Director of Data

J Harlan Group, LLC - New York, NY

Director of Data

NYC Data Discovery Technology Firm

J Harlan Group is currently conducting a search for a Director of Data at a prominent NYC Data Discovery Technology firm.

Their Data Discovery platform compresses the complex data discovery to analysis workflow from countless hours to minutes, saving clients time, energy, and budget in harnessing data to reach their analysis and business goals, all in one comprehensive platform suitable for technical and non-technical professionals alike. Their platform helps organizations across numerous sectors arm themselves with the data and data infrastructure to execute on their digital and data transformation initiatives, vital to long-term sustainability.

As the Director of Data, you will serve as the senior thought leader to internal and external constituents to ensure the firm’s data assets enable business outcomes.

You will be responsible for building amazing, market differentiated products that users love. You know the immense value of user and potential user input, yet you understand that users may not be able to imagine or know how to ask for the future we are trying to invent.

We are looking for an extraordinary individual with unusually high levels of customer empathy, who intuitively puts the user at the center of their decision making. You will have knowledge of the data ecosystem and the data supply chain and understand the common goals and problems of users within this ecosystem. You will delight in solving customer problems and designing elegant user experiences that create a community of users who are advocates for your product.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivers and maintains accurate, complete, and timely data sets to enable the company’s core business, ancillary products and services.
  • Manages the end-to-end data ingestion and release process.
  • Proactively identifies and implements processes and operational changes to the data operations and data engineering organizations while providing quantitative and qualitative metrics to assess quality and efficiency.
  • Drive the firm’s data acquisition strategy by establishing nimble processes, introducing innovative technical capabilities, and being proactive in anticipating future trends and business needs
  • Mitigates regulatory risks and legal exposures to the company by implementing controls and monitoring performance indicators that ensure the quality, accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of data sets.
  • Works closely with Risk, Legal, and Compliance for audits, regulatory reporting, and SOP improvements to enable effective responses and timely resolutions to issues.
  • Partners with the Chief Technology Officer to establish the next generation data architecture and technology ecosystem.
  • Leads the company’s efforts to ensure data accessibility, availability, and usability in a systematic manner. Executes technology initiatives with the IT organization by providing functional requirements and data analysis. Supports internal and external constituents with data research and certification.

The ideal candidate would have a background including:

  • 10+ years in industry. Exposure to markets relevant to product specialty. Management consulting or business development experience desired.
  • 10+ years in Specialty/Discipline. Expertise in data management, data engineering, data governance, and high-throughput data operations
  • Demonstrated strength in financial services, data, and/or technology product development from concept to commercialization.
  • Demonstrated strength in effective influencing, negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking skills and the ability to interact with people at all levels of an organization.
  • A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and creatively as well as within a team.
  • Excellent networking skills are required in order to obtain market information necessary to anticipate customer needs and interpret the trends that are evolving in the markets the firm serves.
  • Track record of excelling in an environment of ambiguity by quickly adapting behavior and work methods to adjust to multiple demands and shifting priorities.
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  • Internally and externally recognized subject matter expert that influences business activities and processes.

Results oriented, willingness to commit to a direction and drive initiative to completion.

An individual who loves solving deep and complex business problems and wants to have an outsized impact with the products they deliver. An individual with a passion for data management, high level of intellectual curiosity, a commitment to excellence and an unparalleled drive to deliver world-class services / technologies.

About the Client:

Our Client is a privately owned New York-based data technology company founded in 2011. The firm deploys knowledge management solutions globally across multiple industry verticals. The company has a global team of data engineers, economists, and developers, with US-based employees in New York City, Washington, DC, and Austin, TX.

The firm is the most comprehensive source of global decision-making data in the world. Their tools allow individuals and organizations to discover, visualize, model, and present their data and the world’s data to facilitate better decisions and better outcomes.

The firm manages an open platform via its website, offering access to data visualization resources for more than 3.5 billion time series from more than 1,400 sources that are commonly used in open press and other publications globally and referenced in data aggregator and science libraries. In February 2020, the firm pushed into the alternative data space through its acquisition of an alternative data aggregator and solutions provider.

They seek candidates who are high-energy self-starters who want to join an investment management firm on the leading edge of the global markets. The management team needs individuals of the highest professional caliber who are leaders, problem solvers, analytic, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial. Everyone at the firm works side-by-side with the firm’s senior partners in a highly collaborative and charged environment.

Successful candidates are:

  • Analytic and relentless in pursuit of the right answer
  • Strong communicators who excel at rapid synthesis
  • Able to demonstrate sound business judgment
  • Able to digest complexity while maintaining an understanding of the “big picture” of business needs
  • Team players who are energized by a collaborative enterprise

The firm’s employees maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. The firm has earned a reputation for honesty, fair dealing, and transparency in a competitive industry. They believe that these standards are the foundation for superior performance and are critical to delivering performance to clients.

Posted On: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Position Contact
Jerry Goldberg
Manager Director
(212) 792-0099

After years as a Senior Financial Services Executive, I have decided to make a career change and leverage my vast knowledge of the financial services and technology industry as an executive recruiter and have opened an executive search and recruiting firm "J Harlan Group, LLC' specializing in technology and financial services talent search.

Financial Services Executive with expansive Private Equity, Hedge Fund, Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Brokerage, Commercial Banking and Insurance experience. With combined expertise as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Principal/Consultant, my responsibilities have expanded a broad cross-section of business disciplines – technology, strategic planning, operations management, HR, administration, outsourcing, business development, strategic partnering, product development, financial operations and reporting, client relationship management.

Specialties: • Leadership authority for building and managing the technological, operational, and administrative platforms for financial services organizations.

• Contributed significantly to starting, developing and building a privately-held organization into a $1 billion market cap publicly traded company on the NYSE within five years of inception.

• Recognized achievements in building top-performing, best-in-class organizations capable of supporting corporate objectives.

Contact: – 212-792-0099 – 

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