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  • Posted: May 21, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The Shoprite Group of Companies, comprising several iconic brands, is the largest retailer in Africa. It started out as a group of eight grocery stores in 1979, and has grown into a technologically-advanced, continent-wide business selling items from food, liquor and medicine, to concert tickets and furniture. Today the Group is at the forefront of retail...
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    Lead Data Lab Engineer

    Job Objectives    

    •  Maintain a clear and aligned vision and mission statement for the data and acting as key input to the strategic direction of the division.
    •  Analyse and understand the functional business requirements as defined by the Business Analysts, owners and other stakeholders as input to understanding various stakeholders impacted by activities related to the datalab.
    •  Maintain technical architecture and technical documentation not residing with the architecture team.
    •  Ensure team members follow best practices and establish procedures for DevSecOps.
    •  Provide strategic facilitation that culminates a short and long term roadmap with clear deliverable description, expectations, timings.
    •  Present the latest projects, development patterns and techniques in knowledge sharing and community of practice sessions.
    •  Facilitate daily team standup sessions and ensure Sprint tasks are updated daily.
    •  Facilitate Sprint backlog grooming, planning and reviews.
    •  Initiate meetings and/or attend other meetings with key stakeholders to establish requirements and provide feedback.
    •  Provide consolidated weekly feedback on project statuses, incidents and delivery estimates.
    •  Ensure all team members and stakeholders commit their work to source control.
    •  Ensure alignment of functional areas, key performance areas and establishing aligned, measurable and clear key performance indicators and development plans for all team members.
    •  Identify skill gaps and training needs of team members.
    •  Facilitate hackathon, competitions and projects with students and other groups as identified.
    •  Stay up to date with the latest technology stacks, patterns and trends. Take ownership to gain knowledge of the retail environment and share that knowledge across the team


    • Relevant Degree in Information Systems, B.Sc Computer Science or equivalent  (essential).
    • Relevant Post Graduate Degree in Information Systems, B.Sc Computer Science or equivalent  (beneficial).


    •  +5 years experience i n a Senior Data Engineering or equivalent role, managing or providing guidance to technology architecture frameworks, policies, procedures and guidelines  (essential)

     Experience specific requirements:

    • Business Intelligence (BI Developer with knowledge of traditional Data Warehouse concepts).
    • Data Engineering skills (big data, Hadoop, Spark).
    • AWS (EMR, S3, Athena, RDS, Lambda, API Gateway).
    • Solid understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
    • User requirements analysis.
    • Solution architecture design.
    • Strong SQL skills, particularly on big data.

     Experience within the FMCG, retail sector or similar  (preferred).

    •  A proven track record of managing a Data lab/engineering team, delivering within the functional domains of BI, data engineering, SDLC, user requirements analysis, solution architecture design, SQL and big data, as described above  (essential).

    Knowledge and Skills    

    •  Demonstrable knowledge of technological and data practices within the FMCG, retail sector, understanding of the data and development execution  (preferred).
    •  Exposure to statutory requirements, applying and monitoring relevant laws, regulations and best practices as they relate to Big data, technology architecture and development  (preferred).

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Shoprite Group of Companies on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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