Data Cloud Management and Governance Manager in Irving, TX at Cottonwood Financial

Date Posted: 3/11/2020

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Job Description

Reporting to our Head of Marketing, Credit Risk Management, and Decision Science departments, this newly created Data Cloud Management and Governance Manager’s charter is to increase the company’s profits through the efficient and high-quality management of data to support analysts throughout the company. This individual will be an important leader in an exciting, fast-paced, and growing team that is making an immediate impact across the entire company. This is a great opportunity for a talented person to take his/her next career step by overseeing a transformation to an Azure analytics environment and by deeply learning the company’s data and processes to gain the essential knowledge needed to support a wide variety of high-visibility projects. This hands-on leader of the Data Management and Governance department will be challenged with projects that can span from tactical to strategic in nature and will be based at our Corporate Office (HQ) in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas.


  • Hire, develop, lead, and manage a high-performing and talented team of data developers and analysts who support analysts from the company’s business teams with outstanding customer service
  • Support the COO, CFO, and Directors of Decision Science, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Credit Risk Management by enabling their departments’ analysts with trustworthy data and act as their liaison to the BI and AppDev teams for their data needs
  • Lead the company’s transformation to a new Cloud paradigm, including the implementation of Azure Data Lake Analytics, SQL Database, and Data Factory
  • Develop a broad knowledge of the company’s data assets and business processes that collect or produce data, and establish a culture of continuous learning about the business and financial services industry
  • Direct and lead a board made up of senior analysts from across the company in defining the data vision, strategy, and tactics for the company and communicating changes to data systems
  • Oversee the standards of the company’s analytics platform, data quality, naming conventions, and data formats, as well as coordinate across the business an agreement of definitions consistent with the consumer credit industry
  • Act as an evangelist and internal resource to all business analysts on data assets
  • Facilitate and accelerate iterative learning and innovation using data assets
  • Assist business teams in the finalization of business requirements for the purpose of providing to the BI team for productionalizing dashboards and reports
  • Translate business requirements into data harvesting prototypes (e.g. develop code to connect to APIs of new data sources for preliminary analysis as requested by business users, explore innovative approaches to harvest data, harvest data into data lake, and establish processes to allow future requests to become more efficient
  • Create and maintain data catalog and dictionaries and develop a framework to manage and govern data
  • Create and maintain a documented process for adding new data sources to data lake
  • Design and develop prototype data structures that refine raw data for use by business analysts, e.g. parse new data sources for preliminary analysis into a consumable format when requested by business analysts
  • Understand the processes of QA, design, and deployment used by BI and AppDev teams to ensure the resulting data meets the company’s quality standards
  • Provide data management support to business teams, including simple ad hoc data queries structured for use by less-technical business leaders and analysts
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of best practices and technology for data storage and retrieval tools
  • Cost-mitigate data storage and processing
  • Handle department inquiries, investigations, special requests and problem resolution in a timely manner
    Accountable for the successful management and completion of multiple concurrent projects that are on-time and with high quality


  • BS in Computer Science or related field, an analytical field (e.g. Statistics, Econometrics, Applied Mathematics), or a highly quantitative engineering (e.g. Chemical Engineering) field
  • 7 years of progressive experience in data engineering, data management, analytics, and data architecture
  • 2 years in a position of leadership that required communicating to senior business leaders, acting as the main contact for your team in cross-functional projects, and the responsibility for meeting timelines
  • Advanced user of SQL and ETL tools (SSIS / Talend / Informatica / Data Services)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Azure Cloud Data Services and Analytics Services, including Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Factory, and Azure SQL Database
  • Experience with the Agile System Development Lifecycle and IT project management methodology
  • Results-oriented self-starter who is confident in defending his/her critical thinking abilities
  • Proven track record of delivering successful projects on-time and with high-quality
  • Advanced knowledge of cloud analytics platforms best-practices
  • Capitalistic mindset supported by a strong business acumen and work ethic
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas and analysis results effectively both verbally and in writing to a non-technical audience
  • Local (Dallas/Fort Worth area) candidates only – no relocation
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship and not require sponsorship in the future


  • Experience managing highly-skilled, technical analysts
  • Master’s degree
  • Microsoft Azure certifications in related areas, such as Azure Solutions Architect Expert, or Azure Data Engineer Associate
  • PowerBI developer-level experience
  • Python


  • Annual salary of $125,000


  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Voluntary life/ AD&D
  • Short-term & long-term disability
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time
  • Paid maternity, paternity, extended medical leave, and jury duty
  • Corporate discount program on personal cell phone accounts with select provider
  • Business casual work environment

Founded in 1996, Cottonwood Financial is one of the largest privately held retail consumer finance companies in the United States. We have zero debt, have been profitable every year since inception, and our growth is funded entirely through internally generated capital. Headquartered in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas, we have company-owned locations, under our Cash Store brand, across the country. Through this national brick-and-mortar footprint, we provide best-in-class customer service and offer an innovative mix of financial products and services to our customers.

We have been named several times to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, as well as to the Dallas 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in North Texas.