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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/11/2019.

Head of Data Engineering

Job Reference: 150-AD3834-COR

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Information Technology
Brighton General Hospital, Brighton
£44,606-£50,819 per annum

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • 5,000 full and part time staff, with over 4,000 people registered on our bank
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 9,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
  • BAME, Disability, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief Staff Networks
  • Disability Confident Employer – Level 2

A fascinating opportunity has arisen for a Head of Data Engineering to join our new Digital Data and Technology team.

The Head of Data Engineering will provide expert leadership, advice and guidance to advance our Digital agenda by building data awareness and use across the Trust. They will be tasked with building Trust-wide data engineering capability, providing both technical expertise and strategic direction.

The successful candidate will also lead and enable the Data Engineering team to deliver robust, effective data products and services for the organisation, ensuring best practice at all times.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Developing effective, resilient, and future-proof data services to meet evolving needs, ensuring adherence to quality standards and best practice. Forecasting and advising on technological developments that present opportunities for the Trust.
  2. Leading on data design, development and management.
  3. Identifying and using appropriate analytical tools and techniques to translate and synthesise data into meaningful insights to inform decision making. Supporting services to apply a range of techniques for data profiling, integrating data and system analysis.
  4. Supporting the development of a range of reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Designing, writing, and iterating code from prototype to production-ready, using a range of coding tools and languages. Ensuring accessibility, security, and version control.
  6. Taking technical responsibility for software development projects, providing method-specific technical advice and guidance. Defining standards for programming tools and techniques and selecting appropriate development methods, advising on their application and ensuring compliance.
  7. Planning, evaluating, implementing and reviewing projects and initiatives.
  8. Participating in the planning and delivery of training on digital systems to internal and external stakeholders.

In return we can offer you:

  • Flexible working patterns
  • A supportive learning environment
  • Regular supervisions
  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Commitment to and support for your wellbeing
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • NHS discount, salary sacrifice schemes, lease car scheme
  • 27 days of annual leave upon joining, rising to 29 days after five years of NHS service and 33 days after ten years of service.

If you are passionate about making a difference and want to contribute to an organisation which is continuously striving to achieve excellence then we would love to hear from you.


Interviews will be conducted on 9th December 2019.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kathryn Howell

01273 696011 x 1524,

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