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Data Governance Lead

Spark Therapeutics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hybrid and remote options available for select opportunities.
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Sep 30, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biotechnology
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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 throughoutSpark Research and Technology Development & Operations (TD&O) organizations.
  • Drive strategic decisions and information that come fromdata governance forums.
  • Manage the documentation and cadence of both theWorking Groups and Steering Committee.
  • Chair the Working Group and drive towardsactionable outcomesand decisions for approval bythe Steering Committee.
  • Track all decisionsand items from governance forumsand monitor adherence.
  • Provide support to members of all governanceforums.
  • 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 andparticipants.
  • 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 throughoutSpark
  • 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

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.

Learn more about Spark Therapeutics and view other openings.


At Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated, commercial company committed to discovering, developing and delivering gene therapies, we challenge the inevitability of genetic diseases, including blindness, hemophilia, lysosomal storage disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Founded in March 2013 as a result of the technology and know-how accumulated over two decades at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our investigational therapies have the potential to provide long-lasting effects, dramatically and positively changing the lives of patients with conditions where no, or only palliative, therapies exist. Greater understanding of the human genome and genetic abnormalities have allowed our scientists to tailor investigational therapies to patients suffering from very specific genetic diseases. This approach holds great promise in developing effective treatments to a host of inherited diseases. Our initial focus is on treating orphan diseases.

Headquartered in dynamic Philadelphia, we are a diverse, experienced team united in our goal to break down barriers for people and families affected by genetic diseases. As our name suggests, our investigational, one-time therapies are designed to spark healthy biology, and deliver potentially life-altering transformation for people and families affected by genetic disease. Spark is a member of the Roche Group.

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