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Data Lead

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Recruiter: Global Canopy
Listed on: 13th July
Location: Remote
Salary/Rate: £50000 - £70000
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Global Canopy is a data-driven think tank that targets the market forces destroying nature. We do this by improving transparency and accountability. We provide innovative open-access data, clear metrics, and actionable insights to leading companies, financial institutions, governments and campaigning organisations worldwide.
A major new project, Aligned Accountability, sits at the heart of our Corporate Performance programme and of Global Canopy's wider strategy and work. With 5-year support from the Norwegian Government, and working in partnership with ZSL SPOTT, the Accountability Framework Initiative, and other partners, the project will focus on bringing together existing data sets on company performance on deforestation. Partnering with SEI and Neural Alpha this dataset will be connected to the Trase and Trase Finance databases and the project team will work closely with the finance sector and ESG service providers to improve metrics on deforestation. These will ultimately guide more sustainable investment, improve risk management, support due diligence, and enable green product innovation.
Sitting at the heart of Global Canopy's strategy and work, the new Data Lead will help connect the dots across Global Canopy's data initiatives, laying the foundations for improved innovation, scale and efficiency. They will build out an impactful data strategy focused on the needs of our key targets in the private sector, government and civil society. This will ensure both excellence within individual data initiatives as well as a consistent approach across different initiatives, and with multiple external partners and suppliers. They will also have a deep understanding of commercial issues, as well as an appreciation for the issues and challenges around leadership on corporate disclosure and open data.
We are therefore looking for a talented leader who brings together strategic, technical and management skills required for this role, as well as a passion for the mission of Global Canopy.
Strategy: leading on strategies to maximise the usability, relevance, and uptake of our pioneering data on deforestation and other market impacts on nature and people. And contributing to overall organisational strategy as a member of the senior team.
Data management: ensuring a pragmatic, user-focused perspective informs the development and maintenance of our databases, analytic and visualisation tools.
Management: managing and growing a small team of data scientists in a matrix arrangement (including at partner institutions in some cases), supporting them to contribute effectively to the delivery of the data strategy across our diverse programmes. Working with other teams at Global Canopy, to support their uptake and use of data.
Suppliers: Setting standardised approaches to selecting, assessing and managing external suppliers and experts to ensure excellent delivery in line with our strategy and approach.
Partner and network management: building out and supporting our existing network of data partners, working towards common approaches that support collaboration, sharing and integration.Thought-leadership: Monitor trends in the fast-moving environmental data space, identifying novel datasets or technologies, and advocating for new approaches to open data that can be used to further Global Canopy's mission.

To be successful in this role, these are the things that will matter the most:

Successful track record of designing data architectures and managing complex databases. Working with corporate data or ESG service providers a positive.
Leadership and strategy skills, and the ability to coordinate and motivate colleagues, partners and supporters to align behind a common strategy.
Impact-orientation and agility, bringing new technologies and approaches to help our team rapidly and effectively access, visualise and share our data and insights, limiting reliance on external suppliers.

Skills and experience:

Deep strategic understanding of designing, building and harnessing functional databases and surrounding technologies in a dynamic and distributed environment.
Data requirements, Business Analysis and Data Modelling: able to collect and document data requirements, and expert at using common tools for data visualisation & reporting.
Data Governance: able to promote a strong data culture.
Data Management and Data Quality Management experience.
At least intermediate-advanced SQL skills and strong Excel skills, knowledge of a programming language, preferably Python.
People and partner management, especially in a matrix-arrangement, and working across multiple data sets and types.
Supplier management, including tendering, management and assessment of suppliers within a complex structure.
Expertise in working with data management and visualisation on at least one of: corporate structures, ESG metrics, or environmental disclosure and reporting would be a positive.

Essential behavioural competencies:

Sound judgement and maturity, with the ability to bring a positive, evidence-based approach to complex problems, while driving practical progress towards goals.
Versatility in a fast-moving internal and external context, able to deliver and get new ideas off the ground.
Great communicator with a positive, collaborative ethos.
Deep commitment to our mission and values.


£50,000 - £70,000 per annum, depending on experience.
Nature of contract
Full time and permanent. We are a flexible employer and welcome candidates wishing to work flexibly.
Visa sponsorship
We will sponsor a visa for applicants who do not currently have the right to work in the UK.
For those who like remote-working, Global Canopy embraces it as part of our progressive working culture and, of course, due to the pandemic and the changes this has brought about. However we have a vibrant office in central Oxford where you can be based and you should be able to attend in-person meetings there at least once a week.
28 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata)
Employer pension contribution of 5%.
Healthcare cashback plan
Covering dental fees, eye-care, wellbeing, massages, physio, chiropody and much more - for you and any children.
Employee Assistance Programme
Which provides free, confidential advice on personal and legal matters.
Huge range of discounts and cashback deals at gyms, restaurants, holidays, and much more.

Closing date: 29th July 2021, at 9am