Data stewards are responsible for managing an organization's information, as well as the quality, security, and maintenance of data. This position frequently involves defining data elements, establishing policies and procedures related to the collection and accuracy of data, and performing tests of data systems.
Data stewards usually work in a business environment, especially for organizations which collect and use large quantities of data or share it with others. They typically work on a computer during regular business hours and also interact with staff in information technology (IT) departments, as well as users of the data systems.
At least one year of experience working in IT or several years of industry-specific experience are generally required for this position, and a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration, computer science, or a related field is also required by most employers. Some employers require Certified Data Management Professional credentials, and data stewards should also be knowledgeable of information security, database management, data analysis, and data warehousing. Strong communication and technical writing skills are highly beneficial, and they should also be familiar with a broad range of IT concepts, databases, programs, and reporting methods. Close attention to detail and strong analytical skills are also important.
Data Steward Tasks
Audit and monitor data and database structures.
Create automated reports for a variety of audiences.
Lead data initiatives and analysis, building cross-team relationships.
Work with subject matter experts and process owners to improve data quality.
Analyze data quality for specific teams and across the organization, reporting on findings.