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As the use of data in business gets more and more prevalent the ability to quickly and effectively produce data algorithms that can analyse large complex datasets is crucial. In order to do this, the right data infrastructure needs to be in place.

Why consider a career in Big Data?
Data Engineers build databases, data warehouses and data lakes to service the needs of the Data Analysts and Data Scientists in their businesses. This area is fast growing and Data Engineers are in massive demand as so many companies race to unlock the value in their data.
Typical role titles include
Data Engineer
Big Data Engineer
Data Developer
BI Engineer
BI Developer
Business Intelligence Developer
Business Intelligence Engineer
Big Data Developer
Hadoop Developer
Data factory Developer
Hadoop Engineer
Data Availability Engineer
Data Science Engineer
Big Data Software Engineer
Platform Engineer
Data Warehouse Engineer
DWH Engineer
DWH Programmer
DWH Developer
Datawarehouse Developer
Datawarehouse Engineer
Datawarehouse Programmer
SQL Server Engineer
Data Infrastructure Engineer
Data Infrastructure Programmer
Data Infrastructure Developer
Data Analytics Engineer
Big Data Architect
Hadoop Architect
Hadoop Specialist
Big Data Specialist
Big Data Lead
Head of Big Data
Data Architecture specialist
Head of Data Architecture
Career progression example
Junior Data Engineer
Data Engineer
Senior Data Engineer
Lead Data Engineer
Head of Data Engineering
Data Architect
Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate Data Engineering professionals on average will be earning between £30k-£35k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £50k-£60k and seniors would be looking to earn £70k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
The skills needed can be split into 3 categories; programming skills, data science understanding and problem-solving.
Programming skills: Java | Python | Golang | Cython | Software Design - A background in APIs e.g. web APIs and static/dynamic libraries | ML Libraries - e.g. TensorFlow, CNTK, MLib, Spark, Kafka, Kinesis, Redshift.
 What qualifications does it take?
A BSc, Masters (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) in a maths, physics, statistics, artificial intelligence (AI), software engineering, engineering or computer science field with technical skills in programming. Demonstrable experience working with large data sets or alternatively candidates will work in Business Intelligence and then do online courses /self-learning/ get trained up on Big Data Engineering and Architecture and can move into these roles through this route.


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  • 19th May

    Hot Jobs Principal Data Engineer

    — Green Tech Company

    Bristol/remote, UK
    Circa £100k
    Green tech platform using AWS and Azure. Build cutting-edge IoT products. Redefine the Cloud and Data infrastructure. An IoT green tech company are looking for a Principal Data Engineer who can build the Cloud infrastructure on AWS to support a number of initiatives. What you will be doing  As the Principal Data Engineer, you will build infrastructure to support deep-dive analytics and proper structures to deploy ML pipelines. Currently, the Cloud team manages most of the data and now they want someone who’s going to take it to the next level in these areas: Redefining the architecture and the bones of the system to move towards event-driven Provisioning the datalake and new DWH that is being built Source systems integration  Automate,automate and automate some more Establish the framework and ML infrastructure environment This position will be the SME for Data in the organistion, so the scope is yours to define where you want to take it. This role will have the opportunity to grow into a management position and to build a team around you. Alternatively, if you prefer to continue down the tech influencer route, you can. What you'll need to apply Experience provisioning data lakes, databases and services on AWS Python or Scala development experience Data modelling and database design experience Experience with CI/CD Experience in requirements gathering and translation into technical specifications What you'll get in return for your experience A base salary of circa £100k DOE plus benefits including the ability to work with the tech you want, for a company that is making a real sustainable impact. The role is offered hybrid in Bristol or remote with monthly trips to the office for candidates further afield. What's next Please get in touch with Scott with an up-to-date CV, don't hesitate to call/email to discuss the finer details.
  • 9th May

