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Data Standards Manager

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Data Standards Manager

  • NE02731
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About us

We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The role

We are seeking an experienced Data Standards Manager to join a new enterprise-wide data organisation within Imperial Brands. This role represents a fantastic opportunity for an experienced data professional to accelerate our journey towards becoming a data-driven business through implementation and management of defined data standards.

In this role you will be leading the initiative to roll out data standards, by defining processes for data standards management, managing the testing and implementation of data standards, and maintaining a central repository of these standards. You will also help contribute to the development of an enterprise-wide data strategy and vision.

You will need to be an experienced data professional with experience designing and implementing data standards and data quality initiatives, an excellent understanding of data management and governance best practices, and a proficient communicator able to deliver change in a complex, global organisation.

Reporting to the Head of Data Architecture within Global IT, you will have the opportunity to help shape the building of an enterprise-wide, scalable data organisation within Imperial Brands.



The Data Standards Manager will demonstrate competencies across four key dimensions:

  • Defines processes to implement data standards
  • Manages the testing and implementation of data standards
  • Maintains a central repository of data standards
  • Contributes to the development of an enterprise-wide data strategy and vision


    Key accountabilities

    Data Standards Gatekeeping

    • Define processes to implement data standards, driving improvements in the quality of data used to generate business insights through agreed data standards, definitions, and quality metrics
    • Define and agree to approach to Data Quality ownership with data domain owners. Work closely with the business functions to collate data standards they have captured from data owners and data stewards across the organisation
    • Manage the testing and implementation of data standards, working closely with data platform and engineering teams to ensure they are reflected in data ingestion, pipelining and modelling activities, based on agreed definitions
    • Maintain a central repository of data standards, such as data dictionary and metric catalogue, maintaining and updating details of data standards based on feedback from the business


    Data Quality Management

    • Facilitate prioritisation and remediation of data quality issues and changes
    • Define and agree to a robust data quality issue resolution process. Regularly review status, progress and approach of data quality with data owners

    Business Change

    • Evangelise and reinforce the relationship between business strategy and the Global data standards
    • Support in driving the data agenda with senior stakeholders by articulating the value and importance of common data standards, agreed definitions and quality metrics
    • Contribute to the development of an enterprise-wide data strategy and vision, aligned to business strategy and objectives
    • Work with the Data Governance manager to support the establishment of a data strategy and governance capability within the newly established enterprise-wide data organisation
    • Agree business change processes and facilitate on-going communications with functional teams


    • Ensure that domain specific products are compliant with personal information and PII policy and standards.
    • Provide review and Data Governance approval at key project gates

    Skills & experience


    • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent education and experience
    • 3 to 5 years of data management experience
    • Demonstrable experience of designing and implementing data standards and data quality initiatives
    • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Understanding of data management and governance best practices
    • Strategic mindset, with extensive experience developing and delivering against business strategies and roadmaps
    • Demonstrable experience of ability to influence and secure buy-in from senior stakeholders across functions
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to translate complex data issues into simple messages for both business and technical audiences
    • Experience delivering change in complex, matrixed organisations


    • FMCG industry experience
    • Experience with the Microsoft Azure enterprise technology stack
    • Software industry knowledge and technical ability in MDM and Datawarehouse technologies, including experience working with enterprise data platforms

    What we offer

    Imperial Brands offer a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays) and hybrid work.

    Next steps

    Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

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