Senior Data Engineer

Location: Zürich, ZH

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About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 13,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?

We are excited to open this position for a technical expert role in Group Finance IT and the transformation program GFTA (Group Finance Target Architecture). The candidate will take a key role in the unit to achieve our strategic goal to move towards an Azure cloud native landscape. As Senior Data Engineering you will join a team of data and business intelligence engineers who are designing and implementing the envisioned Lakehouse architecture.

About the Role

You take a lead role to shape and to implement the Group Finance Repository. The repository is the central data hub that serves various consuming systems, business intelligence and analytics solutions with group finance data. The repository is built on available platforms in the Azure cloud by following the architecture of a modern data Lakehouse. The core platforms in scope are: Databricks, Azure data Lake, Synapse, and PowerBI.

You support the unit's data engineering & BI chapter lead to define and optimize the overall technical architecture and the technologies used. You drive the creation of, and check alignment to, technical decision records as a means of achieving consistency and a practical level of standardization across the overall product portfolio.

You act as an Azure public cloud champion beyond our unit. This includes engagement and knowledge share with Group Technology Services and its Cloud Center of Excellence and other strategic Azure based initiatives.

About the Team

We are a small, dynamic and international team of specialists that design, build and operate the foundation of the Group Finance landscape in close collaboration with our business partners. We follow agile methodologies (daily stand-up, bi-weekly sprints, product increments) and apply DevOps best practices such as everything as code. The aim is to achieve a high level of automation that allows us to do continuous integration and continuous delivery.

About You

You have an exemplary software development background, with practical experience working as a software and data engineer. As an agent of change you continuously seek improvements to the velocity, quality and efficiency of solutions. You have tangible impact by deconstructing complex functional problems into simple, straightforward solutions that can be implemented in an efficient and timely manner. You are a strong communicator and you effectively collaborate with other teams within Finance IT and Swiss Re. You enjoy developing the careers of more junior team members by actively mentoring individuals and guiding their growth. You have a vital interest in staying up to date with market and industry trends and apply them thoughtfully and appropriately. You advocate an excellent written culture and lead by example. You enjoy working on hands-on critical, challenging technical tasks and maintain the respect and engagement of engineering teams.


  • In depth understanding of available PaaS offerings in Azure and how to best use them in specific solution architectures.
  • Expert level in data engineering with Spark based processing (ideally Databricks), data lake, relational databases and distributed data warehouses.
  • Demonstrable history of applying automated testing and modern development practices to improve software quality and sustainability
  • Expert knowledge in performance, scalability, system architecture, and engineering practices
  • Practical experience in applying an agile way of working and in applying DevOps methodologies
  • In depth knowledge of Microsoft Azure, including Azure DevOps
  • Outstanding skills in technical writing and the ability to tailor communications to various partners in a clear, unambiguous and accurate manner

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions. We also collaborate in a flexible working environment, providing you with a compelling degree of autonomy to decide how, when and where to carry out your tasks.

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