Head of Data Engineering

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Metropolitan Police
London, United Kingdom
Job Type
Hybrid Working Opportunity


Closing date: 11:55pm, 7 December 2023
Salary: The starting salary is £86,485 which includes allowances totalling £2,841. The salary is broken down as £83,644 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £92,192. There is a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000
Recruitment code: Oleeo 16168
Location: New Scotland Yard, Bow or Lambeth preferred. Can be based at Hendon or Sidcup, but frequent travel to New Scotland Yard and Lambeth required. The data office offers blended working with an expectation of two days minimum in the office per week

The Commissioner and Management Board have determined that the Met will be a data-driven organisation. This means treating our data in the same way we treat our people, methods and technology, as a strategic asset.

The data office is the single place of accountability across the Met that:

  • owns and drives the data compliance and analytics agenda
  • brings together the accountabilities that are currently dispersed across the Met business areas
  • consolidates and further develops existing Met data and insight services
  • enables data sharing and collaboration to serve the public and external partners

The role

We are recruiting for the Met's first head of data engineering to oversee a team of more than 30 data engineers contributing to our objective of being a data-driven organisation. You'll have accountability for:

  • the data engineering infrastructure
  • information
  • mapping
  • report generation
  • the design and development of new data services
  • system improvements

We're looking for a strategic leader skilled in building data engineering capability through technical direction and developing high performing teams. You'll take responsibility for creating the future vision for data engineering within the Met, including how the team can collaborate more closely with other data teams to solve real-world problems. You'll work closely with the head of data analysis and the head of data science to feed into the data analytics roadmap which underpins the New Met for London Programme. This work will enable the data-driven precise policing culture we are working towards.

Key accountabilities

  • accountable for the delivery of a high quality, efficient and cost-effective service data engineering service, building effective working relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally
  • lead, develop and motivate a high performing teams of more than 30 data engineers with a focus on increasing the collective capability through career development and fostering an environment of collaboration
  • provide technical leadership across multiple work streams to create robust and scalable data pipeline solutions
  • work with data architecture to mature the data platform to work towards deploying multiple applications to Azure cloud platform
  • own and embed enterprise level data engineering projects with a geographically dispersed team working on multiple technologies and unique stakeholders
  • implement IT service and system improvements including data, reports, databases, automation, hardware and software
  • accountable for the data, research and performance information that is provided to the analysis teams and to the broader Met business
  • champion continuous improvement, evaluating new processes, tooling and technology to enable evidence-based decision-making in the police
  • work with Information Assurance to ensure data processing is compliant with data regulations

Additional information

Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working, job share or carers and career break returners. We also support blended working, and the hiring manager will be happy to discuss arrangements for this role.


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required.

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties.

For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) or Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

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