    Hot Jobs Head of Data Engineering

    — Financial Services

    Salisbury/remote, UK
    Up to £100k
    Be influential in the direction of the organisation. Collaborate with the CDO and Head of Data Science. Backed data strategy and investment from new CDO. A specialist financial service institution is looking for a Head of Data Engineering & Architecture to scale the data platform and the data platform team.What you'll be doingAs the Head of Data Engineering, you will build and manage a team of talented cloud data engineers to enhance the data platform as part of the new data strategy. There are a number of sources that need to be integrated into the platform which you require you to lead on the architecture of said sources.Data governance will be the backbone of the platform so that effective data science and business intelligence activities can be carried out. Therefore, you will liaise with other heads of departments and teams to ensure that the platform is fit for purpose as it scales. What you'll need to apply Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases Comfortable hands-on with either Python, Java or Scala Confident leading data engineers and setting standards Excellent understanding of business use cases for analytics and how to provide the data Excellent stakeholder management and influencing skills What you'll get in return for your experienceA base salary of up to £100k plus & benefits. The data team will triple in size over the next 12 months so this is a great chance to be a key part of enabling the business to become fully data-driven.The role is offered largely remote with the expectation to go into the office 1 or 2 days p/month depending on requirements. The role can be offered fully remote to UK-based candidates too.What's next  Please apply with an up-to-date CV today. Don't hesitate to call/email to discuss the finer details.
  • 18th May

    Data Analyst - SQL/Power BI

    — 6-Months Initial - Remote Working

    Remote, UK
    £400 p/day - £450 p/day
    Data Analyst - SQL/Power BI. Up to £450 p/day "Inside IR35". 6 Months Initial - Remote Work. 6-month initial contract opportunity, for a Data Analyst, to work for an awesome London based company.What you'll be doingWorking for an amazing company providing general analytics support based between your home office & optional office space depending on your preference.What experience you'll need to apply for this role Data Analyst (Expert Senior). SQL & Power BI (Advanced). Python, HiveQL, Hadoop/Big Data (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experienceThe daily rate is up to £450 p/day "Inside IR35", however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered.What's next?Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
  • 17th May

    Data Engineer

    — Green Tech Platform

    Remote, UK
    Up to £60k
    Great opportunity for a BI Developer to progress to a modern Cloud Data Engineer. Tech-first clean energy start-up. Fully remote with occasional trips to Gloucester.  I’m helping an energy start-up to find a Data Engineer to join a small but growing team in Gloucester (or remotely). Their solution utilises AI software which allows energy trading between homes to save people up to 70% on their bills. With an ambitious technology roadmap in place and plans to grow the development team further, this role plays an integral part in scaling their data platform and introducing new and emerging tech.  What you’ll be doing Joining a team of 4 Developers and reporting to the Tech Director, you’ll be instrumental in the delivery of their development pipeline by designing, documenting, building, maintaining, and improving their data models, and the reporting suite in their data warehouse, all hosted in AWS. What experience you’ll need Solid SQL and Python essential Data modelling Ability to develop dashboards e.g Power BI, Tableau or similar Understanding of CI/CD Sound knowledge of AWS and its ecosystem (Athena, Glue, S3, Lambda)/similar Cloud services  What you’ll get in return for your talents This role is just about fully remote, though you’ll need to be happy coming to their Gloucester office monthly for strategic meetings. You’re entitled to 28 days holiday ( bank hols), flexi-time for those who need it, a healthy pension scheme, support on upskilling in the areas you’re not as confident with and time for R&D. There’s on-site parking when you’re in the office and a cycle to work scheme. More importantly, you’ll be working for a start-up that are saving a lot of money for people across the UK, acting as pioneers for the green tech revolution.  What’s next? Like the sounds of this one? Get in touch with Scott to find out more.  
  • 12th May

    Analytics Engineer

    Bristol, UK
    £35K - £50K (DOE)
    Digital Agency with high profile clientsAudience Engagement Agency  Great opportunity to work with some of the biggest brands in sports and entertainment such as FIFA & UEFA Learn new digital & data skills Work with some industry experts Have you always wanted to work in an agency providing insights and actionable recommendations to a number of high-profile sports and entertainment clients? If so, this is the perfect role for an Analytics Engineer looking to make the move into a role using data to reach a global audience.What you’ll be doingYou'll have a broad role covering implementing tagging on websites & apps, digital analytics, data pipeline & ETL development, database work, data visualisation and assisting data scientists with their projects. You'll also work with a wide range of audience engagement tools, specialist digital marketing technology and develop a solid network with the likes of FIFA & UEFA.What experience you’ll need to apply A keen interest in sports (especially football) Solid experience in tagging implementation using Javascript/HTML/CSS Previous experience using Data Visualisation software like; Tableau, Power BI or Google Studio Be able to query SQL databases and develop ETL pipelines Experience using digital analytics/marketing tools Experience with a statistical language like Python or R a bonus Keen interest to learn and pick up new technologies What you’ll get in return for your experienceThe salary on this is around £35K - £50K (depending on experience) as well as the chance to work with global clients on some major. There are some great benefits as well like, a great autonomous working environment, flexible working hours and a supportive team.What’s next?If this sounds like the role for you, get in touch with Alex with your updated CV and we’ll handle the rest.
  • 11th May

