Metadata Management Manager

Holborn Store Support Centre


Holborn Store Support Centre



Contract Type



Competitive plus benefits

Areas of business

Information Management & Strategy

Job ID


Google Map of 33 Holborn London EC1N 2HT

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT

Sainsbury’s is a data rich business – with information collected from consumers, suppliers and colleagues. We believe that there is huge value in these data in driving value for our customers and, in turn, value for our shareholders.
To-date, there has been some great work done which has started to realise some of this value, but there is significantly more opportunity bought about by developing the right information solutions to help solve often complex business challenges.

This role will implement and manage a business rules capability and team with associated process, standard and principles, ultimately to make great quality, well understood data available to the people that can then drive analytics and insights into the business.

The role will create alignment and clarity across the business and involve working across a mix of traditional RDBMS, Big Data, Digital and new open source platforms with a range of tools and technologies.
The fundamental principle is that data is a corporate asset and, as such, we need to manage and govern it in a way which creates value from that asset.

What I need to do

  • Help create and implement right target operating model to enable best practice business rules and meta data management
  • Identify the appropriate approach to business rules and reference data that best fit our need
  • Create the flexibility to work in a standard approach as well as supporting rapid discovery, prototyping and data science, that can subsequently be turned into production solutions
  • Help design the operating model for the overall data management and governance team and how that works in Matrix with other functions key to successful development of solutions
  • Identify and implement an approach to how data ownership and stewardship will best work within the organisation and create a great relationship with all stakeholders
  • Help define and implement business rules and meta data management processes, principles and standards
  • Identify appropriate artefacts to be created and managed by the team
  • Identify the appropriate toolsets and applications to meet the teams needs
  • Develop and utilise your existing network outside and/or within the organisation to share, learn, develop new and enhance existing capabilities – encourage your team to do the same
  • Recruit and/or develop a high class
  • Agree operating model with colleagues and stakeholders across the business
  • Define and document business rules and meta data
  • Implement an approach to monitoring and maintaining accuracy, alignment and quality in a pro-active manner
  • Implement a new data dictionary capability and toolset across the business with appropriate processes and management that integrates with underlying capabilities
  • Manage internal, contract and third party resources to create and implement great solutions
  • Balance resources between core strategic capability development and rapid, value add
  • Evolve our strategic single customer view capabilities across the group
  • Ensure there is an effective and efficient way of identifying, undertaking root cause analysis and addressing real and perceived issues with business rules and meta data
  • Drive the appropriate business ownership and stewardship of data throughout its lifecycle
  • Ensure that the team work as pro-active members of matrix delivery teams
  • Prioritise and manage resources to meet the need
  • Implement effective performance management and associated reporting
  • Ensure solutions and repositories are documented, communicated and updated
How I will succeed

  • Developing a great relationship with owners, stewards, peers and D&T (IT)
  • Be a great communicator and advocate of the benefits of aligned business rules and well managed meta data
  • Have the ability to manage senior stakeholders, create alignment and broker solutions
  • Bring groups of people together from across the organisation to create alignment and clarity
  • Recruiting, leading and inspiring a team capable of delivering
  • Being focussed on driving value back into the business through pro-active governance
  • Managing a complex mix of work within tight timescales and budgets in an agile way that ensures maximising our value opportunity (time to value)
  • Be seen to be the ‘can-do’ enabler for the user community
  • Be a subject matter expert of all things business rules and meta data across traditional, open source, digital and cloud based environments
  • Strive to become a luminary in data management
What I need to know

  • Clearly a detailed knowledge of the tools, technologies, skills and processes required to deliver a complex and complete capability
  • Detailed understanding of design and development of data stores, digital solutions and data warehouses and associated toolsets
  • How to implement appropriate ownership and stewardship
  • Data and information management lifecycles
  • How to develop and implement a governance framework, processes and associated data ownership and stewardship responsibilities
  • Excellent knowledge and use of data management and governance toolsets, methodologies and process
  • A detailed understanding of how to capture business rules effectively and efficiently and convert them to technical specifications
  • A deep understanding and experience of working in a mix of delivery methodologies including Agile, Scrum and Waterfall
  • A broad understanding of the applications of data from reporting through to data science
What I need to show

  • Previous implementation of enterprise Data Dictionary and meta data toolsets and repositories
  • Great communication and relationship development skills
  • The ability to bring a group of people together, facilitate workshops, identify and drive through clear ownership and action
  • The ability to inspire people to participate in creating great solutions for the business
  • Strong technical data management, governance and leadership skills
  • The passion, drive and commitment to succeed in a fast-moving, highly pressured environment
  • Pro-active, self-starter attitude
  • A proven track record of implementing solutions in a large scale, complex business
Resources available to me

  • People – an appropriately sized and skilled team (approx. 5)
  • Toolsets – Industry leading business and meta data toolsets
  • A budget – both CAPEX and OPEX to deliver the various programmes
  • A wholly engaged business – keen to have ‘data sorted’ and equally keen to help
  • The access to appropriate third party resources
  • A strong in flight programme of toolset implementation
What decisions I can make

  • Team set up
  • Operating model
  • The frameworks to implement and follow
  • Local application of company policy
  • Toolset configuration and roll out approach
  • Recruitment
  • Supplier strategy (working with key stakeholders engaged)