latest technology and tooling. Your responsibilities include:

• Lead the shaping of solutions and ensuring strategic fit.

• Responsible for designing and enabling delivery of modern, efficient, robust data pipelines and products, making use of cloud native and best in class technologies as appropriate.

• Promote the development of reusable, robust and scalable products.

• Work with other technologists, including Lead Data Engineers and Data Architects to investigate and develop solutions.

• Coach, mentor and develop more junior members of staff, building capability within the team and the data engineering practice.

• Continually develop your skills and experience, looking at industry trends and aligning with DWP strategy to deliver the best products for your customers.


The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.

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• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• An employer pension contribution of up to 27%
• A generous annual leave allowance

Salary Information

Salary for this role is from £49,171 to £59,589.

Where the maximum salary of £59,589 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £3380 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

This role can be based out of either Blackpool, Leeds or Newcastle corporate hub locations. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations.

Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

The Department is committed to promoting flexible ways of working, whilst enabling the business to operate at maximum efficiency and will expect colleagues to work from a blend of locations, including some time working at home, as required. The corporate hub location will be the designated place of work and any remote or home working arrangement does not constitute a change to your designated place of work or contractual Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Stage 1: Application

Your application will consist of two parts:

1. A Personal Details application form.

2. An uploaded curriculum vitae* including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements relevant to essential criteria below:

• Experience of leading on data engineering projects.

• Building team capability, through role modelling, mentoring and coaching.

• Experience in designing and building efficient, scalable, automated ETL/ELT pipelines.

• Exposure to cloud technologies and principles (AWS/Azure) of designing and developing data solutions on public cloud - AWS/Azure.

• Experience of one or more Programming Languages – eg SQL, Python, Scala, Shell scripting (BASH).

• Experience of one or more big data frameworks and associated processing and storage components.

The sift panel will use the information in your CV to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.

When giving details of your CV, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein. The CV is to be uploaded to your application as is not a separate box for completion on the application form.

For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.

Candidates are required to attach their CV as a separate additional document. Your CV must be in either PDF or word document format. Personal details including your name and address must be redacted. Please be aware that if your CV contains personal details it will not be progressed to the next stage of the recruitment process.


Please include all other information that you would customarily provide when presenting a CV as the sift panel use this information to assess your application.

Stage 2: Interview

If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the following experiences:

• Inspiring and motivating peers and team members, giving direction and role modelling expected behaviours to deliver a shared vision.

• Challenge the status quo, continually look for better more efficient ways to do things. Embrace and adapt to change in your area, learning and developing to deal with it in the most efficient way.

• Taking responsibility for decisions, being confident and following process to apply good judgement and reasoning to arrive at a solution.

• Identifying gaps in your team member’s knowledge and skills and making plans to overcome these. Building capability though various mediums, ensuring your teams are empowered, skilled, confident and adaptable to handle ever changing customer needs.

Technical breadth – Demonstrate deep technical understanding for the role, to be able to constructively challenge and advise the team and other stakeholders.

Programming & Build - Collaborates with others when necessary to review specifications and code, uses and develops the right standards and tools to develop complex data solutions.

Interviews will take place from 7th October.

You will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Other information:

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers.

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Caicy Sandford
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission

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