Recruitment Roundup, Confused.com Edition – 7th October

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Welcome back to FinTech Wales’ most recent Recruitment Roundup. In this special Confused.com edition, you can find a selection of the latest job vacancies listed by one of our Family Members Confused.com 

Confused.com is the first and longest-running UK comparison site, formed in 2002.

Moreover, Confused.com has been recognised as a brilliant place to work, winning “Best Tech Place to Work” in The National Technology Awards 2020 and Named as “Diversity Employer of the Year” during the Women in Tech Excellent Awards 2020. 

So, if you’re ready to take the next step professionally or know someone looking to kickstart a career with an industry-leading financial technology company based in Wales, then check out the freshest jobs from Confused.com in today’s roundup.

Employee Benefits

Confused.com has developed a strong and vibrant culture, where people who enjoy doing what they do are constantly finding ways to do it even better and Confused.com wants to ensure that they offer the best benefits for employees’ hard work.

Confused.com is working towards a hybrid model of remote and in-office working and  have recently introduced the new online desk booking system. Confused.com continues to review and update their benefits to what best suits their best assets, their people.

Some of Confused.com’s benefits include:

  • Discretionary cash bonus based on personal and business performance
  • 28 days holiday
  • Group pension scheme
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • New starter buddy scheme
  • No Meetings Wednesday
  • SimpleHealth Scheme

Senior/Lead Data Scientist

Job Title –  Senior/Lead Data Scientist

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Job Description:

As Confused.com’s Data Science Lead, you will be instrumental in driving the development and delivery of their Data Science strategy, taking capability in these aspects forward to support the delivery of the broader business strategy.

The ideal candidate has working experience in data from different sources and across several data platforms, experience with data lake and has a curious mind that is interested in identifying opportunities to solve problems and grow revenue. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who embraces ambiguity and an evolving fast-paced environment. If you are passionate about driving business impacts through data and building a culture that leverages data smartly, then this might be your new opportunity!

You will lead/drive/develop a high performing team that recognises artificial intelligence and machine learning as the future for the Fintech market.

Requirements:

  • You will be a highly motivated individual, have a passion for differentiation and disruption and be able to bring thought leadership and innovation to Confused.com’s organisation to effect top and bottom line improvement. Working closely with the Business on programmes that will deliver technology transformation to revolutionise the way Confused.com delivers services to their customers and run their business.
  • You will have an instrumental role in delivering Data and AI technologies and associated functionality through these programmes to drive the strategic business intelligence and data management roadmaps working with stakeholders to generate business value.
  • Be a Voice of Customer to share insights and best practices, connect with Engineering team to remove key blockers
  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge, keeping up to date with market trends and competitive insights; collaborate and share with the technical community while educate customers on data platform
  • Work alongside business units and functions teams to identify opportunities to remove manual tasks and replace them with automated solutions.

Previous experience in below or related technologies would be beneficial:

  • Data Visualisation – Tableau (development of dashboards and data sources, and for use in diagnostic analysis)
  • Machine Learning – AzureML, Keras, Data Bricks
  • Languages – XML, Python, C#, SQL

Education / Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineer or related field is highly desirable
  • Certification in one or more of the following technologies preferred: Cloud, mobile, Database, Big Data, BI, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
  • Proven track record of delivering Data Science solutions

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Data Science Team Leader

Job Title –  Data Science Team Leader

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description:

As Data Science Team Leader, you will be instrumental in leading the development and delivery of Confused.com’s Data Science strategy, taking our capability in these aspects forward to support the delivery of the broader business strategy.

The ideal candidate has working experience in data from different sources and across several data platforms and has a curious mind that is interested in identifying opportunities to solve problems and grow revenue. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who embraces ambiguity and an evolving fast-paced environment. If you are passionate about driving business impacts through data and building a culture that leverages data smartly, then this might be your new opportunity!

You will lead a high performing team that recognises artificial intelligence and machine learning as the future for the Fintech market.

Requirements:

  • You will be a highly motivated individual, have a passion for differentiation and disruption and be able to bring thought leadership and innovation to Confused.com’s organisation to effect top and bottom line improvement. Working closely with the Business on programmes that will deliver technology transformation to revolutionise the way Confused.com delivers services to their customers and run their business.
  • You will have an instrumental role in delivering Data and AI technologies and associated functionality through these programmes to drive the strategic business intelligence and data management roadmaps working with stakeholders to generate business value.
  • Be a Voice of Customer to share insights and best practices, connect with Engineering team to remove key blockers
  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge, keeping up to date with market trends and competitive insights; collaborate and share with the technical community while educate customers on data platform
  • Work alongside business units and functions teams to identify opportunities to remove manual tasks and replace them with automated solutions.

Previous experience in below or related technologies would be beneficial:

  • Data Visualisation – Tableau (development of dashboards and data sources, and for use in diagnostic analysis)
  • Machine Learning – AzureML, Keras, Data Bricks
  • Languages – XML, Python, C#, SQL

Education / Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineer or related field is highly desirable
  • Certification in one or more of the following technologies preferred: Cloud, mobile, Database, Big Data, BI, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
  • Proven track record of delivering Data Science solutions

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Platform Delivery Team Leader

Job Title –  Platform Delivery Team Leader

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description:

The Platform Delivery Team Leader will work in the technology Platform team providing operational technical and leadership support to the Platform 3rd line infrastructure team.

As Platform Delivery Team Leader you will manage your time working between technical tasks and team leader management duties. Working with the team to provide technical support and timely resolution of incidents and project delivery across the 3rd line workstreams and wider platform team.

Responsibilities:

  • Continuously trains, mentors and shares knowledge with the wider team
  • Managerial Administrative duties i.e. monthly reviews
  • Plays a pivotal role in driving their area \ Technology forward
  • Recognised in their area \ Technology as an expert in their field \ domain
  • Predict potential issues + deal with them constructively
  • Ability to analyse several solutions \ option and then select the best option
  • Continuously displays ownership, proactivity, autonomy and self-reliance
  • Demonstrates a can-do attitude and promotes this across the Platform Team
  • Committed to quality
  • Continuously sets the standards for others to follow
  • Continuously considers the bigger picture when decision making / see beyond the immediate requirements

Requirements:

  • Proven ability to collaborate with other areas
  • Experience in cloud and on prem infrastructure technology stacks
  • Experience of team leading a 3rd line infrastructure team
  • Experience of working in a cross-functional environment
  • In depth knowledge of technology solutions, trends and techniques with a clear understanding of what future technology can mean for business
  • Experience of supporting Azure Cloud hosted technologies and services
  • Driven, confident, outgoing and self-managing with a real passion for achieving high service standards and an appetite for continuous change and development
  • Clear, concise and logical communication style suitable for all levels of the organisation
  • Strong planning, decision-making and organisation skills, with the ability to manage conflicting demands and judge complex situations through prioritisation and pragmatic approaches. Knows when to escalate and communicate issues

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Marketing Website Production Executive

Job Title –  Marketing Website Production Executive

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description:

Confused.com is looking for an experienced Website Production Executive who will be responsible for a range of regular website content updates, website launches and best-practice initiatives via our CMS.

This is a varied and interesting role in Confused.com’s website team that works closely with many areas across our business including SEO, PPC, marketing, development, UX, design and product. It requires someone with great experience of editing websites, strong day-to-day content management experience, flawless attention to detail, excellent people skills, a drive to keep learning in all things online and pride in their work.

Responsibilities:

  • Owning and completing day-to-day content website edits, updates and launches via Confused.com’s Sitecore CMS.
  • Confidently answering CMS-based queries and tickets, assisting our content editors with website updates and CMS builds. This will include running formal CMS training, creating documentation and improving editor experience in Confused.com’s CMS.
  • Working as part of Confused.com’s small website and development team to keep the website in good technical condition and optimised.
  • Working closely with Confused.com’s UX team to champion the Confused.com written and visual brand, striving to improve the experience for customers every day.
  • Working with and interpreting the needs of various non-technical teams to deliver working solutions on our website.
  • Reporting website data to the business as required, sharing insights and suggesting improvements based on data.
  • Be part of the conversion rate optimisation team, which includes owning and launching A/B and MVT CMS tests.

About you:

  • Strong proven experience of working with content management systems.
  • Strong proven previous experience of editing websites and delivering web projects, all to the highest standards and within fixed deadlines.
  • Proven experience in supporting and training multiple content editors in updating websites via content management system/s.
  • Experience of working in an Agile development environment and working with developers, or you’re keen to develop in this area.
  • Excellent organisational skills as well as a track record of working independently and completing tasks to the highest of standards.
  • You can express yourself with clarity, having excellent verbal and written communication skills and patience.
  • HTML and analytics skills are a bonus.

