Skills to Highlight in Your Data Steward Resume


By Jennifer L. Hay

Data Stewards work in a leadership role to manage a portfolio of business data. They affect change in business processes, technology systems, and governance in order to ensure the business data objectives can be met.

Their responsibilities overlap/intersect with Data Analysts, Data Curators, and Business Process Owners.

At the program level, they:

  • Align data with value opportunities.
  • Look at data required to run the business.
  • Organize and manage based on priorities and data roadmap.
  • Observe data usage practices and understand the variety of data use cases.
  • Formalize and standardize data names and definitions.
  • Focus at a higher level on data concepts (subjects, entities, relationships) and at a detail level on data elements.

At the project level, they:

  • Implement a data governance and stewardship program.
  • Implement self service data for use by customers and employees.
  • Build a diverse team of technical and business data expert to resolve data issues.
  • Resolve data element problems ranging from definition to allowed values.
  • Evaluate and communicate about data quality.
  • Work with logical data models to understand data structure, relationships, and contents.
  • Document and communicate data descriptions, profiles, and annotations.
  • Work in concert with business process owners to define and implement automated or streamlined processes.
  • Focus on a logical view of the data – entities and attributes.

At the operational level, they resolve data element problems ranging from definition to allowed values.

Data Stewards possess essential knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Understand the priorities and strategies of the business unit
  • Knowledge of logical data modeling, data relationships, and databases
  • Interested in data requirements (e.g., customer-to-order)
  • Interested in relationships of data to systems (Use CRUD mapping that describes which systems create, retrieve, update, and delete which data)
  • Interested in business and technical metadata
  • Understands how to convert data into information
  • Understands how to manage data as a corporate asset
  • Enterprise Data Management and Governance skills

About Jennifer Hay

I’ve been writing technical resumes and advising on career transitions for almost 15 years.

Throughout that time, I’ve read numerous articles about best practices for IT resume writing. What I found in those articles is a lot of bad information because it’s the same advice they give for non-technical professionals. This is important because IT resumes are different.

I built this website to share what I’ve learned in my career. I think you’ll find information on this website that will help make your IT resume a success.