Mars UK • London, London, United Kingdom

Data Platform Engineering Lead

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Summary: We are seeking an experienced Lead Data Platform Engineer to join our team and take on a crucial role in managing a group of talented engineers. As the Lead Data Platform Engineer, you will be responsible for overseeing data platform engineering and core toolsets, with a focus on Azure infrastructure as code. You will ensure the reliability, scalability, and performance of our data infrastructure while playing a pivotal part in shaping our data ecosystem and driving innovation within our organisation.

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned data engineer or advanced analytics engineer to step into a leadership role, shape our data infrastructure, and drive innovation in a dynamic and collaborative environment. If you are a passionate data engineer with strong leadership skills and expertise in Azure, we encourage you to apply and be a part of our dedicated global team of talented professionals and make a real impact on our Petcare data and analytics platform and make a better world for pets.

What are we looking for?

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.

  • Proven experience in data platform engineering, including the design, development, and optimisation of data infrastructure.

  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to lead and mentor a team of engineers effectively.

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, Java, or Scala.

  • Expertise in Azure cloud services and infrastructure as code (e.g., Azure Resource Manager templates, Terraform).


  • Experience with containerisation and orchestration technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes).

  • Knowledge of big data technologies and frameworks (e.g., Hadoop, Spark).

  • Familiarity with other cloud platforms (AWS, Google Cloud).

  • Knowledge of Inner Source paradigm and way of working

Key Responsibilities:

Team Leadership: Lead and manage a team of data platform engineers, providing guidance, coaching, and mentorship to ensure the team's success. Foster a collaborative and innovative team culture.

Data Platform Engineering: Take ownership of the design, development, and maintenance of our data platform and core toolsets on the Azure cloud. Ensure the platform is highly available, scalable, and performs optimally.

Architectural Strategy: Develop and implement data platform strategies and roadmaps on Azure to support the organisation’s data needs. Collaborate with other teams to align data infrastructure with business objectives.

Infrastructure as Code: Utilise Azure infrastructure as code practices to automate the provisioning and management of data platform resources. Ensure consistency, repeatability, and efficiency in infrastructure deployment.

Technology Evaluation: Stay up-to-date with emerging technologies and industry best practices in data engineering and Azure cloud services. Evaluate and recommend new tools and technologies to enhance the data platform's capabilities and efficiency.

What can you expect from Mars?

Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.

Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.

An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Mars UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Mars UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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