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The Columbus Building, E14 4HD, London, London E14


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  • Company pension
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Private medical insurance

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Reporting to the CTO , the Head of Data will lead and manage data related activities across SmartestEnergy to ensure data is available, of a high quality, relevant, accurate and reliable, and can be leveraged to drive business outcomes. Working across the business functions the Head of Data will lead the approach to data & analytics requirements, taking responsibility for identifying requirements and approaches and design/implement practical fit for purpose solutions, supporting staff with all data and analytics-based activities.


How will I spend my time in this role?

  • Proactive leadership and accountability for all data and data analytics activity across SEL.
  • Definition, publication and maintenance of a data strategy for SEL.
  • Implement a fit for purpose data governance framework that incorporates a traditional top-down approach as well as a bottom-up approach through the use of a data catalogue.
  • Work with stakeholders, business and IT teams to prioritise collected requirements, develop business cases and project implementation plans.
  • Document standards and processes for DataOps, data collection, processing, modelling and analysis, including data flow diagrams and data catalogues.
  • Develop tools and dashboards to track the health and quality of data.
  • Establish and lead a team that executes the data governance framework, builds new data solutions and productionises business developed data solutions, and enabling a self-service data environment for business colleagues.
  • Troubleshoot data issues, facilitate the issue/root cause determination, develop solution options and work with required teams to implement the fix.
  • Support other key business and IT projects as the data lead.


What skills/experience do I need to be successful?

  • Experience delivering technology and data initiatives at large multi-business unit organisations.
  • Direct experience developing technology and data strategies and systems design in an energy retail and trading environment acting as the principal business partner for the IT organisation.
  • Defining cloud “Big Data” architectural design blueprints and patterns. Demonstrable experience in building and leading data engineering and data analytics/data science teams.
  • Proven track record in delivering change and managing delivery and technical risk to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Working with external software vendors to successfully deliver projects and support services.
  • Excellent communication skills to work with diverse stakeholders and drive decision making.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with other data domain specialist, IT and business area leads.
  • Maturity to participate in multiple complex programs at the same time in an agile environment.


What else do we offer?

  • The opportunity to work from anywhere in the world for up to 30 days a year;
  • A genuine commitment to smarter working – we recognise your work/life balance matters;
  • Paid time off to volunteer in your community;
  • Excellent benefits package including private medical insurance/dental cover and 10% non-contributory pension from month three;

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What does hybrid working mean to us?

Hybrid working typically means 2 days in the office location listed on this advert and 3 days working at home each week. Some occasional travel to our other offices may be required.

What happens next?

Once we receive your CV it will be reviewed by a human– no bots here!

The average process once we receive your application takes around 2-3 weeks with typically 2 stages of video interviews using Teams – however this can change depending on the role (we may invite you to see us face to face or just need 1 video interview).

If you need any support you can see who to contact in our Recruitment Team on the advert – any questions please just let us know.

Get to know us better….

The future of energy is digitised, decarbonised and localised. At Smartest Energy, we need revolutionary thinkers to help our customers make the most of this new landscape, thinking differently to find smart solutions to complex problems.

Formed in 2001, we’re an agile business driven by entrepreneurial thinking. As a subsidiary of the Marubeni Corporation, we also have strong investment and infrastructure behind us. We have three offices in the UK, one in the US and another in Australia. Further expansion is planned for 2024 and beyond which means global career opportunities for you, with plenty of potential to explore new markets.

When you join our Team, you will have the opportunity to contribute and make an impact every single day.


Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to what we do. We value everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for our business to thrive we need diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the countries in which we operate. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow.

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