Senior Specialist, Data and AI Governance

We are looking for a Senior Specialist, Data & AI Governance who will maintain overarching responsibility for the strategic management of Cenovus’s data assets to support corporate objectives and operational excellence. This senior-level position with Data and Information Technology (D & IT) encompasses a broad range of duties, requiring a balance of technical acumen, managerial expertise, and a deep understanding of data governance practices.

As a steward of the company’s data assets, this role will also possess budgetary oversight and control, aligning spending with strategic objectives and ensuring the cost-effective delivery of data governance initiatives. This individual will report on the department’s performance, offering insights and updates to executive leadership.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Data Governance team, ensuring efficient handling of requests and adherence to internal processes.
  • Carry out internal data controls, and handle data access through established methods to safeguard sensitive information.
  • Drive data literacy and training initiatives across the organization to cultivate a culture of data-driven decision-making.
  • Lead enterprise data quality and master data management strategies, incorporating data profiling, cleansing.
  • Collaborate with various business units to engage data consumers, stewards, and owners.
  • Extend governance policies and practices to encompass non-structured data, handling the organization’s email, document, and content management systems, as well as records management to ensure compliance with data governance standards.
  • Provide leadership in the governance of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) initiatives.

Who you are:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Business Administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree or equivalent advanced certification (e.g., CPA, CIPM, PMP) is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in data governance or a related field, with at least 5 years in a managerial or leadership role within a large, complex organization, preferably in the oil and gas industry.
  • Consistent track record leading multi-disciplinary teams, inclusive of setting priorities, allocating resources, and driving deliverables to completion.
  • Strong expertise in dealing with structured and non-structured data, data quality tools, master data management systems, and data governance platforms.
  • Experience in overseeing AI/ML governance including the development and sustainment of advanced analytics solutions.
  • Demonstrable ability to develop and manage significant departmental budgets, with a keen insight into investment in technology, training, and process improvements to enhance return on data assets.
  • Solid understanding of information management practices, business and data analytics, and the nuances of data security, privacy, and compliance frameworks such as SOX.
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to convey complex data governance concepts to a variety of audiences, including the propensity to communicate organizational data success stories compellingly.
  • Capacity to build collaborative partnerships across IT and business units, and ability to influence and align enterprise-wide initiatives with strategic business objectives.

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Internal candidates that are currently in a lower grade will be assessed based on their sustained job performance, how they demonstrate the expected organizational competency behaviors and values and in discussions with their current leader prior to determining next steps.

Who we are:

We’re an integrated energy company headquartered in Calgary with oil and natural gas production operations in Canada and the Asia Pacific region, and upgrading, refining and marketing operations in Canada and the United States. We’re committed to maximizing value by sustainably developing our assets in a safe, innovative and cost-efficient manner, integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into our business plans.

We’ve been named a Top Alberta Employer for 2024, a designation recognizing organizations leading their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

At Cenovus, we embrace diversity of thought, experience and backgrounds to help us make better business decisions, address our challenges, seize opportunities and unlock innovative solutions. We’re committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where people feel respected, valued and engaged. We strive for a collaborative, physically and psychologically safe environment where you can be yourself, feel a sense of belonging and thrive. For more information, including details on our inclusion and diversity targets and networks, visit

The requirements of this posting may be modified to support business needs. Title and compensation administration will be based on the skills and capabilities of the successful incumbent.

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