Data Governance Specialist

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Nov 30, 2018
Full-time Computer Science Data Analysis Data Governance Data Management Data Quality Data Science Digital Media Javascript Risk Analysis SQL

Job Description

Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. This segment is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; the upcoming Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service; and the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney Streaming Services, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney-branded streaming platforms, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company.

We are looking for experienced Governance Specialist to join our Data Science and Analytics team. This role requires acute attention to detail, a strong sense of accountability, collaboration skills, and extensive hands-on experience as you directly contribute to the success of our data strategy, including data collection, reporting standards, data definitions, measurement documentation, and the reporting of data across our organization.

At DSS, data is central to measuring all aspects of the business, and critical to its operations and growth. Governance specialists work closely with the data engineering, back-end services and front-end technology teams for consistent collection and usage of critical KPIs. The Data Governance specialist will work to implement data quality policies, standards and procedures, document data flows and be the subject matter expert of the data flowing into our environment that require stewardship


  • Document and implement data quality policies, standards, and procedures for both legacy and new data environments.

  • Ensure the complete data lineage captured and managed for our data of record.

  • Responsible for understanding the business requirements and translating them into actionable query specs and owning how data should be tracked and measured for analysis and reporting.

  • Design and maintain data dictionary documents based on stakeholder requirements for multiple platforms, including websites, mobile apps, and connected devices.

  • Perform data quality audits, identify data collection issues, suggest improvements, and help implement fixes.

  • Manage the data taxonomy, reference data management, join model, and master data management for essential data.

  • Manage the communication plan to make sure all the data consumers are aware of the data governance strategies and any changes

  • Monitor, and revise as needed, the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) as we bring in more data.

  • Serve as a thought leader in terms what needs to managed and improved to better serve our customers

  • Work as a lead data steward and work hand-in-hand with the managers of the operating systems to convey the data quality needs.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of specific experience in defining and implementing the data governance best practices, documenting the data flow & process mapping, as a data steward responsible for the metadata management, data quality, KPIs, etc.

  • Strong experience in documenting the data requirements, data rules (standardization, cleanse, and validation

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and written communication skills

  • Strong analytical skill to troubleshoot the issues, analyze the cause, quickly come-up with the possible solution(s), document the changes, and communicate to the change to the organization

  • High familiarity with data platforms and applications such as GCP (Dataflow, BigQuery), Redshift, Snowflake, Airflow

  • Experience with database structure and queries (SQL).

  • Experience using Charles Proxy, Fiddler, Bloodhound or other equivalent tools for debugging JavaScript calls

  • Ability to evaluate risks and provide recommendations / solutions in a timely manner

Required Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree

Preferred Education:

  • Degree in information science, data management, computer science or related field.

About Disney Streaming Services:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; the upcoming Disney subscription video service; and BAMTECH Media, a global leader in direct-to-consumer video streaming products and solutions. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Streaming Services.

Disney Streaming Technology, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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