Lead Data Engineer

  • Perlego
  • London, UK
  • 01/01/2024
Full time Data Engineering Business Intelligence Software Engineering DevOps

Job Description

What you’ll get:
At Perlego we believe in the key role you will play to achieve our shared mission. You'll belong to a culture of dreamers, team players and avid learners with a flexible, value-based approach. Here, you can become your best self, and through your talent, make a real impact in the world of education.
The numbers speak for themselves:
94% of people you’ll work with are inspired by the purpose and mission of Perlego
88% of people you’ll work with feel they belong at Perlego
90% of people you’ll work with would recommend us as a great place to work
Stats from our latest anonymous employee engagement survey
What we do:
At Perlego, there are over 120 of us working hard to make education accessible to all. We believe access to good quality affordable learning unlocks potential. Knowledge should be more accessible, not locked behind sky-high price tags.
Last year, we expanded our library to make over 1 million books affordable for learners, earned a 100% Gold ASPIRE rating for accessibility and reached over 15 million people. The next stage of Perlego is twofold: 1) expand our support to students and publishers globally, and 2) build a product that goes beyond the book, a platform that helps students study smarter and educators teach more effectively.
What we're looking for:
A Lead Data Engineer who is self-driven, hands-on, and proactive in solving problems. With a focus on teamwork and the ability to provide technical guidance to others.
Someone who takes pride in building robust solutions, strives for automation, and is using tools aligned with infrastructure-as-code methodology. But at the same time is centred on delivering business value and is able to balance best practice approaches with business needs.
How we collaborate:
Our organisational structure revolves around cross-functional squads. The Data team sits centrally in this structure and forms part of the enabler tribe. The team is split into 3 domain areas; data engineering, data analytics and business intelligence. Together we support the goals of other squads by providing tooling, developing data products and providing data expertise.
What you’ll do:
We’re looking to optimise our data platform, increase observability and governance and to consider options for reducing our platform cost. We’re regularly expanding the datasets we ingest and need to consider speed of delivery as well as maintainability.
The primary use of our data is reporting, but we are beginning to develop some data products and would like to create a capability for supporting this in the future.
Your role will encompass managing the existing data infrastructure, leading on new infrastructure choices, monitoring performance and cost, and collaborating with third-party service providers. Additionally, you will support and guide two mid-level data engineers.
What success looks like for this role in 12 months
In 3 months you will be up to speed on our architecture, will have conducted a cost optimisation review of our platform and be in the process of implementing some of the recommendations
In 6 months you will have worked together with our existing team to establish robust alerting and data observability
This role aligns perfectly with your skill set if you possess:
Considerable experience in a Data Engineering role
Exceptional collaboration and communication skills
Previous experience mentoring other Data Engineers
Hands-on experience creating robust ETL pipelines, using big data tools
Experience ingesting data from external sources
Experience working with DataBricks
In-depth knowledge of AWS components, e.g. S3, CloudFormation, SageMaker
Strong focus on quality control and testing
Advanced knowledge of Python & Spark
Willingness to learn new tools & technologie
It’s a plus if you have:
Previously worked in a start-up/scale-up environment
Experience with data observability & monitoring tools such as Soda and Datadog
Experience with DBT
Experience in managing ML deployment
Exposure to Business Intelligence tools such as Tableau, Looker, or Mode Analytics
Benefits include:
The range available for this role is £85,000-£90,000
Why should you work at Perlego?
Apart from our mission, we foster a unique company culture championing self-empowerment, personal development, direct communication and mutual support. We’re proud of our Glassdoor reviews and the fact that 97% of our team would recommend Perlego as a place to work.
Want to learn more about how we’re making learning accessible? Check out our latest impact report
We're making learning accessible to all and we want our ways of working to be accessible too. We spend our time between our impressive office in Chancery Lane, and a bit of home working. Work in a way that supports your needs and your life. We trust people to know what works best for them.
We are flexible if you wish to work remotely overseas for short periods of time, as long as you remain a UK tax resident
L&D Budget
We value continuous learning, you will get £500 per year to spend on the training of your choice
Unlimited Coaching Opportunities
Unlimited access to MoreHappi, an on-demand professional coaching platform to offer all employees access to unbiased and professional coaching opportunities.
Learning Time
All employees have dedicated Learning Time to focus on new skills, projects or interests that lay outside of their day-to-day job
Work-Life Balance
Everyone needs a break, so enjoy 30 days off (incl. bank holidays) + 1 additional day annual leave for every year of service up to 35 days off (incl. bank holidays)
Flexi Bank Holidays
We understand that not everyone aligns with the same calendar; we offer the flexibility to take your local country's bank holiday allowance for other religious or cultural days.
e.g. switch UK Easter Bank Holidays Days for Eid celebrations
❄️ Office Reset
All employees can also enjoy the days between Boxing Day and New Year off, to reset and refresh for the new year - this is additional to your annual leave
After three years there is an opportunity to take a 1-month unpaid sabbatical, and after five years there is an opportunity to take a 1-month paid sabbatical
Personal Days
Life happens and we want you to be able to use your annual leave for resting, relaxing or taking time out to do something you love!
We offer 1 additional day a year for life events (your wedding, relocation, moving house, or a child starting school).
Health & Wellbeing
We want everyone to feel healthy and happy, so you get the choice of a wellbeing subsidy or private medical insurance via Vitality.
Mental Health
All employees also get access to a free counselling support service via Spill
Financial Wellbeing
Track your financial goals and receive financial advice all via Mintago
Cycle to Work Scheme
We're committed to building a sustainable business, so we encourage cycling to work. Perlego will buy your bike of choice, which you'll pay back over 12 months.
We're a tight-knit bunch who enjoy our time to play. We have regular social events and activities for everyone - everything from white water rafting to board game nights.
Family time
We believe family is really important; we offer new parents a competitive matched parental leave as well as a phased return to work from extended leave.
Workplace Nursery Benefit
We want to support working parents and carers, so we offer a workplace nursery benefit scheme, helping our employees potentially save thousands of £££ against the cost of nurseries each year.
Belonging at Perlego:
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity of thought and background.
❤️ We are actively building a diverse team, so we strongly encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people, parents, carers, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
To enable an equitable experience for all and give you the best chance of success, if you have any specific requirements for any stage of the interview process, please let us know by emailing ben@perlego.com