Principal Data Lead

Company Description

Join Netcompany in leveraging technological innovations to foster societal transformation.

Netcompany was awarded 5th position on the esteemed UK Top 50 Best Places to Work in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for 2024. As one of the fastest growing technology companies, we are disrupting the marketplace and revolutionizing the way businesses operate. Our vision is to be the leading digital challenger in Europe whilst evolving the next generation of IT consulting.

Operating across both public and private sectors, we offer a comprehensive range of services from product design and engineering, digital strategy, data services & management (Machine Learning and AI), cloud migration to program delivery and service operations, our offerings are designed to meet diverse business needs.

Job Description

The Principal Data Lead will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for the development of the Data Centre of Excellence (CoE) by creating the best practices for creating consistency, efficiency and excellence of data skills, best practices, thoughtful leadership and driving performance to ensure that Netcompany achieves its Strategic Objectives. You will also work with our clients to enable them to become more data-driven through application of data management capabilities. 

Role responsibilities

Our projects will vary and your responsibilities will differ based on client requirements, but could include: 

Strategy and thought leadership

  • Engage with senior management to understand business needs and establish a strong data-driven approach to decision-making across the organisation. 
  • Advise leadership on all data issues across the portfolio, ensuring data is managed as a strategic asset and acting as the Subject Matter Expert on data across the business. 
  • Formulate and implement a data governance strategy and framework to manage data throughout its lifecycle, aligned with the company's business objectives. 
  • Defining internal / external-facing thought leadership. 

GTM Collaboration and growth

  • Provide technical expertise and experience in our pre-sales and bid management processes by identifying and researching business development opportunities on new or existing clients.  
  • Represent Netcompany’s data capabilities, experience, and values to prospective clients. 
  • Build a strong partnership strategy and understanding the competitive landscape to develop and nurture new client opportunities whilst leveraging your network. 
  • Provide oversight and support whilst maintaining senior-level client relationships as a trusted advisor.

CoE and people development

  • Shaping and contributing the growth of UK Data practice by developing the vision, strategy, and value proposition. 
  • Build and lead a high-performing data organisation, attracting top talent and fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning. 
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to develop the data community and empower them to deliver exceptional results. 
  • Build strong relationships with other CoE’s and foster a collaborative culture to drive alignment and maximise the impact of Data CoE. 
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and influencing skills, with the ability to engage effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organization. 
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to translate business needs and opportunities into data initiatives that drive measurable business value. 
  • Experience of developing data strategies and frameworks and setting the standards and ways of working for the data CoE 
  • Strong understanding of data governance, privacy, security, and compliance requirements, with experience implementing and enforcing data governance frameworks and practices 
  • Experience with cloud would be advantageous 
  • Consulting experience in client-facing projects and working with CXO level 
  • Commercial acumen, combining technical experience with a commercial edge 
  • Strong communication, interpersonal skills and influencing senior stakeholders
Additional Information

Benefits include

  • Hybrid working model with some flexible working
  • 25 days’ holiday
  • Private Medical Health care via Vitality
  • Pension contribution, Life Assurance
  • Professional certifications supported as part of learning and development.
  • A range of retail discounts to enhance your lifestyle, encompassing restaurants, supermarkets, travel, leisure activities and health and well-being services.
  • Access to our Employee Resource Groups, our groups represent diverse backgrounds and provide a platform for colleagues to connect, learn, and support one another.

Company information


We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit and our capacity for doing things differently. Our culture is built on fostering low bureaucracy, emphasizing high agility and promoting flexibility, enabling everyone to contribute their best.

Our journey began in the UK with the acquisition of Hunter Macdonald in 2017. As one of Northern Europe's most accomplished IT companies, we have expanded our headcount globally to 7400+ employees and have offices in UK, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Holland and Vietnam.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment that celebrates every individual. Our recruitment processes are based on individual merit. If you require any reasonable adjustments or additional support during the interview process, please email Jenny at for assistance.



London, United Kingdom

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