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Data Governance Architect

Job Category:
Technology Provider
Career Level:
Mid Career (2+ years of experience)
Job Type:
Full Time/Permanent
Company Name:
New York City
Description: TITLE: Data Governance Architect

REPORTS TO: Chief Risk Officer

DEPARTMENT: Governance Risk and Compliance Department


Data must be managed to ensure AFEX meets its regulatory obligations, but also to create opportunities to leverage the data for innovation, competitive advantage and enhanced operational efficiencies. The Data Governance Architect will lead and manage all organization-wide data governance activities and will have responsibility for improving the quality and managing the protection of sensitive data and information assets. This position will focus on establishing and ensuring adherence to an enterprise data governance framework for data policies, standards and practices, both at the department and Business and Functional areas level, to achieve the required level of consistency, quality and protection to meet AFEX's overall business needs.

The Data Governance Architect serves as a point of escalation for governance, data quality and protection issues and will work closely with Business and Functional area leadership to improve the quality and value of core data assets, respond to regulatory protection requirements as well as support the strategic requirements of the organization.


* Establish and maintain an enterprise data governance program to meet regulatory requirements and strategic objectives

* Roll out an enterprise wide data governance framework, with a focus on regulatory requirements, improvement of data quality and the protection of sensitive data through modifications to organization behavior policies and standards, principles, governance metrics, processes, related tools and data architecture

* Define roles and responsibilities related to data governance and ensure clear accountability for stewardship of the company's principal information assets

* Serve as a liaison between Business and Functional areas and technology to ensure that data related business requirements for protecting sensitive data are clearly defined, communicated and well understood and considered as part of operational prioritization and planning

* Develop & maintain inventory of the enterprise information maps, including authoritative systems, owners

* Facilitate the development and implementation of data quality standards, data protection standards and adoption requirements across the enterprise

* Define indicators of performance and quality metrics and ensure compliance with data related policies, standards, roles and responsibilities, and adoption requirements

* Lead Senior Management, comprising resources from the Business and Functional areas and IT business and operations functions, to achieve their objectives; resolve issues escalated from Business and Functional areas data governance representatives

* In conjunction with the IT, provide progress reports to Board management and oversee periodic updates to the AFEX Data Governance Roadmap

* Identify new business opportunities pertaining to the use of information assets to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in the marketplace / represent data as a strategic business asset at the Senior Management table

Required Experience

* Experience working within the Financial Services industry is preferred

* Experience in successfully implementing and maintaining a data governance framework and program

* Minimum of 5 to 10 years of experience with large-scale data governance, project management and oversight experience.

* Knowledge of data governance practices, business and technology issues related to management of enterprise information assets and approaches related to data protection

* Knowledge of industry leading data quality and data protection management practice

* Knowledge of data related government regulatory requirements and emerging trends and issues

* Demonstrated consulting skills, with change management concepts and strategies, including communication, culture change and performance measurement system design

* Knowledge of risk data architecture and technology solutions

* Internally and externally recognized subject matter expert that influence the way things are done

* Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, MIS, or Information Management

* Strong understanding of Data Governance models and standards

* Ability to apply best practices for Data Governance practices

* Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

* Ability to balance and prioritize work

* Excellent communication skills (oral and written to all levels in the organization).

* Strategic thinker and self-starter with ability to work with little guidance and to lead projects from initiation to completion

* Strong influencing skills with ability to build effective relationships,

* Strong skills in negotiating, relationship building, problem solving, and timely problem escalation.

* Ability to handle confidential information in a mature and professional manner.

* Furthers the AFEX culture, mission and values.