    Business Intelligence Analyst

    — Company in the Healthcare Industry

    Bristol, UK
    30,000 - 40,000
    Join a small, friendly team. Opportunity to grow. Working across varied projects. Excellent opportunity has popped up in the Healthcare Industry for a BI Analyst to join a fairly new team with an excellent company culture. What you’ll be doing Working in a small team within a cross-fertilised environment, this is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and work across various functions and projects. You’ll be supporting the team by providing analytics and reports using SQL and PowerBI. This exciting company are unique in their offering and have fantastic staff retention with great growth opportunities. What experience you’ll need to apply Ideally 6-12 months experience in a BI or Data Analyst role Strong Experience with SQL (covering knowledge of local variables, SQL queries, partition functions etc.) Experience working with PowerBI A degree in a STEM subject What you’ll get in return for your experience   A base salary of up to £40,000 plus package. What next? Please get in touch with Tegan with an updated CV today. Don’t hesitate to call/email with any questions.
  • 11th May

    BI Manager

    — Investment Manager

    Bristol, UK
    55,000 - 65,000
    Exciting opportunity to lead a large team. Hybrid working and fantastic benefits. Working for a leading financial services firm. Join a company who have been growing for the last few years and have no plans to stop!  They are revamping their insight landscape and expanding their analytics and reporting areas and you’ll be right at the forefront of this team. What you’ll be doing An opportunity to expand your management experience to a team of 10. The team ranges from junior people you can mentor, to strong individuals who can help you! It is a great opportunity for someone hoping to remain hands on but also grow as a manager. You’ll be working closely with management and development of your team alongside daily tasks around reporting and change within the business. You’ll get the opportunity to evolve the reporting, MI and Insight areas and bring in some ideas to better efficiency throughout. Most importantly, you’ll be able to lead the implementation of new frameworks and work with various individuals from junior up to board level and department heads to drive cultural change. What experience you’ll need to apply Experience leading a technical team Experience leading and managing change Minimum of two years as a manager Strong SQL Experience Strong PowerBI experience Knowledge of R or Tableau What you’ll get in return for your experience   A base salary of up to £65,000 plus package! What next? Please get in touch with Tegan with an updated CV today. Don’t hesitate to call/email with any questions.
  • 11th May

    Insight Manager

    — Wealth Manager

    Bristol, UK
    60,000 - 70,000
    Excellent opportunity to work for a leading financial services firm Join at a time where the team is growing Work with Data Analysts and lead a customer focused team Excellent opportunity to join a growing and quantitative marketing analytics team for a market leading financial services firm. Amazing opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience of mentoring a Data team. What you’ll be doing The successful Insight Manager will work within the Data & Insight team and will immerse themselves in their customer data to ensure that the most is being made from all the customer data existing in the company. This role will be varied, and the Insight Manager will be working on projects and various aspects to answer exciting questions and ongoing analysis for the business. Your role will involve mentoring and coaching your team while they are delving into data to produce measurable results for various departments; producing regular reports for monitoring purposes (across aspects like customer behaviour, products, client groups and more); and helping clients answer long term questions and tracking progress. What experience you’ll need to apply Expert with SQL Experience with R or Python Experience in data manipulation and analysis Experience leading/coaching/mentoring a team Strong communication skills and ability to tell a story with the data Experience with PowerBI Bonus for experience with Sybase/MSSQL/Oracle/Imapala & Hive What you’ll get in return for your experience  A competitive base salary reaching up to £70,000 and a strong package including a bonus! They would offer this role remotely for the right candidate.  What’s next? Please get in touch with Tegan with an up-to-date CV today. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss the finer details.  
  • 11th May

