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Lead Data Engineer

Delft, South Holland - Explore location Engineering & Technology Full Time

Job description

At IKEA, we aim to make healthy and sustainable choices affordable and accessible for all. To make that happen, we need people with imagination. People who know that everyone has a right to feel at home. People who share our vision of a better everyday life. Together we’ll innovate the future of life at home through data, technology, retail and home furnishing know-how. We need future architects, down-to-earth data scientists, unboxed engineers, cyber guardians, common sense makers and more! Are you one of them?


About IKEA Consumer & Market Insights (ICMI) 

ICMI has the assignment to contribute to IKEA people making well-founded decisions based on actionable and timely insights. ICMI delivers Customer Experience Insights, Strategy & Market Insights, and Brand & Range Insights. Each of these three areas develops and/or operates insight products to IKEA people across our value chain. 

As a Lead Data Engineer, you will be part of the Data Engineering and Analytics chapter while working in a cross-functional team with one of the insight products of ICMI. 


About the role

In the role as a Lead Data Engineer, we believe that you are bringing seniority and confidence to the Data Engineering area – with a passion to lead and be part of a team of talented engineers. You will operationally lead the growing group of data engineers as well as take an active role in developing our strategy and roadmap as well as assist in recruitment activities and coaching of junior colleagues together with the Data Engineering & Analytics Chapter Manager.

You are confident in combining solid data engineering and software development skills, data modelling, integration knowledge with your business understanding, and strong analytical skills that enable you to deliver the expected benefits to the business. You will be working with Databricks and Azure services (e.g. Azure Data Lake Storage, Storage Accounts, Azure Data Factory, Azure Functions, etc.)

This is an exciting opportunity to influence the quality of data-based decision-making across IKEA while working with the latest technologies on a cloud-based environment in a multi-disciplinary team with architects, data scientists, data engineers, and insight specialists.


Your main responsibilities as Lead Data Engineer will be:

  • Act as a leader within the Data Engineering area, supporting the Data Engineering & Analytics Chapter Manager with developing the Data Engineering team and strategy
  • Be a central point of contact and escalation within the IKEA Data Engineering community
  • Drive all aspects of collecting, analyzing, integrating, modelling, processing and refining data from different sources across the IKEA ecosystem and external sources as needed by your product team or area.
  • You will help design, build and maintain data pipelines.
  • Evaluate business needs and objectives in collaboration with Product Team and other stakeholders.
  • Explore ways to enhance data quality and reliability.
  • Identify opportunities for data acquisition.
  • Contribute to the development of analytical tools and programs, ensuring easy and standardized access and sharing of data.
  • Work closely together with partners, peers and other relevant roles like data scientists, analysts or architects across IKEA as well as in your team.
  • Mentor and coach junior data engineers in the team.
  • Ensure application and consistency with relevant digital frameworks, principles, guidelines and standards.
  • Document and make the relevant know-how available.

Required/ Relevant work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree within Engineering, Computer science, Information Systems, Mathematics or related fields. Master’s degree is preferred within Engineering, Computer science, Information Systems, Mathematics or related fields.
  • 7+ years of experience in a similar role; leading fellow data engineers within the data engineering area
  • Extensive experience working in agile project environments.
  • Experience within the Insights field
  • Strong knowledge in designing efficient, robust and automated data pipelines, ETL workflows, data warehousing and Big Data processing.
  • Hands-on experience with database design in varying concepts, with knowledge of DB optimization methods.
  • Working experience and understanding of Python, Databricks, Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL DW, and Azure SQL is required.
  • GitHub actions & knowledge of devops pipelines for data intensive products is a big plus.
  • Understanding of DAAS is an advantage.
  • Experience in business processing mapping of data and analytic solutions.
  • The ability to apply such methods to solve business problems using one or more Azure Data and Analytics services in combination with building data pipelines, data streams, and system integration.
  • Experience in driving new data engineering developments (e.g. apply new cutting edge data engineering methods to improve performance of data integration, use new tools to improve data quality and etc.)
  • Experience preparing data for Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Preferred experience in retail and/or market research.

It is important that you are eager to take initiative and driven to achieve results that support our business stakeholders in their daily work. You understand how to work with technology as a business tool and have the ability to listen actively, making complex situations understood, operational and simple for users. Your communication skills enable you to build relationships with business stakeholders and translate their requirements into sustainable, productive solutions.

Most of all, it is important that you get excited from stepping into an environment with development opportunities. As our new Lead Data Engineer colleague, you will be inspired by possibilities and opportunities which digital and information technology bring to enable, transform and break new grounds. As a member of the team there will be a mix of learning new skills from current team members as well as coaching users.

More Information

At IKEA we believe that we are better when we are physically together for collaboration, dialogues, and conversations. We believe in the power of human interactions; the informal chats, the energy, belonging, and creativity generated by people being in the same place. Our approach is that we spend most of our time in the IKEA workplace and with flexibility to work from home when relevant. 

This is a full-time role (40 hours per week) located in Delft, ZH, Netherlands. You will report to the Technical & Architecture Lead Chapter Manager in IKEA Consumer & Market Insights (ICMI).

18th August 2022 is the closing date to apply for this role. Please send your application – CV and motivation – in English and let us know why you would be a good fit. We look forward to hearing from you!