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Senior Data Engineer – NHM Unlocked

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:Up to £50,000
  • Contract type:Fixed Term Contract / Full Time

Do you have a passion for working with unusual data? Do you care about the natural world and want to make a difference? We are looking for a Data Engineer.

We are a small, fun, recently-formed team – wrangling data and looking for solutions to tricky problems to help us build a brand new collections facility.  When we talk about the elephant in the room, we really are talking about an elephant!

We are open to secondments, remote working and looking to open new bases beyond London within the UK. We support flexible working.

Sound good? Send us your CV and a cover letter. 

About Us

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us.

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

About the role

The postholder will be working closely with the NHM Unlocked Programme Team (in particular the IMT @ Reading PM), Informatics Team and Collections staff.

The NHM Unlocked programme will involve collating, generating, and analysing critical data to support decision-making in the planning process and design of the new facility and changes to the existing Museum sites. The work encompasses a wide range of data on the Museum’s collections and facilities, and related building infrastructure and environmental conditions.

The role demands an experienced technology professional who can offer strong business and stakeholder management skills in addition to proven technical abilities. The latter will include data modelling and architecture design, data analysis and business intelligence, and significant hands-on experience in designing, developing, and maintaining relational databases.

About you

You will be an experienced data engineer (or closely related profession) with proven experience working within complex, fast- paced environments. You will also have excellent organisational, time management and communications skills to deal proactively with stakeholders across multiple departments and with different degrees of technical experience. You will have significant experience of relational database management systems (e.g. MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL), Business Intelligence software (e.g. Power BI, Tableau), and data integration tools (e.g. Alteryx, Pentaho, Databricks). Knowledge of alternative non-relational database technologies is an advantage but not essential.

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4 – 10%)
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK.
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • We offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills. Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets. It also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures. For more details, visit https://www.cssc.co.uk
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi

How to apply

If you like the sound of the role, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, at https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/

You should upload the following documents:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the role competencies.

This post is open and will close when the role will be filled with the right candidate – please apply now to avoid disappointment.

Salary: Up to 50,000 per annum – If you are seeking a secondment then this is subject to discussion.

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