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Data Governance, Associate - Controllers (Dallas, TX)

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Accounting & Finance
Dallas, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Job Description

Our Impact:

Controllers Engineering is responsible for designing and implementing solutions to manage firm’s P&L, measure and monitor the firm’s capital, balance sheet and liquidity metrics, and regulatory obligations. Our global agile teams (based across Americas, EMEA & Asia) develop and manage the platforms, calculation engines, and analytical tools that controllers, risk management, and deal-making teams use to project, monitor and report externally to regulatory for both regular business activity and under stress scenarios.

Controllers Data Office (CDO) is a group within Controllers whose primary responsibility is to partner with users and the technology organization to expand and improve the strategic data architecture that supports Controllers workflows

Your Impact:

CDO is uniquely positioned within Controllers to work on projects that span multiple Controllers Groups. CDO helps to ensure that business data needs are met with technology solutions. Additional CDO responsibilities include implementing the Firm’s data governance policies. Ensuring that the data used for reporting requirements is well understood and of the highest quality available.

We are a global team. We work with divisional stakeholders, to provide transparency into where data enters the firm, how it is transformed/reported/classified, and what data quality controls exist for critical datasets. Our internal clients use this information to gain insights – aiming to eliminate duplication, improve data quality, respond faster to new business opportunities, and to meet regulatory requirements. Our users need to search and visualize the firm’s data flows.

How You Will Fulfill Your Potential:

As a member of the team, you will gain satisfaction though adding value and contributing to the team’s initiatives. You will:

  • Work with data consumers and producers to negotiate ownership of data
  • Create lineage graphs to show how data moves from top of the flow (e.g. trading, sales and deal systems) to lower down the flow (e.g. client reporting, regulatory reporting, books and records)
  • Develop communication and reference materials that enable data consumers and producers to implement the data governance policy and standard
  • Define and create appropriate data validation controls
  • Provide data quality analytics that enable data consumers and producers to drive remediation efforts
  • Partner with users and provide feedback on the strategic tooling to engineering teams for business use cases
  • Build consensus across senior stakeholders
  • Partner closely with divisions to define and evolve firmwide data governance strategy
  • Communicate progress to senior stakeholders and within the team

You will have the potential to:

  • Grow your understanding of data and the underlying businesses that use it
  • Develop business, data analysis and relationship management skills
  • Contribute to progressing the data governance strategy at Goldman Sachs

Why join the team?

  • Interpersonal Communication: You’ll engage with data producers and consumers across all areas of the business to understand their requirements and to propose solutions tailored to their needs.
  • Autonomy: You’ll have significant autonomy in designing and writing solutions to help our stakeholders deliver for the firm’s clients.
  • Creativity: You’ll be encouraged to suggest improvements to products and to propose ways, in which we can add value for our stakeholders.
  • Training: Your manager will support your professional development, allowing you time for training at work, helping you learn and grow within the organization, and providing opportunities for increasing responsibility.

The Responsibilities and Requirements:

Experience working with stakeholders on projects to develop strategies and solutions, ideally related to data. Ability to work in a collaborative manner with stakeholders and drive consensus is essential. Experience working with a business team to develop functional requirements and translating those into technical requirements is important. Having developed an effective training and testing strategy is helpful.


  • Play a central role in defining the strategic direction for Controllers in data initiatives
  • Document Data Lineage from source to reporting
  • Liaise with and represent Controllers in order to initiate and modify systems to meet user requirements
  • Interface and coordinate with project team(s) to define objectives, develop approach, create detailed schedules, provide status updates and prepare deliverables for projects
  • Perform in-depth analysis of Controllers business processes and system issues to define, propose and implement strategic technological and procedural workflow improvements
  • Partner with technology to ensure user tools meet for analyzing data meet user’s needs
  • Stakeholder management /sponsors and users of all levels

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-5 years of relevant hands-on data governance, data quality, or data management experience
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience in Financial or Regulatory Reporting
  • Advanced proficiency in Data Models, MS Excel, and SQL
  • Highly organized with exceptional communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Relationship management: effectively partner with divisions across the firm with a focus on end-client value
  • Knowledge of data warehousing and the development of physical and logical models
  • Extremely proactive and works well in a collaborative environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail and analytical thinking
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present results highlighting the broader strategic impact
  • May have a software engineering background (not required)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ideally has a good understanding of data usage in one or more business areas
  • Proficiency in SQL, MS Excel, Data visualization tools , Data Models
  • Experience of data governance or data management
  • Knowledge of BCBS 239
  • Prior experience in financial services industry in Regulatory Reporting

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