Microsoft Data Analytics – Principal Consultant
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: UK Based

Who we are

We are a data analytics company who have 25+ years’ experience working with customers achieve their information requirements. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner, a Gold IBM Partner, a Premier BOARD MIT Partner and an Information Builders Partner.  We give data- driven organisations the confidence to make fully informed decisions.

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for a Microsoft Data Analytics Principal Consultant to fill a new role in the service delivery team.  We are looking for someone who is self-motivated and technically excellent who has a proven track record of leading successful, large Microsoft Azure data warehouse and reporting projects in a consultancy environment.  You will be a key senior member of our team, working across a breadth of sectors and well-known companies and organisations. As a Principal Consultant you will manage a team of consultants to deliver the projects successfully.  

Why we need you

We are looking to grow the business and in particular the services delivery team. The Principal Consultant is a senior role with line management responsibilities, reporting in to the Services Director. Your expertise both technically and as a line manager will support the business through the successful ownership and delivery of projects, as well as supporting the growth in the team and management of consultants.

What you’ll get in return

Our company culture and people are at the heart of our business.  We invest in our employees, encouraging them to reach their career aspirations and supporting them to achieve their potential through ongoing personal development plans and providing access to training and developing.  A comprehensive and competitive benefits package includes basic salary, bonus, car allowance and holidays plus health insurance, income protection insurance and multiple social activities and perks to ensure we engage and reward our employees appropriately.

Now for the detail...

Qualifications and Skills

  • You will have experience of multiple technologies and will be technically excellent with Microsoft Azure focusing on Data Platform and Data Analysis Services (Data Factory, Data Bricks, Data Lake, Analysis Services), Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft PowerBI.
  • You will have 3+ years’ experience leading successful large (100+days) projects in a consultancy environment.
  • You will have 5+ years’ experience in data warehouse and reporting solution delivery.
  • You will have line management experience.


You will be technically excellent and confident in reliably running large and complex engagements with our customers.

The Role in Practice

The Principal Consultant is the person that the customer sees providing designs that comprehensively address the needs and, perhaps most crucially, responding to change and issues calmly and coherently.

The Principal Consultants must be experts in their field. The role is one that works closely with customers who may be expert too and we must be seen to be credible in their eyes. The Principal Consultants may be asked to Quality Assure the customer’s work and they must be able to discharge that responsibility.

The Principal Consultant will be responsible for gathering requirements at the commencement of a project; this may be through the medium of a situation assessment, requirements gathering workshops or requirements interviews. The results may be expressed as Initiation, Functional and/or Technical Specifications. They may also be expressed in a Situation Assessment.

The Principal Consultants are required to lead on the establishment of the standards for the technical design documents that are used in their specialist area. They must ensure that these documents are suitable for their purpose and that they are used consistently on projects. There must be a continual process of improvement. These documents can include process flows, database design, entity relationship diagrams, test plans, report specs, cube designs, data mapping, applications links, project plans and flow charts amongst others. These documents are integral to the Principal Consultant role and are expected as a norm in most of our engagements. The Principal Consultant is required to think in these terms and assess which to use on a project by project and situation by situation basis.

The Principal Consultant is the “eyes and ears” of the project. They must be able to report on all project management information plus all the information that surrounds the project. We strive for excellence which means we think ahead, and we plan ahead. The Principal Consultant is performing that function as a habit and will share knowledge with their manager.

The Principal Consultant must balance the need to complete a project within the time, quality and cost tolerances. To do this successfully the Principal Consultant must understand and be sympathetic to the customers’ need to attend to business-as-usual whilst still driving the engagement forward. To do this successfully requires maturity and experience and to perform a balancing act between the customer and Simpsons and to use the appropriate levers to achieve the desired outcome. These levers may vary from situation to situation but the requirement for close connection to the project, the customer and Simpsons remains.

Often a Principal Consultant will provide development resource alongside other project team members.  The Principal Consultant also has the role of mentoring more junior members of the services team and will be expected to support our Graduate Recruitment and Development Program.

This is a UK based role and will include travel.

What Next

We’re looking to fill this role as soon as possible so if you’re interested, please apply below.


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