AVP Data Governance in MVW Orlando Corporate Office Complex at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Date Posted: 3/23/2023

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Job Description

Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

Relocation Benefits Available

Position Summary

As a member of the professional staff, contributes a high level of specialized knowledge and skill in a discipline (e.g., Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations Planning & Support, Sales & Marketing) area to support department and/or function objectives. Generally, works with considerable independence, developing operating plans and related operational processes for own department in alignment with broader business objectives. 

Specific Job Summary

As the newly established Head of Data Governance reporting to our VP, Data Privacy (acting as the Chief Privacy Officer), you will build and lead a Data Governance team to work with digital brands, marketing, business, and technology leaders, and subject matter experts, coordinating and driving efforts related to data management and governance.

The Head of Data Governance will be tasked with developing, communicating, and executing the data governance strategy to continually align the use of data with MVW's business objectives. They will oversee the execution of MVW's Data Governance programs, establish data management policies, consult on data governance related issues for new initiatives, products, and services, and partner with the business to provide effective data related education and policy updates.

As a leadership role within the Global Privacy Office, this position will interact with departments globally across all subsidiaries. This includes management to senior leadership levels at corporate and site-based locations.

Expected Contributions

  • Develops operating plans and workable business processes for own department in alignment with function strategy.
  • Manages larger business processes and/or projects, setting priorities and measurable objectives, monitoring and reporting on the process, progress, and results. 
  • Responds to, solves, and makes decisions on business requests that have broader department impact and/or moderate risk.  Presents alternative solutions to business issues by leveraging the broader organization. 
  • Responsible for own work and contributing to team, department and/or business results. May direct work of non-management staff.  Typically influences work of cross-functional or extended teams.
  • Assists more senior associates in achieving business results by:
    • acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization.
    • assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals.
    • achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility.
    • taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward.
    • developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information.
    • balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization.
    • working with others to identify and remove barriers to success.
  • Readily critiques own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance and acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate.

Specific Expected Contributions (including duties and responsibilities)

  • Deliver on MVW's aspiration of creating an industry leading data governance function, able to deftly balance business opportunity with strategic risk.
  • Establish and lead the strategy, direction, objectives, and operations for the global Data Governance organization.
  • Examine trends, develop insights, and collaborate on solutions with Digital Brands to strengthen and sustain analytics.
  • Coordinate closely with cross-functional internal teams to design our internal and external narrative regarding policy matters.
  • Identify, review, track current capacity, capability, and target operating model; provide business friendly metrics.
  • Implement industry leading controls and associated procedures across the global enterprise including our SaaS environment / cloud products.
  • Drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration, and commitment across multiple groups with multiple priorities.
  • Drive data governance culture, specifically influence self-identification and disclosure of control self-assurance gaps.
  • Maintain strong engagement across multiple stakeholders, collaborate with key senior business partners and stay abreast on risk, control agendas.

Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess knowledge and experience and demonstrate strong leadership and relationship skills as follows:

Generally, a professional position requiring significant knowledge and experience in one or more disciplines and/or business operations as well as associate and/or organizational management experience.  College degree and/or relevant experience generally required.

Specific Candidate Profile (the education, experience, skills, and attributes that are important for this position)

This candidate will have a solid level of knowledge in applying global laws and regulations that impact data governance processes and technology. A baseline understanding of analytics capabilities is needed as a successful candidate should have a background that demonstrates their ability to execute and adapt internal processes that support business analytic goals. Candidate should be able to speak to senior leaders about multiple aspects of Data Governance to include data quality, data stewardship, technology, industry trends, etc. utilizing their familiarity with technologies used by IT, Digital Brands, Marketing, and other key stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree required or 3 years privacy experience at the Director level; advanced degree preferred.


  • 10+ years of experience within Data Governance, Information Technology, Technology Risk Management, Compliance, or Internal Auditing.
  • First-hand understanding of the Data Governance needs of a complex, large-scale B2B/B2C SaaS business, including integrating continuous control monitoring.
  • Ability to distill complex and often ambiguous legal concepts into effective operational solutions.
  • Strong personal, analytical and communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate regulations and/or standards into workable and implementable solutions.
  • Proven experience with change management in an international organization.
  • Preferred advanced degree in a related field.


  • Proven ability to lead, implement, and manage change.
  • Strategic planning experience.
  • Strong customer service focus and customer advocate.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Detail oriented; strives for excellence in all assignments.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Proven problem-solving skills.
  • Goal oriented; self-motivated.


Marriott Vacations Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture


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