(Junior) Data steward

(Junior) Data steward

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3 Jun 12 Jun Wageningen

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Job description

Do you enjoy working with financial and sustainability data from agricultural businesses? Are you dedicated to optimizing data processing and do you value good data management? Then this (Junior) Data Steward position at the Business Information Network is perfect for you!

As a data steward, you will play a key role in centrally processing data for the Business Information Network - WUR. This network comprises approximately 1,500 agricultural and horticultural businesses, 100 fishing vessels, and 150 forestry companies. Financial and sustainability data is collected and recorded from these businesses for monitoring purposes and policy research aimed at a sustainable and economically resilient agricultural sector (www.agrimatie.nl). The Business Information Network (BIN) is a statutory research task conducted by WUR for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV).
Our goal is to make data collection at BIN businesses as efficient as possible and to reuse as much data as available from third parties to minimize administrative burdens for BIN participants. Therefore, we make extensive use of online viewing or downloading functions with financial accounting packages, electronic invoicing systems, or online data registration systems. As a data steward, you will have an important role in importing and processing this data. The privacy of BIN participants is paramount. Data collection is carried out very accurately and carefully. The collected data is processed anonymously in secure systems and only anonymous datasets are used in research. As compensation for providing their business data, BIN participants gain access to MijnAgrimatie.nl, a secure online environment where they can view the economic report of their own business, including key environmental indicators, and compare anonymously with other participants.

Data Steward Responsibilities
The role of a data steward at the Business Information Network is versatile. Your main tasks include:
  • Downloading and importing data from various systems and ensuring correct automatic processing. For e-invoices (e.g., XML files), you maintain the underlying article code mappings. You process PDF invoices with scanning and recognition software (Scansys) and manage the underlying templates/mapping tables.
  • Making external data, which cannot be processed centrally due to its business-specific nature, available to colleagues responsible for the administrative data collection and processing of BIN businesses. You provide instructions on the correct processing of this data, answer support and advice questions, and guide them in the transition to digital data collection and processing.
  • Managing authorizations from several external data sources and maintaining relationships with these parties. You contribute to the efficient access of these external data while considering quality aspects and compliance conditions.
  • Ensuring proper automatic data processing, storage, and access in collaboration with our IT specialists. Besides being able to think along with automation questions and solutions, you also make simple adjustments in our input screens, control rules, and models.


Wageningen University & Research


The Team
The Business Information Network employs approximately 75 staff members. A small group, under the leadership of the project leader for third-party data, focuses on obtaining and processing external data. Together with the Helpdesk team, they support and facilitate the large group of administrative staff. Functionally, as a data steward, you will be directed by the project leader for third-party data. The regional head is your first point of contact for personnel matters and your coach in personal development. More information about the BIN group can be found here: Working at Business Information Network - WUR. Be sure to watch our corporate video.

This position is especially interesting for a starter or a data steward with a few years of work experience:
  • You have completed an MBO or HBO education, preferably in (agricultural) business economics with a clear data management or IT component.
  • You have a clear affinity for and demonstrable knowledge of data processing and management, and you can quickly familiarize yourself with new systems (at BIN we work with a self-developed data entry system and data warehouse).
  • Preferably, you have experience with financial automation processes, electronic payment systems, and online accounting packages.
  • You have knowledge of the agricultural sector.
  • You possess excellent social and communication skills, have a flexible and service-oriented attitude, can work well both independently and as part of a team, and perform your work accurately.

Conditions of employment

When it comes to employment conditions, you are well taken care of at Wageningen University & Research. Some highlights from our CAO include:
  • Full-time or part-time work (minimum 24 hours per week for this role), flexible working hours, and hybrid working options.
  • Free use of public transport for commuting up to 100 km one way.
  • Home office setup arrangement.
  • Extensive opportunities for training and education.
  • Partially paid parental leave and the option to save for a sabbatical.
  • A structural year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Excellent pension scheme via ABP.
  • Attractive sports facilities on the Wageningen campus.

These excellent secondary employment conditions naturally include a suitable salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary ranging from € 2932 to € 4001 for a full 36-hour work week, in accordance with the CAO Wageningen Research (scale 8). If you do not yet fully meet the job requirements, scale 7 may apply.

Your preferred location for this role is The Hague or Wageningen. Other locations (Alkmaar, Dalfsen, Drachten, Goes, Haaksbergen, Meijel, or Oisterwijk) are possible in consultation. Additionally, partial remote work is negotiable.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal career growth and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we offer excellent training opportunities. You will have a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch the video below to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • Agriculture
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • €2932—€4001 per month
  • Secondary vocational higher level +
  • P1533870-1


Wageningen University & Research

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