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  • Posted: Jun 3, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Absa Bank Limited (Absa) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited. Absa offers personal and business banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management as well as bancassurance. Barclays Africa Group Limited is 62.3% owned by Barclays Bank PLC and is listed on the JSE Limited. The Group is one of A...
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    Specialist Data Engineer - Hadoop

    Job Summary

    • Work embedded as a member of squad OR; across multiple squads to produce, test, document and review algorithms & data specific source code that supports the deployment & optimisation of data retrieval, processing, storage and distribution for a business area.

    Job Description

    Data Architecture & Data Engineering

    •  Understand the technical landscape and bank wide architecture that is connected to or dependent on the business area supported in order to effectively design & deliver data solutions (architecture, pipeline etc.)
    •  Translate / interpret the data architecture direction and associated business requirements & leverage expertise in analytical & creative problem solving to synthesise data solution designs (build a solution from its components) beyond the analysis of the problem
    •  Participate in design thinking processes to successfully deliver data solution blueprints
    •  Leverage state of the art relational and No-SQL databases as well integration and streaming platforms do deliver sustainable business specific data solutions.
    •  Design data retrieval, storage & distribution solutions (and OR components thereof) including contributing to all phases of the development lifecycle e.g. design process
    •  Develop high quality data processing, retrieval, storage & distribution design in a test driven & domain driven / cross domain environment
    •  Build analytics tools that utilize the data pipeline by quickly producing well-organised, optimized, and documented source code & algorithms to deliver technical data solutions
    •  Create & Maintain Sophisticated CI / CD Pipelines (authoring & supporting CI/CD pipelines in Jenkins or similar tools and deploy to multi-site environments – supporting and managing your applications all the way to production)
    •  Automate tasks through appropriate tools and scripting technologies e.g. Ansible, Chef
    •  Debug existing source code and polish feature sets.
    •  Assemble large, complex data sets that meet business requirements & manage the data pipeline
    •  Build infrastructure to automate extremely high volumes of data delivery
    •  Create data tools for analytics and data science teams that assist them in building and optimizing data sets for the benefit of the business
    •  Ensure designs & solutions support the technical organisation principles of self-service, repeatability, testability, scalability & resilience
    •  Apply general design patterns and paradigms to deliver technical solutions
    •  Inform & support the infrastructure build required for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources
    •  Support the continuous optimisation, improvement & automation of data processing, retrieval, storage & distribution processes
    •  Ensure the quality assurance and testing of all data solutions aligned to the QA Engineering & broader architectural guidelines and standards of the organisation
    •  Implement & align to the Group Security standards and practices to ensure the undisputable separation, security & quality of the organisation’s data
    •  Meaningfully contribute to & ensure solutions align to the design & direction of the Group Architecture & in particular data standards, principles, preferences & practices. Short term deployment must align to strategic long term delivery.
    •  Meaningfully contribute to & ensure solutions align to the design and direction of the Group Infrastructure standards and practices e.g. OLA’s, IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, Containerisation etc.
    •  Monitor the performance of data solutions designs & ensure ongoing optimization of data solutions
    •  Stay ahead of the curve on data processing, retrieval, storage & distribution technologies & processes (global best practices & trends) to ensure best practice


    •  Coach & mentor other engineers
    •  Conduct peer reviews, testing, problem solving within and across the broader team
    •  Build data science team capability in the use of data solutions

    Risk & Governance

    •  Identify technical risks and mitigate these (pre, during & post deployment)
    •  Update / Design all application documentation aligned to the organization technical standards and risk / governance frameworks
    •  Create business cases & solution specifications for various governance processes (e.g. CTO approvals)
    •  Participate in incident management & DR activity – applying critical thinking, problem solving & technical expertise to get to the bottom of major incidents
    •  Deliver on time & on budget (always)


    • Bachelor's Degree: Information Technology

    Absa Bank Limited is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. In compliance with the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile and add to the diversity of the Bank.

    Absa Bank Limited reserves the right not to make an appointment to the post as advertised

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Absa on to apply

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

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