The Global Language of Business

Standards Development Director – Global Master Data

Job type: Employee
Time type: Full-time
Location: Brussels OR Ewing (New Jersey) (Hybrid)
Post date: 07 February 2023

Position Summary:

GS1 Overview
GS1 develops and maintains the most widely used identification standards that are fundamental to numerous enterprises around the world. The best-known symbol of GS1 standards is the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. Four decades ago, we started by helping food retailers do business more efficiently and reduce consumer prices. Today, GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors, including retail, marketplaces, healthcare, transport and logistics, food service, technical industries and humanitarian logistics. Our scale and reach – local Member Organisations (MOs) in 115 countries, 2 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day – help ensure that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe.
GS1 creates and maintains its standards via the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) which is a community-based forum for businesses facing similar problems to work together and develop standards-based solutions to address those problems. Active GSMP participants represent industries ranging from retail and consumer goods to fresh foods, healthcare, transport and logistics, government and more—a healthy mix of business and technical people from over 70 countries.
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Role Summary

  • Manage and facilitate the development of user driven, consensus based global standard development work groups focused on master data exchange. This includes managing and overseeing the functioning of diverse groups of user companies and GS1 Member Organisations, providing expert input on master data exchange and the GS1 system.
  • Maintain and improve the GS1 Master Data standards. Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are: 

         -  Master Data Standards:
         - Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) solutions and GDSN Validation Rules:
         - Global Data Model Standards and Attribute Definitions for Business:
         - GS1 Attributes, definitions, code lists, and guidance definitions


  • Facilitate and ensure that GS1 standards are developed according to the process as defined in the GSMP Manual. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

-  Manage and facilitate work groups to: develop, define and drive the group’s scope and strategy to deliver GS1 standards and implementation guideline

-  Is the internal “owner” of the work effort materials as they pass through to publication. 

-  Actively facilitate work group meetings and conference calls for any group defined within the GSMP.  

  • Collaborate with all GS1 organisational teams to provide subject matter expertise supporting master data and Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) efforts.
  • Leverage their knowledge of the GS1 system in order to ensure that decisions made by the user groups maintain the integrity of the GS1 system.


  • Bachelor or master’s degree with 4 years of related experience. 
  • Practical experience in working with master data exchange, preferably via GS1 standards. 
  • Strong in the following skill sets: Project management (PMP or Agile Certification a plus), Communication, Team Management, Facilitation, Presentation, Problem Solving, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution.

Skills required:

  • Fluent in English, oral and written is mandatory 
  • Demonstrates passion, energy, and drive in his/her work
  • Ability to work with globally distributed team
  • Organisational, analytical, verbal and written communication skills
  • Hands-on experience with Microsoft PowerPoint, Teams, Excel, Outlook, Word, Zoom.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with both highly technical and non-technical persons seamlessly
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Client-focused and results-oriented
  • Ability to effectively cope with change and comfortably handle risk and uncertainty
  • Mature political sensitivity to work across a diverse community of interests and cultures
  • Effective relationship builder – one on one, one to many, internally and externally, small and large organisations
  • Boundary Spanning Effectiveness - can get things done across multi-functional areas; works well within a matrix organization
  • Generates innovative solutions in work situations
  • Operates in a manner that demonstrates honesty; keeps promises and honours commitments (“walks the talk”); behaves in a consistent manner

Additional Information:

Travel Requirements: This job may require up to 15% global travel.

How to apply:

Send your application with CV to:

  • Blue Tower, Avenue Louise 326, bte 10
  • B-1050 Brussels, Belgium 
  • Tel: + 32 2 788 78 00 
  • E-mail: 

Responses will be treated quickly and with strict confidentiality.