Data Governance Specialist
PBT Group
Johannesburg, South Africa
2d ago

PBT Group has a requirement for a Data Governance Specialist to lead and manage all organization-wide data privacy, compliance, and governance activities with responsibility for improving the protection of client sensitive data and all data and information assets.


  • Advise leadership on security improvement opportunities and strategy.
  • Collaborate with enterprise teams (compliance, data governance, privacy, and cybersecurity) subject matter experts to ensure the protection of sensitive data and information assets.
  • Engage and represent the client with cross-functional committees and working groups as needed to help steer and support data and compliance initiatives.
  • Serve as a point of contact to develop and sustain controls to ensure compliance and security throughout the life-cycle of data and services.
  • Collaborate on cyber-risk management programs across the portfolio of companies.
  • Review new vendor requests and manage the vendor cybersecurity risk assessment process.
  • Enable top-line growth and sustain existing business relationships by ensuring solutions are delivered consistently meeting our organization’s and customers’ security requirements.
  • Support potential RFP / RFI’s process as needed, including all data-related and compliance portions of such projects.
  • Review and respond to all audits, including all data security, governance and compliance client audits and assessments.
  • Focus on establishing and ensuring adherence to an appropriate enterprise data governance framework as well as ensuring compliance with company policies relating to data.
  • Ensure that all portfolio companies are aware of the standards its clients require so that the controls are built into its operations.
  • Serve as a point of escalation for governance, data quality, and data security issues.
  • Work closely with business and functional area leadership to improve the quality and value of core data assets.
  • Report on information security incidents.
  • Ensure all portfolio companies are aware of the information security roles and responsibilities for all third-party systems.
  • Support the strategic requirements of the department.
  • Risk Reporting
  • Ensure high quality documentation of critical risk information and supporting data and maintain these in bank standard tools.
  • Process improvements and efficiency in production reports (or ad-hoc data collection) and review of information for submission into governance.
  • Coordinate, contribute and review monthly Dashboards sent to Senior Management and Senior Risk Management.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of effective continuous monitoring and reporting strategies
  • Develop knowledge base of technical and operational controls for Risk Reporting purpose.
  • Data Quality and Data Documentation
  • Lead the initiatives for adoption Data Quality Management (DQM) standards and Data Quality (DQ) controls into risk reporting.
  • Track and monitor upstream and downstream dependencies working with the relevant Data forums
  • Ensure data control weaknesses, incorrect data sources and material data quality issues are quantified measured and tracked to resolution.
  • Ensure that new systems and / or applications adhere to existing data management practices, policies, and procedures
  • Identify and raise data quality issues arising on the Risk Reporting platform or database and ensure its appropriate management and resolution on a timely manner.
  • Review of period Data Quality dashboards and issues list to resolve data quality issues.
  • Governance
  • Present updates into the DQ Governance on progress against the overall Data governance Plan.
  • People and Talent
  • Develop training and awareness programme for Data governance.
  • Build knowledge in the team to run and manage the Data Governance Process.
  • Regulatory & Business Conduct
  • Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group’s Values and Code of Conduct.
  • Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
  • Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.
  • Ideal Qualifications and Qualities

  • Minimum of 7+ years of experience in a major services / finance / insurance organization supporting or leading data security, governance, compliance, and privacy programs.
  • Awareness of data governance and compliance practices, with particular focus on privacy, records management, and cybersecurity.
  • Familiarity with industry standard frameworks.
  • Experience with risk management and governance solutions.
  • Results-oriented and able to commit to a direction and drive operations to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage challenging situations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across all levels and manage relationships across business and functional areas.
  • Ability to develop and sustain cooperative and constructive working relationships.
  • Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, MIS, or Information Management.
  • Relevant certification(s) preferred (e.g. CIPP, CIPM, CISSP, or CISM
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