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Lead Data Engineer

Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Posted: 14 May 2024


  • Salary unspecified
  • Zero income tax location


  • Apply from abroad
  • Relocation Support
  • Visa Provided


  • Experience: Senior
  • English: Professional


At Emirates, we believe in connecting the world, to and through, our global hub in Dubai; and in constantly innovating to ensure our customers ‘Fly Better’. Join the Emirates Group IT Team in Dubai. Emirates Group IT thrives on the dynamic nature of technology. Being pioneers in aviation innovation, we're always at the forefront, pushing boundaries. We're on the lookout for exceptional IT professionals to fortify our position as leaders in the industry. Embark on a journey with the world’s largest international airline and become a vital part of our cutting-edge information and technology team as Lead Data Engineer. The Lead Data Engineer is a fully participating member of a cross-functional team working autonomously on technology development and problem resolution in the Enterprise Data & Analytics space. The role involves the design, development, testing, implementation, support, and maintenance of technical data and analytic solutions and products that support Emirates Airlines and the Emirates Group businesses - with a focus on technical solution design and end-to-end fit within the data architecture. The position demands in-depth expertise in the respective technology profiles and involves collaboration with business stakeholders, product owners, delivery leads, architects, and site reliability engineers to deliver high-quality product features successfully, and in a timely fashion. In this role you will be responsible for below:

  • Lead technical design, development, and deployment for solutions within a team.
  • Carry out effective technical design reviews to ensure that the right architecture patterns are used by the team.
  • Conduct required source system analysis, data profiling, source-to-target mapping activities, and data modeling (both logical and physical) to ensure delivery of business needs.
  • Complete data engineering coding and design tasks on problems of high scope and complexity.
  • Demonstrate good coding principles and exercise good judgment in designing and building solutions.
  • Conduct code review for peers.
  • Ensure solutions adhere to published data privacy and cybersecurity principles.
  • Implement and practice fit-for-purpose estimation techniques, to promote iterative delivery.
  • Help the team in refining estimates during sprint planning, with optimal assumptions and inter-dependency understanding.
  • Operate with a data-driven mindset.
  • Help translate data and analytics requirements into data solutions based on the approved technical designs.
  • Assist with data analysis activities such as source system analysis and data modeling, to ensure solutions deliver on business needs.
  • Work with team members to envision solutions as a set of data products and data pipelines.
  • Ensure solutions being built are stable, scalable, and maintainable.
  • Enable test automation and ensure CI/CD pipelines are in good health.
  • Implement monitoring of data applications and track product quality, performance, and stability.
  • Drive corrective, adaptive, preventative, and perfective actions to maintain solution reliability and quality.
  • Collaborate with members of the cross-functional team to identify areas of inefficiency and propose solutions.
  • Identify activities resulting in optimal resource utilization, cost reduction, technical debt remediation, service improvement, and reuse value.
  • Partner with architects and product owners to prioritize and implement such activities.
  • Update data inventories and registries as required to keep metadata and data lineage up-to-date, following agreed Data Governance standards, guidelines, and principles.
  • Partner with fellow team members, Principal Data Engineers, and Architects for developing and implementing data engineering best practices and modernization techniques, promoting solution reusability, process automation, built-in-quality, test-driven development, agile delivery, timely root cause analysis, and blameless incident post-mortems.
  • Key contributor in building and adopting data engineering playbooks for the relevant technologies, and ensuring adherence to said playbooks, as well as other published coding standards data technology blueprints.
  • Work effectively on incident resolution, conducting root cause analysis, and handling business escalations.
  • Engage other technical experts and vendor partners in the timely resolution of incidents.
  • Maintain regular and transparent communication during incident management.
  • Conduct post-mortem and lessons-learned discussions.
  • Key contributor and catalyst in attracting and retaining data engineering talent.
  • Handhold new joiners to ensure successful onboarding.
  • Support engineering leadership for venturing into different working models for scaling up the data engineering team in line with delivery commitments.

Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications: Information Technology & Other, 5+ Years of experience, Degree or Honours (12+3 or equivalent). Degree in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Computational Mathematics, Computer Engineering, or Software Engineering. Specialization or electives in a Data & Analytics field (e.g. Data Warehousing, Data Science, Business Intelligence) a nice-to-have

Experience: 5+ Years of experience in Data Engineering (Fewer years? experience will be considered for Masters degree holders)

Expertise in Data Warehouse engineering including:

  • Extraction, transformation, and data processing by developing/managing corresponding database tables.
  • Database engineering and experience in SQL/PL-SQL.
  • Proactive performance monitoring, conducting data quality testing, and troubleshooting performance issues of complex warehouse data tables.
  • Assembling data from multiple sources, and analyzing and modeling complex datasets.
  • Co-creating and refining key measurements for the business KPI(s), dashboard designing, implementing the right performance metrics, and usage of data visualization for effective implementation of business insights.
  • Visual design standards and best practices related to BI & Reporting.
  • Building reusable components.
  • Designing monitoring and alerting solutions for data pipelines and data repositories.
  • Efficiency and automation in mind; experience building reliable, re-usable automation frameworks (e.g., CI/CD)
  • Airline industry experience is nice to have.


  • Strong ability to conduct data analysis (e.g., source system identification, data dictionary/metadata collection, data profiling, source-to-target mapping) is preferred.
  • Operates with a “You Code It", "You Own It” mindset (i.e., supports the products they build)
  • Demonstrated problem-solver; able to design and document solutions independently.
  • Team player: able to collaborate with others to remove blockers, solve complex design problems, and debug/resolve issues.
  • Able to deliver solutions interactively.
  • Is accountable and displays a positive attitude.
  • Self-starter and has a passion for exploring and learning new technologies, especially those in the Enterprise Data & Analytics space.

Technology Domain Key Technologies/Tools:

  • Big Data: Hadoop, Spark, Scala, Hive, H-Base, Sqoop, Oozie, Apache Nifi, Airflow, HDFS, ADLS (Gen 2), Azure Data Factory (ADF), DataBricks, Kafka, Elasticsearch, AVRO / PARQUET file formats
  • Data Analysis, Modelling and Reporting: Snowflake, SQL, Data Vault 2.0, MicroStrategy, Power BI
  • Cloud Technologies: Microsoft Azure and Cloudera technology stacks
  • Integration and Messaging: Streaming (e.g. Spark Streaming), SnapLogic, TIBCO, Kafka
  • CI/CD: GIT Bitbucket, Azure DevOps, Jenkins, JIRA, Confluence
  • Automation: Java, Selenium, AppDynamics, HP Load Runner, Jmeter, Python, Automation Anywhere

Leadership Role: No

Salary & Benefits

Join us in Dubai and enjoy an attractive tax-free salary and travel benefits that are exclusive to our industry, including discounts on flights and hotels stays around the world. You can find out more information about our employee benefits in the Working Here section of our website www.emirates.com/careers. Further information on what’s it like to live and work in our cosmopolitan home city, can be found in the Dubai Lifestyle section.

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About Emirates

Emirates Airline, based in Dubai, is a global leader in aviation, known for its exceptional service and state-of-the-art fleet. Since 1985, we've connected passengers to over 150 destinations and continue to innovate for a better flying experience.

Benefits at Emirates

    • Competitive salaries and career development opportunities.
    • Comprehensive health insurance plans.
    • Generous travel benefits and a culturally diverse work environment.