Investments Data Strategy Leader

    • Northbrook, IL

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Job Description

The Data Strategy team enables improved and timely decision making through the organization, standardization, governance, and delivery of accurate data. The team defines and prioritizes data activities with key organizational priorities, goals, and objectives in collaboration with the Investments leadership team. The Data Strategy team collaborates across the Investment organization, including Investment Operations, Technology, Finance, Risk, Portfolio Management, and Reporting to analyze data metrics and improve processes and controls; consolidate and simplify business structures; and deliver, create and disseminate analytics and other information and intelligence.

The Data Strategy Leader is a thought leader for data-driven approaches, enabling fast and accurate analysis and decision making. Extensive collaboration across the Investment organization and with Investment leadership is required. This leader brings a vision for strategic data programs and directs initiatives where effective data management is a critical success factor.

The Data Strategy Leader prioritizes data integration efforts with key organizational priorities, goals and objectives. In partnership with the Investment team, the Data Strategy Leader ensures that data is managed toward a long-term strategic vision.

The Data Strategy Leader develops performance guidelines for data accuracy and coordinates resources with Data Operations to establish performance objectives and oversee performance metrics that demonstrate the proper execution of critical data controls. This leader will also provide oversight and guidance in the development of a fast response team to prioritize and address data questions that arise throughout the Investment Department.

The Data Strategy Leader oversees continuous improvement projects, directs efforts to maintain organizational metadata, educates users on available data and its appropriate use, and collaborates with business leadership to evaluate new and changing data requirements.

Key Responsibilities

General Responsibilities:

  • Be accountable to Allstate Investments senior leadership for overall direction and prioritization of strategic data related projects
  • Assess the data needs and opportunities for Allstate Investments and provide strategic solutions to Allstate Investment senior leadership
  • Influence change and establish a culture of data ownership and accountability
  • Decision making authority that rationalizes requirements and designs to ensure that data solutions efficiently meet the needs of both financial and analytical reporting
  • Coordinate project work between Data Operations, Integration, and Delivery to ensure project goals are achieved
  • Be accountable to the Allstate Corporate Data Strategy team and ensure that solutions developed in Allstate Investments are consistent with methodologies that have been broadly accepted by the enterprise

Investment Operations:
  • Guide development of a centralized Data Desk to provide level 1 and level 2 support to the Investment Department
  • Guide development of data metrics to track and report on overall data integrity for critical data fields

Investments Technology:
  • Provide thought leadership to IT resources responsible for supporting Data Operations and MIS ensuring the highest priority tasks are being addressed
  • Establish and maintain standards for data structures ensuring that data redundancy is minimized
  • Ensure that internal controls for proving data integrity are well executed when data is moved between systems / applications

Data Delivery and Reporting:
  • Oversee and guide development of a Metadata repository to document appropriate domain values, lineage, and appropriate uses for all critical data components
  • Develop policies and procedures for managing unstructured data
  • Establish procedures for calculating the business value of data and its Return on Investment (ROI)

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 Years' experience working with Investment or Financial data
  • Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science or Finance
  • Completion or progress toward an MBA is a strong plus
  • CPA or CFA designation is a strong plus
  • Ability to translate complex technical challenges into plain English
  • Foundational knowledge of relational databases and SQL
  • Knowledge of multiple asset classes, including both public and private assets
  • Understanding of Investment performance management processes, data, and technology
  • A strong, independent leader with proven people management experience
  • Successful experience in building relationships and collaborating with various levels of management
  • Strategic thinker, who also demonstrates an understanding of the underlying complexities of certain areas
  • Executive presence, poise, and confidence
  • Strong analytical, logical, and creative skills
  • Deals effectively with ambiguity and change, and adapts appropriately to a range of situations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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