    Modelling Analyst – Marketing Insights

    — Friendly Insurance Firm

    Bristol, UK
    30,000 - 45,000
    Great culture and hybrid working. Expand your experience across marketing, digital, modelling and insight. Great opportunity for someone looking to step into a specialised role and grow their career in this direction. Joining a friendly and vibrant team, you’ll be working as a modelling specialist to display insights across marketing. You’ll be inquisitive by nature and intrigued by finding out everything they need to know about data to understand their marketing performance and their customers response. What you’ll be doing As an Modelling Analyst you’ll be coming from a data driven background with interest in marketing help this company understand more about the response to their marketing & digital campaign activity. You’ll be comfortable building statistical models and delving into data to understand anything and everything! You’ll be working on long running projects and understanding where the company can be the most profitable around their marketing spend. You’ll be building propensity models and develop modelling and insights. What experience you’ll need to apply Strong experience with SQL Minimum of 6-12 months’ experience within a marketing/analyst role Understanding and experience building models – whether this is commercially or from University Understanding of marketing and campaign performance analysis Bonus for experience with SAS or other statistical modelling tools Strong communication skills What you’ll get in return for your experience   A base salary between £30,000 - £45,000 (depending on experience) plus bonus and package.  What next? Please contact Tegan with an updated CV today. Do not hesitate to call/email with any questions.
  • 11th May

    Digital Insight Manager

    — Leading Investment Management Company

    Bristol, UK
    50,000 - 60,000
    Opportunity to manage a solid team of three digital analysts Add strategy, ideas and guidance and lead the direction of the digital estate Work for a leading financial firm who are well known in the Southwest This is an amazing opportunity for a strong manager to utilise their skills and add more strategy, guidance and leadership to a team of digital analysts that are keen to grow. You’ll be managing a team of three and working across various areas of the business to assist the digital analysts in their daily tasks. What you’ll be doing You’ll be coming in to add direction and take ownership of adobe and data capture for the business; working to focus on what they capture, build and working with the developers to best improve any and all customers’ digital experience. While you don’t need to be hands on, you need to have some from a digital background so you can best assist the team in their growth and daily tasks. The main thing would be that you are keen to influence ‘how’ and ‘what’ it means to build a digital estate using insights and can see the value and best way of doing this. You’ll be joining a team of strong digital analysts and adding your own ideas and utilising your experience to best guide them in future and implement a strategy to ensure the team is as effective as possible. What experience you’ll need to apply Minimum of three years managing a team A confident manager or mentor to digital analysts Understanding of the importance of building a digital estate using insights Experience with Adobe/Google Analytics Excellent SQL skills Strong communication skills Comfortable communicating with senior members What you’ll get in return for your experience   A base salary reaching up to £60,000 per annum for the right person, plus an annual bonus and unbeatable package! What next Please get in touch with Tegan with an updated CV today. Don’t hesitate to call/email with any questions.

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Candidate Experience

Alistair Rogers, Data Scientist

  • Alistair is an experienced Data Scientist with working with clients across government, healthcare and banking sectors.
  • While successfully working in London as a Data Scientist for one of the Big Four professional service companies, he was planning to move to Bristol and approached us to get an understanding of the local market, especially opportunities and skills in demand within Data in the South West well ahead of the move.
  • We advised on opportunities and businesses in and around Bristol as well as in-demand skill sets so he could gather relevant exposure in advance.
  • Once ready to make the move, we were able to match Alistair perfectly with an open opportunity. Equipping him with tips and advice, we guided him through the interview process and negotiated the salary that was in line with his expectations. Alistair started as a Data Scientist with OnCorps, a start-up FinTech firm. 

"Alex and ADLIB were fantastic to work with and absolutely made the daunting experience of finding a job in a new city a lot easier! They take the time to understand the fields that they are recruiting for and even go to developer meetups to learn more about the areas that they recruit in. Would definitely recommend working with Alex and ADLIB."  

Alistair Rogers, Data Scientist


Establishing a Data Science function

  • LV= are one of the UK’s largest personal insurers who announced earlier this year that they were partnering with the University of Bristol to establish a team of Data Scientists and Engineers with the aim of making advancements in the field of Data Science by sharing knowledge, skills and opportunities. 
  • We initially worked with Venura as a candidate, finding him the role at LV=. He soon needed another two sets of hands, planning on growing his team to 3.
  • To help him with this, we worked with him to truly understand his style of working and management, gathering a detailed brief that outlined the ideal candidates. 
  • By tapping into existing candidate pools and relationships, we were able to suggest a range of suitable candidates with a wide range of experience and that had the vital mix of  technical and soft skills needed, to be working alongside University of Bristol as a team.
  • This resulted in Venura/ LV= making two great Data Engineer hires.

“From finding me my current role to helping place two fantastic hires, ADLIB has been a pivotal role in the development of our team here at Bristol. The guys are easy to work with, friendly and most importantly inspire trust. I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Dr. Venura Perera, Data Science Manager at LV=


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