Azure Data Platform Engineer - (Part-Time / Job-Share / Full-Time)

Azure Data Platform Engineer - (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Location: Fareham (Flexible or UK Remote) 

The opportunity: 

As an insurance company, Zurich understands that data is the biggest asset we have – it is critical to driving improved operational performance and feeding the strategic analytics insight we develop.

We are working in exciting times at Zurich, growing rapidly particularly with regards to Microsoft Azure. We are looking for someone to help drive this growth by supporting our data scientists, who are working at the cutting-edge of the industry, to make the best use of what Azure can offer.

You’ll join our Data, Architecture and Analytics team (DAA) - an industry award-winning team responsible for our UK data needs – we’re connected to almost every part of our business. Our operational portfolio spans SQL Server 2012 through to Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database Managed Instances, Databricks, Qlik, Attunity Compose/Attunity Replicate and Snowflake.

We are seeking an experienced Azure Data Platform Engineer as our responsibilities continue to grow with a specific lens on supporting our Data Science colleagues. This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding, dynamic team as we build out our Azure data platform and professionalise our operational capabilities.

The successful candidate will be expected to have Azure / PaaS knowledge, but also very important to us is the experience and approach to work we require of our new team member.

This role is available part-time, job-share or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Reviewing and administering existing on-premises database & application servers
  • Ensure best-practice solutions in collaboration with members of the internal supplier for analytics and data delivery.
  • Liaising with Internal Suppliers on the Azure infrastructure, raise and monitor issues seeing them through to conclusion
  • Monitoring and maintaining system health and security
  • Review and testing of backup & DR recovery processes
  • Managing accounts and security roles
  • Propose and implement strategies to make the best use of our cloud resources.
  • Provide technical support to resolve issues and advise on best-practice with regards to Azure services such as Databricks, Data Factory, Azure Functions, Web apps, SQL Databases.
  • Keep on top of the newest services available in Azure.
  • Your skills and experience:

  • Understanding of the Azure platform and its use for Analytics & Data Science
  • Experience working with Azure Databricks, in particular in helping data science teams to efficiently and effectively work with this platform
  • Experience supporting data science and analytics teams in Azure with technical queries
  • Understanding of Azure DB administration and the Azure data platform
  • Understanding of ADF, Databricks, PyCharm and Docker
  • Experience with Azure DevOps
  • Experience working in a dynamic operational environment
  • Practical experience / up to date training with Azure PaaS SQL database
  • Experience in database server configuration and performance tuning
  • Calm under pressure
  • Experience with Azure Data Studio and /or PowerShell
  • Experience with GIT source control or equivalent
  • Good communicator
  • Experience with CI/CD processes
  • Knowledge of SQL, Python, R and Scala
  • Experience of Snowflake useful
  • The reward:

    As well as a competitive salary we also offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes –

  • 12% pension
  • 25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days
  • Annual company bonuses
  • Contribution to medical cover
  • Discounted technology offers
  • Virtual GP appointments
  • Discounted gym membership,
  • Free flu jab
  • Discounted gadget insurance 
  • At Zurich, we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.

    Who we are:

    With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We, therefore, look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.

    You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address our employees' career development needs and plans to ensure their success in the future.

    Further information:

    At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.

    Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

    With the above in mind we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

    We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.

    We have won numerous awards for our work on Diversity and Inclusion. We are also proud to be nominated for the 2020 Insurance Times award for Diversity and Inclusion. You can read about our awards on our website.

    So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us.