Big Data Technical Lead - (remote working available)

Date Opened: Jun 4, 2021

Location: Belfast, GB Derry/ Londonderry, GB Strabane, GB

Company: Allstate Insurance Company

About Us


At Allstate Northern Ireland, we believe it’s more than just a job.  We believe in allowing our people to choose the direction of their careers.  It’s about you, your future and where you want to get to.


Opportunity is the hallmark of the Allstate career experience.  We invest heavily in our employees, offering long term career development, personal growth and investment in new technologies.  Every day is different, with new ideas, challenges, and rewards — no matter which team you join.


We believe that inclusive diversity is crucial to creating a culture of mutual respect where the strengths and talents of each individual are recognised.  We like to leave things better than we found them and deliver results.  We do all of this while having fun and exploring personal passions.


Allstate operate a very flexible hybrid working model with a blend of remote and office working for NI based employees.  Employees based in GB will be employed on a permanent remote working contract.


Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance.





Belfast / Derry / Londonderry / Strabane / Remote, UK



Data is central to Allstate’s transformation of the customer experience. We are looking for passionate engineers to help build the next generation of data analytics and software solutions within the big data technology stack. We need a Claims MDM developer who will work collaboratively on Scaled Agile teams, and who loves interacting with different areas to design and deliver the next generation analytics platforms and applications which will ultimately transform how our customers view Allstate. Within the MDM space we are passionate about empowering our developers and we work to the principal of ‘if you can do it, go do it”. So, if you believe in the power of Data to transform and would love to join a team at the beginning of this journey, then we would love you to bring your ideas and enthusiasm on this mission.


Your role in the team


As technical lead for Claim MDM you will be expected to be the Subject Matter Expert for the application and its key processes, which means you will need to be highly driven and comfortable learning new concepts and applying that knowledge with the goal of delivering a world class software product. In your day to day role you will be working closely with product owners & architects to review features for technical do-ability. You will then translate these features for the developers and guide them to ensure that code quality & best practices are maintained to the highest level. You will have the opportunity to enhance your technical skills, pioneer new technologies within D&IS and will be part of a global team of like-minded people.


  • Participate in inception and iteration planning meetings, infusing backlogs with technical input working in close partnership with the product owner and product engineering manager
  • Lead and participates in daily site, cross-site, and product team standups
  • Lead and participates in retrospectives; demonstrating and encouraging each participant to provide feedback with empathy
  • Partner in collaboration and strategy alignment across product portfolios (cross-product) in partnership with product managers, other peers and key stakeholders with the customer needs and wants in mind
  • Serve as an expert on the Claims MDM/Data Lake domains and a lead advocate of our technology stacks; share that knowledge across organizations
  • Participate in shaping the architecture and design of the products we build; actively help the team in choosing the right technology, and solving technical problems
  • Coach the team in writing software and building products
  • Lead and participate in knowledge sharing and contribute to the overall growth of the collective knowledge of the engineering community.



So, what are the essential criteria to apply?


  • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK
  • 5 years’ experience in object-oriented coding and development e.g. Java /Scala/ C#; and
  • Experience in Data Engineering or a recent graduate of the Data Engineering program
  • Demonstrated experience with technical design and documentation; and
  • Demonstrated expertise in Agile development and tools to iterate quickly on product changes, developing user stories and working through backlog and
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching and mentoring junior developers and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and



We also have some desirable criteria


  • Scala Experience
  • Understanding of streaming toolsets such as Kafka, spark streaming
  • Familiarity with source control solutions (e.g. git, GitHub, Jenkins, Artifactory)
  • Hands-on experience developing and integrating with open source software platforms and languages
  • Experience developing large-scale distributed applications
  • Open to new ideas and technologies with a strong desire to learn




What we offer


As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.


Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.


We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.


We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.



Closing Date:  Friday 18th June 2021



Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities


Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.


We are an equal opportunities employer.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women.  All appointments will be made on merit.


Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.