Senior Data Engineer

  • Job Reference: 242360
  • Date Posted: 11 November 2022
  • Recruiter: DVLA Digital
  • Location: Swansea
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £39,428 to £43,159
  • Bonus/Benefits: We may offer up to £7,000 ‘Digitec’ Allowance for candidates
  • Sector: Software Engineer
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Contact: Thomas Woodhams
  • Email:

Job Description

Job description

We are looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join DVLA’s MIBI delivery squad in undertaking the design and implementation of a big data analytics platform building data pipelines to connect operational systems, data for analytics and BI capabilities. To help build tools, services and pipelines to make data available to analysts, data scientists and report builders in a timely, consistent, auditable and reproducible way.


Your work might involve:

  • Working with data users to understand and meet their needs
  • Building robust and scalable automated data pipelines
  • Using Infrastructure as code to deploy Azure cloud infrastructure
  • Creating, estimating, delivery and testing of product backlog items as part of an Agile Scrum
  • Training and mentoring junior talent.

You will have the opportunity to build/develop your skills in the following Azure, Event Hubs, Structured Streaming, Databricks, Delta Lake, Azure Data Factory, Azure DevOps, Terraform (IaC).

Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post.

About You

We welcome applications from anyone with relevant technical skills. For example, you could have a background in data engineering, software engineering, DevOps, analysis or data science.

You’ll have experience of:

  • SQL
  • Python or another programming language
  • Version control tools, such as git
  • Working with a range of data sources
  • Developing ETL pipelines
  • One or more data modelling techniques: Medallion,3NF, Data Vault, Dimensional Models

About us

We strive to ensure that DVLA is a great place to work where everybody can be their true self, be treated with dignity and respect, and according to their individual needs. We have a number of staff network groups run by staff to support their colleagues. 

Working for the DVLA Digital Team 

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) our work matters. We’re at the forefront of digital within government, providing new and improved services that are reliable, easy to use and offer value for money for our customers. With over 49 million driver records and over 40 million vehicle records, the opportunity to work at this scale is unrivalled across the region. Our services generate billions in revenue and make a difference to the lives of 9 out of 10 households in the UK. 

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities with the DVLA Digital Team then click here. 

Our people are transforming our digital services, head over to our DVLA Digital Services Blog to read about what we have been up to. 

Due to the evolving nature of the business, vacancies can become available at any time. Therefore, this campaign may create a reserve list to fulfil demand if it arises which will be held for a period of 12 months. 


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

  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • SFIA - Technical Specialism (TECH) - Level 5
  • SFIA - Application Support (ASUP) - Level 5
  • SFIA - Systems Design (DESN) - Level 4
  • SFIA 6 - Programming/Software Development (PROG) - Level 5


  • Best in class learning and development tailored to your role  
  • An environment with flexible working options  
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity  
  • A Civil Service pension
  • We encourage a great work-life balance
  • Digital communities
  • Generous salary
  • On-site gym plus personal training available
  • On-site nursery, restaurants and coffee bar
  • 25 days holiday, increasing by 1 each year (up to 30)
  • Range of staff groups to support all our colleagues
  • Free parking
  • Ability to buy and sell annual leave.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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.

The sift is due to take place 23rd November 2022.

Interviews will be held from the 6th of December 2022.

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview. 

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. 

How to Apply 

For this role you will need to submit a CV and personal statement of up to 500 words. We need to understand how your skills and experience meet all the essential criteria for this role. You can use any part of your life to demonstrate your skills and experience, but it must be relevant to the role. You can refer to your work experience, education, hobbies, or interests. 

You can decide the best way to structure your personal statement. You may choose to address each of the essential criteria on their own. Or, you can give one example that covers all the essential criteria we are looking for. Click here for further guidance on submitting your CV and personal statement. 

It is essential when submitting your personal statement that you provide as much detail as possible, within the word count, against the essential criteria outlined below as this will be used in conjunction with your CV to assess candidate suitability to move to the next round in the recruitment process. 

For your CV and personal statement, please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following essential criteria: 

  • Experience building and operating one or more large scale data analytic platforms.
  • One or more data technology specialism, for example; Data Warehouse, Data Lake or Lakehouse. 

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types.  These could include questions around behaviours and how you would respond in any situation as well as specific examples of things you have done. 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include: 

  • An Interview and a coding exercise.

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

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.  

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website

Please take note that DVLA does not hold a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) Skilled Worker License sponsor and are unable to sponsor any individuals for Skilled Worker Sponsorship.

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

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.


Further Information


For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How we hire  page of our DfT Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Recruitment in detail page of the DfT Careers website. You will find detailed information about the entire recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role in 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.