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Senior Data Engineer

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-106801 Date posted 29/04/2021


Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Data Engineering? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact Data Engineering in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, 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 disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

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 collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


A place to do important work. We connect across the whole business to power each function to better influence patient outcomes and improve their lives. Impactful and valuable, this is where you come to raise your profile

and do good for others. Play an increasingly crucial role in driving disruptive transformation on our journey to becoming a digital and data-led enterprise. Unleash the power of our latest innovations in data, machine learning and technology to turn complex information into life-changing and practical insights. Work in synergy with leading experts in our specialist communities. Here we bring the brightest minds to bear, with access to cutting-edge techniques and the opportunity to be part of novel solutions. It’s up to us to drive the outcomes forward, inventing and building, expanding our knowledge to identify the next opportunity. An inclusive team, we bring together diverse areas – different functions as well as external partners. Pooling from an unrivalled source of knowledge, we share, learn and challenge. It powers us to decode business needs and apply our technical know-how to add greater value. Rise to the challenge of shaping the future of an evolving business in the technology space.


AstraZeneca are looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join the R&D Data Platform. Reporting to a Lead Data Engineer, the Senior Data Engineer will be responsible for providing technical leadership to 1-3 scrum teams consisting of Data Engineers and other data professionals.

The role will include receiving requirements from stakeholders, designing solutions which meet those requirements, leading the delivery (including test and release) of those solutions and providing ongoing support and maintenance to the platform.

You will collaborate with colleagues across the globe, particularly our IT teams in Chennai and Guadalajara.


•             You will have delivery experience across key elements of the data and analytics domain.

•             You will need great interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to delivery.

•             You will be able to demonstrate an ability to understand business needs and translate them into a solution.

•             You must have strong analytical and data manipulation ability.

•             You will have experience of technical leadership in data and analytics.

Desirable Technical Skills and Experience?

•             ETL tools (we currently use Talend).

•             Database technologies (e.g. Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle)

•             Cloud technologies (we currently use AWS services like Lambda, Glue, Athena, S3, SQS, SNS, Redshift and Aurora)

•             Data visualisation technologies (our strategic solution is Power BI but also use Spotfire, Tableau and several others)

•             CI/CD (we currently use Jenkins, Nexus, Git)

•             Architecting data platforms, particularly Data Mesh architectures

•             Data modelling (3NF, Star Schema)

•             Interrogating, analysing and documenting data systems

•             Agile practises, particularly SCRUM and SAFe


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into exploring new leading-edge technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions. Our work unlocks the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification. We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate, and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.

Open Date : 28-April-2021

Close Date: 13-May-2021

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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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