Data Science Engineer

Location Durham
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full time

About us

As the UK’s most innovative fintech, we’re taking a mobile-first approach and redefining what a bank should be. Using technology, we’re making things easier, transparent and better value for people and businesses.

Based in Durham, we’re committed to bringing world-class career opportunities and developing a strong tech culture in the North East. Our team currently has 350 brilliant people and is still growing; could you be the next innovator to join us?

We’re looking for mindful, empathetic and self-aware people to join our teams in Durham and London, and help us innovate and disrupt the market with our cutting-edge, digital banking solution.

Here’s some of tech we use...

  • React
  • Swift5
  • Kotlin
  • Python
  • GoLang
  • Kafka
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Kubernetes

Our tech journey

We’re investing millions in building the best banking machine in the world on Google’s Cloud Platform. Read more about our move to GCP.

What else should you know…

Platform: We’ve taken the very best cloud native technologies and partnered them with contemporary data architecture to create a platform that we believe is the envy of the world. Read more about our partnership with Thought Machine and our use of hashed ledgers and smart contracts to change banking tech forever.

Agile principles: Our move to GCP means we can fully embrace agile principles with autonomous teams, rapid release cycles and automated testing.

Innovation: Named by KPMG as one of the top ten Global FinTech innovators for four consecutive years, and with multiple projects funded by the UK science budget to bring great analytics and tech to banking, you can expect to be working on cutting-edge projects utilising machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform the way people and businesses do banking.



We’re Atom bank

We’re an app only bank, so we don’t have any branches on the high street. Traditional we are not. Even our ad campaigns are a little bit different.

  • Featured in London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019
  • Ranked 12th in Business Cloud’s 100 FinTech disruptors list which looks at the UK’s most exciting financial technology companies
  • Named in the Chronicle’s top 50 best places to work in the North East (listed in the top 20)
  • The UK’s most trusted bank on Trustpilot

Want to join us?

We’re on a mission to disrupt banking, and with exciting and challenging work and outstanding perks, it means we work in an environment in which you can personally grow.

That’s why, when we’re recruiting, we’re looking for individuals who are as enthusiastic and passionate as we are about changing banking for the better.

A Data Science Engineer is required to join the Data Management team in the Insight & Intelligence department, within the data driven digital bank that is Atom! We are currently developing a new data architecture to support our current and future needs and objectives.

As a Data Science Engineer you will primarily, work alongside the Data Science and Reporting teams and the Data Engineering teams while also interacting with all parts of the business. Successful use of database and streaming techniques and methodologies to create an efficient, sustainable and agile platform are key to this role.

Insight & Intelligence have responsibility for the management of Atom’s data from end to end, from sourcing and integration, right through to deliver of business reporting and predictive models. Hence, there will be an opportunity to be involved in all parts of this life cycle within to support our dynamic business.

This role will involve a flexible mix of remote & office based working, from our Durham HQ.

What will your ‘typical’ day look like…. (there’s no 2 days the same in Atom):

  • You will be required to build and maintain data ETL jobs using a range of tools including PostgreSQL, Java and Kafka
  • Be responsible for integrating, consolidating and transmitting data while maintain Atom’s high data quality standards
  • Required to liaise with senior stakeholders to gain an understanding to their requirements whilst possessing the ability to translate these business requirements into technical delivery
  • Responsible for the design and integrity of data solutions delivered to the business
  • Understand and implement Atom’s vision, strategy and principles for data management

All roles within Atom must adhere to the Conduct Rules as set out by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

As part of our journey in building and running a bank we’ll encounter many risks along the way. In order to make sure the road doesn’t become too bumpy we expect everyone to make a conscious effort to proactively tackle and highlight any risks that we might face.

What do we need from you?

  • Hands-on experience in design, development and deployment of data solutions and the integration of new technologies as they develop
  • Ability to learn new technologies and adapt to changing requirements
  • Coding skills in SQL and Java, or transferable coding skills from other languages
  • In-depth knowledge of Data Modeling, ETL development and Database/Data Warehousing, Structured and Unstructured data
  • A mixture of SQL and No-SQL technology experience and how these different approaches combine together
  • Have an awareness of how data can be used to drive operational and strategic decisions
  • Possess a strong understanding of how Data Engineering and Data Analysis fits within Data Science and Business Intelligence workflows
  • Excellent analytical, decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Understanding and delivery of Data Governance practices

What would we ideally like from you?

  • A Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or other relevant field; or equivalent work experience
  • A background in data management preferably focused on data provision for analytics, using large and complex data
  • Familiar with service support models and meeting SLA’s
  • Show a systematic, disciplined and analytical approach to problem solving and strong attention to detail
  • Is familiar with the software engineering life cycle for development and the concepts and practices required to implement effective information systems

What you’ll get from us:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual Share Option – performance related
  • Incredibly generous Company pension scheme, candidate contributes (maximum of 13% of Atom input – candidate can put in more)
  • ‘All About Me’ fund - £200 per year to spend on personal development
  • 25 days holiday + 8 statutory days - rising by half a day with every year in the company
  • Private Medical Insurance for you and full family
  • Health Cash Plan – expenses paid on Optical/Dental/other appointments/treatments
  • Life Insurance – 4 times annual salary
  • Critical illness cover – 1 x lump sum annual salary
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • Continuous development – professional qualifications
  • Challenging and exciting working environment

PLEASE NOTE: You must have the legal right to work in the UK to apply for this role as Atom Bank are unable to support Visa Applications/Sponsorship

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