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Motorway • London, United Kingdom

Lead Data Engineer (infrastructure)

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used car marketplace – our award-winning, online-only platform connects private car sellers with thousands of verified dealers nationwide, ensuring everyone gets the best deal. Founded in 2017, our technology-led approach has redefined the experience of selling a car, generating thousands of monthly car sales and helping us to grow to a team of more than 400 people across our London and Brighton offices.

About the role

Our Data Engineering team is looking for a Lead Data Engineer to join them!

As our first Data Engineer, you'll play a pivotal role in bridging engineering best practices with our data domain.

Our team is committed to transforming data into actionable insights, aiding decision-making processes and enhancing our products. Your expertise will drive advancements in our data engineering practices, leading the development of new data products with a focus on data backends, infrastructure, and DataOps.

If you thrive on enhancing infrastructure scalability, and designing sophisticated data architectures, then this role is perfect for you!

During your first 12 months, you will:

  • Build and Launch our new event-driven data operational architecture.
  • Successfully enhance the reliability and scalability of the data platform infrastructure.
  • Strengthen the data privacy and data retention foundations, ensuring compliance with the latest regulations.
  • Achieve measurable improvements in platform cost efficiency and scalability.

What you'll do

Design Data Architecture: Spearhead the development of an event-driven operational data architecture.

Optimise Infrastructure: Ensure the scalability and reliability of our data pipelines and infrastructure. Advance Data Privacy: Strengthen our data privacy and retention frameworks, ensuring compliance and security. Platform Optimisation: Streamline our data platform for enhanced cost efficiency and scalability.


We encourage you to apply, even if you don't consider you have all the skills required!

  • Proven experience with cloud data infrastructure on GCP or AWS, preferably GCP.
  • Expertise in event-driven data integrations and click-stream ingestion.
  • Proven ability in stakeholder management and project leadership
  • Proficiency in SQL, Python, PySpark
  • Solid background in data pipeline orchestration, data access, and retention tooling.
  • Demonstrable impact on infrastructure scalability and data privacy initiatives.
  • A collaborative spirit, innovative problem-solving skills, and excellent communication abilities.


  • A competitive salary
  • Annual learning budget - with your learning budget, you can pay for learning experiences to support your progression.
  • BUPA health insurance
  • Discounted dental through BUPA
  • Discounted gym membership through BUPA
  • OnHand volunteering membership and one paid volunteering day per year
  • Hybrid working from home (approximately 1-2 days in the office a week)
  • Pension scheme
  • Motorway car leasing scheme - lease a zero-emissions electric vehicle at a significant discount
  • Enhanced parental leave - We offer enhanced maternity pay (26 weeks of full pay) and enhanced paternity pay (4 weeks of full pay) to eligible employees.
  • Workplace nursery scheme
  • Top spec MacBook Pro and peripherals
  • Regular social events
  • Cycle to work scheme

Equal opportunities statement

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can maximise their full potential. We believe our workforce should reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Company benefits

Health insurance
Enhanced maternity leave – 6 months fully paid
Enhanced paternity leave – 1 month fully paid
Cycle to work scheme
Volunteer days
Share options
Dog friendly office
Personal development budgets
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Faith rooms
Meditation space
Compassionate leave
Enhanced sick pay
Mental health platform access
Teambuilding days
Open to job sharing
Open to part-time employees
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are moderately happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Motorway

Company employees


Office locations

London & Brighton

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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