81203 - 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
12 Months
Full Time, Flexible Working
Engineering, Information Technology, Digital

His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service 

Directorate:  Data Analysis & Insight Team, HMCTS Finance, Governance & Performance
Job Title:   Senior Data Engineer

£37,683 - £41,506 (National) which may include an additional allowance of up to £15,317

£43,647 - £48,067 (London) which may include an additional allowance of up to £13,753

Number of Jobs: 1

Detail of Reserve List: 12 Months

Pay Band:  SEO

Post Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time

Base location:  National (hubs in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds. Other major HMCTS locations will be considered.


His Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service is an agency of the Ministry of Justice and provides the supporting administration for the judiciary across England and Wales along with some Tribunals in Scotland.  It delivers services to the public directly in court and tribunal buildings, remotely via business centres and some limited services via the internet.

HMCTS has embarked on a challenging modernisation programme with the vision to modernise and upgrade our justice system so that it works even better for everyone, from judges and legal professionals, to witnesses, litigants, and the vulnerable victims of crime. This will help consolidate the UK’s position at the forefront of an increasingly competitive international legal market as well as ensuring access to justice for all. This is an exciting time to join the organization and be part of a programme making a real difference.

For more information about our digital transformation, watch the Justice Matters video to see the benefits this £1bn investment is delivering to our customers:  https://youtu.be/3_xDMTQ6DJQ  

The Data, Analysis & Insight team (DAI) plays a pivotal role in supporting a whole range of senior leaders across the business through reporting, analysis, and insights. Our work supports the organisation’s overall strategy and empowers senior leaders to make strategic, data driven business decisions. In December 2021 we published our Data Strategy, setting out HMCTS’s commitment to becoming a data driven organisation.

HMCTS Data Strategy (publishing.service.gov.uk)

As part of this strategy, HMCTS has invested in a cloud-based strategic data platform to transform the ways in which we work with data and enable us to add more value than ever to the organisation and the public. This platform is now technically complete, and we are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our team and help us exploit our new technology.

This role will be based in our Data Management and Engineering team responsible for holding, curating, and protecting our data to drive value for our organisation both now and into the future.

Job Description

What will the successful candidate be doing?

  • Contribute to the delivery of physical data models and views required for data exploiters to enable visualization of metrics and the provision of insightful analysis for data science projects.
  • Develop data ingestion and transformation processes for new and existing data sources.
  • Work with subject matter experts to develop and implement the business rules and definitions underpinning measures, metrics and KPIs.
  • Collaborate effectively with the operational colleagues across the organisation, internal project teams and other stakeholders to gather, refine and deliver requirements to meet business needs.
  • Act as technical lead for one or more HMCTS jurisdictions and overall data management framework.
  • Embed improved ways of working with data across the wider team, including automation of manual tasks and data assurance.

Essential Criteria

Technical expertise 

  • Experience of ETL and data integration, including exporting data from various source data systems, transforming data against required business rules and data models, or data storage and analysis requirements, and loading data in various storage platforms.
  • Experience of working with data and databases, ideally involving the development of new and existing data sources in a Data Warehouse environment.
  • Good understanding of Data Warehouse techniques, including dimensional data modelling and relational database design and concepts (e.g., Kimball). 
  • Strong SQL experience and technical database expertise using relational databases such as Oracle Database & PL-SQL or Microsoft T-SQL.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of writing parameterised code in either a programming or scripting language such as PL-SQL or Python/Spark and experienced in delivering metadata driven development processes.
  • Experience of building pipelines in cloud technologies such as Azure Data Factory/Databricks.
  • Experience using Python and Apache Spark (Pyspark, Spark SQL).

Your Development

  • You will have access to a wide range of tools to continually develop and enhance your Data skills, such as: access to Microsoft Azure training courses via our partnership with Microsoft, online training such as DataCamp or Pluralsight, webinars, taught courses, one-to-one coaching, and access to a large peer-support network.


We will assess you against these behaviours (Civil Service Behaviours) during the selection process: 

  • Changing and Improving 
  • Working Together 
  • Developing Self and Others 
  • Delivering at Pace  

We will assess on behaviours and technical skills as listed in the advertisement. 

CV giving details of your employment history and the role you have played in projects.

Statement of suitability (1,000 words max) outlining how you meet the criteria for the role as described in the Key Responsibilities section above.

For each of the four Success Profile Behaviours please provide a 250-word statement of evidence on how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the behaviour to Level 3 standard.

If we receive high volumes of applications, we will sift only on the lead behaviour of “Changing & Improving”. 

The interview will involve a discussion around the strengths, behaviours & technical skills required for this role. Candidates will also need to prepare a 5-minute verbal presentation (no handouts needed). This will be followed by short follow-up questions. The presentation topic will be sent to candidates before the interview. 

At interview stage there will also be a technical test to assess candidates’ skills in using SQL.

Flexible working options 

HMCTS offers a flexible working system in its offices and hybrid working between office and home is standard across the team. 

Job Sharing and Reduced Hours 

All applications for job sharing or reduced hours will be treated fairly and, on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the MoJ’s flexible working policy and equality policy. 

Excess Fares and Relocation Allowances 

This job is not eligible for a relocation allowance, but excess fares may be considered in accordance with MoJ’s excess fares allowance policy. 


Infrequent travel to attend unit and whole team meetings will be expected.

DDaT Professional Membership

Please Note: This post aligns to the Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Data Engineering profession.  This can result in an uplift to the postholders salary and to access this uplift the postholder will need to complete an assessment to demonstrate the required skills for DDaT membership.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

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.


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.


  • 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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

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.

Interviews are likely to be early December 2023

21/11/2023, 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 - 81203.

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

Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Developing Self and Others - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Statement of Suitability - 1000 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Changing and Improving, may be held if a large number of applications are received. If a large number of applications remain after the initial sift, your application will be progressed to a full sift, where all behaviours will then be considered.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Developing Self and Others
Working Together
Technical Skills
Skills using SQL

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
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.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

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.