Data Governance Specialist

Saudi Aramco

Aramco energizes the world economy.

Aramco occupies a unique position in the global energy industry. We are the world’s largest producer of hydrocarbons (oil and gas), with the lowest upstream carbon intensity of any major producer. 

With our significant investment in technology and infrastructure, we strive to maximize the value of the energy we produce for the world along with a commitment to enhance Aramco’s value to society.

Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and with offices around the world, we combine market discipline with a generations’ spanning view of the future, born of our nine decades experience as responsible stewards of the Kingdom’s vast hydrocarbon resources. This responsibility has driven us to deliver significant societal and economic benefits to not just the Kingdom, but also to a vast number of communities, economies, and countries that rely on the vital and reliable energy that we supply.

We are one of the most profitable companies in the world, as well as amongst the top five global companies by market capitalization.


We are seeking a Data Governance Specialist to join Corporate Data Office Division of Digital Transformation Admin Area.


The Corporate Data Office is responsible for establishing and executing world-class Corporate-wide data governance to ensure all data assets are proactively and efficiently governed and managed across Saudi Aramco, to foster a data driven organization and promote data value realization in line with its strategic goals as well to adequately comply with national and international data regulations.


The primary role of the Data Governance Specialist is to lead and manage corporate-wide data governance activities as part of the Corporate Data Strategy and Governance implementation program. The position will focus on establishing and implementing the corporate data strategy, governance framework, policies, standards and practices at all levels of the organization in order to achieve the required level of data maturity and capability across the organization. Thus, enabling compliance with national data regulations, promoting a data driven business culture and enabling data value realization. The Data Governance specialist will work closely with all key business and operational areas to improve the control, quality, trust and value of core data assets and adequately meet regulatory data requirements.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Establish and govern keys areas within the enterprise Data Strategy & Governance Implementation Plan, including prioritization of critical data and development of key data capabilities and domains
  • Rollout an enterprise wide data governance framework, with a focus on data ownership/stewardship and improvement of data quality through changes in operational culture, processes and leveraging relevant tools and technology
  • Define roles and responsibilities, operating model for related data governance and management activities, to ensure clear accountability for data stewardship of Saudi Aramco principal data assets
  • Assist in the development, roll out and adoption of corporate data standards and guidelines across the enterprise
  • Lead and manage the implementation of one or more key data domains across the organization including data governance, data quality management, master data management, data catalog and data sharing 
  • Support business areas and corporate functions in understanding and realizing the benefits of governing and managing their data 
  • Support business areas and corporate functions in complying with data regulations and laws (national and international)
  • Lead and participate in relevant data governance and management forums
  • In collaboration with IT, Information Security, Digital Transformation, Business areas and other stakeholders, provide regular progress reports to the relevant Stakeholders
  • Support deployment and utilization of technology and data governance tools to support data maturity and compliance e.g. business data glossary, data catalog, master data management and data lineage.

Education & Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Computer Science, Information Systems). Certifications in data governance and management (e.g. DAMA, DCAM) are preferred
  • At least ten (10) years of experience working for major global organizations, with extensive and deep data experience, including experience within a management or leadership capacity
  • Extensive experience as a subject matter expert in the data governance and management domain within a large complex organization
  • Knowledge of industry leading data governance and management practices
  • Extensive knowledge of data related governance regulatory requirements and emerging trends and issues
  • Candidate will have practical track records in data governance practices, business and technology issues related to management of enterprise information assets and approaches related to data protection
  • Strong consulting skills, with change management concepts and strategies, including communication, culture change and performance measurement
  • Strong knowledge of enterprise risk management framework, methodology and processes
  • Excellent English communication skills (both written and verbal)

Working environment

Our high-performing employees are drawn by the challenging and rewarding professional, technical and industrial opportunities we offer, and are remunerated accordingly.

At Aramco, our people work on truly world-scale projects, supported by investment in capital and technology that is second to none. And because, as a global energy company, we are faced with addressing some of the world’s biggest technical, logistical and environmental challenges, we invest heavily in talent development.

We have a proud history of educating and training our workforce over many decades. Employees at all levels are encouraged to improve their sector-specific knowledge and competencies through our workforce development programs – one of the largest in the world.


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