Data Governance Consultant

Glasgow, Glasgow City
Closing date
5 Nov 2021

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Vacancy Type
IT, Other specialist roles, Risk Management
Role Classification
Other Professional
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About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Business Area: Knowledge - Data Analytics & Governance

Role: Data Governance Consultant

Location: Glasgow

Reporting to:Head of Data Analytics & Governance

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday working flexibly to meet the demands of the role and your own work life balance. You will be required to be in the office between two and three days per week.

Department/Role Overview:

Data and information is one of the most important assets of the firm and therefore the holistic governance is key. This is especially important as Ashurst has recently embarked on an ambitious Data Strategy to support the firm's digital transformation journey.

This role, reporting into the Data Governance Lead, is focused on providing Data Governance advisory services to the firm and enabling the development of data artefacts, with the aim of creating the foundations for improved system and process design, and a greater understanding of the data within the firm.

The Knowledge department aims to provide our lawyers and business services staff with the highest quality know-how, data, information resources and research support to enable delivery of consistently excellent client service.

Main responsibilities:

  • To produce conceptual and logical data models; data flow diagrams; and interface control documents (integration data mapping documents) in conjunction with project teams and business data owners.
  • Partner with project teams and Subject Matter Experts to ensure requirements and designs fit with data governance best practice.
  • Guide and lead projects and data owners/subject matter experts in the development of data definitions, ensuring that the definitions are easily understood but unambiguous.
  • Assist the Data Governance Lead in the oversight of projects across the firm, escalating where required.
  • Engage with Business and IT Stakeholders and representatives to understand and discuss new and existing data governance requirements.
  • Liaise with the IT Architecture team on data model design.
  • Contribute to the population and maintenance of a centralised Architecture, Data and Process repository (iServer).
  • Work with the Data Protection team to understand and document the Creation, Reading, Updating and Deleting of personal data across the firm, in a format easily maintained and able to be shared with a regulator.
  • Work within IT and business teams as a Data Governance specialist, helping the teams deliver change, advising on best practice and supporting the solution design.
  • Engage with business teams to elicit data definitions and ensure ongoing maintenance and cross-referencing of these.
  • Support in the delivery of Data Owner/subject matter expert training.
  • Work with Business and Technical teams to agree and manage prioritisation into the Delivery Teams.

Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies.

Essential skills and experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years' experience in a similar role.
  • Proven aptitude and a passion for Data Governance as a discipline.
  • Evidenced experience working with data in complex and changing environments.
  • Strong understanding of Data Governance principles and deliverables.
  • Awareness of trends and developments in the fields of data management and data analytics.
  • Excellent analytical and creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrable experience with business, functional and systems requirements analysis.
  • Strong aptitude for Data Modelling and the creation of all data artefacts.
  • Excellent business acumen and interpersonal skills; able to work across business lines to influence and effect change to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment and business awareness.
  • Drive to deliver excellent customer service.
  • Able and willing to collaborate in a team environment and exercise independent judgment.
  • Open to change with a proactive and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to work efficiently and use initiative.
  • Keen interest in knowing the business and lateral/analytical thinking.
  • Knowledge of Data Management best practices.
  • Proficiency in working under pressure, multi-tasking and prioritising work.
  • Ability to form collaborative relationships across functions.
  • Skilled in engaging with both business and technical environments.

Desired skills and experience

  • Experience of a similar role in a professional services firm would be advantageous.
  • Experience of working in a global team.
  • Experience of working with iServer.


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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