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Data Governance Lead

Date: Sep 3, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.

Primary Duties


The Software and Data Engineering team within the Data Science Group at Spark Therapeutics is seeking a Data Governance Lead to oversee and manage the Data Governance program across the organization. This role serves as a key group member to support data strategy, process management, and solution implementation needs of the organization. Primary responsibilities of the DGL include:


  • Manages Data Governance program operations throughout Spark Research and Technology Development & Operations (TD&O) organizations.
  • Drive strategic decisions and information that come from data governance forums.
  • Manage the documentation and cadence of both the Working Groups and Steering Committee.
  • Chair the Working Group and drive towards actionable outcomes and decisions for approval by the Steering Committee.
  • Track all decisions and items from governance forums and monitor adherence.
  • Provide support to members of all governance forums.
  • Prime author of all use cases, documentation, and executes all engagement activities
  • Help develop data dictionary, business flow diagrams, future state process map and other solutions to facilitate data accessibility and transparency.
  • Implementation/operational usage of content within data governance tools. (Business Glossary, Data Catalog, Data Quality metrics)
  • Engagement with governance forum leaders and participants.
  • Manage data definition and business rule changes through a defined intake process.
  • Help increase project transparency and progress tracking through detailed and intuitive documentation.




  • Manages Data Governance program operations throughout Spark
  • Ensure appropriate project documentation is compiled and proper review and approvals from respective teams and stakeholders is gathered and collated.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and governance forum members.



Education and Experience Requirements


  • B.S. in Computer science, or related field.
  • +8 years of relevant data governance experience
  • +3 years of experience with data governance tool suites (e.g., Alation, Informatica, Collibra, etc.), and implementation/operational usage Business Glossary, Data Catalog, Data Quality capabilities within these tools.
  • Deep understanding of data management, integration, modeling, and profiling concepts.
  • Experience in biotech/pharma is highly preferred.


Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies


  • Extensive knowledge of data governance and management concepts, approaches, and tools
  • Experience in capturing complex business requirements, analyzing, and translating them into easily understandable functional requirements.
  • Strong client-engagement skills and ability to explain complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Knowledge of data modeling concepts and principles.
  • Proven ability to work independently, self-motivated to learn and develop new methodologies, manage multiple projects simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies.
  • Ability to ramp up quickly and learn tools and technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to write clear documentation, present technical solutions/outlooks and simplify complex processes.
  • Works with colleagues as a team player.

Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location.  Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia