Senior Software (Data Platform) Engineer

  • Wood Mackenzie
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • 22/07/2020
Full time Data Science Big Data Statistics Software Engineering jobs

Job Description

Company Description

Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.

Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.

Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.

We are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We are committed to creating a workplace that works for you and encourage everyone to get involved in our Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement initiatives. We actively support flexible working and are happy to consider alternative work patterns, taking into account your needs and the needs of the team or division that you are looking to join.

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

We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies!

At the heart of what we do is help clients manage risk. Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data and insights to our customers in insurance, energy and the financial services markets so they can make faster and more informed decisions.

Our global team uses AI, machine learning, automation, and other emerging technologies to collect and analyze billions of records. We provide advanced decision-support to prevent credit, lending, and cyber risks. In addition, we monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.

But why we do our work is what sets us apart. It stems from a commitment to making the world better, safer and stronger.

It’s the reason Verisk is part of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative. It’s why we made a commitment to balancing 100 percent of our carbon emissions. It’s the aim of our “returnship” program for experienced professionals rejoining the workforce after time away. And, it’s what drives our annual Innovation Day, where we identify our next first-to-market innovations to solve our customers’ problems.

At its core, Verisk uses data to minimize risk and maximize value. But far bigger, is why we do what we do.

At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Job Description

Wood Mackenzie is looking for a future focused Senior 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.

This role will be responsible for the implementation of our Data Pipeline that delivers unique data and analytics of Oil and Gas assets in the US. You will have the opportunity to drive technical direction, architecture of the data services that are critical to this platform.

If you are looking to work for a company that matters, a company which has a significant and growing impact in the world, and if having a sense of purpose and contribution is important to you, we want to hear from you.

What you'll do…

Our Data Platform is based on streaming processes and is considered the single source of truth for our data. The event-based approach is being used to incrementally transition existing data processes, ensuring we meet key criteria around data integrity. This platform is also the key to increase our speed to market of new data driven products & services used by our five hundred internal analysts and hundreds of thousands of external users.

You will have the opportunity to drive technical direction, architecture design and our data teams to solve domain specific problems. Key areas of expertise include, streaming technologies (Java, Python, Kafka, Kafka Streams), container management and orchestration (Docker), and a cloud first approach (AWS).


  • Lead implementation and delivery ensuring coding, unit testing, system integration, defect resolution, and technical documentation adheres to our standards
  • Responsible for the overall technical quality of project deliverables
  • Proactively identify problems with requirements and communicates these issues early
  • Ownership of technical project needs and communications
  • Manage your own time, and work well both independently and as part of a team


  • Work in collaboration with team members to perform scoping, estimation and technology feasibility tasks for the intended solution
  • Manage dependencies among engineering activities and constantly monitor, assess and control the technical execution
  • Address technical queries and elicit, prioritize, and negotiate changes to requirements
  • Reduce dependencies among engineers and promote code reuse and modularisation


  • Review and manage the technical quality of deliverables ensuring it meets best practices
  • Actively promote and set coding best practices including code reuse and readability
  • Manage escalations from project teams and work towards resolutions in a collaborative manner balancing customer value and technical debt
  • Promote a culture of code quality and continuous improvement


  • Act as, and be seen as a technical authority within engineering teams
  • Identify recruitment requirements and actively participate in the recruitment process.
  • Identify emerging technologies or applications and the opportunities to integrate them into our operations and activities
  • Encourage a collective code ownership and learning culture


  • Strong technical foundation gained in a senior engineering role with proven experience in systems development at scale
  • Hands on expertise with agile methodologies and comprehensive understanding of modern patterns and practices: unit testing, inversion of control, repository, MVC, etc.
  • Experience with leading, coaching and mentoring individuals and teams
  • Expert level knowledge in Java and Python or similar (e.g C#).
  • Bonus but not required GO, Rust or Scala.
  • Solid knowledge of modern architectures (e.g. microservices, event driven) and stream processing technologies (Kafka Streams, Spark structured streaming, Faust, Flink etc)
  • Hands on experience with application optimisation, automation, scaling, containerisation (Docker) and security in the cloud (AWS)
  • Proven knowledge of continuous integration and delivery (Jenkins)
  • Knowledge of Hadoop / Hive a bonus but not required.

Role Objectives

  • Consistently demonstrate strong leadership, communication skills, initiative and drive
  • Perform post-mortems for outages, high priority bugs and infrastructure issues and present lessons learned.
  • Set software engineering standards and oversee their adoption.
  • Participate in the definition and implementation of the engineering team roadmap.
  • Measurable improvements to the team’s output and the adoption of best practices and standards.




Additional Information

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

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