Head of Data

Head of Data

  • IT
  • Energy
  • Den Bosch
  • Published on: 23 May 2024
  • Minimum of 15 years' experience


  • Over 15 years of professional experience
  • Experience in developing and implementing company-wide data strategies
  • Leadership experience in data science, analytics, and data governance
  • Experience with large volumes of consumer data
  • Background in a large commercial B2C (retail) company
  • Executive stakeholder management skills

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As a market leader, Essent aims to guide customers through the next step in the energy transition. The company ensures that everyone has access to affordable and sustainable energy now and in the future. Essent’s strategic objectives can only be achieved using correct and reliable data. Validating and implementing the data strategy is the primary responsibility of the Head of Data.

About Essent

Essent is the market leader in energy and gas supply in the Netherlands. With about 1350 employees working from various offices nationwide, the company is committed to achieving European energy transition goals. They achieve this through smart, innovative collaboration with focus, ownership, and discipline at the core of their success. Multiple business units contribute effectively to this mission.

With a national service partner network under the Future Energy Home (FEH) business unit, the Essent Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) business unit, and hydrogen initiatives, Essent aims to accelerate the energy transition and realize its sustainable ambitions. The nationwide network of in-house technical installation companies aids individuals, housing corporations, SMEs, and corporate clients with sustainability. EIS develops and operates innovative and sustainable energy and heating systems for industries, business parks, and cities, offering comprehensive solutions for all business energy needs. Essent also sees a crucial role for hydrogen in the energy transition and is striving to become a leading supplier of green hydrogen in the Netherlands.

Part of E.ON
Essent is part of the E.ON Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe. Besides Essent, E.ON also includes brands like Energiedirect and Vandebron. E.ON aims for sustainable leadership within the European energy transition, with the goal to be fully CO2-neutral by 2040.

Essent is a warm and welcoming but result-driven company with high standards and a demanding work atmosphere.

Vacancy: Head of Data

Essent’s critical strategic and commercial goals can only be achieved with the right data strategy, developed and validated by the Head of Data. A substantial, inspiring vision on data and knowledge of B2C (retail) business models form the foundation of this strategy. Through program management, the Head of Data ensures effective implementation and achievement of set objectives. Decision-making is aligned with relevant business stakeholders at the executive level, whom the Head of Data convinces with clear insights. They proactively establish connections with the business, filling a bridging function that is essential for achieving joint successful results.

The Head of Data leads the Data Management Team, which includes three Data Managers who oversee nearly forty FTE data professionals. In addition to these highly skilled team members, the Head of Data also has access to the most advanced tools available.

Given the crucial role of data in Essent’s overall strategic agenda, it is essential that the Head of Data is an integral part of the organization. They proactively take the lead in creating value with the various business units and in achieving the objectives together. The Head of Data reports directly to Henriette Setz, Director of Operations and a member of Essent’s Strategic Leadership Team.

Program Management
In addition to the strategic and people-connecting component, program management is a prominent part of the role. The Head of Data effectively and efficiently organizes the management of a multi-year program, ensuring that all involved business units and teams within the company are aligned through their clear, structured leadership approach.

“Since nearly all of our strategic objectives depend on data, the strategy designed by the Head of Data is pivotal to our success. Requirements: a background in data, a well-developed business sense, and excellent stakeholder management.” – Henriette Setz, Director of Operations

The ideal candidate is a driven Head of Data with experience handling large volumes of consumer data. Experienced management consultants with extensive expertise in the data domain can also be successful in this role. As the ultimate responsible for the complete data department, the Head of Data will have significant influence over Essent’s strategic agenda, the realization of its strategic ambitions, and the entire energy transition.


Essent is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
To express your interest, please contact Jessica Lim at jessica.lim@topofminds.com


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