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Senior Data Engineer

Job Title –  Senior Data Engineer

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description:

Confused.com is looking for a Senior Data Engineer, a role that has evolved from the role of a traditional Senior SQL Developer.

Ideally, Confused.com is looking for an experienced cloud engineer, but they would consider taking on someone who is an experienced SQL developer with the capability and drive to fill this role.

Working closely with colleagues from across the business, you’ll get the chance to expand your knowledge of different data technologies and explore new and exciting capabilities—including big data and artificial intelligence.

You’ll be working with a team of data experts tasked with fully automating a new cloud data platform as well as maintaining Confused.com’s existing solution.

Coding languages:

  • SQL Server 2016 and above, Azure DevOps, Python, Databricks, C#, PowerShell, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Tableau

Key competencies:

  • Ability to work closely with our cross-functional product teams to identify and deliver projects that will drive value to customers of Confused.com.
  • Experience of working in an agile environment.
  • Experience of building robust solutions for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources, including third-party providers, API’s and our existing Azure platform.
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimising data delivery, re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability, etc.
  • Foster a self-service data culture; working closely with other data engineers, architects, and technologists to share knowledge, evaluate opportunities and proactively recommend improvements in architecture, pipelines, data models, tools and processes.
  • Translate data into valuable insights that inform decisions. Involves teams in analytics and synthesis to increase consensus and challenge assumptions.
  • Must be passionate about DevOps and have a resilient attitude in pushing the DevOps perspective within a Kanban team.
  • Maintaining and creating continuous delivery pipelines in Azure DevOps.
  • Positive outlook and desire to learn and help drive and instil technical excellence within the Confused.com IT department.
  • Deliver projects to time, budget and quality in order to deliver business goals.

Essential skills:

  • Experience of tools such as VSTS (Azure DevOps).
  • Designs, writes and iterates code from prototype to production-ready. Understands security, accessibility and version control.
  • Knowledge of data warehousing concepts, including data warehouse technical architectures, infrastructure components, ETL/ELT and reporting/analytic tools.
  • Strong SQL skills and familiarity with data modelling and relational databases.
  • A passion for data, cloud-based services and customer experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of Kimball design.
  • Ensures risks associated with deployment are adequately understood and documented.

For more information on this role or to apply, click here.

Senior Pricing Analyst

Job Title –  Senior Pricing Analyst 

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description:

The Insight team has been delivering market-leading data services on behalf of Confused.com since its inception in 2012. Confused.com’s analytical expertise regularly assists insurance partners from across the UK and beyond to make the best decisions for their business.

As a Senior Pricing Analyst, you will utilise your extensive knowledge and experience of the insurance industry to initiate and deliver a variety of analytical projects to drive positive change for Confused.com’s insurance partners and, in turn, Confused.com customers.

Working with some of the biggest names in UK insurance, this role is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned Pricing Analyst or an existing Senior Pricing Analyst to take all their previous experience to the next level in their career.

What you’ll do:

  • Provide analytical support to Confused.com’s insurance partner’s’ pricing teams to ensure that the right pricing decisions are made and that a profitable book of business is written
  • Investigate all available sources of information to recommend changes to Confused.com’s insurance partners to help achieve volume and profit targets across multiple products
  • Evaluate key aspects of Confused.com’s insurance partner’s’ performance, such as conversion, premium changes, ancillary take-up, and rate analysis
  • Collaborate with colleagues from across the business to deliver key projects
  • Act as a key point of contact for Pricing Analysts to offer them advice and guidance as and when needed
  • Speak at industry event

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven track record working with pricing insurance products
  • Experience of statistical methodologies and data analysis techniques
  • Good knowledge of SQL and/or SAS
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Previous experience with an analytical software package such as RADAR or EMBLEM would be advantageous

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Senior Data Platform Engineer

Job Title –  Senior Data Platform Engineer

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description: 

Confused.com is looking for a Senior Data Platform Engineer, a role that has evolved from the role of DBA.

Working closely with colleagues from across the business, you’ll get the chance to expand your knowledge of different data technologies and explore new and exciting capabilities—including big data and artificial intelligence.

You’ll put to use your working knowledge of automating provisioning, fault tolerance, disaster recovery, monitoring, auditing, performance and security. In addition, you’ll have to keep an eye on cost management and cloud spend.

What’s more, we’ll rely on you to generate well-articulated and data-oriented test cases and determine the positive, negative and boundary cases from working with Confused.com’s cross-functional teams.

