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Lead Data Platform Engineer

Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Job ID R-192955 Date posted 16/04/2024

Lead Data Platform Engineer - Snowflake

Barcelona (Spain)

Competitive salary & benefits

Do you have expertise in, and passion for driving implementation, adoption and running of Snowflake Enterprise Data Management Platform? Would you like to apply your expertise in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

There are countless opportunities to develop and grow with AstraZeneca – working with top people to build a diverse career and learn what Commercial looks like at its best. A crucial step on the journey to being a future leader – it’s a phenomenal opportunity if you’re up for the challenge.

At AstraZeneca UK, we bring life-changing medicines to patients across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As a member of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), all of our sales, marketing and communications activities are subject to the ABPI Code of Practice. If you’re passionate about the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join us!

What you’ll do

We are in the process of transforming to a cloud-native data platform, Snowflake, and are looking for someone who can join us at this crucial point.  You’ll be integral in leading, shaping and building the platform, whilst guiding AZ data engineers through the processes and standard methodologies for its use across large scale greenfield and migration projects. 

As lead engineer you will be responsible for the end-to-end engineering efforts (including build, configuration, integration, automation, deployment, support and for streamlining implementation).  We run the platform in a Hub and Spoke model – effectively operating as an internal SaaS team.

You’ll drive the technical direction of the platform, ensuring we have the right security, rigour, integrations, and automation to work efficiently, safely and at speed.

Deliver effective platform support & service management, ensuring key service metrics and KPIs are governed, maintained, and improved progressively

Advocate and advance modern, agile development practices and help develop and evangelise great engineering culture within the team.

As lead engineer, you will help with hiring, coaching, mentoring, feedback, and hands-on career development.

You’ll be seen as the go-to person for Snowflake and will be integral as to how it is embraced and used by data engineers and IT teams.

Essential for the role

We consider individuals in this role to be our credible Engineers; this means you need to be capable of working in multiple spaces and are likely to be the most experienced and skilled engineer on the team. You will raise expectations within the whole team, solve complex technical problems and work alongside complementary delivery platforms.

  • You have proven ability to work with Snowflake or similar enterprise data management platforms
  • You have a strong experience in working in partnership with technical vendors
  • Strong history as a lead data engineer; managed global technical teams with strong Team Leadership skills
  • You have experience working in a global organization with multi-partners, collaborators and team members are spread out in a diverse culture environment
  • You have good awareness and experience working with GxP and SOX compliant platforms and services; Enabling data security & protection, masking, anonymization, logging & auditing, row & column level access controls; Backup & Disaster recovery
  • Ability to work with and influence collaborators – understanding their use-cases and evangelising platform usage

Desirable for the role

  • SnowPro Core Certifications (Ideally SnowPro Sophisticated: Administrator)
  • Experience in Data Security, Data Protection and Data Impact Assessments
  • Experience with other data engineering technologies (ETL, Cataloging, Policy based access, Visualisation)

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and teamwork, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

Are you ready to bring new insights and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more?

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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