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Data Governance Specialist



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Why join us?

Are you looking to join a dynamic pension plan that embodies the strong values of its 500,000 members and is an industry leading global investor? If so, we would love to tell you our story.

At OMERS we put our people first and are proud to embrace the diversity of thought and leadership that comes from having locations in Toronto, London, New York, Singapore, Sydney and other major cities across North America and Europe. Our culture is truly one of a kind. We get stuff done, and have fun doing it! We take great pride in contributing to the communities where we live with an ever-constant eye to the global investment markets.

The Data Governance Specialist works as part of the Enterprise Data Governance Team to support the implementation of new data governance tools and related processes, with a focus on enterprise data cataloging, metadata management, business workflows and data quality management.

This role will work closely with the Business teams and other Data & Technology partners to ensure data governance standards, policies and best practices are understood and applied consistently across the organization. The ideal candidate for this role will have a deep understanding of data governance principles, financial regulations, and the technical skills necessary to excel in this position. This position offers an opportunity to influence and shape the OMERS data governance practices to drive business success and ensure data integrity.


  • Understand OMERS business functions, activities, and transactions, as well as standard information and data governance best practices to contribute practical solutions for both structured and unstructured data in the development and implementation of the Data Governance Program
  • Design, develop and monitor technology solutions around key data governance focus areas of data catalog, metadata management, data quality management, data lineage business workflows and access management
  • Partner with Enterprise Data Governance Managers and Data Stewards to define and instrument metadata capture and storage for the CDE’s, evolve our enterprise business glossary, and facilitate the linkage between business definitions and the underlying technical metadata
  • Maintain and manage the processes around metadata repositories (data dictionary, business glossary) including data definitions, data dictionaries, data classification (identification of sensitive data) and data cataloging, to provide context and understanding of data assets.
  • Perform data profiling, data quality analysis and the development of data quality rules to support monitoring and remediation activities
  • Refine and implement the enterprise metadata management framework, inclusive of business, operational and technical metadata
  • Provide ongoing access, maintenance, usage, and technical support for our Data Governance Tool inventory including Collibra, Azure Purview
  • Contribute to the development of reporting requirements to monitor data compliance as well as KPIs and metrics to gauge the health and maturity of data governance program
  • Collaborate with business and D&T partners to find opportunities to improve data accuracy and ensure that data owners are accountable for remediation
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate materials, conducting training sessions and be the change advocates to drive data governance best practices
  • Provide inputs on the design and development of data models for data warehousing and cataloging projects
  • Work closely with Data & Technology team during the development of new information and data governance related applications, including requirements validation and testing
  • Primary point of contact for business partners to resolve data security & access issues
  • Educate employees and stakeholders on data governance practices and their importance in maintaining data quality and compliance


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, math or a field related to information, data management, analytics or financial services.
  • 5+ years of technical experience in implementing data governance, data analytics or data quality tools
  • Hands on experience with tools such as Collibra, Informatica IICS, Microsoft Purview or similar ias a must for this role
  • Knowledge and expertise in data governance technology, business process modeling, metadata, data lineage, data classification, data quality and enterprise implementation of data governance tools and solutions
  • Experience in defining and building enterprise data management policies, processes, solutions, and associated documentation to strengthen data management
  • Experience with SQL, database applications MS SQL/ Oracle, and visualization tools such as Power BI and Tableau
  • Understanding of Cloud, Big Data technologies, architectural concepts - data lake, data warehouse, relational databases, data ingestion, ETL etc.
  • Knowledge and understanding of data regulations, privacy, ethical use, data sharing, critical data indicators, access management and data masking techniques
  • Excellent verbal and written communication to effectively articulate and communicate with both business and technical development teams
  • Experience in project management and the ability to lead data governance initiatives.
  • A team player with a good understanding of the Agile methodology and Change management

We believe that time together in the office is important for OMERS and Oxford, the strength of our employees, and the work we do for our pension members. In delivering on our pension promise, keeping us connected to our work and each other, our flexible hybrid work guideline requires teams to come in to the office 3 days per week.

Our story:

Founded in 1962, OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with $127.4 billion in net assets as at June 30, 2023. OMERS is a jointly-sponsored pension plan, with more than 1,000 participating employers ranging from large cities to local agencies, and over half a million active, deferred and retired members. OMERS members include union and non-union employees of municipalities, school boards, local boards, transit systems, electrical utilities, emergency services and children’s aid societies across Ontario. Contributions to the Plan are funded equally by members and employers. OMERS teams work in Toronto, London, New York, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Singapore, Sydney and other major cities across North America and Europe – serving members and employers and originating and managing a diversified portfolio of high-quality investments in public markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.

OMERS is committed to having a workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process. At OMERS inclusion and diversity means belonging. How we create a sense of belonging is through our employees and our vast network of Employee Resource Groups. Whether you are passionate about gender, pride, or visible minorities, we have groups that are focused on making a difference in all of our lives.