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Data Governance Lead


Boise, ID, US, 83702-6924

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Data Governance Lead will enable the Enterprise Data Governance team to achieve its mission: to bring together cross-functional stakeholders to effectively and efficiently make the best decisions for Simplot’s data with an emphasis on ensuring good quality and managing data proliferation.  Specifically, this role will facilitate and promote data accountability through the creation of data governance teams, data standards, and data quality metrics for several core master data domains. The role will partner closely with business unit and functional management, IT data teams, and end users to improve the quality of core data assets needed to enrich daily operations and support strategic programs. The Data Governance Lead will be instrumental in creating and monitoring adherence to the standards, processes, and data quality metrics required by the business stakeholders to effectively govern Simplot’s data for the long term.

Key Responsibilities


  • Articulate the data governance mission, strategy, and the value of managing data as an asset.
  • Lead the set up of data domain groups formed to make enterprise-wide decisions about data.
  • Facilitate the data decision-making process in a consistent and transparent manner that brings together business and IT data stakeholders.
  • Write and gain approval for clear, accurate, and succinct data standards that capture business rules and requirements for the data.
  • Provide data governance education and training on core data concepts, practices, standards, and guidelines.
  • Propose and gain approval of metrics to monitor data quality against data standards.
  • Track and coordinate improvement opportunities for the global enterprise data governance model.
  • Ensure that the data management and metadata management strategy is implemented and clearly reflected in data standards and practices.
  • Conduct data discovery to identify and capture the lifecycle of a data asset and source-to-target data mapping for assigned data assets.
  • Partner with the business to identify business requirements for data origination and data maintenance workflows and service levels for assigned data domains.
  • Lead discovery and recording of business metadata and ensure that the metadata remains up to date for assigned data assets. 
  • Work closely with IT and the business to ensure that technical metadata is recorded and updated in the enterprise metadata repository. 
  • Coordinate data cleansing efforts by identifying business requirements and collaborating with business, IT, and Enterprise Data teams to improve data quality.
  • Design data quality reporting requirements, and collaborate with members of the Enterprise Data team to implement new data quality reports.
  • Communicate the state of data quality with data stakeholders and assist with resolving questions and resulting action items. 


Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university
  • Master's Degree (M.A or M.S.) is preferred

Relevant Experience

  • Highly skilled at facilitation and building consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to research, write, and verbally communicate about technical topics for a wide audience
  • Track record of dealing well with ambiguity, prioritizing needs, planning and managing multiple projects, and delivering measurable results in a fast-paced environment​ 
  • Experience in coordinating data and/or process improvement initiatives  
  • Demonstrated understanding of data governance concepts 
  • Demonstrated partnering skills with both technical and non-technical partners, including senior leadership
  • Ability to query and profile data to extract insights
  • Willingness to travel up to 15% during safe travel conditions (may include international travel)

Job Requisition ID: 3712

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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