Data Governance Manager

Data Services Durbanville, South Africa


Data Governance Manager



Lead and manage all organization-wide data privacy, compliance, and governance activities with responsibility for improving the protection of client sensitive data and information assets.






  • Advise leadership on security improvement opportunities and strategy.
  • Collaborate with enterprise teams (compliance, data governance, privacy, and cybersecurity) subject matter experts to ensure the protection of sensitive data and information assets.
  • Engage and represent Aculocity with cross-functional committees and working groups as needed to help steer and support data and compliance initiatives.
  • Serve as a point of contact to develop and sustain controls to ensure compliance and security throughout the life-cycle of data and services.
  • Operate cyber-risk management programs across the portfolio of companies.
  • Review new vendor requests and manage the vendor cybersecurity risk assessment process.
  • Enable top-line growth and sustain existing business relationships by ensuring solutions are delivered consistently meeting our organization’s and customers’ security requirements.
  • Support potential RFP/RFI’s process as needed, including all data-related and compliance portions of such projects.
  • Review and respond to all audits, including all data security and compliance client audits and assessments.
  • Focus on establishing and ensuring adherence to an appropriate enterprise data governance framework as well as ensuring compliance with company policies relating to data.
  • Ensure that all portfolio companies are aware of the standards its clients require so that the controls are built into its operations.
  • Serve as a point of escalation for governance, data quality, and data security issues.
  • Work closely with business and functional area leadership to improve the quality and value of core data assets.
  • Respond to information security incidents.
  • Ensure all portfolio companies are aware of the information security roles and responsibilities for all third-party systems.
  • Support the strategic requirements of the department.


Ideal Qualifications and Qualities


  • Minimum of 7+ years of experience in a major services organization supporting or leading data security, compliance, and privacy programs.
  • Awareness of data governance and compliance practices, with particular focus on privacy, records management, and cybersecurity.
  • Familiarity with industry standard frameworks.
  • Experience with risk management and governance solutions.
  • Results-oriented and able to commit to a direction and drive operations to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage challenging situations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across all levels and manage relationships across business and functional areas.
  • Ability to develop and sustain cooperative and constructive working relationships.
  • Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, MIS, or Information Management.
  • Relevant certification(s) preferred (e.g. CIPP, CIPM, CISSP, or CISM)