Astellas Pharma Director Global Data Governance RWI in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing a Director, Global Data Governance opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope:

The Director of Global Data Governance will lead and develop the implementation of the global data governance program, ensuring effective data management, change management, data standards and solutions.

This individual must collaborate not only within the RWI group, but also across all divisions, enabling and aligning data management initiatives and processes.

This role will work closely with the Information Governance committee ensuring strategic direction and implementation of the Data Governance roadmap.

Success in this role requires staying current with the latest solutions, industry trends, standards, security and privacy policies and business applications in Data Governance. Success also requires effective and efficient strategic balancing of various stakeholder needs and opportunities across the enterprise.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  1. Design, establish, implement and mature the global Data Governance strategic roadmap balancing priorities and opportunities related to data analytics and operations

  2. Develop a data governance framework and set the standards to increase the opportunity / value creation, risk management, and processing of data across the enterprise

  3. Create, manage and measure program metrics to drive program and report to Leadership teams

  4. Establish cross functional operational model for alignment across various initiatives related to Data Governance

  5. Accountable for data Governance Change management through relationships, socialization, and communications with internal and external partners

  6. Serve as the subject matter expertise in Data Governance around processes, tools / technology, controls, and monitoring, with a key role global data governance initiatives

  7. Accountable for ensuring successful implementation of a global data governance framework focused on data standards, policies, and processes to maximize the value of data assets, through quality and risk management

  8. Develop and maintain enterprise inventory of data assets, solutions, and data management initiatives

  9. Enable the development and implementation of data quality standards, data protection standards

  10. Responsible for continuous improvement of the Data Governance Program ensuring the program is maintained current with industry standards and support key company initiatives.

Organizational Context:

This role may be responsible for several contract resources and at least two Director-level or Manager level direct reports.



  • 10+ years of experience in data governance, data stewardship, data analysis preferably with experience across various data domains

  • Experience developing/implementing or operating an enterprise wide data governance program

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required, with ability to interact with all levels of the organization. Must be able to translate between technical and business management to effectively achieve results

  • Experience leading large, strategic global initiatives and global functions with significant influence (without authority) across an entire enterprise.

  • Lifesciences and healthcare experience

  • Understanding of various data domains and including real world data assets

  • Attention to detail, effective problem solver, assertive decision maker, facilitator and communicator

  • Knowledge of compliance, privacy and safety pertinent to pharmaceutical industry including real world data

  • Ability to adapt and respond effectively to change, delay and or shifting priorities and goals

  • Self-directed with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and to aggressively drive project milestones to successful completion.

  • Experience working with data vendors to ensure the quality and timeliness of deliverables

  • Experience managing internal and external resources for operations and project work

  • Relevant Bachelor's degree; advanced degree preferred

  • 3-4 years relevant experience in healthcare/ life sciences environment

  • Solid understanding of Data Management / Data Governance methodologies

  • Develop and lead teams of data stewards in direction, process and objectives


  • Hands on experience operating and implementing data management solutions

  • Familiarity of broader RWD applications across healthcare

  • Experience in understanding complex source system data structures -- pharmaceutical experience preferred

  • Cross-cultural project management and communication experience


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Real World Informatics