Software Engineer (Data)

  • Wood Mackenzie
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • 13/07/2020
Full time Data Science Big Data Statistics Software Engineering jobs

Job Description

Wood Mackenzie is looking for a future focused Software Engineer with excellent problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills to join our industry-leading data analytics company. We are headquartered in Edinburgh where our team is working on a next generation, data analysis & visualization platform utilized by our customer to drive billion-dollar decisions.

Role Purpose

The role is responsible for the development of new pipelines of data into Wood Mackenzie, and the support and enhancement of existing applications and processes which ingest, process and publish our data.

The successful applicant will have informed opinions on technologies, frameworks and approaches to delivery, and are able to articulate ideas effectively and strive to constantly improve deliverables.

About the Day to Day Responsibilities of the Role

The purpose of this role is to support and further develop existing applications which ingest, process and publish our data. These applications have been developed over many years, using a multitude of technologies.


  • Develop new data pipelines using Python within an existing AWS platform
  • Support, maintain and improve existing applications that are used both internally and externally for making decisions
  • Work within a scrum team on one or more projects within the Wood Mackenzie Technology portfolio, ensuring adherence to best practice
  • Review and adopt industry leading data tools/frameworks that make processing and analysis of data easier
  • Perform and participate in code reviews
  • Must be adaptable and able to investigate and resolve problems in unfamiliar applications and with unfamiliar technologies
  • Experience of working as part of high performing engineering team that processes data at scale.
  • Strong organization and planning skills and the ability to manage own workload and that of others within tight timescales
  • Commitment to excellence and meeting high quality standards expected by our clients
  • Experience in working in different delivery methodologies and an understanding of their benefits/constraints
  • Enthusiasm for engineering and emerging technologies
  • Manage your own time, and work well both independently and as part of a team


  • Collaborate with engineers to resolve any technical issues blocking progress and promote a culture of shared code ownership
  • Work in collaboration with team members to perform scoping, estimation and technology feasibility tasks for the intended solution
  • Address technical queries and elicit, prioritise, and negotiate changes to requirements and defects
  • Work in collaboration with test engineers to triage, manage and resolve issues and defects
  • Work directly with stakeholders of all levels across Wood Mackenzie providing a service to resolve their problems or enhance their applications.
  • The ability to form professional relationships with stakeholders in numerous geographical locations within different time zones.
  • It is also key to work with those in the direct team


  • Act as, and be seen as, a respected and trusted adviser
  • Highly regarded technical expert within engineering teams
  • Identify emerging technologies or applications and the opportunities to integrate them into our existing operations and activities
  • Build trust and confidence, and develop cross-departmental relationships
  • Encourage a collective code ownership and learning culture
  • Have an informed opinion on how technology can improve decision making through automated data processes
  • Actively lead the way in technology best practices and standards

About You and How You Can Excel in This Role

The person that fills this role must be a self-starter with a strong work ethic, energized by a challenge, passionate about bringing great products to market and love the thrill of creating a new standard for what’s possible.

The candidate must be proficient using Python within an AWS environment, and be knowledgeable of the architecture and tools available within AWS.

The successful candidate will be proficient with Oracle (PLSQL), SQL Server (T-SQL), SSIS, IBM’s Cast Iron and Tibco’s Spotfire. A working knowledge of deployment tools such as Jenkins or TeamCity would be useful.

Your skillset

  • Proven experience of using Python with the AWS environment
  • Proven experience of developing and supporting large RDBMS applications (Oracle, SQL Server)
  • Experience in maintaining applications and data load processes using Spotfire, Cast Iron and SSIS
  • Willing to learn new skills as Wood Mackenzie’s technical landscape is transformed
  • Strong knowledge of security and performance concerns
  • Strong understanding of the principles of test-driven development and agile methodologies
  • Excellent technical foundation gained in an engineering role with proven experience in systems development at scale
  • Hands on expertise with agile methodologies
  • Comfortable with managing technical debt and working with legacy codebases
  • Experience with leading, coaching and mentoring individuals and teams
  • Hands on experience with application optimisation, scaling and security
  • A formal certification of AWS is required



Additional Information

What you’ll love about Wood Mackenzie

Wood Mackenzie is a place where we are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment which encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.

Wood Mackenzie values everyone’s contribution and helps them reach their full potential while sustaining an organisational culture of health and well-being.

Our core values are:

  • Respect for the Individual
  • Integrity
  • Passion
  • Persistence
  • Confidence with humility
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork

We understand the importance of bringing your whole self to work and to achieving balance between work, family and other life commitments. We are open to considering flexible working arrangements to enable the greatest spectrum of talent to contribute to Wood Mackenzie's success.

Hear what our team has to say about working with us:

What You’ll Love About Verisk

Verisk Analytics has an amazing story to tell. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World’s Most Innovative Companies list for the third consecutive year and to its America’s Best Mid-Size Employers list. We also earned the Great Place to Work® Certification for the second consecutive year in recognition of our outstanding workplace culture.

Verisk is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources, and financial services. We’ve been delivering data, analytics, and decision support services to our customers for more than 45 years, helping them protect people, property, and financial assets. At Verisk, you’ll be part of an organization that’s committed to serving the long-term interests of our stakeholders, including the communities where we operate.

At Verisk, you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create a positive and lasting impact on the business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. Our culture of innovation means your ideas on how to improve our business will be heard. As key contributors to our success, our team members enjoy working in a business-casual, collaborative environment that offers state-of-the-art resources, advanced technologies, and an excellent benefits package.

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.