Data Engineering Lead/Director, Open to flexible working

5 days left

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
08 Nov 2021
08 Dec 2021
Contract Type

The Data Engineering team at Consumer Tech is a critical part of the end to end engineering practice we are creating for the company. In this role you will lead the team that will be centrally responsible for the development of all global data platform capability and focus on equipping the company with a highly capable, expansive and value-scalable data platform.

The role has a truly global scope and is accountable for providing a world class and competitively differentiating data platform for GSK. It is a senior role for a true technologist and data engineering leader to make a real impact for the new company.

As well as being a very strong engineering team leader, you will also be a practicing hands on software & data engineer, so that you can fully lead your team with a high degree of technical authority. You will be highly comfortable with modern data engineering practices and implementing very high levels of automation will be your default position.

Your deep skills and technical fluency in this specialist area will help to equip the company with a data technology platform which supports the growth ambitions of the business and delivers a competitive advantage through data technology.

This is a rewarding and challenging technical role that requires deep knowledge and expertise to drive and deliver a data platform to support the Consumer Business strategy. You will work with a highly skilled team of pears and use your specialist knowledge to produce optimised designs and clear content to those teams to follow.

You will naturally & seamlessly partner with your peers in platform engineering, and communicate & align across the broader technology organisation, including infrastructure groups, innovation groups, product development groups, the security engineering organisation & the Enterprise Architecture Function.


  • Lead the Data Engineering team for the company to deliver world class data capability to the company.
  • Implement extremely high levels of data platform automation (infrastructure and software) to support the required levels of operational stability and scalability.
  • Use your very strong & specialised data engineering skills to contribute to and lead your team from a position of strong technical authority.
  • Lead your team to co-create with peers & deliver a world-class Data Platform, consistent with a business that has significant growth aspirations and a competitive intent to maximise value from technology.
  • Be an inspiring leader in data management, data analytics, data science and demonstrate your deep technical competency and interpersonal skills to drive business value and results.
  • Responsible for ensuring new data technologies and innovations are integrated into the organisation, advising and recommending data architecture strategies, decisions, processes, tools, standards and methodologies.

Why you

  • Very strong data engineering team leadership skills.
  • Expert level knowledge in the following subject areas specialisms:
  • Data Engineering patterns and practices for efficient & optimised utilisation from raw data
  • Data Warehousing, semantic layer definitions and scaled data consumption patterns.
  • Distributed compute and processing data in parallel.
  • Robust enterprise grade data integration, ingestion, management & pipelines.
  • Data streaming and associated ”Lambda” style data architectures.
  • Operationalisation of Data Science outcomes, including continuous model qualification.
  • Very Strong Experience of the following core Azure or equivalent Google data platform components, or very strong adjacent experience from other platforms.
  • Distributed compute technologies such as Data Bricks & Spark plus knowledge of underlying programmatic frameworks.
  • Modern data streaming technologies such as Kafka in association with Event Hubs.
  • Cloud Storage Technologies (Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, etc).
  • Azure DW/Synapse
  • Azure Functions and other adjacent data relevant components.
  • IaC / Automated delivery technology such as Azure DevOps, Terraform, Ansible, etc.
  • Azure Kubernetes Service or other Containerised delivery technology.
  • Workflow management technologies such as Apache Airflow.
  • Fluency with agile and DevOps methodology and automaton practices
  • Fluency with Data Streaming patterns and hybrid real-time / lambda integration.
  • Familiarity with Machine Learning, Data Science & AI Technologies.
  • Superb problem solving and outstanding communication skills with the ability to describe complex & abstract technical concepts to peers and engineers.
  • 15+ years’ total experience with at least 5 years of senior engineering leadership roles
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, other relevant subject area, or equivalent practical experience.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience building and operating GxP-regulated technology in Healthcare
  • Experience managing containers in Azure Kubernetes Service
  • Experience applying Agile Product Management- Scrum and SAFe methodologies

Interested in Joining the Team?

Please apply via our online portal providing your CV and Cover Letter.
(Please take a personal copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available online post closure of the advert)

Why Consumer Healthcare?

In GSK Consumer Healthcare, we are on an incredible journey as we prepare to create a new, standalone, world leading company with a 100% single-minded focus on everyday health. We are doing this at a time when the work we do has never mattered more. With the COVID pandemic, people are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own health and wellbeing and to take care of their families. This is where we come in. With category leading brands such as Sensodyne, Voltaren and Centrum, built on trusted science and human understanding, and combined with our passion, knowledge and expertise, we are uniquely placed to deliver better everyday health to millions of people around the world and grow a strong, successful business.  This is an opportunity to be part of something special.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.  As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

As you apply, we will ask you to share some personal information which is entirely voluntary. We want to have an opportunity to consider a diverse pool of qualified candidates and this information will assist us in meeting that objective and in understanding how well we are doing against our inclusion and diversity ambitions. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete it.  Rest assured, Hiring Managers do not have access to this information and we will treat your information confidentially.

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