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Data Science Engineer - Proagrica - Sutton

IT/Technical & Product Development
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REE00B0Y Requisition #

Data Science Engineer

Ref. REE00B0Y

Location: Sutton, Surrey


Proagrica’s Data Science Squad is looking for a Data Engineer that is interested in working as a technical specialist within the team. The successful candidate will assist the squad using their technical expertise in data handling and software development practices. This represents an exciting opportunity to join Proagrica and contribute towards the implementation of a range of advanced data and analytics products using serverless Spark and a new, cloud-based data lake

The Data Science Squad forms a key part of the Data & Analytics Team team, working closely with both product and software development functions. As well as building predictive models and ensuring they are properly deployed, they are also responsible for the design of new data processing procedures and large-scale investigative projects that can inform farming practices across the world

As the role bridges gap between product and technical specialities within Proagrica, there is tremendous scope for innovation and personal development. Interested candidates can be given the opportunity to assist in analytics projects and to build an analytical skillset. There is also the opportunity for occasional interaction with external stakeholders to understand the requirements of their data and products

The role will primarily be based in the Sutton office but some remote working may be considered


Work with the Engineering squads to ensure that data are provisioned, stored and transformed effectively

Assist with the productionisation of Data Science models and analyses

Develop new workflows and ETL logic

Maintain and advise on the development of internal packages and processes

Help to decide on and provision new AWS Cloud infrastructure for prototyping

Ensure the Data Science team’s work is in-line with software development good practice

Work with Data Scientists to make sure their work is properly QA’d and that proper monitoring, deployment and orchestration procedures are in place

Help to develop our new AWS Serverless Stack (Glue, Athena, Sagemaker)

All other duties as assigned

Essential Skills & Experience:

A good communicator, open to receiving feedback and able to clearly explain the rationale behind design choices.

Interest in Data Science as it applies to Data Engineering

Experience in data extraction and querying tools such as (but not limited to) SQL or Spark; understanding of deployment and configuration of these is a plus. 

Knowledge of managing, manipulating and transforming data from a variety of sources.

Desirable Skills & Experience:

Agile Methodologies

Jira / Confluence / GitLab (or similar)

Build and Deployment Tools (Ant, Maven, Gradle, etc.)

DevOps Exposure (Airflow, Terraform, Docker, AWS, etc.)

Knowledge of Java, Python and/or Pyspark

Experience working on cloud infrastructure, especially serverless

Basic knowledge of database setup and adminUnix / Linux Scripting

Previous experience working with product and/or data science teams

What is it like to work in Proagrica’s Agility Team?

Proagrica’s goal is to harness the plethora of agricultural datasets through the use of big data technology and domain expertise. Whilst Proagrica has been an established name through media titles such as Farmers Weekly and software such as Farmplan, we are now looking to expand within the wilderness of the data & analytics domain

The Agility team always strives to create a very agile, sociable and friendly environment, supplemented by the fascinating use cases we are called to address as part of our analytics strategy

Beyond the scope of the Agility Team, Proagrica itself contains numerous other opportunities on the Farm Software, Connectivity and Media fronts, providing constant opportunities for career progression

Furthermore, Proagrica is part of Reed Business Information – a much bigger data & analytics organisation. So, if it transpires that crops and tractors are not your thing, perhaps airplanes might turn out to be more interesting!

So who are RBI and Proagrica?

RBI is a global online data and information business cited amongst the world’s top-100 ‘online superpowers’. We have an international portfolio of market leading brands (including Proagrica, ICIS, Accuity and Flight Global) that spans Western Europe, North America, China, Singapore, Australia and beyond; we are also part of the FTSE100 RELX Group, a global media and publishing group with a history spanning several hundred years and revenues in the region of $10bn

As one of the fastest growing brands within RBI, Proagrica is a leading multi-media information service for farmers and agriculture businesses online, in print and face-to-face. It provides news, market prices, technical advice, opinion and vital interactive services for farm businesses

How important is technology to Proagrica?

Technology is a central part of the Proagrica business. The technology team develop and maintain the online products that help UK farm and rural businesses effectively manage business records and meet legislative, cross compliance and performance management requirements. We provide news and views about the business of farming. Proagrica magazine provides topical technical information from independent experts, designed to help farmers manage their businesses more effectively. We use modern technologies, work almost exclusively in the cloud and focus on agile development approaches

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