Principal Data Engineer

  • Elanco
  • Hook, UK
  • 01/04/2024
Full time Data Engineering Business Intelligence Software Engineering Data Warehouse

Job Description

At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!

As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.

At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.

Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!

Historically, the role of IT has been to provide a reliable ecosystem to run the business, drive efficiencies and reduce costs. These areas remain integral, however, driven by the quickening pace of innovation, IT must evolve, proactively partnering with the business to enable new digital business models that power new types of customer engagement.

At Elanco, we are investing in our Data Engineering capability and are hiring roles that will bring a broad range of skills covering areas such as data ingestion, integration, transformation, and consumption to deliver data products that will transform how we work with data. As part of the Data Engineering and Platforms team, we are looking for an experienced Data Engineer to provide their technical leadership to both internal and partner teams working within our Enterprise Data environment. This is a broad role which will include coaching and leading junior engineers in their domain and partnering with leadership to help steer engineering strategy.

To be successful in an engineering role in Elanco requires a highly motivated individual, with an innovative mindset and a willingness to drive tangible outcomes. The individual must be able to articulate complex technical topics, collaborate with internal and external partners and ensure quality delivery of the required data products.



  • Support change management as new data products land into the organisation.
  • Articulate our technical direction and upskill colleagues (both internal and external) in leveraging our Enterprise Data Platforms to deliver data products across our enterprise and ensure value is well understood.
  • Partner with our Data Platform Engineering Team to help drive consistency across different domains.
  • Drive opportunities from the Data Engineering backlog and provide technical leadership in design and execution of those solutions.
  • Drive Elanco’s Data Engineering standards, leveraging standard languages, frameworks across the enterprise and continually reviewing as appropriate to ensure the correct balance of modern and pragmatic.
  • Drive a continual modernisation plan to bring legacy data products in line with new standards where appropriate.
  • Partner with core engineering group to ensure application security is appropriately considered, monitored, and acted upon.
  • Act as an escalation point of contact to diagnose and problem solve across different data engineering domains.
  • Look for opportunities to modernise specific aspects of our data landscape, helping Elanco to maximise investments and drive more reliable outcomes.

Daily & Monthly Responsibilities

  • Hands on development, build, govern and maintaining any Data Product as needed.
  • Establish the Data Engineering community across Elanco to inspire, engage and ignite innovation.
  • Partner with the Data Architects to drive data strategy across the enterprise.
  • Engage across our data engineering domains to support, coach and guide data engineering leads across these domains.
  • Coach engineers across Elanco helping their technical development.
  • Drive strong technical standards, technical processes governance and control.
  • Lead squads through sprints, building against defined backlog items.


  • Look for opportunities to partner internally and externally using formats to engage, learn and achieve great outcomes for Elanco IT.
  • Use modern product approaches to influence and shape the business through partnership with Product Management, utilising modern product approaches such as rapid prototyping and embedding a ‘show them, don’t tell them’ culture.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or equivalent professional experience.
  • 8+ years of experience engineering and delivering enterprise scale data solutions, with examples in the cloud (especially Azure, GCP) strongly preferred.
  • 4+ years in roles requiring technical leadership and/or coaching and development of colleagues.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Proven track record in leading and delivering on complex data projects.
  • Expertise in data management, information integration and analytics practices and capabilities.
  • Experience working with modern data architecture and engineering methodologies (Domain driven data architecture, Scalable data pipelines, DataOps (CI/CD), API-Centric Design, SQL/NoSQL, FAIR data principles, etc.)
  • Exposure with developing data pipelines and data products using Azure storage, search, catalog, API management, and data processing & analytics services such as Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Bricks, Azure Synapse Analytics and PowerBI.
  • Experience working within a “DevSecOps” culture, including modern software development practices, covering Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), Test-Driven Development (TDD), etc.
  • Familiarity with machine learning workflows.
  • Experience working in complex, diverse landscapes (business, technology, regulatory, partners, providers, geographies, etc.)
  • Proven track record as a coach and/or mentor in developing technical skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Awareness of Infrastructure automation and application techniques and technologies

Other Information: Occasional travel may be required.

Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status