The National Archives, Richmond-upon-Thames, London, TW9 4DU





Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time


020 3985 5979

Data Engineer

About The National Archives:

Archives are the homes for our collective memories, past and future. The National Archives is the archive of government, archives sector lead and one of the world’s leading archives.

We play a crucial role. Our business strategy, Archives for Everyone, defines the ambition to change the way people think about archives. It sets out our vision to become an inclusive, entrepreneurial, and disruptive archive that harnesses emerging technology to transform our historic mission for the digital age.

About the role:

The National Archives is looking for an experienced Data Engineer with in-depth experience in data design and engineering to help build the next generation of digital archiving services. We are currently creating a new digital service to help our users send public data and records to the archive. We have the ambition to do more to structure, enrich and analyse that data to make it easier to find, use and understand and open up new access routes for a wider range of users, including citizens, academics and government.

You will work in an open, transparent and collaborative environment, engaging with internal and external communities to share your work and learn from others. You will build your understanding of developing technologies that can be applied to enhance understanding of archival content and enable access and re-use of public data.

About you:

As our Data Engineer, you will have a strong background in creating models and schemas, managing and enriching data, constructing data products and services, and integrating them into systems and business processes. You will have excellent experience of a range of database technologies and relevant programming languages and be highly skilled in structuring, analysing and exploring data to reveal valuable insights.

This is a varied role with the scope to make an impact across all of our digital archiving services. Your work will include data analysis, design, prototyping, integration, and testing, and you will have experience in problem solving using data design. Your will create models and schemas (re-using standards and or developing new approaches as appropriate), define mappings and transformations and integrate data pipelines into systems and services.

You will see opportunities for improvements and be able to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences, within The National Archives and internationally, through a range of channels. 

This is an opportunity to work with committed and talented developers, designers, archivists and researchers who share a passion for creating high quality, user-focused digital services for a range of audiences.

Join us here in beautiful Kew, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Overground and Underground stations, and you can expect an excellent range of benefits. They include a pension, the option to work part time or job share and discounts with local businesses (e.g. beauty salons and bars). We also offer wellbeing resources (e.g. on-site therapists) and have an on-site gym, restaurant, shop and staff bar.

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