43047 - Lead Data Engineer, Data & Analytical Services Directorate
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We have two permanent Lead Data Engineer roles within our expanding Data Engineering team within the Data & Analytical Services Directorate at Grade 7a/7b (subject to qualifying conditions)
Due to the ongoing pandemic you will be expected to work from home to begin with. In future your base location will be 10 South Colonnade, London, although you may be expected to spend some time working in 102 Petty France. Flexible working arrangements are available, including working from home over the longer term.
Interviews are likely to take place beginning of June. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview but are not offered a post.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has a vision to solve its thorniest problems by the smart use of data. At the heart of this vision is the data engineering team: a growing team with support from senior colleagues, working in an exciting area, solving problems and building products to transform analysis within government. Join us!
If you’d like to know a bit more about our approach and what we have achieved already, watch this video: https://youtu.be/M_R4VrRDK-E, or explore our codebase on GitHub: https://github.com/moj-analytical-services.
We are seeking skilled and motivated individuals with relevant technical skills, and would welcome applicants from data engineering, devops, analytical, or data science backgrounds.
You should apply if:
- you are keen to learn cutting-edge skills at the intersection of analysis, data science, software development, and data engineering
- you want to sharpen your data skills to become a better analyst, data scientist, data engineer or developer
- you want to help drive change in the way data is used in the public sector
- you want to use your data or analysis skills to make prisons work better
- you want to work with leading cloud platform technology
About the role
Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service is reinventing how services in prisons are delivered, and thereby producing new data sources. You will lead on getting this data from digital services to data users in a timely, auditable, robust, and reproducible way, leading to better decision making and improvements to the prison system.
You will be leading a small team of up to two Senior Data Engineers, reporting to the Head of Data Engineering and Analytical Platform. You will work in close collaboration with analysts, data scientists, developers, engineers and technical architects across the MoJ. Some examples of the things you may be doing are: using infrastructure as code tools to deploy cloud infrastructure in AWS; building robust and scalable automated data pipelines; developing and improving tools, resources and processes that enable the best use of our data; helping data scientists productionise models and workflows within a modern microservices architecture; creating Python packages and deploying pipelines to test, predict and report on our data.
Salary and benefits
The salary will be negotiable within the pay range (£55,487-£78,448) depending on your skills and expertise. Benefits include employer pension contributions of 27%; flexible and home working; flexible office locations; time off in lieu if at any point you work more than your contracted hours; cycle to work scheme; quarterly reward and recognition scheme.
We will ask for a CV and a statement of suitability (i.e. cover letter) to assess your experience and your technical skills. Based on this, we may invite you to interview where you will also complete a short scenario-based coding test.
You will be asked during the application to submit an anonymised CV.
In your statement of suitability, please explain why you are the right candidate for this role, based on the skill requirements below. Consider giving an example for each bullet point, using work you have completed to demonstrate how you meet each one.
While these requirements are important for the job, we do not expect candidates to be expert in all of them. Just give as much evidence as you can for each. If you are interested in applying but are not sure you have all the skills listed, please do so and give us the opportunity to consider you as a candidate.
We are looking for people with:
- Proven ability with Python, and preferably experience using SQL. Knowledge of other high-level analytical languages (such as R) is also a benefit.
- Track record of developing strong quality assurance and automated testing culture, including use of version control software (preferably git).
- Experience leading or delivering data or analytical projects with tangible outcomes.
- Ability to quickly learn new languages and frameworks and willingness to pick the right tool for the job.
- Experience translating complex, large or messy data sources into usable datasets to gain analytical insight into a system/process.
- Experience of working with cloud computing environments, ideally AWS.
- An understanding of the principles of infrastructure as code, CI/CD and containerisation.
Your statement of suitability should cover as many of the above points as possible.
Applicants Invited for Interview
If you successfully reach the interview stage you will be assessed on the following.
- Changing & improving - tell us when and how you have driven a change in your workplace culture or practices.
- Managing a quality service - tell us when and how you have worked with colleagues to set priorities, objectives and timescales under challenging circumstances.
Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 4 - Grade 7 and 6 or equivalent):
- We will also ask you to complete a short scenario-based programming test, followed by a discussion.
- We will ask you some further questions specific to data engineering
You may be eligible for membership of an analytical profession depending on your skills. We will determine this from your experience. If you are already a member of an analytical profession please indicate this in your application.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
- Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
- For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Working for the Civil Service
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order
1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Mojfirstname.lastname@example.org);
2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (email@example.com);
3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Grading Structure Review
The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.
Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.
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If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:
- You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
- You were studying abroad
- You were living overseas with parents
In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.
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