Data Quality Analyst Job Description: How to create a compelling data quality analyst job description

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Data Quality Analyst Job Description: How to create a compelling data quality job advert

How do you create a compelling data quality analyst job description?

If you are on the road to data quality and governance maturity then you will need to hire a Data Quality Analyst at some point.

This resource is designed to make that process painless by providing a superset of data quality skills and sections that are typically required for a Data Quality Analyst Job Description.

There is no single definition for the role of a Data Quality Analyst so we have taken hundreds of past job placements from our Data Quality Job Board and tried to aggregate the most commonly sought after skills.

You can use this resource to refine your own job description and create something compelling.

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Data Quality Analyst Job Description Sections

Company Overview:

<COMPANYTAG> is a successful <WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO?> in the <WHAT INDUSTRY SECTOR?> sector.

We need an experienced/junior/senior/ data quality analyst to help us <SHORT GOAL DESCRIPTION>.

In return we are offering competitive salary/great working conditions/challenging projects/performance bonuses/structured career path/formal training/certification.

If you are passionate about data quality and want to help make an impact in our organisation then please read the following job description and contact us via the methods below.

Position Overview: Data Quality Analyst

<COMPANYTAG> requires a junior/experienced/senior/ data quality analyst to help them:

  • <GOAL 1>
  • <GOAL 2>
  • <GOAL 3>
  • <GOAL ..>

Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Raising data quality and performance levels in our <INSERT DEPARTMENT OR BUSINESS UNIT>
  • Providing a high level of data quality awareness across multiple staff profiles e.g. manager, front-line staff etc.
  • Proactively improving the quality of company reporting
  • Evaluating and identifying where system enhancements are required

(TIP: Use the following document from the IAIDQ to extend the responsibilities list:

http://iaidq.org/publications/yonke-2011-02.shtml)

Personal skills

The following personal skills are desirable for this role:

  • Proven passion for the data quality discipline
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Extremely meticulous in approach to work
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision
  • Proven ability to meet established deadlines
  • Talent for quickly learning new tasks
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good multi-tasking skills
  • A strong drive for results
  • Good influencing skills
  • Extensive latitude for independent judgment
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills
  • High levels of concentration
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Strong character, Team Player, Flexibility
  • Demonstrated focus for customer satisfaction
  • Able to manage client relationships
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Objective, creative, and diplomatic team player
  • Ability to function in a high volume setting with tight deadlines
  • Strong stakeholder engagement

Data Quality Skills

(This section is OPTIONAL: You may choose to list data quality skills in their own section to help differentiate from the standard personal and technical skills required)

The following data quality skills will be required for this role:

  • Data profiling
  • Data discovery
  • Information chain analysis and management
  • Root cause analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis and ROI discovery

(TIP: Use the following document from the IAIDQ to extend the responsibilities list:

http://iaidq.org/publications/yonke-2011-02.shtml)

Technical Skills

This role will require experience with the following software:

  • <LIST TECHNICAL SKILLS>

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates must possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Between X and Y years experience in a data quality focused role
  • Greater than X years total industry experience
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Candidates will be looked upon favourably if they have the following qualifications and experience:

  • A recognised data quality certification e.g. IQCP, CIMP, ISO 8000
  • Experience of presenting on Data Quality at a major industry conference
  • Published papers or articles on Data Quality in a major media site, industry journal or trade magazine

How to Apply

Please follow these instructions to apply for this role:

<INSERT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS>

Editor's note: The legal section below is not intended as legal advice, seek the relevant legal disclaimers required for your job promotion in your particular jurisdiction.

Legal

US Example: 

"<OUR COMPANY> is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. In order to help ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veteran’s Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who wish to request accommodation in the job application process can contact <OUR EMAIL ADDRESS>

UK Example:

<OUR COMPANY> does not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Experience stipulated in this job description serves as a guide only and all applications will be consider on their merits, irrespective of experience.


Additional Resource: Interview Questions for Data Quality Analyst Roles

These questions were kindly submitted by Nicola Askham, a Data Governance consultant and coach in the UK:

  • Briefly describe a basic process for undertaking Root Cause Analysis and explain why Owners of data would be important?
  • Briefly describe an experience where you have mentored other members of the team on data analysis?
  • Briefly describe how you have previously identified data governance / quality process failures and have taken corrective action?
  • Have you had experience of management of the stakeholder community at all levels? If so what difficulties did you face and how did you overcome them?
  • Do you have experience of managing risks and issues which may arise out of the analysis activity? If so what was the approach to communicating the issue?
  • Do you have experience of other environments where adherence to regulatory requirements is essential? If so what type of environment and level of regulation?
  • Briefly describe how you have in the past undertaken analysis to extract data quality requirements from the business and translated them into data quality rules which can be used in a profiling tool?

Sample Data Quality Analyst Job Templates


Use these examples of data quality analyst job postings to help you shape your data quality job placements:

Example #1

Example #2


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