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Head of Data Engineering

230001WL Requisition #

Head of Data Engineering

Central Data Team

Permanent - Office location: ITV White City (Hybrid Working Pattern)

Hiring range: £110,000 - £120,000

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Your work matters to millions.

Shaping culture is in the DNA of ITV. So, it’s not surprising that you’ll find us in every home in the UK, our productions are famous all over the world and we’re at the forefront of the digital streaming revolution. 

When you join us, you enter a fun working environment. With opportunities to learn, to grow and make a real difference. Small enough that your impact’s felt in the business, but big enough that your impact reaches millions of people. 

Come develop your skills, change TV and the course of your career. Don’t just watch it. Be part of it. Join ITV.

Your impact sends ripples.

The Team:

Our central data team is responsible for helping us realise the value of data, and empowering insights that drive data-driven decisions across the ITV. That could mean anything from up-skilling and training our people, to increasing our revenue through experimentation and personalisation. The list is truly endless...  

We are seeking an experienced and visionary Head of Data Engineering to play a pivotal role in architecting, building, and managing our data infrastructure using Data Mesh architecture built on AWS. Working closely with the senior leadership team in ITV’s Insights Group to deliver the data assets and capabilities required to power business insights, performance reporting, and data activation for our Content, Marketing, Distribution, and Streaming teams. 

You will be responsible for leading a team of data engineers, developing scalable data pipelines, and ensuring the quality, reliability, and availability of our data assets. This role offers a unique opportunity to lead the implementation of Data Mesh principles and drive data democratisation across the organisation.


Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

-   Data & Insights Strategy: Develop and execute the data engineering strategy in alignment with ITV’s goals and objectives.

-   Data Mesh Leadership: Define and drive the adoption of Data Mesh principles within the organisation, including domain-oriented ownership, self-serve data infrastructure, and data product thinking.

-   Team Management: Build and lead a high-performing data engineering team, providing mentorship, guidance, and support to ensure their professional growth. Set goals, KPIs and performance expectations for members of the data engineering team.

-   Data Architecture: Collaborate with data architects to design and evolve a scalable and modular data architecture that aligns with the Data Mesh model.

-   Data Pipeline: Development Oversee the development of data pipelines for data ingestion, processing, and transformation, ensuring data quality and reliability.

-   Data Catalogue and Discovery: Implement data cataloguing and discovery mechanisms to enable easy access to data assets across the organisation to enable the business to take advantage of emerging technologies such as AI and Generative AI.

-   Data Platform: Work with the Data Platform Product Owner to maintain the data platform roadmap. This should include enhancements to the core platform capabilities, demand management, and platform efficiency.

-   Data Governance: Work with the data governance function to maintain data consistency, security, and compliance with relevant regulations.

-   Data Monitoring and Performance Optimisation: Implement monitoring tools and processes to proactively identify and address data pipeline issues, bottlenecks, and performance improvements.

-   Planning & Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, CDO and other department heads to understand their data needs and ensure data engineering capability is aligned to key business priorities and roadmaps.

-   Vendor Evaluation: Evaluate and recommend data engineering tools and technologies that align with our Data Mesh strategy.

-   Documentation and Training: Create and maintain documentation for data engineering processes and provide training to empower non-technical users to access and utilise data resources.

-   Cloud Migrations: Joint responsibility for driving the success of ongoing cloud migration


Join Data Analytics, Impact Millions

Skills You’ll Need (minimum role criteria):

  • Proven experience in data engineering, with a track record of leading and managing data engineering teams.

  • Strong knowledge of Data Mesh principles Proficiency in big data technologies (e.g., Hadoop, Spark, Kafka) and cloud-based data platforms (e.g., AWS, GCP, Azure).

  • Expertise in data modelling, ETL processes, and data warehousing.


Other things we’re looking for (key criteria)

  • Familiarity with data governance, data security, and data compliance practices

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

  • Strong problem-solving and leadership abilities

ITV is for everyone.

ITV strongly encourages applications for this role from disabled people. As a Disability Confident Leader, if you meet the minimum criteria for a role and you have declared that you are disabled, we’ll guarantee to take you to the next stage* (minimum criteria above).

We're happy to discuss any support/personalisation you may need during our application and selection process as part of our reasonable adjustments. Drop us a line if you require anything at

Find out more about applying with a disability.

* There may be a few exceptions where we are not able to take all eligible candidates to the next stage due to the volume of applications.

Because those who make an impact deserve to be rewarded for it.

ITV offers some great rewards and benefits including:

  • Flexible working with a range of options

  • Generous holiday allowance, plus you can buy more

  • Annual bonus opportunity

  • Competitive pension contribution

  • Save as you earn - with an opportunity to buy ITV shares

  • Wellbeing and volunteering days plus a wide range of opportunities to help you live a balanced and healthy life 

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Closing date: 5th December 2023

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