Lead Platform Engineer

  • Job Reference: 12853
  • Date Posted: 5 January 2021
  • Employer: Pertemps
  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: £44,000 to £66,000
  • Sector: Digital
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

About the role:
Working as part of the Data Factory team, the purpose of this role is to lead the data platform engineers to own and develop the target data platform for Thames Water and the associated transitional states.  You will need to own and lead the vision of how we create the centralised data capability which will take Thames Water to the next level of data maturity.

The role will evolve and manage the roadmap for the centralised data platform to bring together our silo data sets, automate, add security & structure and make data accessible to the business to drive insight lead decision making. Leveraging industry best practice while delivering changes, such as agile backlogs, code repositories, automated builds, testing and releases.

Using the cloud platform on Azure, expanding the framework, processes and business operating model with a scalable and repeatable approach. Alongside this, you will also need to devise the security model for dealing with data in accordance with GDPR and the business access control model to enable product teams can work in a structured manner. Leading the platform engineer team in the best way to do this.

A strong commercial focus is also required in this role to hold the business and development teams accountable, working within budget and your platform design framework.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • Training or certifications in Azure
  • Training or certifications in key industry data technologies (i.e. flexible languages like python)
  • Efficient in building data platforms and associated maintenance processes for enterprise solutions.
  • Strong Software delivery methods and knowledge
  • Ability to work in an agile framework and collaboratively with others
  • Managing other team members
  • Strong technical process understanding regardless of technology
  • Core cloud (azure) based technical knowledge
  • Wide range of strong platform support technical skills (i.e. Azure DevOps, API creation, PowerShell, Python, SQL)
What’s in it for you:
Our competitive salary and package include a competitive bonus, car allowance, private healthcare, an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday. There is also a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps.  We also have a referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re proud to be here for our local community, offering everyone two days paid volunteer to leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities. 

About us:
Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning waste into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.
Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with award-winning mental health and well-being strategy.