Data Steward (6-Month Contract) (JHB)

IT – Analyst, Data Management
Johannesburg – Gauteng

A reputable Financial Services Group seeks your expertise in business & IT architecture as a Data Steward to fill a 6-month Maternity Cover Contract. Your core focus will be the execution of the strategy and business processes required to create, maintain, and enhance data. The position is ultimately responsible for data cleansing, data definitions, process documentation, as well as serving in a Consultant role, to functional teams providing best practices, improved processes and architecture, data interpretation and training. The Data Steward is also typically the “go to” person within a specific domain for all the queries/issues related to data. You must have a suitable Bachelor’s Degree, 5-10 years’ experience managing financial data, Excel, SQL, expertise in business and IT architecture, including familiarity with leading architectural standards such as TOGAF, FEA and/or Zachman.
  • Domain level Data Architecture and Data Management best practices.
  • Identify and acquire new data sources.
  • Create and maintain consistent reference data and master data definitions.
  • Publish relevant data to appropriate users in an organisation and monitor the published data sources for usage/relevance/quality feedback.
  • Create and manage business metadata for published data sources to ensure that it is easily discoverable, and meaningful to information workers.
  • Resolve data integrity issues across stakeholders.
  • Analyse data for quality and reconcile data issues.
  • Initiate in-depth analysis of data quality issues and present trends independently to management.
  • Identify opportunities to mitigate risk and structurally address root causes of problems.
  • Evaluate the data model for areas of risk and implement cross-team solutions.
  • Develop tools and reports that enable scalable and repeatable delivery of your analyses.
  • Evaluate existing process, tools, and reports for areas of improvement.
Key services to be provided by the HDM (but are not limited to):
Data Governance –
  • Assist with the development, documentation, communication and implementation of policies, standards and procedures in platforms for the definition, creation, storage and usage of master data elements, including, but not limited to, products, customers and vendors.
  • Lead de-duplication and re-qualification efforts for key data elements.
  • Research and implement data enhancements (population of additional data elements) required for reporting & analysis, digital, or other activities.
  • Identify opportunities for standardization of data elements and related definitions. Collaborate with business users to apply necessary changes.
  • Develop an intimate familiarity with Data and Support Functional teams on best practices for product classification, customer segmentation, and other master data methodologies.
Data Process Management –
  • Investigate questions or issues related to master data elements and provide resolution in a timely fashion.
  • Consult in matters of data workflows, master data security, and access rights.
  • Coordinate flow of information between all departments regarding changes to master data or related processes.
  • Provide training or education to the business on master data and data governance.
  • Leverage dashboards/metric reports and conduct data analysis to monitor and audit data quality and completeness. Assist with development of KPIs related to data governance standards.
Data Extraction & Repositories –
  • Develop an understanding of information flow and system architecture and how it relates to underlying data structures.
  • Analyse and evaluate data gathered from multiple sources and address conflicts or business issues, including integration of new systems. Perform data conversion/onboarding activities as required.
  • Build and maintain a data dictionary that catalogues data elements and usage across systems, functions, and processes.
  • Promote best practices and make recommendations to all business users that will create efficiencies and ensure data integrity.
Analytics Support –
  • Perform quantitative analysis on various data sets that drive critical business decisions.
  • Generate and distribute reports professionally and effectively to key stakeholders.
  • Fulfil ad-hoc analytical requests for various stakeholders. Determine most efficient and accurate methods for obtaining required information.
Qualifications –
  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree.
Experience/Skills –
  • 5-10 Years of experience in managing financial data – data vendor on-boarding, data quality management rules and alerts configuration, exception resolution, Master Data management principles including implementation, data migration activities etc.
  • Advanced data analysis skills using Excel, SQL and reporting tools to import, analyse and report on data.
  • Expertise in specific Financial Services domains, including expertise at the intersection of risk, finance, employee customer and counterparty domains.
  • Sound knowledge of –
    • Data Management lifecycle and Data Governance principles.
    • Data Architecture.
    • Metadata, Master Data, data integration principles and data quality management.
  • Data Modelling skills.
  • Expertise in business and IT architecture, including familiarity with leading architectural standards such as TOGAF, FEA and/or Zachman.
  • Familiarity with –
    • Reporting tools such as Microsoft Reporting Services and OBIEE.
    • Enterprise Metadata Management (business and IT) and OMG standards.
    • Industry data models such as IBM BDW and IIW, Teradata FSLDM, and SAS IIA.
    • Process modelling, semantic modelling and data modelling.
    • Software Development lifecycles.
  • Information Management program life cycle experience.
  • Operationalizing Data Governance, Data Stewardship and Data Quality. 
  • Creating and deploying best practices and methodologies.