83328 - Senior Data Engineer

The national salary range is £39,868 - £43,535, London salary range is £45,824 - £50,039. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
Total pay in the range of '£30,001 to £40,000, £40,001 to £50,000' are subject to capability, skills and experience. Salary may consist of base pay and a Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA)
12 Months
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Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working
Architecture and Data, Digital, Information Technology

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

(MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain this grade on lateral transfer) 

Salary: National: £39868 - £51675 (which may include an allowance of up to £11807) London: £45824 - £56050 (which may include an allowance of up to £10226) 

Working pattern: Full time, Part time, Flexible working.

Contract Type: Perm 

Vacancy number: 83328 

*We offer a hybrid working model, allowing for a balance between remote work and time spent in your local office. Office locations can be found ON THIS MAP

The Role

We’re recruiting for a highly motivated and talented Data Engineer here at Justice Digital, to be part of our warm and collaborative Justice Digital team, working in the End User Computing service area and overseeing one of our data functions. 

Your role will be responsible for providing the data engineering capabilities required to support data migration of documents from other sources into the MOJ SharePoint Online tenant. 

Specifically, you will support Business Analysts, Infrastructure Engineers and Technical Architects working on these projects, enabling them to understand source data estates and their readiness for migration. You will be able to categorise and classify the data stored within the source environment using classification and information governance tooling and assess the degree of housekeeping which would be beneficial to undertake prior to migration. 

We will be adopting a ROT driven approach towards only migrating valuable or active data into new SharePoint Online target destinations and you should be able to analyse and report on the impact of adopting different policies and how this will affect any planned migration volumes. 

Key responsibilities:

In addition to migration work you will have a BAU role within the team as SME on reporting on the current MOJ SharePoint and OneDrive estates as part of any required data estate management activities. 

You will;

  • Assist the architects and engineers in designing any new target sites – primarily assisting on identifying the most suitable information architecture to adopt within SharePoint Online to accommodate both existing data and optimal business functions.
  • Work with solution, technical and security architects to deliver data solutions in accordance with agreed organisational standards that ensure services are resilient, scalable and future-proof.
  • Contribute to migration detailed planning and the development of test scenarios.
  • Perform the majority of migration work within the team, utilising our migration tooling and developing migration scripts and exception management functions.
  • Be an expert use of tools such as ShareGate that support this reporting function and also be a proficient PowerShell developer.
  • Assist with data housekeeping activities as and when required using the appropriate M365 or other SharePoint tooling. 
  • Work closely with key stakeholders across the organisation to understand and define their data requirements so that suitable data solutions can then be proposed, agreed and implemented. This will include data solutions that will enable more accurate assessment of costs and outputs of functional areas.
  • Work with organisational senior managers to provide oversight to projects and change activities ensuring data requirements are delivered in accordance with agreed scope and design.
  • Undertake data profiling and source system analysis to understand data categories and classifications (including the classification of unstructured data).
  • Provide actionable data analyses that support and reassure users in adopting a ROT approach to data pre-migration.
  • Review business requirements and specifications, identifying any data dependencies or issues/tasks arising from those requirements.
  • Assist in the development of scripts or other automated methods to enable data to be migrated effectively and efficiently from source to target environment. 

To help picture your life at MoJ Justice Digital please take a look at our blog and our Digital and Technology strategy 2025 

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria: 

  • Experience of working in a large organisation on substantial data migrations of documents into SharePoint Online and /or Onedrive. Working with unstructured data on migration or data housekeeping projects.
  • Excellent knowledge of data classification tools such as (Cloud Data Sense, AI.DataLift, AvePoint or migration tools such as ShareGate would be useful. You will also have strong PowerShell script skills and be an adept user of SharePoint and other m365 Admin Consoles.
  • Strong understanding of current technology trends and platforms such as Azure, able to liaise with stakeholders to translate business requirements into solutions.
  • Proven experience working with solution, technical and security architects to deliver data solutions in accordance with agreed organisational standards that ensure services are resilient, scalable and future-proof.
  • Experience providing data analytics that support migration planning and testing functions. Producing, maintaining and updating relevant data models as required for different project phases. Identifying and using appropriate tools for data investigations and modelling.
  • Be able to advocate data governance, compliance and data management standards and produce documentation and guidelines for the team’s products and service.
  • Experience of identifying and documenting source-to-target mappings including any transformations needed (familiar with ETL processes). 

Willingness to be assessed against  the requirements for SC clearance 

If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply!


  • 37 hours per week and flexible working options including working from home, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours.
  • We are committed to nurturing our staff and provide lots of training and development opportunities with learning platforms such as: Linux Academy, O’Reilly, Pluralsight, Microsoft Learning, Civil Service Learning, GDS Academy, etc.
  • 10% dedicated time to learning and development with a budget of £1000 a year per person
  • Generous civil service pension based on defined benefit scheme, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on salary.
  • 25 days leave (plus bank holidays) and 1 privilege day usually taken around the Kings’ birthday. 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service.
  • Compassionate maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave policies, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!
  • Wellbeing support including access to the Calm app.
  • Nurturing professional and interpersonal networks including those for Careers & Childcare, Gender Equality, PROUD and SPIRIT
  • Bike loans up to £2500 and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
  • Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers.
  • 5 days volunteering paid leave.
  • Free membership to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Some offices may have a subsidised onsite Gym 

We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor. 

Our values are Purpose, Humanity, Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a CV and Supporting Statement of no more than 750 words which describes how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above. 

In Justice Digital, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability and Success Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience, Technical Skills and the following Behaviours during the assessment process: 

  •     Working together 
  •     Delivering at Pace
  •     Changing and improving  

Your application will be reviewed against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel. 

Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to a 1-hour panel interview held via video conference. 

Should we receive a high volume of applications, a pre-sift based on your skills and experience using Sharepoint Online and migration tools will be conducted prior to the sift. 

Should you be unsuccessful in the role that you have applied for, but demonstrated the capability for a role at a lower level, we reserve the right to discuss this opportunity with you and potentially offer you the position without the need for a further application. 

A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Terms & Conditions

Please review our Terms & Conditions which set out the way we recruit and provide further information related to the role and salary arrangements. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact recruitment@digital.justice.gov.uk


28/01/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 83328.
Security Clearance (SC)

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

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.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.

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For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

For further information and to apply for this position please see the following link: Justice Digital | Jobs | Search here for your perfect career - Job Information | Apply for Senior Data Engineer (jobtrain.co.uk).

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.