Head of Data Engineering // Zoopla

October 2, 2019

Data is at the heart of the engines which power Zoopla’s experiences for Estate Agents, Landlords and consumers. We are searching for a Head of Data Engineering to realise and expand on our data vision, and inspire best practice for data products and services across Zoopla.

Reporting to the Chief Product and Technology Officer, and partnering closely with our Head of Data and Analytics, Zoopla’s Head of Data Engineering will be responsible for leading the design and delivery of data-oriented technology solutions for Zoopla’s property sites and smartphone apps (Zoopla.co.uk, Primelocation.co.uk, Smartnewhomes.co.uk) and Estate Agency Management Software portfolio (Alto, Jupix, ExpertAgent, Vebra Live, Winman).

These technology solutions will execute on our strategies for:

  • Zoopla’s overall data landscape
  • Our data models, taxonomies and reference data hierarchies
  • Data governance and stewardship
  • Future data monetisation opportunities

The role will directly manage the data engineering functions, hiring and growing the data engineering capability through technical leadership and career development, and will involve working in tandem with software engineering teams across the organisation. You will also set the strategy and direction for the data platform, introducing new data tooling and technologies in the future.

To be successful, you will have significant experience building and leading data engineering teams in high transaction B2C or B2B environments, delivering solutions using a variety of technologies (such as real-time analytics and streaming platforms, SQL and NoSQL databases, and cloud platforms).

Practical understanding and experience assuring compliance with relevant personal data management regulatory frameworks, in particular GDPR, will be critical. You will have had responsibility for the selection, implementation and management of advanced data models and tools / technologies that ensure everyone in the company can easily access data and derive insights from it.

Collaboration and influence across the organisation, and at the senior executive level will be important, with excellent written, visual and verbal communication skills. You will be dedicated to and invested in people leadership, setting a high bar in recruiting and performance. You will be pragmatic and deliberate when balancing vision and execution, and possess the maturity and foresight to thoughtfully balance commercial priorities and operational capability development.

Additionally, you may have experience leading or supporting the creation and monetisation of data products or services, developing optimal commercial models and addressing legal/IP and compliance matters.

You may have experience devising and implementing Data Science based solutions to business and commercial problems, and fluency with practical application of Machine Learning techniques and technologies.

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