Data Strategy Lead


Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

We are the centre of expertise for data strategy, data architecture, data modelling, machine learning, ethical data usage and artificial intelligence service design. We lead the effort to raise the data and AI literacy levels across Xero and to embed our commitments to responsible data use into culture and practices across our fast-growing organisation.

Our business is built on receiving data, generating data and synthesizing data into information. We’re embarking on our next phase of growth that includes a significant new depth of focus on using data for multiple purposes and in multiple ways: from ML-powered products to platform business models and open data partnerships. 

You will collaborate widely across our global business to define, communicate and drive a cohesive strategic approach to data usage that combines a balanced and future-looking approach to data sharing partnerships and data-driven products.

You will build close working relationships with our Customer, GTM, Strategy, Partnership and Ecosystem teams. You’ll build a reputation as someone who brings a point of view that is sound, bold and pragmatic with respect to the viability and implications of data-led opportunities. 

READ:   Business Strategy Specialist

You’ll work with these teams and with technical specialists within the Data team to drive robust and mature decision making around using data as a commercial asset. You’ll work to ensure that data commercialisation decisions stay in harmony with our deep commitments to responsible data use and our belief in the primacy of customer consent. 

You’ll contribute to the team to both drive the thinking and create practical frameworks that facilitate and unite the implementation of our Business, Customer and Platform strategies in a commercially savvy, ethically sound and sustainable fashion. You’ll ensure these strategies evolve in line with changing regulatory requirements, market pressures, and customer and stakeholder expectations.

What you’ll do

    • Build strong partnerships across the organisation and connect the underlying themes across our Platform strategy and global Open Data initiatives with our Architecture, Science, Engineering, Security, Risk, Legal and Regulatory practices
    • Partner with our Science, Engineering, Product and Strategy teams to develop commercial evaluation and prioritisation methods for machine-learning product development 
    • Use your understanding of data supply chains and the complexities of manufacturing and distributing data-driven products to assess trade-offs and recommend courses of action 
    • Develop structured methods for evaluating the total cost of ownership for different types of data-driven products. Work with our Partnerships, GTM and Strategy teams to embed these methods, and with the Architecture and Engineering teams to refine them as our maturity grows
    • Create and embed decision-making frameworks to assess the commercial value of data in our products and partnerships, in support of Xero’s vision to be the most trusted and insightful small business platform 
    • Partner with our Data team colleagues to drive a range of education and process changes to make it easy for everyone to use these common frameworks to evaluate data-use opportunities at speed and scale 
    • Partner with our corporate development team to create methods for evaluation of the data assets and capabilities of potential acquisitions
    • Support commercial negotiations and provide inputs into commercial playbooks, propositions and proposal templates
    • Remain up to date with relevant technology and policy changes and trends and continually grow a knowledge of how they may impact Xero
READ:   Power Technician

What you’ll bring

    • Track record of creating and implementing pragmatic data use strategies ideally including one or more of platform, ecosystem, open data or machine-learning strategies
    • Experience building business cases and evaluation frameworks for data-driven products and partnerships through commercial, ethical and technical sustainability lenses 
    • Experience driving change in dynamic, complex environments with multiple competing priorities 
    • Proven experience facilitating discussions between technical and non-technical audiences at all levels 
    • Familiarity with relevant regulatory and certification frameworks such as GDPR, CCPA, ISO 27001/SOC2, and Open data/open banking regimes
    • A pragmatic and commercial mindset to assess trade-offs and make recommendations in context of our strategy and our values
    • Deep understanding of the concepts of data supply chains and the complexities of manufacturing, maintaining and distributing data-driven products
    • Experience shaping and implementing decision-making frameworks to drive commercial and ethical uses of data
    • Consulting skills including problem framing and problem solving, critical thinking, situational analysis at a macro and micro level, communications and influence

Why you should become a Xero

It’s a diverse and inclusive environment, with people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you to do the best work of your life. We’re a place where innovation and change are not only encouraged but also celebrated. We value our people and want them to enjoy and take pride in their work.

We’re very supportive of flexible working arrangements and offer a competitive remuneration package including shares and life insurance, in addition to your base salary. We have a culture we’re proud of. Whether you’re after a workplace with a social vibe, or a workplace which understands your family is priority – Xero is all of that and more.

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Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.

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    Information Technology

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    Information Technology and Services, Computer Software, and Financial Services