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Senior Software/Data Engineer

£10000 - £100000
Salary Frequency  

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.


Arup has always been a data-intensive business, but the explosion in data available from the built environment means we can take this to a new level. To realise value from this data requires robust data engineering workflows, underpinned by rigorous software engineering practices. Our cloud-native applications and services rely heavily on data analytics and machine-learning methods, and your work will be meaningful to ensure the success of these.


The role will be based in a small but rapidly growing team of developers, data engineers and data scientists, and visualisation and UX practitioners. Your primary focus will be a visionary and exciting R&D project, but the tools, practices, and culture we put in place will have an impact across the company, globally.


In this role, you will write production-ready code to acquire, cleanse, manipulate, store and retrieve data from a wide range of sources using leading edge open source tools, in the cloud. You will be a talented developer who assumes the use of best practices in agile and test-driven development. While happy to work under your own initiative, you function best as part of a team, and enjoy mentoring others.

Requirements and Skills

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Typically over 5 years’ experience of leading, developing and delivering data driven solutions.
  • Extensive experience in a mainstream object-oriented language, e.g. Java, Python.
  • Confidence working on the command line (OSX, Linux).
  • Extensive experience working in a cloud environment, preferably AWS.
  • Extensive experience with agile methodologies, test-driven development, continuous integration/deployment, version control.
  • Data modelling / schema design (relational and NoSQL).
  • SQL and NoSQL databases (e.g. Cassandra, MongoDB).
  • Experience of API and microservice design.
  • A talent for designing effective system architectures.
  • A highly rigorous mindset and approach to your work.
  • Bachelors degree in a numerate discipline.

Desirable Skills and Knowledge:

  • Graph databases and data warehousing experience.
  • Open source messaging, stream processing and ETL frameworks (e.g. Kafka, Storm, Beam).
  • Parallel analytics and query frameworks (Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Pig).
  • Linked Data/RDF, RDFS.
  • Experience of mentoring / supervising others.

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash, or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.