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Reference Data Standardization Business Lead, Director

Tempe, Arizona

Tech at MUFG

MUFG is undertaking a significant transformation initiative that will make us an agile company that is powered by a resilient, flexible technology and data stack. This means investing in talent, technologies, and tools that put our clients' and colleagues' changing needs first.

We are looking for resilient technologists who will help us build the future of banking with a new digitally-led, cloud-first, real-time deposit system. This is a rare opportunity to transition to a modern platform as a member of this high-impact team.

Backed by the strength and stability of the world’s 5th largest financial institution, you'll help build a bank you’ll be excited to call yours.

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  • Collaborative
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  • Problem-solver
  • Forward-thinking
  • Agile


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  • Client Centric
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  • Health Plans

    Numerous choices for medical coverage (HRA, HSA, and PPO), plus comprehensive prescription coverage, dental and vision. We pay most premium costs and contribute to your HSA or HRA annually.

  • Wellness

    Monthly financial and wellness webinars, on-site healthy living events and one-on-one personal coaching sessions.

  • 401(k)/Retirement Plans

    Competitive 401(k) employer match contributions with immediate vesting. Cash balance pension, defined benefit plan with 3-year vesting, fully employer-paid.

  • Education & Training

    Tuition reimbursement for most undergraduate, graduate, and job-related courses at regionally accredited institutions. Internal training programs/courses are also available.

  • Family-Friendly Care

    Programs and resources to support family wellness, including: maternity/paternity leave, parental bonding, adoption assistance program, dependent care and family medical leave.

  • Paid Time Off

    Vacation, sick leave, time off to volunteer, and federal holidays, as well as salary continuation during periods of qualifying disability.

Job Description

Reference Data Standardization Business Lead, Director

  • Requisition # 10033795-WD
  • Job Type Day
  • Location Tempe, ARIZONA
  • Date posted 03/07/2020

Your potential. Your opportunity.


Do you want your voice heard and your actions to count?

Discover your opportunity with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the 5th largest financial group in the world (as ranked by S&P Global, April 2018). In the Americas, we’re 14,000 colleagues, striving to make a difference for every client, organization, and community we serve. We stand for our values, developing positive relationships built on integrity and respect. It’s part of our culture to put people first, listen to new and diverse ideas and collaborate toward greater innovation, speed and agility. We’re a team that accepts responsibility for the future by asking the tough questions and owning the solutions. Join MUFG and be empowered to make your voice heard and your actions count.

Job Summary:

The Head of Data Standardization is responsible for defining and driving implementation of data standards across the enterprise which help to improve data consistency and quality and reduce complexity in our data ecosystem.This includes the standardization of reference data (list of values and related hierarchies such as product types, business units, industry codes and the like) which are critical to key enterprise business processes, including regulatory reporting, risk management, financial crimes compliance, financial and management reporting.This role will be responsible for the definition and implementation of a strategy and operating model which establishes clear processes, roles, accountability and controls necessary to improve and sustain data standardization.

Major Responsibilities:

The Head of Data Standardization is responsible for partnering with a wide variety of stakeholders across MUFG entities, lines of business, operations (e.g., Risk Management, Compliance, Finance, Regulatory Reporting), and technology, both within the Americas and in collaboration with MUFG Head Office to deliver on the following areas and objectives:


oDrive the definition and evolution of our data standardization strategy, including current and target state, gap identification and the development of a strategic roadmap

oDrive the definition and implementation of an effective operating model which supports our data standardization strategy and objectives, with clearly defined processes, roles, accountability, controls, and engagement points across key stakeholder groups and roles


oWork with key stakeholders across the business to define an effective and scalable governance framework (policies, roles, procedures, controls and monitoring) which supports our standardization objectives and activities

oDrive continuous improvement to our data standardization governance framework through ongoing oversight and refinement

·Projects / Operations

oDrive and support the definition, prioritization, and execution of all initiatives required to deliver on the strategic roadmap

oHire and manage a high-performance team that will drive and support ongoing advancements in the breadth, quality and adoption of standardized reference data

oEstablish and report key metrics to management which evidence our overall progress and highlight risks, issues, and opportunities for improvement



  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information management or related field
  • 10+ years’ experience with data analysis, data management or development with strong experience in financial services, and in complex and global business and technology environments
  • Experience in organizations with mature data governance capabilities, including standardized reference and master data management capabilities
  • Direct experience managing the implementation of standardized reference data frameworks across large organizations is strongly preferred, including experience building and managing high performance team
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain long-term positive working relationships with peers, subordinates, and senior management
  • Excellent verbal and written skills and ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences; confident communicator and presenter 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experience of our workforce to create opportunities for our colleagues and our business. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of any protected category.

A conviction is not an absolute bar to employment. Factors such as the age of the offense, evidence of rehabilitation, seriousness of violation, and job relatedness are considered in all employment decisions. Additionally, it’s the bank’s policy to only inquire into a candidate’s criminal history after an offer has been made. Federal law prohibits banks from employing individuals who have been convicted of, or received a pretrial diversion for, certain offenses.

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