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Shop Direct have embarked on an ambitious journey, to modernise our Data domain working with new cutting edge technology working within the Data Science and Engineering team.

Our Data Engineers work within squads working towards a backlog of work to grow and develop our Data Lake and Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) in the cloud. We’re also looking for someone to help automate processes and embed re-useable patterns removing the need to manually maintain solutions.

Today we are redesigning our data lake in AWS to allow our Data Science & Analytical teams access to explore and uncover new opportunities for our customers. In addition, we are building a new Data Warehouse capability in the cloud that will extract data from the data lake and can be used both internally for reporting and analysis but will also feed our website to enhance and inspire our customers to engage with us more often.

About the role

As a Data Engineer you’ll be used to working with one or more programming languages such as Java, Python, SQL or Scala.

As we are becoming more cloud focused, experience with either AWS, Azure or Google Cloud would be beneficial.

Our wider toolkit here includes:

Hadoop, RDS, S3, auto-scaling and lambda, Redshift, Snowflake, Teradata PostgreSQL related data warehouse technologies using large sets of data.

Working collaboratively will also be vital in this role, you will need to build relationships with Data Science, Data Analytics & Data Architecture. Furthermore, you will work across IT and business functions at all levels, therefore you must possess the ability to articulate developments and challenges in both a technical and non-technical manner.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to coach and mentor more junior members of the team and take up an advisory role for problem solving.


We really need someone who is confident in articulating the process from Data Ingestion, EDW, BI and analytical software.

It would be beneficial if you are used to working within a Dev Ops function that can balance development and provide 24x7 support.

A real interest in Cloud and maybe some experience in migrating from on-premise to cloud based technology. Then with that Cloud interest, someone who wants to learn more on cloud based principles such as cost and security.

Are you able to help us?

  • Apply auto-scaling and automation of instances?
  • Improve software deliverables utilising engineering best practices such as, reusability & continuous integration?

You will be an individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment where priorities can change depending on business strategy. We are looking for an individual who enjoys being challenged, but equally is happy to speak up and challenge other people’s approaches and perceptions in a constructive fashion, enabling us to enhance the service we provide.


  • Generous and competitive starting salary
  • Regular salary reviews and careers progression
  • £250 of flexible benefits allowance (can take around 90% as salary uplift)
  • Bonus up to 8%
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 27 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Free on-site parking *subject to post code
  • Free on-site gym
  • Discounted coffee houses and food outlets
  • Work from home
  • Flexible working

Who are we?

We are Shop Direct, the UK’s 2nd largest pureplay retailer, home to, Very Exclusive and

With annual sales of £1.93bn and an average of 1.3m visits to our website every single day, we sell over 1,800 brands across our digital department store.

Mission: We’re a diverse business, with a clear purpose – to be a world-class digital retailer.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people, our department store range provides everything from clothing and footwear, the latest gadgets and tech, to furniture and bedding for our 5 million happy customers.

Combine that with our best-in-class e-commerce and technology capabilities, unusual financial services products offering flexible ways to pay and over 4,000 dedicated employees, means we’re well-placed to deliver on that promise.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

To find out more please apply online or email

*Please note that the Talent Acquisition team at Shop Direct is managing this vacancy directly and will not be accepting CVs sent by any recruitment agencies

Please be advised, if successful in securing this position, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check

If you are a current employee of Shop Direct please apply via Talent Online as an internal applicant

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