Senior Director, Data Governance

Senior Director, Data Governance

  • Location SUNNYVALE, CA
  • Career Area Data Science and Analytics
  • Job Function Data Science and Analytics
  • Employment Type -
  • Position Type -
  • Requisition 1188776BR

What you'll do at

As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart has an unmatched retail data asset, and we have the opportunity to use data to deliver lower prices, better products and help our customers live better. We are transforming the way that we work to become the world’s leading data-driven retailer, and are seeking an experienced data governance professional to lead our community of data stewards in managing data across the full lifecycle of acquisition, quality assurance, transformation, usage and disposal/retention. The scope of this initiative and role covers all areas of Walmart’s business across stores, e-commerce, supply, merchandising and customer interactions.

The Data Governance and Stewardship Lead will report to the Data Enablement Lead, and will be tasked with creating data policies and procedures that ensure the availability of high quality data for business and technical users, and working with our community of data stewards to ensure successful adoption and implementation of these procedures. This role will partner with key stakeholders across the business including data stewards and other roles in key functional domains (e.g. supply chain, merchandising, customer), business lines (e.g. online grocery, health and wellness), technology teams and enterprise functions (e.g. HR, legal and procurement).

Key Responsibilities:
● Develop and drive adoption of policies and procedures for the management, governance, and productization of Enterprise Data assets, including monitoring/audit and issue escalation paths
● Define standards for managing data across its lifecycle at Walmart (across domain-specific data marts and operational stores, and the central data warehouse/lake)
● Define and track ownership and lineage of datasets across Walmart, and develop a plan to consolidate duplicate datasets and reach a single source of truth
● Define, measure and report on data quality and availability, and develop a plan within and across domains to improve these metrics
● Work with data stewards to identify appropriate measures and levels of quality and determine the work required to deliver high quality data
● Identify critical datasets that are used across domains, and lead the agreement of standards and ownership that will ensure effective availability and quality of these datasets
● Maintain a single catalog for data across Walmart, with appropriate rich metadata to enable productive self-service usage
● Ensure that corporate and regulatory policies for data handling are implemented in specific procedures and tools for security, retention, access and storage
● Partner with the data & analytics technology platform team to ensure that tools are fit for purpose and support an agile and scalable organization in relation to data governance and stewardship
● Define and drive adoption of best practices for data stewards
● Develop policies, procedures and processes for data across the entire Walmart network, ensuring that the varied needs of different stakeholders are met
● Define roles and responsibilities related to data governance and ensure clear accountability for stewardship of the company’s principal information assets
● Establish a professional development/continuous learning program for data stewards across the organization
● Create career path for governance and stewardship professionals to ensure retention of top talent
● Works with business and technology product, analytics and data science teams to understand their data needs. Work with data stewards to provides options, tradeoffs, and alternative sources in collaboration with the data partnerships team
● Increase Walmart’s readiness to understand, manage, and drive responsible insights from its data assets. Partnering with the broader CDO team, develop and implement training modules, webinars, and collateral to drive awareness and action on industry best practices, tools, and capabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline. MBA or Technical Master’s Degree preferred
● At least 7 years of professional experience in roles focused on data governance and stewardship
● Experience with tools such as Informatica and Collibra for data lifecycle management tasks including master data management, quality assurance, transformation, metadata management and discovery
● Experience with data warehouse design and dimensional modeling
● Familiarity with modern data technologies in data lakes (Apache Hadoop, Spark, Ranger, Atlas, and varieties of relational and non-relational storage) and leading cloud technology services
● Experience of defining data procedures and policies across an enterprise
● Previous roles with leading companies in the retail industry are a plus
● Entrepreneurial attitude, and ability to drive change and navigate ambiguity when building new capabilities in an enterprise setting
● Background in managing technology teams and partnering with technology/IT leaders is highly desirable
● Good knowledge of agile methodologies and tools is highly desirable
● Passion for serving customers and understanding/delivering against their needs
● Superior executive relationship building and communication skills, and experience in working/driving results across teams in different disciplines (product, security, sales, legal, compliance, HR, etc.), including communicating recommendations to senior leaders. Experience working in a global environment, both with internal and external stakeholders, is a plus.

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