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Data Governance Manager


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

About the role:

Data Governance is key for Abcam Digital as we move forward in our growth and navigating the volumes of data within our business. This strategic role with line management responsibility is an excellent career opportunity for someone within the Data Governance space looking for a bigger challenge.

The Data Governance Manager is responsible for the delivery of the Data Governance strategy and deliverables and key processes that help protect and control data across Abcam. The role comes with line management responsibly for a team of two data governance experts who manage the day-to-day delivery of data governance processes such as Record of Processing and DPIA

Overall, the Data Governance Manager leads the data governance office and supports, facilitates and administers data governance at Abcam. The responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing enterprise data governance program development, including maturity assessments.

  • Facilitating the data governance council meetings, driving the agenda in collaboration with data domain stewards and data governance partners.

  • Facilitating the data governance organisation, tactical and operational stewards, and the data governance council involvement.

  • Developing and delivering data governance program educational, awareness, and mentoring materials.

  • Providing quality assurance – oversight, monitor, report results to governance council.

  • Establishing, maintaining, and periodically reviewing and recommending changes to data governance policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures.

  • Assisting in defining data quality metrics for periodic release.

  • Supporting data quality issue analysis and remediation for “strategic” data.

  • Conducting audits to ensure that policies, procedures and metrics are in place for maintaining/improving the program.

  • Administering the data privacy program, including ownership and configuration of the data privacy management system and supporting data privacy documentation, such as the record of processing activities, data privacy impact assessments and legitimate interest assessments.

  • Operational management of the data loss prevention program, including escalating and resolving incidences of potential data loss.

  • Ownership of the data glossary and dictionaries, including facilitating business owners in providing definitions of the relevant terms.

Main Interfaces:

  • Relevant Domains, e.g. within the wider Data Management team and across Data and Advanced Analytics
  • Functions within Abcam that include representation in the Data Governance Council, e.g. Product, Finance, Supply Chain & Manufacturing


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, good in identifying data issues and articulating recommendations to stakeholders
  • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, Visio, Project, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Qualification in professional data management and data governance disciplines, e.g. DAMA


  • Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, information technology, engineering, business administration or related field


  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in leading Data Governance teams and/or delivering Data Governance strategy and programs

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.


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