Data Governance & Architecture Lead (all gender)

Data Governance & Architecture Lead (all gender)

Field of Work:  IT
Data Governance

Einbeck, Lower Saxony, DE

Legal Entity:  KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (0001)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Hybrid Working Within Country
Job ID:  14032

Are you ready to embark on a journey to build a legacy? We're seeking a passionate individual to pioneer our Data Governance & Architecture initiatives, crafting something extraordinary from the ground up.


The Data Governance & Architecture Lead (all gender) will create frameworks for generated and acquired data and works together with different stakeholders in R&D and Business Units to implement policies, standards and best practices and therefore provide KWS the basis for the application of FAIR (Findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) principles.

You will define a strategy for metadata management, data lineage tracking and data stewardship. The Data Governance & Achitecture Lead (all gender) will also support innovative data discovery projects that apply state of art Artificial Intelligence techniques. You will also be part of the digital and technology development team leadership and interact with Global Technology Information, Compliance and Quality teams.


This exciting position is unlimited with a full-time contract at KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA in Einbeck (Lower Saxony). After an onboarding phase, we can also coordinate on remote work within Germany.


Your new challenge:

  • Establish, define and lead a global data governance program to provide operating framework to all KWS digital domains. 
  • Create and maintain data stewardship with identification of data owners, domains and partners and enabling them to take data ownership 
  • Foster development of sustainable platforms defining standards, policies and procedures to assure data connectivity and application of FAIR principles 
  • Enable data discovery and connectivity by establishing a metadata management, cataloging and working on data graphs.
  • Create operating model to classify R&D data based on its value and criticality to the organization and work collaboratively with Global IT, compliance and quality teams to align on data requirements. 
  • Set standards for digital products to facilitate development, license grant and maintenance.


Contribute your strengths:

  • You have a university degree or equivalent certification in computer science, data science or a related field 
  • You have hands-on professional experience with data governance and data management. 
  • You are a change management expert.ou are willing to build up the area of data governance and are happy that not everything is firmly defined in standards and processes yet.
  • You have project management skills and an ability to drive topics.
  • You possess strong analytical and communication skills.  
  • Furthermore, you are able to communicate on a business fluent level with your English-speaking stakeholders. German language skills are a plus. 


Why Join Us:

  • In-Demand Role: The demand for this role is palpable, echoing the sentiments of our team members who recognize its immense value. You'll be stepping into a space where your expertise is not just appreciated but eagerly awaited.
  • Integration Focus: Dive into the intricate web of data spread across various corners of our organization. Your role will involve integrating these disparate data sources, harnessing valuable insights, and streamlining processes based on the feedback garnered.
  • High Visibility: Your contributions won't go unnoticed. As a pivotal figure in our data strategy, you'll enjoy high visibility across the organization, presenting findings, and driving impactful decisions at the highest levels.
  • Opportunity for Growth: The data landscape is ever-evolving, and so is our organization. Seize the chance to not only shape our data governance and architecture but also to cultivate your skills and career trajectory in an environment ripe with possibilities for development.
  • Values: As a family-run company we are guided by the values of closeness, reliability, foresight and independence - this culture is lived in practice creating thus an open and friendly working atmosphere.​
  • Work Environment: We offer excellent work equipment (e.g. ergonomic workstations, several monitors, air conditioning, high-end technical equipment), a fully-fledged, subsidized canteen and sufficient free parking spaces at the KWS location. ​
  • Conditions: We create the appropriate framework conditions for you: a company pension scheme, capital formation benefits, Christmas and holiday bonuses, special prices for company shares, childcare allowance and a job bike option. ​


If you're ready to leave a lasting imprint, catalyze change, and be at the forefront of a burgeoning domain, we invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor! We look forward to receiving your digital application via our job portal.


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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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