What type of team should you recruit to make your data talk?


As data continues to explode, new professions are emerging. You may be looking to hire an expert to make the most of it all. What type of role might you need most: data explorers, managers, protectors or strategists? Here’s an overview of these new jobs that can help make your data talk.

Data explorers

Data Miners uncover a gold mine of data patterns
They explore data sets, while cross-referencing them across the databases available to your start-up. The aim is to answer a given business problem. They clean and format your data before analysing it, transforming it into exploitable and useful information for making better business decisions.

→ A useful job role if you’re looking to create new business models as part of constant innovation or continual improvement approach.

Data Scientists identify the (hidden) meaning of data
They analyse, process and extract insights from a growing volume of data, while creating specific algorithms that can be used in powerful and relevant business tools.

→ A useful job role if you’re looking for a “data Swiss army knife” for responding to niche requests such as maintaining a global view of business issues.

Data Analysts extract the right interpretation of data
Their role is to identify which data should be collected to respond to a particular activity. The aim is to extract concrete indicators that better support your business strategy.

→ A useful role if you need to monitor free-flowing data.

Data managers

Big Data Architects: building the infrastructure that hosts the data
They develop the technical solutions needed to collect and manage large volumes of data. They aggregate internal and external data, designing the necessary storage, processing and retrieval infrastructures.

→ A useful role if you’re weighed down by a lot of messy data that needs a good spring clean… while laying the foundations for a more sustainable organisation.

Data protectors

Data Protection Officers are there to protect the data
Equipped with IT, legal and project management skills, their role is to protect and increase the value of data as an intangible asset. Nicknamed DPO, they guarantee a company is complying with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

→ A useful role if you aren’t completely squared away in terms of GDPR.

Ethical Hackers are welcome intruders
As specialists in information security, ethical hackers (opens in a new window) assess the vulnerability of information systems through intrusion testing. The flaws they detect enable the company to better defend against malicious cyber attacks.

→ A useful role if security is your n°1 priority or you handle very sensitive information.

Data strategists

Chief Data Officers take the lead on data strategy
As the overall “Data Director”, CDOs supervise data scientists and data analysts to define the data collection and analysis strategy together. They then make recommendations to the business based on results of the analysed data.

→ A useful role if your start-up has already reached a critical size and relies on data for your business activity. If not, it’s quite possible that you’ve taken on this role yourself today.