Data Engineer

Southampton, Hampshire
19 Oct 2021
02 Nov 2021
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job 

We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Are you an analytical individual looking to establish yourself within the public sector?

Do you have experience in delivering high-value data engineering initiatives?

Would you like the opportunity to contribute to the development and support of new Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) IT services?

If so, we are looking for a dedicated Data Engineer to join us at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we would love to hear from you.

Job description

As a Data Engineer you will be part of a small, dynamic team where you will enrich the data within the organisation. You will build data pipelines and develop new data services to query, enhance and join datasets, integrating them into current business processes. You will provide access to data which will aid colleagues throughout the organisation to release the value that is inherent in our data. You will construct datasets that are easy to analyse and support the businesses requirements, whilst also helping to deliver the designs set out by senior team members.

This is a fantastic opportunity as you will design, build, test and maintain datasets in our new MCA Cloud Data Platform, ensuring they meet business requirements and user needs.


Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Building analytically ready datasets and ingestion pipelines
• Reduce manual data manipulation within the business to free up people’s time by creating repeatable scalable data pipelines
• Supporting the development of data streaming systems
• Providing technical support across business projects and programmes

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile.

About you

An ideal candidate would have a basic understanding of data engineering. You will have awareness of a variety of SQL and NoSQL databases, as well as experience with at least one programming language and be able to demonstrate the competencies to rapidly acquire or improve on these skills.

You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to explain complex technical information to colleagues at all levels of the business, while being able to cater your delivery for audiences with different levels of technical ability.

We are looking for someone who is reliable, pro-active, logical and possesses good problem-solving skills. A self-starter, who can work well under pressure, adapt to different demands and data requests and work to tight deadlines.

You will be an enthusiastic, team player with the ability to work on your own initiative and is someone that will ask for help when needed but also willing to support others when the opportunity arises.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Things you need to know

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

How to apply

Within your CV and personal statement please demonstrate your knowledge and experience of:

• Building and optimising data pipelines, architectures and data sets
• Experience in munging, processing and extracting value from large, disconnected datasets
• Develop fit for purpose, resilient, scalable data services to meet user needs
• Experience with one or more programming languages e.g. Python, Scala, JavaScript
• Awareness of a variety of SQL and NoSQL databases e.g. SQL Sever, Neo4j

The sift is due to take place on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from Tuesday 16th November 2021.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview with one or more exercises

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Shaun Murray-Brown Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

Attachments Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 1922kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB)

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