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SVP of Product - Data

Walker & Dunlop

Walker & Dunlop

Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024


GeoPhy - Product

We are Walker & Dunlop. We are one of the largest providers of capital to the commercial real estate industry, enabling real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities — where people live, work, shop, and play — to life. We are committed to creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities. We believe seeking diverse talent and promoting the inclusion of all perspectives are more than moral imperatives – they are critical to our success and ability to innovate and grow.

Department Overview

WDTech is W&D’s in-house technology team – a diverse group of energetic and highly skilled technology professionals, all of whom are leading experts in real estate data, data science, and technology.

WDTech Product works hand-in-hand with the business to translate business outcomes into actionable product strategies, aligning user needs with innovative solutions, via close collaboration with our engineering partners, to ensure W&D maintains a competitive advantage as our technology landscape and target market rapidly evolve.

The Impact You Will Have

As SVP of Product for data, you will play a pivotal role in driving the definition and execution of our data strategy, enabling powerful, data-driven, product experiences for W&D employees and customers. Acting as the data authority for the business, you will be responsible for ensuring that we extract the maximum value from our data assets.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive data strategy aligned with the company's goals and objectives. Define and own the roadmap for leveraging data to enhance our technology product offerings and drive business growth.

  • Establish and implement robust data governance policies, processes, and standards to ensure data quality, integrity, security, and compliance with regulatory requirements. Develop and implement data management best practices across the organization.

  • Elicit the data needs of the business and translate them into detailed requirements, collaborating with your data science and engineering peers to deliver innovative data solutions.

  • Grow and lead a high-performing data product management team. Provide mentorship, coaching, and professional development opportunities to team members to foster a culture of innovation and excellence.

  • Manage relationships with our external data vendors. Evaluate vendor offerings, negotiate contracts, and ensure the effective delivery of services and solutions.

  • Represent W&D as a domain and data product expert at customer interactions.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • 10 or more years of experience in product leadership roles within the data domain

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, or related field

  • Bonus points for experience in real-estate domain

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong understanding and practical experience in the application of data governance, data quality, data architecture, data modeling and management principles and best practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a comprehensive data strategy that drives business value.

  • Experience with data analytics and data science tools and techniques, including data visualization, machine learning, and predictive analytics.

  • Excellent leadership and collaboration skills, with the proven ability to positively influence and inspire technology teams and stakeholders

  • Strong agile mindset, able to iterate fast and give early feedback

  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written English

  • Ability to show ownership of your work, take on challenges and acknowledge growth opportunities, and demonstrate patience when learning new processes

  • Courtesy, respect, and thoughtfulness in teaming with colleagues and other stakeholders



What We Offer

  • The opportunity to join one of Fortune Magazine’s Great Places to Work winners from 2015-2023

  • Comprehensive benefit options* that have earned Walker & Dunlop the silver level of the 2022 Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation™, some of which include:
    Up to 83% subsidized medical payroll deductions
    - Competitive dental and vision benefits
    - 401(k) + match
    - Pre-tax transit and commuting benefits
    - A robust health and wellness program – earn cash rewards and gain access to resources that
    promote health, engagement, and balance
    - Paid maternity and parental leave, as well as other family paid leave programs
    - Company-paid life, short and long-term disability insurance
    - Health Savings Account and Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with employee resource groups organizing activities and providing a space for open communication

  • Career development opportunities

  • Empowerment and encouragement to give back – volunteer hours and donation matching

*Eligibility may vary based on average number of hours worked

EEO Statement

We are committed to equity in all steps of the recruitment and employment experience. We believe in equal access to opportunities in our workplace. We do not tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on any characteristic protected by applicable law, such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, age, disability, veteran or military status, and genetic information. We strive to be a safe place to ask questions, build professional relationships, and develop careers.

Please be wary of recruitment scams. An indication of a scam might be a request for sensitive or bank information at the time of application or emails coming from a non walkerdunlop.com email address. Please call us at 301.215.5500, if you have any concerns about information requested during or after the application process.