Head of Data Engineering


Digital, Data & Technology
Hendon, Sidcup, Bow, Victoria Embankment, Other, Lambeth
Band S
Part Time/ Full Time
36 hours per week

Job Title: Head of Data Engineering

Salary: The starting salary is £86,485 which includes allowances totalling £2,841.

The salary is broken down as £83,644 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £92,192 Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Location: New Scotland Yard, Bow or Lambeth preferred. Can be based at Hendon or Sidcup, but frequent travel to New Scotland Yard and Lambeth required. The Data Office offers blended working with an expectation of 2 days minimum in the office per week.


“Keep checking Oleeo / Met Careers on a daily basis for new and exciting opportunities being released to join DDaT – Data Office!”

Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working, job share or carers and career break returners. We also support blended working, and the hiring manager will be happy to discuss arrangements for this role.

The Commissioner and Management Board have determined that the Met will be a data driven organisation. This means treating our data in the same way we treat our people, methods and technology, as a strategic asset.

The Data Office is the single place of accountability across the Met that:

  • Owns and drives the data compliance and analytics agenda.
  • Brings together the accountabilities that are currently dispersed across the Met business areas.
  • Consolidates and further develops existing Met data and insight services.
  • Enables data sharing and collaboration to serve the public and external partners.

Job Purpose

MPS is recruiting for its first Head of Data Engineering to oversee a team of 30+ Data Engineers contributing to our objective of being a data driven organisation. In this role you will have accountability for the Data Engineering infrastructure, information, mapping and report generation and the design and development of new data services and system improvements. We are looking for a strategic leader skilled in building data engineering capability through technical direction and developing high performing teams. You will take responsibility for creating the future vision for Data Engineering within the MPS, including how the team can collaborate more closely with other Data teams to solve real-world problems. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Data Analysis and the Head of Data Science to feed into the Data Analytics roadmap which underpins the “New Met for London” Programme. This work will enable the data-driven precise policing culture we are working towards.

Key Accountabilities

  • Accountable for the delivery of a high quality, efficient and cost-effective service Data Engineering service, building effective working relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally.  
  • Lead, develop and motivate a high performing teams of >30 FTE Data Engineers with a focus on increasing the collective capability through career development and fostering an environment of collaboration.
  • Provide Technical leadership across multiple work streams to create robust and scalable data pipeline solutions.
  • Work with Data Architecture to mature the Data Platform to work towards deploying multiple applications to Azure.
  • Own and embed enterprise level data engineering projects with a geographically dispersed team working on multiple technologies and unique stakeholders.  
  • Implement IT service and system improvements including data, reports, databases, automation, hardware and software. 
  • Accountable for the data, research and performance information that is provided to the analysis teams and to the broader MPS business.
  • Champion continuous improvement, evaluating new processes, tooling and technology to enable evidence-based decision-making in the police. 
  • Work with Information Assurance to ensure Data processing is compliant with Data regulations.


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post; with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required.

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

How to apply

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process, and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:


Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement, and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 23:55 on 14th December 2023.


Essential For The Role, e.g. qualifications, licenses, languages, training 

Essential Criteria:


  • MSc in STEM subject or equivalent practical experience with 5+ years’ experience as a senior data or IT leader.


  • Experience of assembling and maturing a high performing Data Engineering team in a large or complex organisation.
  • Experience of leading Greenfield Cloud migration projects, including cultural change impact and technology change.
  • Experience of working with solutions deployed to the Cloud (Azure)
  • Experience of supporting Senior stakeholders create an enterprise level Data Analytics strategy for a large or complex organisation.
  • Experience of C-level communication and stakeholder management


We are transforming and maturing our collective Data Management capability. As such we are the first Police Service to use the Governments DDaT Capability Framework as a foundation for our skills development. For this role we are looking for applicants with the following skills https://ddat-capability-framework.service.gov.uk/data-engineer.html#head-of-data-engineering




Deputy Director, Data Analytics

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