Senior Data Engineer

Are you eager to become an integral part of a dynamic team comprised of innovators, engineers, and analysts, all united in their dedication to pushing the boundaries of conventional data practices? Do you thrive on confronting challenges head-on, assuming a pivotal role in unravelling intricate problems through the transformative power of data?
Welcome to Cervus, a growing Small Medium Enterprise (SME) situated in the heart of the Southwest. We specialise in experimentation, data capture, and training exploitation, we leverage a unique fusion of technical expertise and real-world military and security experience.
We are actively seeking a proficient Senior Data Engineer, capable of leading independent initiatives and seamlessly integrating within our expanding team. As a key contributor, your responsibilities will encompass the strategic development, testing, and maintenance of data architectures, driving specific product development initiatives and project requisites within a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
In this hybrid role, you’ll have the flexibility to work from home and in the office, adapting to the needs of each project. However, you should be prepared for occasional travel to customer locations in the UK and abroad, depending on project requirements.
If you’re ready to embark on a journey with a team dedicated to shaping the future of data-driven solutions, we eagerly await your application.

Main responsibilities:

• Design, create and maintain optimal data pipeline architecture.
• Assemble large, complex data sets that meet the project and / or client requirements from a wide variety of structured and unstructured data sources in a way that enhances our core product offering.
• Optimise / Standardise data cleaning, wrangling, and processing on a variety of data sets.
• Design, build and integrate analytics tools that utilise the data pipeline to provide actionable insights for the customers using metrics, statistics and ML techniques.
• Identify, design, implement and ensure adherence to internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimising data delivery, data reliability and re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability, and efficiency etc.
• Supervise the operation of relevant helpdesk services as part of existing and new product development.
• Translate technical concepts into non-technical language and understand what communication is required for internal and external stakeholders.
• Provide training and mentoring to junior members of the team through our planned growth.
• Contribute to and manage the delivery of projects (internally and externally) and product developments as part of the Product Team (Managers, Owners,Managers etc) in line with the company ISO 9001 standards and QMS.


We expect you to have the following:

• A proven track record as a successful data engineer, having delivered quality projects (internal and external) on time and within budget.
• Experience of leading, supporting and working with cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams in a dynamic environment.
• Experience in deploying data engineering tools within virtual environments on both cloud and local infrastructure.
• Advanced working experience in SQL, data analytics, and other data wrangling tools and methodologies.
• Experience of designing, building and optimising ‘big data’ data pipeline, architectures and data sets.
• The ability to plan, design and work in a way that creates standardisation so that other team members can learn, contribute and deliver independently.
• The ability and aptitude to mentor, support, develop and manage the experience and development of peers and less experienced team members.
• Ability to gain UK SC and DV clearance.

We’d love you to have or be familiar with:

• Experience in other domains and an understanding of good and bad practices when delivering data analytics to customers.
• An awareness of technology trends and developments and experience of integrating these into research and development to benefit our product development and customer needs.
• Full UK Driving licence.


Salary depending on experience (plus excellent benefits*) to start ASAP.


Share options, min 32 days annual leave (inc. bank holidays) which increases with service plus an additional 5 days paid leave for Reservists ,
generous pension, health care, life insurance, flexible working, generous learning and development opportunities and awesome colleagues.

Location & Working Arrangements:

You may occasionally be required to work away (both in UK and abroad) in support of projects at customer locations. You will be required to gain UK SC and possibly DV Clearance. Due to the nature of the work a driving licence is preferable.