Coding languages (Current used by the team):

  • SQL Server 2016 and above, Azure DevOps, C#, Business Intelligence Markup Language (BIML), PowerShell, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Tableau

Key competencies:

  • Collaborate with stakeholders at all levels and negotiate fluently to define data strategy direction, with respect to budget and goals that deliver maximum business benefits.
  • Assessing and recommending the best Azure technology solutions.
  • Developing solution architecture, implementation plans and estimates.
  • Designing and deploying enterprise-wide dynamically scalable, highly available, fault tolerant, secure and reliable applications on the Azure Platform.
  • Monitoring data estate.

Essential skills:

  • Ensuring the availability, performance, scalability and security of systems and databases: performing and automating daily operational tasks
  • Working with other teams to deploy, automate, maintain and operate cloud-based solutions and infrastructure.
  • Acting as the main technical point of contact for one or more business systems, ensuring the optimal technical platform through its lifecycle.
  • Troubleshooting and resolving incidents and problems, and performing changes.
  • Investigate SQL queries and stored procedures to identify bottlenecks and performance concerns and present improvements when applicable.
  • Continuously improving Confused.com’s infrastructure platform and service deliveries by automating and streamlining operations and processes.
  • Identifying improvement areas, planning for and executing improvement activities.
  • Proven database administration knowledge in SQL infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of DevOps practices.

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

​​Data Engineering Technical Lead

Job Title –  Data Engineering Technical Lead

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description: 

The Lead Data Engineering role requires strong collaboration with development Teams and key stakeholders to design and build robust, scalable, operational data solutions to meet business needs.

This position demands a well-organised, action-oriented team player with exceptional time management skills to support multiple initiatives simultaneously and in a very fast paced environment. Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to influence cross functional teams, and technology leaders. Can translate a technical conversation to a non-technical audience as well as engage in a non-technical conversation and translate into technical terms.

Key tasks:

  • Functions as a leader for the domain area.
  • Provides direction to team members as assigned by management.
  • Provides recommendations to management on behalf of the team.
  • Responsible for the quality of deliverables in terms of the technical design, implementation, testing and adherence to technical compliance standards.
  • Reviews database design and recommends opportunities for enhancement.
  • Works on and/or leads large, complex projects within IT.
  • Influences and is engaged in the organizational direction of the domain area creating business cases with buy-in and support of the team.
  • Supports his/her manager with resource management responsibilities.
  • Go-to person for domain expertise, portrays confidence and respect within IT.
  • Ability to effectively communicate recommendations to individuals and groups.
  • Automates mundane database tasks, reducing BAU overheads on team.
  • Coordinate with Architects for planning and implementing database solutions, driving technical excellence and innovation.
  • Keep up to date with emerging technologies and recognise the potential value they bring to Confused.
  • Maintenance of database version control, database code analysis and database test-driven development.
  • Evidence of managing tech debt and maintaining coding standards.
  • Continued effort to automate database provisioning for development & testing.
  • The creation and implementation of processes to collect and maintain inventory of data assets across Confused.com.

Focus on end-to-end project life cycle and automation:

  • Drive data quality testing and data quality standards across the Confused.com technical stack, improving quality and value of Confused.com’s data assets.

Requirements:

  • Ability to effectively communicate status, pertinent information and action plans to audiences at all levels during priority incident management situations.
  • Can convey technical information to non-technical people.
  • Strong, proven database performance tuning skills.
  • Self-driven, motivated and reliable team player.
  • Must have strong problem solving, analytical and diagnostic skills.
  • Can positively challenge inefficiencies and waste with ability to drive change through persuasion and consensus.
  • Promotes diligence, attention to detail and evidence-based decision making.
  • Experience on call (24 x 7 support) and proven passion, accountability, collaboration and able to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to work on a flexible schedule to accommodate project deadlines and business requirements.
  • Commitment and ownership to implementation of database DevOps, continuous delivery & Database Lifecycle Management
  • Ownership of managing data within the database lifecycle management, including data quality checks, data retention and auditing.

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Senior Data Automation Engineer

Job Title –  Senior Data Automation Engineer

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description: 

Working closely with colleagues from across the business, you’ll get the chance to expand your knowledge of different data technologies and explore new and exciting capabilities—including big data and artificial intelligence.

As such, you’ll work with a team of data experts with a working knowledge of functional, smoke, unit, automated, pester testing and data-related testing.

