Senior Data 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.

We are looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join our Data team. We’re responsible for storing, transforming, optimising and analysing all Atom’s data to give the business the data and insight it needs when it needs it and we need help to drive the building and support our advanced real-time data platform. You will work with stakeholders within the bank, and externally too, establishing and maintaining strong ongoing working relationships with providers of data.

A key part of this role is to assist with leading, managing & delivering all aspects of development activities, to meet customer needs whilst ensuring adherence to standards across the Data Engineering community.

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):

  • Help with shaping of solutions, ensuring strategic fit, following the agreed principles and contribute to continuous improvement of Data Management within the bank
  • Work collaboratively with other technologists, including Data Architects, DevOps and Project Managers to investigate and develop solutions
  • Providing technical support and advice to a team of Data Engineers along with providing oversight to the products they develop
  • Support the activities of the Lead Data Engineer and promote shared values across the Data Engineering team
  • Required to liaise with DevOps and Architecture, with a required understanding of a development lifecycle
  • 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
  • Help guide the design of data solutions delivered to the business, ensuring that they meet overarching standards and maintain integrity

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?

  • Demonstrable experience of working closely with architects and other developers from other technology disciplines to deliver workable end to end solutions
  • Clear communicator both written and verbally
  • Test Driven Development experience in an Agile development environment
  • Demonstrable solid knowledge of data modelling principles, including data lakes and warehousing tools and techniques
  • Strong understanding of the SDLC of data solutions
  • Experience of using CI/CD tools such as Jenkins, and of containerisation (Docker/Kubernetes)
  • Experience of cloud-based technologies

What would we ideally like from you?

  • Experience of performance coaching and management of other data engineers
  • Hands-on Kafka development experience
  • Kafka certification
  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field OR relevant vocational qualification(s)
  • Shows a systematic, disciplined and analytical approach to problem solving and pays close attention to detail

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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