Data Analytics Engineer

Date Opened: May 29, 2021

Location: Belfast, 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.


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





Belfast / Derry – Londonderry / Strabane



Job Description


D3: Data, Discovery & Decision Science are looking for experienced Data Analytic Engineers.  Do you like to:


  • Design and build petabyte-scale data pipelines?
  • Determine appropriate solutions for the job?
  • Use varied technology platforms such as Apache Spark, Hadoop, Python, Scala or SQL?
  • Use mathematics? 


Read on to find out more! 

Allstate is one of the largest auto and home insurers in the US, serving more than 16 million households and earning over $35 billion in revenue annually. We’re also widely recognized as one of the best places to work in Northern Ireland. 


At Allstate, we’re on a mission to use data, math and machine learning to directly shape every aspect of how we operate.  

Of course, when working with hundreds of millions of data points, computer science and programming also play an essential role. The research group has over 100 exceptional data scientists based in Belfast, Charlotte, Chicago, Seattle and Silicon Valley.


It’s a great place to be if you’re interested in solving business problems, actually using the math you’ve learnt (like linear algebra, calculus, stats and probability), and programming. 

Our mission is to make Allstate a data-driven organisation. Data Analytic Engineers play an essential part in making this a reality. We’re looking for those with a passion for finding great solutions to complex problems, and enthusiasm for quickly learning whatever technology is right for the job.


As a Data Analytic Engineer in D3, you’ll be required to collaborate with individuals across multiple disciplines & skillsets so exceptional communication is important.




Your role in the team


The D3 department is a central team that supports all areas of the enterprise. There are many R&D projects in progress, each with unique and complex data requirements. Here are just a few examples:


  • Distributed processing of real-time data streams from connected vehicles
  • RDBMS to distributed graph with Apache Spark (Scala) and Tinkerpop for fraud detection
  • Natural language processing for customer sentiment analysis
  • RDBMS to hierarchical json model with Python streaming on Hadoop creating master analytics data lake
  • Entity resolution with PySpark for customer retention modelling
  • Hive and Impala for data pipelines feeding extreme-weather risk models
  • Curation of image dataset for deep learning research on claim evidence 




The Environment 
We are a research group: we work on long-term projects; we read scientific papers and textbooks; we talk about ideas; we explore new programming languages; we huddle around whiteboards; we think about what the company should look like next year and in five years. 

And we get things done. We develop the next generation of products; we crank out code; we do scrum and agile; GitHub and Jenkins; code reviews and sprint reviews. We invest heavily in cutting-edge software and hardware and encourage experimentation; we count CPU cores by the hundred and RAM by the terabyte. We use and contribute to open source software and work mainly on Linux. 




So, what are the essential criteria to apply?


  • All candidates must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK
  • First class bachelor’s degree in a highly quantitative field such as mathematics, physics or computer science with at least one year of experience in a related field



  • First class/Distinction or equivalent master’s degree in a highly quantitative field such as mathematics, physics or computer science



  • A quantitative PhD



  • 2:1 Degree classification or higher and at least two years of experience in a related field 




We also have some desirable criteria


Proven experience in any of the following:


  • Distributed computing or big data frameworks such as Spark, Mesos or Hadoop
  • Linux and shell scripting
  • Data formats such as JSON, XML, Parquet or Avro
  • ETL software such as Ab Initio, Informatica or CloverETL
  • The use of machine learning or statistics to solve real-world problems




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.




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.



The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 29th June 2021