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Data Quality & Products Manager

Data Quality & Products Manager

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Ocean Networks Canada

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host thousands of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed, along with mobile and land-based assets. These strategically located instruments address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

ONC's Observatory Digital Operations' division is mandated to ensure the acquisition, curation and delivery of high-quality data to all ONC users, including the global research community, indigenous and community partners, and industry partners.  As a department within Observatory Digital Operations, the Data Quality & Products Team (Data Team)  supports this mandate through the critical activities at every stage of the data cycle including: instrument quality and calibration testing prior to deployment, instrument commissioning following deployment, the implementation of data quality assurance and data integrity measures throughout the lifecycle of deployed instruments,  the creation of prototypes of new data products, facilitating data access for all users and actively interacting with the ONC staff and user community members to improve ONCs data product delivery and data services.  

The Data Manager provides leadership on all ONC data initiatives by implementing standards and integrating requirements from the research community, community and industry partners. Leading a diverse team of Data Specialists in a demanding and dynamic work environment, the Data Manager sets priorities for the Data Team and monitors workflows to meet time sensitive ONC organizational goals. The Data Manager balances the ONC operational priorities with the integration of new data products and data services infrastructure developments in collaboration with ONC users, ONC Science Team, Software Development and Data Stewardship.

The Data Manager participates in data model design review, contributes to prototyping of software for data products, including contributing to requirements analysis. The Data Manager will communicate with external researchers and organizations during the course of each project. The Data Manager, together with the Data Team, is responsible for helping users’ access ONC data through both the web products and data archive interface. The Data Manager co-ordinates the resolution of data access issues for end users with the assistance of the rest of the Data Team and the Software Development team. In order to best serve the user community, the Data Manager participates in the prioritization, initiation and co-ordination of software development sprints across ONC.

Job Requirements

Graduate degree in computer, physical or ocean-related sciences or engineering as well as minimum of 5 years of managerial and technical experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience Requirement:

•    Minimum 5 years’ experience working with complex data systems.

•    Minimum 2 years’ experience managing a team of highly skilled professionals.

•    Experience with a wide variety of data types, especially complex and large data sets.

Knowledge requirements:

•    Knowledge of data standards and protocols in oceanography.

•    Knowledge of project management workflows including documentation.

•    Demonstrated proficiency in scientific programming, with knowledge of scientific programming languages.

•    Knowledge or experience in the field of machine learning as related to large data sets.

•    Understanding of relational database management systems and database query tools.

•    Experience working in a collaborative research environment.

Competencies requirements:

•    Ability to lead in a team-oriented, multidisciplinary environment.

•    Strong interpersonal skills.

•    Demonstrated ability to work in a user-centred environment.

•    Ability to manage multiple projects with several stakeholder groups and consistently meet deadlines.

•    Ability to formulate software requirements, knowledge of software design practices.


•    Experience in ocean and climate science (or similar) related research.

•    Creative approaches to displaying data to non-specialists.

•    Proven presentation skills.

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Location : Victoria, BC

Experience Level : Not Applicable

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