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Principal Data Governance Lead

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Here at The Very Group, we’re on an exciting journey to transform our technology estate and build even better experiences for our customers. We’re doing that by modernising our existing systems and platforms, utilising a wider variety of modern, cloud-based technologies. We support diversity, both in terms of people, technical skills and knowledge.

Our Tech teams have recently gone through a transition to a new working model and culture, one structured around multi-functional teams we call squads. Our squads will make up an overall Tribe. Each team is responsible for designing, building, running and improving the technology that relates to their business area, all aimed at providing a world class experience for our customers.

About the role:

You will proactively lead and be the main contact for all items relating to Data Governance working with the Data Management and Governance Manager. You will engage regularly with the tribes represent and lead on Data Governance with specific focus on Data Privacy to ensure the customers data is protected at all times. You will be accountable for creating processes and procedures that supports a culture of effective data management and control. You will manage expectations with DPO, Legal and Commercial to ensure ongoing compliance with current and future data protection regulations and industry best practice.

You will also have line management duties for the Data Governance team.

Day to day:

Ensuring any known data risks are documented and understood working with the tribes on areas of improvement. You will lead and facilitate discussions advising on risk mitigation to improve business processes.

You will update senior managers across the business to ensure that data governance is at the forefront of any planning and decision-making which involves data. The role will have an impact on most business initiatives and projects to ensure they use data appropriately. The role holder thus serves as a central point of contact for data-governance questions and as an entry point for industry-leading thinking.

Line Management responsibilities for the Data Governance team, conducting regular 1-1s, providing a career progression for staff and performance reviews.

You will be expected to influence across all areas and levels of the business to ensure that full value is extracted from The Very Group’s data asset.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Define and set the vision and strategy for Data Governance for TVG.
  • Work closely with the Head of Compliance and DPO, Legal and Commercial on mitigating data risk at TVG.
  • Represent Data Governance at Commercial Triage, Tech CARM and Tech Data Governance sessions.
  • Lead by example on Data Governance best practices proactively advising tribes on best practice.
  • Develop a risk-based programme of work for Data Privacy and Governance as Workstream lead
  • Maintain an effective, central system of all data governance policies and supporting control documents
  • Work with the business and IT stakeholders to ensure that business processes, systems/applications and procedures are effective in meeting the current and future data protection legislation as well as industry best practice
  • Support with the training and management of Data Stewards and Business Data Owners, ensuring that they comply with agreed processes and procedures to maintain the ongoing level of data integrity
  • Identifying areas of waste/cost saving within the data estate
  • Advocate for the use of the data catalogue tooling.
  • Engage with the wider tribes across Very to ensure standards and data governance policies are considered.
  • Define and implement standards and ensure these are complied with, including standards for Data Quality and Data Management
  • Provide regular reporting to the Data Governance Manager including Data Quality and Data Management
  • Deputise for the Data Governance Manager at key meetings as and when required and chairing appropriate workstream level meetings and forums


We are looking for candidates with previous experience within Data Governance field, able to demonstrate strong understanding of GDPR, DPA 2018 and PECR legislation. This role will suit individuals looking to implement and challenge their skills and experience in a brand new, fast paced, ecommerce environment.

Excellent communication skills - confident and articulate communicator liaising with both internal and external contacts. Able to build relationships, impart information and ensure action is carried out to meet deadlines.

You will be able to demonstrate a process orientated mind set to ensure we are set up for success.

A background of transforming processes to provide a more customer centric and efficient service

The successful candidate will have the ability to work pro-actively, be results oriented, self-driven and to work independently.


  • Flexible, hybrid working model; top rated on Glassdoor
  • £1,000 flexible benefits allowance to suit your needs
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays + option to buy or sell 5
  • Bonus potential (performance and business-related)
  • Up to 25% discount on
  • Matched pension up to 6%
  • Health and wellbeing agenda
  • Onsite gyms with over 25 classes
  • On-site discounted restaurant and coffee houses
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free on-site parking *Subject to availability and postcode eligibility
How to apply

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about Data looking for their next career move. If you're interested to find out more, please contact the talent acquisition team at The Very Group or apply online.

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this role, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

If you’re a current employee of The Very Group, please also apply via the careers page as an internal applicant.

More About usWe’re The Very Group – home to and a 3,500-strong team of super talented people, all passionate about making good things easily accessible to more people so they can live life well. A unique digital business, we combine amazing brands and products with flexible payment options that help people say yes when it matters most. And we’ve been doing it for over a century – moving from catalogues to bricks to pureplay online retail, consistently reinventing the way our customers shop and our people work to help them get the most out of life every day.

When you join Very, you’re joining a dynamic, successful and constantly developing organisation that’s determined to fulfil its promise, as well as the promise of everyone it serves. You’ll work in an environment that is fast-paced, customer-focused, inclusive, caring and vibrant, with people who share a commitment to helping everyone – customers and Very people alike – live life well.

If you’re inventive, positive, collaborative and responsible with an energy to create the best possible life for yourself and others…then come and join us!

Equal opportunities

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We’ll ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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