HM Revenue and Customs

Senior Data Engineer (Reporting)

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£41,782 - £44,932


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CDIO - Data Platform Services - Enterprise Platform Services

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Annualised hours, Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours, Part Year

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Leeds, Salford, Telford

About the job


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.

HMRC has one of the UK’s largest IT estates ranging from innovative data analytics platforms to complex legacy systems. We are undergoing a major transformation programme, which includes a major investment in digitisation. HMRC’s IT Division, known as the Chief Digital Information Officer Group (CDIO), has many delivery groups addressing parts of our digital transformation agenda; this vacancy sits within Data Platform Services (DPS).

DPS was set up 4 years ago as a result of our desire to take control of building and running our critical data capabilities, doubling in size to 600 people in the last 18 months, we’re targeting further growth driven by increased demand for our services.

Job description

We are recruiting for two Senior Data Engineers to work within our Reporting and Dashboarding team with each role acting as a subject matter expert and lead for one of our strategic reporting products.

  • One role will focus on embedding Power BI Premium as a new strategic reporting and dashboarding tool for Data Platform Services and the wider HMRC community.

  • One role will focus on supporting and improving services developed using Pentaho Business Analytics as a strategic reporting and dashboarding tool for Data Platform Services and the wider HMRC community.

Both roles will support colleagues and third-party suppliers designing, building and running industry leading data services on behalf of the department, engaging not only across DPS but also more widely across HMRC.


As part of the Engineering team, you will have a part to play in the running, maintenance and evolution of the strategic Reporting & Analytics products, platforms and services.

  • Support agile project delivery. Providing technical support and guidance to others.

  • Investigate and lead in the resolution of technical issues.

  • Design, build and coordinate key components of our analytics platforms, including monitoring, alerting and capacity management.

  • Support a range of data exploitation tools.

  • Implement preventative and corrective maintenance activities on platforms, tools, and data flows.

  • Provide batch monitoring and support for complex critical 24x7 services.

  • Use a wide range of collaboration and working aid tools such as Teams, Confluence and JIRA.

Essential Criteria:

You will have solid knowledge and experience in the following skill area:

Data exploitation tools, particularly Microsoft Power BI or Pentaho BA but also some or all of the following:

  • SAP Business Objects.

  • Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence.

  • Red Hat BRMS.

Supporting Knowledge and Experience in two of the following areas:

  • Solid experience managing and supporting data analytics platforms, tools, ingestion and transformation solutions.

  • Scheduling, running, monitoring, and fixing data flows both batch and real time.

  • Knowledge of security approaches and tools, e.g. encryption, tokenisation, masking.

  • Agile and Continuous Integration environments.

  • Configuration management approaches and practices.

  • Using source control technologies such as GIT.

  • Cloud services: AWS or Azure.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Certification in AWS.

  • Certification in Azure.

  • Certification in SAP Business Objects.

Additional information

  • You may be asked to manage several internal staff and/or contractors.

  • This role may require the successful candidate to provide support outside of normal working hours and take part in On Call rotas.

  • Limited travel may also be required.


  • 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 and big benefits handbook' 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

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a Name Blind CV and a 500-word Statement of Suitability.

Name Blind CV - Your Name Blind CV should detail your job history and any qualifications you have gained.

Statement of Suitability - In the 500-word Statement of Suitability, please explain how you meet the Essential Criteria with your previous Skills and Experience.

Sift and Interviews:

Applicants will be sifted on their Name Blind CVs and the 500-word Statements of Suitability submitted against the speciation above, in particular the Essential Criteria.

Interviews will focus on the candidates’ application, their knowledge, experience and competence, and the Essential Criteria required.

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 two working days (Monday-Friday) 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 - 226599 & vacancy closing date 08.08.2022

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.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:

This role may be suitable for existing HMRC employees who are contractual homeworkers. Occasional attendance to the office will be required where there is a business need, so please take into account the advertised office locations for this role when submitting an application and only select locations from the ‘location preferences’ section that you are able to travel to.

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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

    Name :
    Samantha Adamson
    Email :

Recruitment team :

    Email :

Further information

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