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Position Description

Metadata Specialist
Work Location Ashburn, VA
Job Code 12185
# of openings 1
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As an employee, you make change happen – for our clients, for our company, for your professional growth, for the consumers. We hire the best and brightest, who are driven to create that change. At xScion, you aren’t just another team member,

you’re impactful.  

You’re empowered.

You’re driven.

You’re an xScioneer.


As a Metadata Specialist, You Will:

  • Work under the direction of the Assistant Director, Information Governance to execute data management best practices for critical enterprise initiatives.
  • Work closely with key IT and business stakeholders to analyze and document data requirements from source data to reporting, associating data attributes to business processes and data quality controls.
  • Demonstrate partnership and collaboration with key stakeholders as a value-added partner in the area of data governance and compliance with data practices.
  • Define, orchestrate, and enable critical data management functions across multiple business partners.
  • Define and support the development of the enterprise-wide metadata framework, processes, procedures and guidelines for the company.
  • Define and support the development of an enterprise-wide metadata management repository.
  • Define and implement the enterprise metadata management framework, inclusive of business, operational and technical metadata.
  • Conduct and support planning activities in relation to metadata analysis, data quality process and best practices for establishing a data catalog and data governance for the enterprise.
  • Work with team to plan the implementation of Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog (EDC), Informatica Axon (Axon) and Informatica Secure@Source (S@S).
  • Buildout EDC for the enterprise.
  • Buildout Axon data governance for the enterprise.
  • Support the buildout of a Data Quality program using Informatica Data Quality (IDQ).
  • Conduct and support data profiling activities in relation to data quality assessment and metadata analysis.
  • Share knowledge across the team and continuously develop and enhance personal and team capabilities.
  • Provide technical depth concerning Informatica Data Governance, Data Discovery and Data Privacy solutions in discussions with internal resources.
  • Work with business stakeholders to assign sensitivity classifications to data artifacts and attributes that will be leveraged by information security practices.
  • Apply data standards in support of design and architecture activities.
  • Guide stakeholders through data harmonization activities to enhance the quality and utility of business data.
  • Support new enterprise-level information management capabilities and related change efforts.
  • Conduct enablement activities to include providing guidance and training on data management practices and tools.
  • Operate as a change agent, guiding and directing various data management activities, focusing on growing the maturity level of metadata management within the organization.
  • Define the metadata requirements associated with the Critical Data Elements (CDE’s).
  • Define the enterprise-wide metadata management procedures and guidelines across the data lifecycle.
  • Develop plans for extracting and loading metadata into the metadata repository.
  • Extract metadata from source systems and documentation to add context to data and information.
  • Work with the business and data architects to develop semantic rules and taxonomies.
  • Administer items in metadata repository.
  • Work collaboratively with technology to define and implement the enterprise metadata tool requirements.
  • Educate and train across all business areas to develop an understanding of the components of the metadata management procedures and guidelines.
  • Work with Data Governance lead to define and instrument metadata capture and storage in the Informatica data catalog tool.
  • Work with product teams to discover and document data lineage.
  • Develop and deploy oversight and management processes associated with metadata quality in the repository.
  • Support all data lineage collection efforts across the organization.
  • Work with the data governance lead to ensure that a common business glossary exists and the business terms and definitions tie to the underlying technical metadata.


