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Head of Data Governance (all genders)


A career at our company is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 57,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.


Global Head of Data Governance


Are you ready to drive data governance company-wide and shape the way the company handles data across the end-to-end data pipeline from source system to analytics platform?


As the Global Head of Data Governance, reporting directly to the Group Data Officer, you help internal customers to transform and develop their business by driving Data Governance across all business sectors and the the company's group functions. This position is part of the New Enterprise Data Strategy.


Responsible for building and leading the overall Data Governance team as part of the new Enterprise Data Office, your focus is on designing and establishing our data governance strategy and steering company-wide data governance initiatives incl. governance-related communications. As an established leader in data governance you bring your experience in building governance teams, practices, and tools in complex corporate structures (e.g. conglomerates) with comparable regulatory oversight.


You and your team design and strategically steer the company's policies and processes related to data governance i.e. around data quality, data profiling, data cleansing, including KPIs/metrics definitions and develop the data governance setup (e.g., organizational design) ensuring roles and responsibilities at the tactical & operational levels are clearly defined.


Identifying and aligning the relevant stakeholder you ensure timely decision making in the company's Data Council and implementation and communication throughout the organization.


If you are curious and ambitious to take up this challenge, apply today and you will take the lead in driving the future roadmap of data governance at Merck, creating a lasting impact on the Merck organization and how we treat data as an asset.


Who you are:

  • You have a higher-education degree (Master’s, PhD, MBA) in a technical field or comparable practical experience.
  • You are experienced (at least 10 years) in designing and articulating data governance, (master) data management and data quality
  • You have strong leadership capabilities with effective stakeholder management and capacity to drive strategic decisions with respect to data governance
  • You are recognized across industries for expertise in data management and operationalizing data governance, data quality, and data  stewardship; you may have published on the topic
  • You have proven experience in data governance solutions (cataloging, lineage, MDM) and Data Integration (e.g. Data Factory, Talend, Informatica)
  • You have experience in bringing together heterogenous data governance requirements specifically in settings with diverse needs across business and organizational units      
  • You possess in-depth knowledge of regulated industries (e.g. GxP) and understand related implications on data governance; you know how to balance the demands of strict regulations with the flexibility required by pragmatic implementations
  • You are committed, independent, reliable, solution-oriented and pragmatic.
  • You want to work in a team with a culture that is open, caring and free. You are not afraid to ask for and give constructive feedback. You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • You have a "can do" attitude and welcome new challenges. You like working on multiple tasks in parallel and are ready to take on responsibility from day one.
  • Experienced in working in a global matrix environment, lateral leadership and influencing senior stakeholders
  • Excellent team player who takes accountability and thinks cross functional
  • Fluency in English


For more information about our Enterprise Data Strategy please visit: https://jobs.vibrantm.com/merck/content/Enterprise-Data-Strategy/?locale=en_US


What we offer:  With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!


Curious? Apply and find more information at https://jobs.vibrantm.com


Job Requisition ID:  218958
Location:  Darmstadt
Career Level:  E - Professional (10+ years)
Working time model:  full-time

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US Disclosure
The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

North America Disclosure
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