Data Engineer

  • Job Reference: 127623
  • Date Posted: 11 October 2021
  • Recruiter: HM Revenue and Customs
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: £40,000 to £44,000
  • Sector: Engineering, Government, Data and Analytics
  • Job Type: Full Time Flex, Part Time Flex, Super Flex
  • Duration: Happy to talk flexible working
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

Would you like to play a role in projects and programmes which transform the approach of data and it’s use in decision making and in-service delivery? Have you created successful data pipelines that transformed data processes, established or reviewed new data models, implemented data standards, or helped unlock new data assets? If so, this exciting opportunity as our Senior Data Engineer is for you, and we’d love to hear from you!

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is building a modern, digital tax administration and runs the biggest digital operation in Government, providing digital services for 45 million individuals and 4.9 million business customers. We are undergoing a major transformation programme, which includes a major investment in digitalisation. This brings exciting opportunities for those looking who are looking to grow their technical skills and knowledge.

Job description

Risk Intelligence Services (RIS) is currently working with our Chief Data Information Office (CDIO), as part of a HMRC Programme, to build and deploy new services utilising the integrated SAS visualisation tools to redefine how end users can generate insight from our information. This is a high priority Programme with Government Major Project Portfolio Status (GMPP). You will join a RIS Configuration Team who are configuring the SAS tools and many data sets for 5500 end users.

As a Senior Data Engineer, you will be responsible for the design, build and test of data models, products and processes required for HMRC services, making sure they meet business requirements and user needs. You will be raising any risks or issues that are key to your build work. You will be confident in communicating to a technical and non-technical audience.

On the Programme, you will be working alongside other Data Engineers, Software Engineers and Test Engineers to deliver your data products to time, quality and scope, with support from Product Owners, Delivery Leads and Workstream Leads.

The service will go-live in February 2022. After delivery of the Programme, you will be embedded in a team to further utilise your Data Engineering skills in maintaining and enhancing data models, products, processes and standards for critical I.T services working closely with analysts and I.T Delivery professionals.

The post provides a fantastic opportunity for a motivated individual who enjoys working collaboratively and has an interest in developing their skills and experience to make a difference to HMRC’s transformation.


Key Responsibilities:

- Design, build, test and maintain data management systems, making sure they meet business requirements and user needs.

- Work closely with wider build teams, product owners and delivery lead to ensure priorities are met and build products are aligned.

- Deliver services that are automated, reliable and secure.

- Recommend ways to improve data efficiency and reliability.


- Designs, builds and tests data products that are complex or large scale.

-Uses agreed standard and tools to design, code, test, correct and document moderate to complex programs and scripts from agreed specifications and subsequent iterations. Collaborates with others to review specifications where appropriate.

- Understands the concepts and principles of data modelling and can produce relevant data models across multiple subject areas. Can reverse engineer data models from a live system.

- Understands industry recognised data modelling patterns and standards and when to apply them. Compares and aligns different data models.

- Design appropriate metadata repositories and present changes to existing metadata repositories. You understand a range of tools for storing and working with metadata and provide advice to team members.

- You can respond to problems in databases, data processes, data products and services as they occur.

-You can initiate actions, monitor services and identify trends to solve problems. You can determine the appropriate remedy and assist with implementation of it as well as preventative measures.

- Understands the impact of emerging trends in data tools, analysis techniques and data usage.

- Understands core technical concepts related to their role and can apply them with guidance.

- Able to effectively translate and accurately communicate across technical and non-technical stakeholders as well as facilitate discussions within a multidisciplinary team, with potentially difficult dynamics.?Able to advocate for the team externally and can manage differing perspectives.

Desirable Criteria:

- Experience of using the SAS tools to deliver data products and solutions is highly desirable but training will be provided.

- Experience of Agile and DevOps principles is desirable.

Technical skills

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

  • Data Development
  • Problem Resolution
  • Communication


• Learning and development tailored to your role

• An environment with flexible working options

• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

• A Civil Service pension

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet'  for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
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 Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. You will be asked to provide your job history. This will be followed by your previous skills and experience. Please tailor this section to the skills highlighted in the advert with emphasis on the following;

- Data Development; Use of tools to design, build and test data products that are complex or large scale.

- Problem Resolution; You know how to respond to problems in data bases, data processes, data products and services as they occur.

- Communication; Effectively translate and accurately communicate across technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Applications will be sifted on these skills. Candidates successful at sift stage will be expected to undertake a video-based interview which will include a ten-minute technical presentation. This presentation should demonstrate how you have delivered a complex data product to challenging deadlines including how you approached the design, build and test of the product. This will be followed by questions based on your experience against the skills in the advert.

Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed.

Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than 48hours before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: Use subject line to insert appropriate wording eg Please re-open my application - 127623 & vacancy closing date 25th October 2021.

Security Update

If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland/Access NI. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on 0300 200 7888 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

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.

Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for SC is 5 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

HMRC transformation

HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. Our Regional Centres in Croydon, Bristol and Belfast are already operational.

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HM Revenue and Customs employee and you joined us through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to a regional centre, a transitional site or a specialist one. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HM Revenue and Customs.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Terms and Conditions

We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.


If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information. (Please note the attached document could also be called “Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”)

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Further Information

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here

HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

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

Reasonable adjustment
We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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.