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Data Governance Director

Company: Exelixis
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

Every Exelixis employee is united in an ambitious cause: to launch innovative medicines that give patients and their families hope for the future. In this pursuit, we know our employees are our most valuable asset. After operating in the challenging biotech sector for 25 years, we have a proven track record of resiliency in the face of adversity. The success of our lead product has provided a solid commercial foundation allowing us to reinvigorate our research efforts, and grow our team in areas such as Drug Discovery, Clinical Development and Commercial.

As we expand our global partnerships and further reinvest in R&D to help us discover the next breakthrough for difficult-to-treat cancers, we're seeking to add talented, dedicated employees to power our mission.

Cancer is our cause. Make it yours, too.

Job Description

The Data Governance Director will be responsible for evaluating, implementing and supporting company-wide technologies and services to establish trust in data, protect critical information and build data literacy throughout the organization. Executing on these initiatives will drive efficiencies on how we find and access data, resulting in faster analytics and decision making while ensuring data privacy, security and compliance across all DT initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced business-technology leader with in-depth understanding of all aspects of data and information. By leveraging this knowledge, the Data Governance Director will establish enterprise-wide data governance technologies, capabilities and services in line with Exelixis' overall information and corporate strategy.



Partner with cross functional teams to understand use cases and gather requirements to design, architect and build the enterprise data governance platform

Collaborate across teams to evaluate tools that enable data governance and data privacy and implement and support new technologies and services

Responsible for vendor management, including product and vendor evaluation, contract negotiation, supplier relationship management and consulting management across all data governance solutions and services

Ensure Agile delivery in a GxP environment by leveraging deep understanding of product management best practices

Ensure technical architecture of enterprise solution aligns and scales with business functions' needs and priorities

Contribute to our internal and external roadmaps for Data Governance and Information Management

Collaborate on data strategy to build trust in information and capabilities to use data as strategic asset across the organization

Partner with Legal, Security and Privacy Teams to enable compliance with GDPR, SOX, CCPA and other regulatory requirements pertaining to how we use data across the organization

Supervisory Responsibilities

Provide direction to other individuals.

Oversee and direct service providers, consultants and vendors



Bachelor's degree in related discipline 12+ years of related experience; or

Master's degree in related discipline and 10+ years of related experience; or

PhD degree in related discipline and 8+ years of related experience; or

Equivalent combination of education and experience.


Experience supporting enterprise data governance initiatives and implementing and managing data governance and meta data management platforms.

Experience is required in managing a DevOps team supporting ongoing enhancements and break fixes

Experience in Biotech/Pharma is a plus


Requires deep understanding of data management, data governance, analytics and associated capabilities

Hands on experience implementing and supporting a range of data governance and management products and platforms such as Collibra, Alation, Informatica DG, Microsoft Purview and AWS Glue

Demonstrated ability to participate with business in launching technologies to privacy and compliance initiatives, deliver large, complex, programs involving system and process reengineering and integration

Proven ability to collaborate with senior functional leaders to set vision, drive innovation and facilitate transformation to meet evolving business needs and priorities.

Applies strong analytical and business communication skills

Working Conditions

G&A and Development/Alameda:

Environment: primarily working indoors, performing clerical work

Additional Information


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Keywords: Exelixis, Oakland , Data Governance Director, Executive , Oakland, California

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