To Be Successful, You Need:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Information Technology or Computer Science preferred.
  • 7+ years' work experience with data/information lifecycle management and governance, metadata management, information classification, data quality, data usage, data analysis, document management, privacy and information security.
  • Strong understanding of information management concepts such as the difference between business and technical metadata, data governance, data lifecycle, data analysis techniques.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with IT teams and key stakeholders, utilizing analytical skills in understanding data flows, dissecting problems, and delivering clear recommendations and guidance.
  • Experienced in data analysis, data integration and data governance.
  • Familiarity with conceptual, logical and physical data modeling and data dictionaries and semantics, syntax and taxonomies.
  • Familiarity with data architecture, storage, archiving, lineage and impact analysis.
  • Familiarity with data/information and related capability and risk frameworks (e.g. DMM, DMBOK).
  • Hands-on experience in SQL based analysis and development and related backend database technologies.
  • Hands-on experience with Informatica Axon Data Governance.
  • Hands-on experience with Informatica Data Quality, Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog, Informatica Secure@Source.
  • Working knowledge of ETL processes that include data integration, data quality and data profiling.
  • Exposure to Data Modeling using industry standard ER tools.
  • Strong working knowledge of SQL Server Enterprise Databases and/or other relational databases.
  • Working knowledge of non-relational databases like MongoDB and other NoSQL databases.
  • Knowledge of Auditing Standards and SEC Filings a plus.
  • Exposure to the Accounting and Regulatory Industry a plus.
  • Knowledge of Agile Development practices.
  • Ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information, and ability to quickly gain traction and work with minimal direction in a new domain and organization.
  • Analytically minded with the ability to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw conclusions from it.
  • Ability to earn trust and maintain confidences.
  • Follows through with commitments and possesses strong attention to detail.
  • Team player able to work effectively at all levels of an organization with the ability to influence others to move towards consensus.
  • Possesses a strong willingness to put in the extra effort to get the job done.

Leadership/Management Skills and Abilities

  • Ensures that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with the highest ethical standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Ability to promote collaboration by unifying teams, setting common goals and incentivizing collaborative behavior.
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Strong ability to build credibility, organize effectively, solve problems quickly, and communicate clearly.
  • Possesses the balance and emotional intelligence required to meet the diverse needs of the divisions/offices.
  • Proven ability to navigate and resolve various types of conflict in a timely and productive manner.
Transformational/Continuous Improvement Capabilities
  • Proven transformation skills that include the ability to consistently execute at a high level, drive positive change, and desire to build established programs and teams.
  • Demonstrated agility and ability to navigate complex environments.
  • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and innovation, focusing on the empowerment and support of staff through tools and continuous process improvement.
  • Leads large scale enterprise projects and initiatives designed to address critical business challenges and achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Supports individuals and teams in process excellence, project management, problem solving, and value creation to drive toward required outcomes. Surfaces capacity, pacing, resourcing and any other issues requiring leadership attention. Ensures organizational alignment, effective stakeholder engagement and communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to think broadly and strategically, including the ability to translate long-term goals and objectives into short-term tactical plans and operational activities.
  • Effectively assesses progress by identifying and articulating clear, consistent key performance indicators.           


Why xScion?

We have an amazing culture  – We were named ‘Best Places to Work in Virginia 5 years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

We are poised for rapid growth  – We are on the cutting edge of digital transformation in healthcare, non-profit, and finance and continuously welcoming new clients to the xScion family

We believe digital transformation is about people, not technology - We invest in each team member’s development, paying for certifications and training to improve their skills so we can grow together and collectively be the best at what we do.

We count on you to make an impact in whatever you do  – As a big fish in a smaller pond you have more opportunities to expand your skillset and develop your experience on the job.

You’ll work with the best  – We hire great people. Period.

And because we truly care about you and our clients-  We are real people working together as a team to create a flexible balanced, respectful and fun workplace.

Great Benefits:  medical, dental, 401k match, Flexible Spending and more, but we also have unique perks such as 26 days off a year (including your birthday!), company events, games, and many other things that inspire balance and flexibility.


We’re Transforming How Business is Done:

xScion is a Virginia-based, Woman-Owned company. We work with companies to help them make change happen in transforming their business operations. Our teams help Healthcare, Nonprofit Associations and Financial Services companies with global reach improve their business processes through innovative solutions including Agile Transformation, Agile Product Management, Data and Cloud Services, Automation and Quality Assurance.


Want to Learn More about xScion?

Check us at out on www.xscion.com or socially at LinkedInTwitter and Glassdoor

At xScion, we celebrate diversity in all forms.  xScion is an Equal Opportunity Employer- Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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