Head of Data and Technology

Job Title: Head of Data and Technology
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Nathan, Queensland
Salary: Excellent package and benefits.
Start Date: 5/11/2018
Reference: JO-1808-90740_1536553796
Contact Name: Gerry Deakin
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 10, 2018 15:03

Job Description

The Company

At Griffith University, we celebrate, believe in and strive for the remarkable. We've been teaching for over 45 years and with over 200,000 alumni, we've grown into one of the top 3%-ranked universities in the world. The Office of Planning Services (OPS) plays an important role in supporting the University's strategic and operational planning work. The Office has a particular focus on providing the University Executive and academic managers in the Groups and Schools with relevant, timely and accurate information and analysis in order to assist their decision making.

This is an amazing opportunity for a Data Manager to lead a team of self-directed architects and Data Warehouse developers, and partner with senior stakeholders to develop an overarching data strategy that anchors the institution's ambitions to be become an insight-driven organisation.

The Role
This position is responsible for developing and managing the University's strategic data repositories and technology. It provides an essential foundation to support strategic and management reporting, analysis and decision making at Griffith University. The position will engage with a wide range of stakeholders including University senior executives, management and staff.
The role provides leadership to a team of self-directed staff. This is an external-facing role with stakeholder engagement and partnering, and strategy development.
Broad areas for attention over the coming year include:

  • Data Strategy across the University
  • Data Structure
  • Data Governance Strategy progression and communication
  • Data Vault standards and progression
  • Data Warehouse and Data Lake

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the analysis, design, development, testing and direction of the University's strategic data repositories to ensure strategic data and technology priorities align with the University's Strategic Plan.
  • Formulate and further develop the University's Data Strategy as approved by senior management, and execute activities in conjunction with stakeholders.
  • Develop and manage the data governance framework and ensure key stakeholders understand their roles and responsibilities relating to data governance.
  • Lead and manage the development, performance and outcomes of a professional team.
  • Develop collaborative, working relationships with OPS colleagues, key stakeholders, executive and business owners to support the achievement of the University's objectives around strategic use of data and technology.
  • Contribute substantially to Planning Services goals and outputs, by providing advice regarding forecasting and management of team resources, and making contributions to continuous improvements, including application of knowledge and current professional and industry trends.
  • Lead and promote compliance with relevant legislation and University policies and procedures, including equity and health & safety and exhibit good practice in relation to same.
  • Lead and promote fair, ethical and professional work practices in accordance with the University Code of Conduct.

About You
You are a self-motivated individual who is highly structured and a detail-oriented problem solver who understands the importance of strategy to underpin the transformation activities required for an insight-driven organisation. You're a results-driven people-leader, with a positive attitude and a demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Postgraduate qualifications in data and technology or related area, or an equivalent combination of relevant skills, knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to lead significant projects that have widespread impact in a large and complex organisation.
  • Demonstrated sound knowledge and understanding of contemporary data management practices and concepts, including data quality and dimensional modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead staff to foster a service-focused team, and to work independently with minimal supervision in a busy, changing environment.
  • Superior analytical and conceptual skills and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of high-level advice in relation to meeting the strategic goals of a complex and competitive organisation.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills and an ability to liaise effectively with all levels of staff across the University, as well as external contacts.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, including an ability to determine priorities, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think laterally and assess the impact of change on interrelated processes.
  • Experience implementing data lakes and data governance activities in a large complex organisation.
  • Experience in a Higher Education environment is highly desirable.

Griffith is committed to diversity and inclusion for people from all backgrounds and identities and committed to the recognition, values and contribution of the First People of this nation.

The Benefits
Nathan Campus is situated in 175 hectares of tranquil bushland on the edge of Toohey Forest, is well serviced by public transport and end-of-trip facilities for cyclists or is a 20-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD.

Griffith University offers professional development opportunities to support employees in their career progression and offers an excellent working environment and benefits that include:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous superannuation and leave provisions
  • Salary packaging and competitive comprehensive health cover
  • Study assistance

There are ample opportunities for professional development for you and your team, and a full induction, meet and greet is planned to introduce you to your stakeholders.

For further information contact Gerry Deakin on 07 3023 1000 or download the complete Success Profile and apply at: