Data Governance Consultant

  • Yorkshire Building Society Group
  • Hybrid (Leeds LS12, UK)
  • 10/05/2024
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Data Management Data Governance

Job Description

We have an opportunity for a Metadata Governance Consultant to join YBS’ Data Division to shape, define, lead and apply data and metadata processes and standards.

It’s an exciting time to join us, you’ll support the development and approach to capturing, documenting, assuring, sharing and promoting the Society’s data sets via the Enterprise Data Catalogue. You’ll join a likeminded and growing team in our Leeds based team with the flexibility of hybrid working.

About the role

We’re on a journey to transform YBS into a modern, data-driven organisation - as a result we’re looking for a Metadata Governance Consultant (internally known as a Data Governance Consultant) to join our Leeds based Metadata Governance team. As our new Metadata Governance Consultant, you’ll be a key member and important intermediary between the data owners, data consumers and the data teams. You’ll deliver governance and improve traceability for data used throughout the business, driving towards one Single Version of Truth

You will use your technical data and metadata management skills to lead and/or assist in defining, executing, communicating, and governing metadata management standards and processes relating to disciplines such as data cataloguing, data lineage, the Data Dictionary, descriptive metadata, and the Business Glossary

You must be a strong team player, an effective communicator, adept at stakeholder management, with a methodical approach to problem solving. You might come from a technical leaning data governance, data steward, data analysis, data modelling/designer, database administration, BI background, or similar


The following responsibilities describe the Metadata Governance Consultant role remit as a whole, at a high-level. You will not be expected to lead on all responsibilities those disciplines you do not lead on will be led by other Metadata Governance Consultants within the team, with support from yourself. A good understanding of, and experience in, some/all of the following Metadata Governance disciplines would be highly advantageous as you will be expected to offer support in these areas if required:

  • Defining, communicating, executing, governing, and evolving data and metadata management standards, processes, and maturity maps to ensure YBS data and associated metadata is socialised, standardised, understood, trustable, useful, traceable, ethical, compliant, and governed
  • Advising data directorate colleagues and the business on data and metadata management best practice
  • End-to-end documentation of technical data lineage
  • Documenting descriptive metadata, including Data Dictionary definitions, data ownership, reference data values, data types, constraints, sensitivity/regulatory markers etc.
  • Building out and evolving the Business Glossary to establish a bank of common enterprise-wide Business Glossary Terms - standardising and rationalising definitions where necessary, managing assurance and sign-off processes with Data Stewards (including management of a working group to facilitate this)
  • Leading and chairing meetings, workshops and working groups to analyse, discuss, evolve, improve, and govern data and metadata management, as required
  • Management of the enterprise data catalogue, including supplier relationship management, planning and delivery of enterprise-wide comms, roll out, and training

About us

At YBS we don’t have shareholders, we have members. We care about people and that includes you. So here, you’ll be respected for who you are, you’ll be able to bring your whole self to work, and you’ll have everything you need to build a long and rewarding career.

Flexibility. We offer a range of flexible working options without unsocial hours, which can help you find a healthy work-life balance. Whether it’s finishing early for an appointment or fitting your studies and hobbies in around your working hours, we can help make it work for you.

Development. We want you to feel challenged here. Whatever your ambitions, we’re committed to helping you develop your skills and move ahead in your career journey. From day one, we’ll set you up for success with a brilliant induction and full training plan, all designed to get you up to speed quickly.

Inclusivity. We’re passionate about creating an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome and able to be themselves. If you’ll go the extra mile to help our members, you’ll fit right in and feel you belong here.

About our Benefits

We offer lots of fantastic rewards that you can make the most of in and out of work, including:

  • Holiday. You’ll get 25 days plus Bank Holidays, as well as the option to buy up to a further 5 days.

  • Bonus. We work together to reach for better at YBS, so when we reach our goals we’re all rewarded, with up to a 10% annual bonus.

  • Pension. We know how important it is to save towards the future, that’s why we’ll contribute up 11% into your YBS pension.

  • Healthcare. Health and wellbeing are an important part of life at YBS, when you join us you’ll have access to a range of health benefits to suit your life including private medical insurance, dental and healthcare plans.

  • My Benefits. When you join YBS you’ll have access to our self-service benefits portal, where you can access a range of retail, hospitality and health discounts.

Ready to apply?

If you’re excited about this role and want to be part of the YBS team, apply now to send us your application.

Want more information?

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Holly Gallagher on

Please note applications are reviewed frequently therefore this role may close prior to the advertised closing date