Data Specialist


CEDA is seeking a Data Specialist to join the team in Melbourne.
Position: Data Specialist
Reports to: Chief Operations Officer, Sharon Smyth 
Employment status: 6 month contract, opportunity to permanent 
Business unit: IT
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Date posted: 15 September 2020
Apply: Send CV and cover letter addressed to Chief Operations Officer, Sharon Smyth and send to

Position overview

CEDA is seeking a strategic Data Specialist for a 6 months full time contract to work across our business to design our data strategy and lead the data migration for a major systems upgrade.  This role has the potential to be converted to a permanent role.
CEDA is significantly upgrading its IT capabilities.  We are replacing our CRM and general ledger systems with Microsoft Dynamics 365 tools, to enhance our member value offering, our marketing and analytics capabilities and our internal business processes. We are actively seeking a commercially focused IT professional to design and socialise our data target state and then lead the data migration steam of our project.  The successful candidate must have experience in D365 tools, data strategy, data migration and project delivery. This role will report directly to the Chief Operations Officer.

CEDA’s priorities for Australia’s future economic development are outlined in Connecting People with Progress. CEDA’s approach to pursuing its policy priorities is in line with its organisational values –

  • We are open, honest and trusted
  • We are curious about ideas and opportunities
  • We succeed together
  • We are brave in our approach and ambitions
  • We are passionate about working with our members for the greater good. 

CEDA is a national organisation with offices in every state. We offer flexible working conditions, a strong commitment to training and development and an additional week of leave at year end.

Duties and responsibilities 

The Data Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Designing data target state and data migration strategy and gaining business endorsement;
  • Analysing current data sets and determining appropriate treatment for each set;
  • Preparing the data migration templates provided by the implementation partner for data to be migrated and execute;
  • Engaging with the broader project team to ensuring appropriate documentation is completed to enable effective change management and training to be delivered;
  • Responding to and resolving issues in a timely manner to minimise disruption to the business.

Required qualifications and experience

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Information Technology
  • 7+ years in data and related roles
  • CRM experience essential, Microsoft Dynamics experience mandatory, IMIS experience highly regarded
  • Proven experience in the migration of data to Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • Proven experience in Power BI, Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL and SSRS
  • Excellent and advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Experience with writing and executing test scripts

Personal attributes

  • Natural networker and communicator, with a demonstrable ability to work effectively across technical teams, end users and senior leaders, both internal and external to organisation;
  • Ability to drive outcomes and build consensus;
  • Strategic and Delivery-focused; able to present commercial solutions for the longer term
  • Values aligned to: Trust, Curiosity, Succeed together, Bravery, Passionate for greater good.

How to apply:

Does this sound like you? Please email your CV and cover letter to The cover letter must be addressed to Sharon Smyth, Chief Operations Officer, and detail how your skills and experience align with this position. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered. Closing date for all applications will be on Wednesday 23 September 2020. 

Please be reminded that all personal information collected during the selection process will only be used for recruitment and employment purposes.

About CEDA

CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation.

We identify policy issues that matter for Australia’s future. We work to drive policies that deliver better economic, social and environmental outcomes for Australia.

We deliver on our purpose by:

  • Leveraging insights from our members to identify and understand the most important issues Australia faces. 
  • Facilitating collaboration and idea sharing to invoke imaginative, innovative and progressive policy solutions.         
  • Providing a platform to stimulate thinking, raise new ideas and debate critical and challenging issues.
  • Influencing decision makers in government, business and the community by delivering objective information and expert analysis and advocating in support of our positions.

CEDA's membership spans every state and territory and includes Australia's leading businesses, community organisations, government departments and academic institutions. The organisation was founded in 1960 by leading economist Sir Douglas Copland, and his legacy of applying economic analysis to practical problems to aid the development of Australia continues as we celebrate 60 years of influence, reform and impact across the nation.