Global Head, Data Governance

Reference Number: 896146-W
Type of placement: Permanent, 11 months
Location: CH, NW


As an ideal candidate you should have 10+ years of experience in pharmaceutical industry or information services industry, with previous experience in either drug development or project management, and ability to provide strategic input to senior management.

As a Global Head, Data Governance you will be responsible for defining the roadmap for data strategy in collaboration with business and technology leaders to define scope, priorities and implementation plan, define and maintain policies and standards for end-to-end data governance. Data integrity and leveraging data as an asset within GDO/GDD is a critical imperative for the clients corporate strategy

Main Responsibilities:

Our client is a leading global player in the Pharmaceutical industry with global headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. They are undergoing a transformation with respect to culture and outside perception. The organisation focusses on novel therapies in Oncology and Ophthalmology and is also currently developing a world-leading pipeline in Neuroscience and Dermatology with one of the strongest pipelines of Phase II/III studies in the world. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Global Head, Data Governance for an 11-months contract to be based in Basel, Switzerland.

  • Driving cross-business decisions that align business priorities with business strategies into an enterprise data strategy;
  • Integrating and aligning business roadmaps into an enterprise data roadmap to deliver on the enterprise data strategy (e.g. Stride, Data 42 enterprise projects);
  • Prioritizing of enterprise data needs and enterprise data governance and define data prioritization framework for cross functional initiatives;
  • Defining data governance operational processes (e.g., data quality measurement) in line with policies and standards, clearly articulating roles & responsibilities and establish and disseminate required frameworks, methodologies, tools, standards and templates to be used for Data Governance;
  • Responsible for data governance and canonical information modelling across programs impacting clinical development planning, clinical supplies, clinical trial execution and Regulatory submission;
  • Managing the data governance framework and master data management for operational data (no responsibility for clinical data standards), with a focus on improving data quality, data harmonization and the protection of sensitive data through modifications;
  • Leading the conceptionlizing, approval and implementation of new policies, procedures and roles for data governance and master data management;
  • Collaborating closely with the stakeholdrs  around data quality control and information model management;
  • Leading and executing data governance strategies in line with the broader strategic plan and objectives with existing polices and regulations;
  • Establishing data governance policies and standards preserving data quality i.e. data accuracy, consistency, conformity, duplication, completeness, integrity, security and retention;
  • Playing a strategic role in the implementation of priority projects related to centralization the exchange of operational data between systems and integrated, cost-platform reporting and dashboarding, and advanced statistical analysis and predictive modelling;
  • Establishing a forum of Business Unit representatives to align on data standards and work with Business Units to establish consistent data quality rules and definitions;
  • Parterning in a consultative fashion with global line functions to establish, maintain and continuously improve data governance service offerings, data access and quality, and master data management standards;
  • Leading the establishment of processes to continuously monitor data entered into the system on a regular basis;
  • Leading the establishment of data quality, governance and issue tracking processes;
  • Educating project teams on data maintenance and monitoring procedures;
  • Accountable for management responsibilities (operational and functional) of Data Governance associates, including objective setting, performance assessments and development planning of direct reports;
  • Responsible for hiring, training and onboarding of new Data Governance Managers and associates;
  • Mentoring assigned Data Governance Managers and associates.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • MSc/PhD (or equivalent) in life science, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or business administration;
  • Excellent understanding of the Clinical Development process and the requirements of supportive technologies and data governance models and architecture;
  • Strong leadership and people management skills in global setting and proven ability to develop high performing teams and diverse profiles;
  • Significant experience, and proven ability to effectively engage & manage associates from widely varying backgrounds & functions within a dispersed and highly matrixed organization;
  • Proven expert level knowledge of and experience with master data management, very strong technical, quantitative & problem solving skills;
  • Excellent understanding of clinical development, quality and regulatory standards and policies pertaining to data;
  • Proven ability to lead effectively the development and implementation of a data architecture to achieve highest levels of quality, compliance and governance;
  • Provide thought-leading insights to the competitive environment and internal partner interfaces;
  • Proven track record in working across a matrix organization and demonstrates expert skills in building partnerships, negotiating agreements; excels at collaboration with diverse internal and external organizations;
  • Experience working with electronic databases, clinical and/or project management planning and reporting systems;
  • Ability to work on cross-functional global teams;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required.

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