Lead Machine Learning Engineer

Salary competitive
Discipline Data

We’re looking for a Lead Machine Learning Engineer join our Data Engineering team.

As the Lead ML Ops Engineer, you will be at the forefront of innovation, leading a small team of skilled engineers to develop and deploy scalable machine learning models. As part of your role, you will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and expanding platform(s) that enable data scientists to deploy their machine learning models with ease. 

What will you do as a Lead Machine Learning Engineer at N Brown?

  • Lead a team of engineers to create, maintain, and extend our analytics platform.
  • Be responsible for the design patterns for ingesting, transforming, and exposing data.
  • You will drive the adoption of strong CICD practices to reduce risks to deployments.
  • Coach your team in best practice and coding standards. Work with the wider Data Engineering and Group Data team to share ways of working.
  • Develop your team’s capabilities in software development to better enable them to support the analytics platform. Champion test-driven quality first engineering practices.
  • You will collaborate across technology squads and teams as part of your role, whilst maintaining delivery and outcome focus.
  • You will be working in an agile operating model with cross-functional teams.
  • Effectively manage the Analytics Platform, ensuring the platform is reliable, scalable, and secure. You will take a proactive approach to monitoring.

What skills and experience will you have?

  • Experience of leading a small team including line management and technical leadership
  • A strong communicator, able to bring complex technical concepts to life for business stakeholders and equally convey business needs effectively to technical audiences.
  • Knowledge in working with at least one cloud platform AWS (SageMaker), GCP (Vertex AI), Azure (Azure ML).
  • A growth mindset - Ability to assess the value Machine Learning brings to the business.
  • An excellent understanding of object-oriented programming (in or highly transferrable to Python) and SQL.
  • An excellent understanding of automated testing principles including test-driven development.
  • Demonstrable experience in embedding software engineering best practice.
  • A good understanding of distributed version control (Git).
  • Curiosity to experiment and improve, whilst staying aligned on outcomes.
  • Experience with Google Cloud products (Vertex, BigQuery, GCS, Cloud Composer, Dataflow etc.) or similar products from other cloud platforms
  • Appreciation of data management, analytics, science, and visualisation workflows and data needs
  • Appreciation of the modern cloud data stack, headless BI, analytics engineering, data meshes and lake-houses 

What’s in it for you?

  • Hybrid working and flexible start times
  • 24 days holiday (+ 8 bank holidays) with the option to buy an additional 10 days
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave
  • Company pension with up to 8% N Brown contribution
  • Mental Health support both internally and externally, including access to our wellbeing champions and counselling services
  • A range of financial wellbeing support
  • Colleague discount across all N Brown brands
  • Onsite café with subsidised rates and local restaurant discounts!
  • Life Assurance and Private Medical Insurance
  • Paid volunteer time – all our colleagues can take a full day paid to volunteer for a charity of their choice

N Brown – who we are and why work for us?

At N Brown, we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment that values equality for all. Our vision is that by ‘championing inclusion, we’ll become the most loved and trusted fashion retailer’. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are, therefore, at the heart of our culture.

We’re a forward-thinking digital retailer with a financial services proposition to be proud of. We’re customer-obsessed, serving them through three core brands: JD Williams, Simply Be, and Jacamo. We’re experienced, with over 160 years of trading under our belt. We’re inclusive, as we believe in fashion without boundaries; and we’re sustainable, striving to make as little impact on the planet as possible.

Ways of Working

We offer hybrid working which varies across the business depending on the role you’re in. For this role, the expectation would be 1 day every other week. Our Head Office is located in the Northern Quarter in Manchester City Centre. So if you are travelling by train, tram or bus we’re perfectly located, plus we’re surrounded by cool cafes, trendy bars and the best places to eat!

Our working hours are 36.17 per week and our core working hours are between 10am - 4pm. Given we don’t have strict working hours you can find the working pattern that’s right for you.

Our promise to you

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

What happens when you apply to a role at N Brown?

As soon as we receive your application, we’ll send you an email to let you know. We always aim to come back to you as soon as possible with an update and we really appreciate you taking the time to apply for a role with us. Good luck!