At Rainforest Alliance, we believe in the value of data. The Data Management and Intelligence department is paving the way for enabling data-based decisions by focusing on the delivery of scale-able data products to the market, supporting internal decision-making by unlocking the value of data, and creating a solid data foundation on which we can continue to build out our data offering.


The Sr. Manager Data Management, reporting into the Director Data Management & Intelligence will play a pivotal role in setting up the foundational data components needed to drive our data agenda forward. This person will lead efforts to improve data quality across the organization and ensure that the organization is well-versed on how data can be shared ethically. In this role, you will ensure data standards are defined, documented and deployed across complex projects and in overall data management activities. We are looking for a results driven self-starter who is keen on implementing new and improved ways of working. The emphasis of this role is to not only to identify the right frameworks necessary to successfully manage, share, and address data quality but also embed these new approaches within the organization.


The Data Management & Intelligence department run point on all activities related to the scale-able offerings related to the Rainforest Alliance. As we sit central to this key topic, we work very closely with the organization as a whole.


The role will lead a team of 5 (plus a trainee and consultant) covering the data management space.


Create and embed robust foundations of data governance, ethics and quality across the organisation, to ensure data product credibility and optimal value generation.


Overall responsible for the following topic areas and deliverables (this list is not extensive and can be evolved):

  • Define and drive the roadmap of the Data Management function

  • Provide leadership and oversight of the data management program and operational model.

  • Drive organisational change, attitude shift, communication and continuous education of business stakeholders on the value of data governance.

  • Build partnerships across function and other departments to ensure the frameworks and standards developed within this team are understood and adhered to.

  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while bringing up only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Lead the implementation of the newly selected Data Catalogue tool

  • Ensure delivery within the Data Management team:

    o   Lead finalization and implementation of the data governance framework within the business, onboard and train data owners and data stewards.

    o   Define, document and deploy data standards within complex projects and overall data management.

    o   Identify data quality rules that will be embedded across the data domains and provide requirements for the build of data quality solutions and reports. Implement early warning system so intervening actions can be identified. Create a rating system to create a common understanding of data quality levels.

    o   Ensure that data processes are established and integrated into initiatives across the organization, establishing this team as key members of initiative set up.

    o   Deliver training on data standards and data quality monitoring across the organization.

    o   Lead the Data Sharing Policy, for the new Rainforest Alliance certification, which indicates which data can be shared externally.



  • Master's degree in Data Sciences, Business Administration, or related field;

  • Minimum 7 years professional work experience to include:

    o   Experience setting up, working with, and implementing Data Governance Framework (required)

    o   Experience with Master Data Management (required)

    o   Experience with data catalogues (required)

    o   Experience with data classification (required)

    o   Experience with data quality frameworks (desired)

    o   Experience with GDPR (desired)

  • Demonstrated ability (5 years’) in people management; including coaching, mentoring and developing team members;

  • Excellent influencing and facilitation skills with a proven ability to convene and reconcile different stakeholder interests and influence towards a common vision/plan; 

  • Expertise in data governance and affiliated topics, with experience landing this successfully within an organization;

  • Solid understanding of market standards and innovations within this space;

  • Strategic mindset but with a hands on mentality;

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically laterally and vertically;  

  • Self-motivated, creative and results-oriented 

  • Be a problem solver, identifying underlying challenges and work proactively and collaboratively to solve them;

  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, with good communication skills; and

  • Ability to travel a maximum of 20% per year, nationally and internationally.

Job level: 2A

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline: 5 April 2024

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in the Netherlands, UK and Kenya will be considered.

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org



The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.


To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.


Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability, and any other protected group.

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