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Thoughtworks

Lead Data Engineer

at Thoughtworks

Sydney, Australia



Lead data engineers at Thoughtworks develop modern data architecture approaches to meet key business objectives and provide end-to-end data solutions. They might spend a few weeks with a new client on a deep technical review or a complete organizational review, helping them to understand the potential that data brings to solve their most pressing problems. On projects, they will be leading the design of technical solutions, or perhaps overseeing a program inception to build a new product. Alongside hands-on coding, they are leading the team to implement the solution.

Job responsibilities

  • Develop and operate modern data architecture approaches to meet key business objectives and provide end-to-end data solutions
  • You will partner with teammates to create complex data processing pipelines in order to solve our clients' most ambitious challenges
  • In some projects, you might be acting as the architect, leading the design of technical solutions, or perhaps overseeing a program inception to build a new data solution
  • You may undertake deep technical reviews or a complete organizational reviews, helping clients to understand the potential that data brings to solve their most pressing problems
  • You will contribute to demand generation and presales activities by meeting with and nurturing relationships with prospective clients, writing about relevant topics for publications, and speaking at events
  • You will pair to write clean code using TDD
  • Leverage various continuous delivery practices to deploy, test, support and operate data pipelines
  • Advise and educate clients on how to use different distributed storage and computing technologies from the plethora of options available
  • Create data models and speak to the tradeoffs of different modeling approaches
  • Seamlessly incorporate data quality into your day-to-day work as well as into the delivery process
  • Assure effective collaboration between Thoughtworks' and the client's teams, encouraging open communication and advocating for shared outcomes
  • You will develop relationships and influence with client stakeholders extending beyond your immediate working relationships
  • You will act as a mentor for less-experienced peers through both your technical knowledge and leadership skills, nurturing and cultivating team members to support their professional development

Job qualifications

Technical Skills

Please note the listed technologies are provide as examples; we don't expect anyone to be across all these technologies. Please apply if you can tick the major boxes and believe you have comparable or transferable experience in other areas.

  • You have experience with a range of data engineering tools, technologies and frameworks that might be composed in end-to-end data solutions. This includes:
    • Core data engineering tools such as SQL and Spark and platforms like Databricks and snowflake
    • Various storage technologies from blob storage (e.g. S3) to cloud analytic databases (e.g. BigQuery) to NoSQL databases (e.g. Cassandra, Mongo, Neo4J, etc) and maybe also distributed storage platforms such as HDFS
    • Pipeline orchestration and transformation technologies such as Glue, Airflow or dbt
    • Streaming data technologies such as Kafka, Kinesis, Dataflow, or Event Hubs
    • Some experience with presentation layer tools such as Superset, PowerBI or Tableau
    • Ideally, you have some experience of data science or MLOps tools such as Sagemaker, Dataiku, or MLflow
  • You have experience data modelling and can articulate trade-offs of various approaches
  • You have experience configuring infrastructure for data systems, preferably following infrastructure-as-code practices
  • You have experience building solutions using agile delivery and project management practices
  • You have a track record of innovation and expertise in Data Engineering, and have applied your expertise in a commercial setting across a range of industries and organizations
  • You have a deep understanding of data modelling and experience with data engineering tools and platforms such as Kafka, Spark, Databricks, Hadoop, and cloud providers (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • You have built large-scale data pipelines and data-intensive applications in a production setting.
  • You are comfortable taking data-driven approaches and applying data strategy to solve business problems
  • Working with data excites you: you love the challenges and rewards of building and operating data pipelines for business consumers, and maintaining data storage, all within distributed systems
  • You are comfortable working within data governance and information security frameworks and holding conversations with stakeholders about privacy, security and ethics
  • You enjoy influencing others and always advocate for technical excellence while being open to change when needed

Professional Skills

  • Excellent consulting skills, comfortable working in a cross functional team
  • Advocate your data engineering expertise to the broader tech community outside of Thoughtworks, speaking at conferences and acting as a mentor for more junior-level data engineers
  • You're resilient and flexible in ambiguous situations and enjoy solving problems from technical and business perspectives
  • An interest in coaching others, sharing your experience and knowledge with teammates
  • You enjoy influencing others and always advocate for technical excellence while being open to change when needed

Other things to know

Learning & Development

There is no one-size-fits-all career path at Thoughtworks: however you want to develop your career is entirely up to you. But we also balance autonomy with the strength of our cultivation culture. This means your career is supported by interactive tools, numerous development programs and teammates who want to help you grow. We see value in helping each other be our best and that extends to empowering our employees in their career journeys.

At time of application you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen or already hold Australian Permanent Residency.

About Thoughtworks

Thoughtworks is a global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering to drive digital innovation. For 30+ years, our clients have trusted our autonomous teams to build solutions that look past the obvious. Here, computer science grads come together with seasoned technologists, self-taught developers, midlife career changers and more to learn from and challenge each other. Career journeys flourish with the strength of our cultivation culture, which has won numerous awards around the world.

Join Thoughtworks and thrive. Together, our extra curiosity, innovation, passion and dedication overcomes ordinary.

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