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Head of Data Governance

Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions entrepreneurial organisations need to navigate today’s changing world.

We work with the companies that are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high‑growth businesses that fuel the economy - and directly advise the owners and management teams that lead them.

We’ll help you succeed

Leading organisations trust us because of the quality of our advice. That quality grows from a thorough understanding of their business, and that understanding comes from working closely with them and building long-lasting relationships.

You’ll be someone who is both comfortable working proactively and managing your own tasks, as well as confident collaborating with others and communicating regularly with senior managers, directors, and BDO’s partners to help businesses effectively. You’ll be encouraged to identify and draw attention to opportunities for enhancing our delivery and providing additional services to organisations we work with.

The Head of Data Governance role is part of the Data Office function and reports into our Chief Data Officer. The role leads the Data Governance Team and is a critical role in helping to deliver on BDO’s data vision which is that everyone at BDO is empowered by data.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary function alongside our Data and Analytics team as well as our Data Strategy and Culture team.

This is a newly created role and as such a fantastic opportunity to make the role your own. You will be expected to provide leadership and expert thinking to BDO on all data matters and will own the strategic pillar ‘embedding our data governance framework’.

In this role you’ll:

  • Implement, maintain and evolve our data governance framework, including data roles and responsibilities, policies and standards, technology and processes
  • Align all aspects of operational and strategic data management to our business requirements and priorities, in support of decision-making and future product and service development
  • Drive high standards of data integrity and quality across strategic data sources, establishing the metrics to monitor data management and governance effectiveness
  • Continuously evaluate and recommend innovative solutions and methodologies to enhance BDO’s capabilities in the data governance and data management space
  • Work collaboratively across the business to embed a data-driven culture (working closely with our data strategy and culture team)
  • Work closely with our CISO and DPO teams to ensure alignment on security and data protection
  • Own the end-to-end delivery of data governance activities and initiatives
  • Liaise and work closely with data sponsors, data trustees (similar to owners), data stewards, and department leads to ensure alignment of data governance and to maintain best practices.
  • Provide support and guidance in the application of data management methods.
  • Lead the business activity on data quality remediation plans.

You’ll be someone with:

  • A proven track record of delivering and embedding data governance frameworks
  • Comprehensive knowledge of building quality data infrastructures with associated supplementary data sources, data quality standards and stewardship
  • An excellent understanding of compliance, privacy, and UK and EU data regulations
  • Experience working within complex business models such as Partnerships
  • An understanding of information and data governance best practices, including regulatory requirements.
  • The ability to work at both strategic and more detailed levels, providing information, leadership, and direction to data governance.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills at a senior level across the firm , facilitating discussions to further the understanding of the need for good data governance.
  • Experience managing a team and supporting team growth
  • The ability to identify creative solutions to overcome problems.
  • The ability to impart knowledge and offer options to other stakeholders as well as those who work directly in the team.
  • An understanding of how Data Governance needs to evolve alongside emerging analytical machine learning and AI technologies

You’ll be able to be yourself; we’ll recognise and value you for who you are and celebrate and reward your contributions to the business. We’re committed to agile working, and we offer every colleague the opportunity to work in ways that suit you, your teams, and the task at hand.

At BDO, we’ll help you achieve your personal goals and career ambitions, and we have programmes, resources, and frameworks that provide clarity and structure around career development.

We’re in it together

Mutual support and respect is one of BDO’s core values and we’re proud of our distinctive, people-centred culture. From informal success conversations to formal mentoring and coaching, we’ll support you at every stage in your career, whatever your personal and professional needs.

Our agile working framework helps us stay connected, bringing teams together where and when it counts so they can share ideas and help one another. At BDO, you’ll always have access to the people and resources you need to do your best work.

We know that collaboration is the key to creating value for the companies we work with and satisfying experiences for our colleagues, so we’ve invested in state-of-the-art collaboration spaces in our offices. BDO’s people represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and we’ll encourage you to build your network, work alongside others, and share your skills and experiences. With a range of multidisciplinary events and dedicated resources, you’ll never stop learning at BDO.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we help entrepreneurial businesses to succeed, fuelling the UK economy.

Our success is powered by our people, which is why we’re always finding new ways to invest in you. Across the UK thousands of unique minds continue to come together to help companies we work with to achieve their ambitions

We’ve got a clear purpose, and we’re confident in our future, because we’re adapting and evolving to build on our strengths, ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. We shape the future together with openness and clarity, because we believe in empowering people to think creatively about how we can do things better.

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