Lead Data Engineer – Insurance Industry
Northampton, Northamptonshire / £90000 - £100000
£90000 - £100000
Lead Data Engineer
Hybrid, 1x per fortnight in office, London
Up to £100, 000
An exciting opportunity for a Data Engineer to join a general insurance provider to define and deliver their data strategy.
A fast growing, digitally focused general insurance provider is seeking a Lead Data Engineer to work with the CIO and Heads of Department and lead their team to execute the data road map.
The company offers a range of competitive and uncomplicated products and services, including car, bike, van and home insurance, and additional products like breakdown cover and home legal expenses. They currently have over 3 million customers and intend to increase this to 5 million by 2024.
The role and responsibilities
- Building out end-to-end data pipelines
- Leading 8 data engineers to execute strategic data roadmap
- Design work and working with senior stakeholders
Your skills and experience
- Strong SQL and Python skills (essential)
- Experience with cloud platforms, preferable Azure (essential)
- Experience with Snowflake
- Experience with CI/CD
- Stakeholder management and communication skills
- Up to £100, 000 salary plus 10-20% bonus
- £5000 car allowance
- Scope to become Head of Data in 3-4 years
- Discounts on products
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