What’s more, working with Confused.com’s cross-functional teams, we’ll rely on you to generate well-articulated data-oriented test cases and determine the positive, negative and boundary cases. Confused.com work in a fast-paced, continuous delivery release-driven environment. The right candidate for this position will be motivated by this challenge and will help to develop Confused.com’s future ways of working.

Coding languages:

  • SQL Server 2016 and above, Azure DevOps, C#, PowerShell, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Tableau, Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake, Data Bricks, PowerBI.

Key competencies:

  • Data Validation – Develop automated procedures to ensure data accuracy and integrity of complex data exports and reports.
  • Testing the ETL process and business logic that drives our reporting and data services.
  • Define, develop, and implement quality assurance practices and procedures, test plans and perform other assessments for all data-related code changes.
  • Develop automated tests using custom framework, and longer-term open source tools.
  • Configure and maintain test automation environments.
  • Create scripts, test sequences, and implement procedures to ensure appropriate test coverage.
  • Work closely with the wider data team members to understand and validate upstream application changes and the impacts on data, data models, and reports.
  • Work closely with technology, data, and product teams in the company to promote software quality standards.
  • Work closely with customer support and product owners to ensure customer service requirements are met.
  • Configuring and maintaining CI/CD environments, ideally within Azure but experience with other technologies would be beneficial.
  • Engage in test case execution including defect documentation and tracking, resolution support, and fix verification.

Essential skills:

  • Working knowledge of DevOps practises and removing manual processes.
  • Extensive experience with SQL and web services pertaining to QA and Test Automation.
  • Experience working with large amounts of Data from a QA perspective.
  • Experience testing multi-tier, consumer-facing web applications at more than just the UI level.
  • Experience testing batch / streaming ETL processes.
  • Broad experience designing and maintaining automated tests for whitebox and blackbox testing.
  • Experience with unit testing frameworks.
  • Knowledge of best practices for the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Working knowledge of Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS).

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

Pricing Manager

Job Title –  Pricing Manager

Location – Cardiff 

Salary – Competitive 

Contract – Permanent, full-time

Description: 

The main directive of the Pricing team is to work with some of the biggest names in insurance in the UK and Europe to gain a tangible return on investment from Confused.com’s services. The Pricing team will help shape pricing strategies, supporting long-term projects, and drive value based on the needs of our partners and their customers.

We’re looking for ambitious, inquisitive and creative individuals with over 4 years’ experience in any insurance pricing role, who know how to utilise data and statistical techniques to find insight and apply it.

As the leader of a consultative analytics team, you’ll be exposed to some of the smartest pricing and analytical heads in the industry, and you’ll have the opportunity to make a material impact on their businesses.

Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of pricing analytics strategy for the department
  • Mentor and develop team members in price modelling, loss ratio impact analysis, data visualisation, data storytelling, partner relations and analytical techniques
  • Understand and support Confused.com’s partners by providing expertise and analysis with a view to assist them in achieving their goals. Communicating results and ideas to key decision-makers internally
  • Create and refine beneficial and actionable high-value bespoke analysis through data mining, data visualisation techniques and commentary
  • Contribute and guide the continuous development of Confused.com’s data services, including identifying and supporting the creation of new and bespoke services, based on partners’ requirements and needs
  • Find opportunities in new markets to explore for future products and enhancements
  • Operating as an industry leader, establishing external relationships, maintaining them and leveraging them to increase industry insight awareness
  • Support in Insight marketing space, to include attending and contributing to industry events
  • Lead and develop analytical pricing practices within Confused.com through reporting and analysis. Owning vital business strategies relating to panel members
  • People management and team growth
  • Prioritising team backlog and work
  • Create frameworks and documentation for stable and scalable growth and delivery for Confused.com’s partners

Requirements:

  • Experience in an insurance pricing role
  • Managerial experience
  • Experience of statistical methodologies and data analysis techniques
  • An excellent communicator
  • Work and develop usage of new technologies and analytical practices
  • Proactive approach to getting things done
  • Working knowledge of SQL and/or SAS
  • Experience with an analytical software package
  • Commercial acumen
  • Ability to evidence and prioritise

For more information on this role or to apply, click here. 

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If any of these roles are of interest to you then don’t hesitate to contact Confused.com and apply for an exciting position. These are just a selection of the employment opportunities in Wales’ budding FinTech sector, so be sure to tune into our weekly roundups every Wednesday as more vacancies become available.

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