Principal Data Engineer

Date:  23-Jun-2022
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Job State/Province:  Various Locations
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About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the Role

As a Data Engineer, you will play a key role supporting Digital Factory projects that fundamentally change BHP’s performance across safety, productivity and people performance.  The Digital Factory is BHP’s approach to rapid design and development of digital products (software-focused, minimal or no hardware) that provide solutions to operational challenges that are currently being addressed through manual methods. This role is critical in the successful development and implementation of digital solutions and products, as these are built on effective access to high-quality data.

Primary responsibilities are to define the data lifecycle (including data models and data sources for analytics platforms), and to gather and clean business data from the business in order to provide ready-to-work inputs for Data Scientists and other consumers. Responsible for applying strong expertise in data mining and information retrieval to design, develop, optimise, and maintain data architecture and pipelines that adhere to ETL principles and business goals. This role can be based in Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide.


  • You’ll work closely with internal BHP customers to understand their data requirements, develop and model data structure, and design and build the ingestion process to provide access to data from operational and enterprise source systems
  • You will be involved in the design and development of data integration and data pipelines (ETL)
  • You will work with various on-prem and cloud-based data platforms, technologies and services
  • You’ll plan and deliver secure, good practice data integration strategies and approaches
  • You’ll work closely with database teams on topics related to data requirements, cleanliness, quality etc.

About You

  • Ideally the successful candidate will have all of the following skills
  • Experienced in multiple database technologies such as Distributed Processing, Traditional RDBMS, MPP, NoSQL. 
  • Strong experience in traditional data warehousing / ETL tools (Informatica, Talend, Pentaho, DataStage) 
  • Strong understanding of understanding of traditional ETL tools & RDBMS, End to End Data Pipeline
  • Experience with AWS cloud services: S3, EC2, EMR, RDS, Redshift and Kinesis. 
  • Strong experience with Python and at least two of the following technologies: Scala, SQL, Java
  • Experience deploying applications into production environments e.g. code packaging, integration testing, monitoring, release management.
  • Experience working in DevOps, Agile, Scrum, Continuous Delivery and/or Rapid Application Development environments 
  • Attitude to thrive in a fun, fast-paced start-up like environment 
  • Experience working on a collaborative Agile product  team 
  • Self-motivated with strong problem-solving and learning skills 
  • Flexibility to changes in work direction as the project develops 
  • Excellent communication, listening, and influencing skills 

About our Process

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks.


BHP also requires employees in Australia to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people (from the 31st of January 2022 or earlier depending on relevant state health directives). If you are applying for a role at BHP please consider this new requirement when submitting your application. BHP will also adhere to any relevant health directives that may be made that affects our workforce. For further information please see our website (LINK)

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

The size and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a unique BHP employee share program.


At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.