What do you do at BNP Paribas?
I manage a team in charge of designing and implementing the Enterprise Data Management Framework, which is a set of procedures governing data management. To carry out our mission, we analyze the pertinence of the data in our possession—whether they are financial, transactional, referential, etc.—starting from their origination and capture in our systems until the moment they are consumed for internal and regulatory reports. Our goal is to understand and document the processes that mitigate data risks along its journey, identify potential flaws, to ultimately provide assurance over the data at critical points. It’s a specialization that has grown significantly since the 2008 financial crisis.
On that subject, how has data analysis changed since the crisis over ten years ago?
I think the most important point (on the non-technical side) involves the greater awareness surrounding the responsibility that goes along with manipulating an increasing volume of data. Across the long data value chain, each person has their individual responsibility that they must carry out until the end.
That’s why we continue to strengthen our data framework in order to continually improve our data collection, management and treatment processes within the Group.
we continue to strengthen our data framework in order to improve our data collection, management and treatment processes within the Group.
What is your main challenge?
With the frameworks that have been and are being implemented, our ability to act on data-related issues is challenged by the sheer volume of data, metadata (i.e. data on data), dashboards and other data visualization tools. It can be difficult to not get overwhelmed when trouble shooting an issue, keeping a clear head, and being able to act rapidly. ‘’Data fatigue’’ is now being used to describe this across various industries and roles.
How did you obtain this job?
I got it almost by accident when I applied for another position within the bank! Back in Montreal, my hometown, after a career with an audit firm, I wanted to work in a global institution to satisfy my craving for new challenges and put my analytical skills to use. I applied for a position in finance production support, but the recruiter I was working with scheduled the interview for this role in Enterprise Data Management. The first 10 minutes of the discussion with my current manager were quite confusing, but since my background seemed to correspond to the job description, we had a great conversation. I wasn’t very familiar with financial institutions or data management, but coming out of the interview I knew this would be an interesting field. My manager also mentioned if I joined, I could participate in a BNPP sponsored tennis tournament, which was the last nudge I needed to sign on!
What qualities does it take to do this job?
I would also add that you need to think fast, have a critical mindset and strong problem-solving skills. Patience and adaptability are essential skills
Knowledge over financial products is definitely a benefit. I would also add that you need to think fast, have a critical mindset and strong problem-solving skills. Patience and adaptability are essential skills, because we work in a constantly changing environment. Lastly, it’s important to present yourself as someone who pitches in and does their part in the project, as one link in the overall value chain, and to not be afraid of asking questions, as the BNPP environment is complex and the data topics are broad. Thankfully we have also been able to find experts who are willing to collaborate generously with their time and knowledge.
What do you like most about your job?
The people. Hands down, the team I work with every day, as well as all the other people I’m in touch with regularly, whether in the United States or in Paris. The department is somewhat new, and I’m grateful for the way we cheer each other on through the growing pains.
Photo : Maude Lecluyse
Just like BNP Paribas, you’re a tennis fan! How do you share your passion with the Group?
Every year, in connection with the We Are Tennis Cup organized by the bank, I take part in the regional tournament held in Canada. It’s an exciting event as the regional winners get to participate in the global tournament, but it’s above all a chance to share a fun moment between employees—on the court instead of in the office.
“ Don’t be afraid to show your versatility, your thirst for knowledge and your capacity to learn new things. Highlight your specific skills, as well as the passion that drives you and leads you to new horizons. ”
Assistant Vice President – Enterprise data management
How would you explain your job to a child?
I would compare it to the telephone game, where one person whispers information into the next person’s ear—usually with some information lost along the way! My role is to ensure the integrity and quality of this information, which in my world, passes through many different hands and travels through several countries.